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« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2015, 02:58:22 PM »
I thought this was the Onion, at first:

Reported behavior of eating anything at anytime and risk of colorectal cancer in women

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3193565/

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« Reply #31 on: October 27, 2015, 03:06:10 PM »
The Bible says Goliath's armor weighed somewhere between 150 and 200 pounds (probably an exaggeration by a factor of two or so).

The Bible says a lot of things.
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« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2015, 03:10:27 PM »
I thought this was the Onion, at first:

Reported behavior of eating anything at anytime and risk of colorectal cancer in women

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3193565/

(Cross-posting from one of the diet threads)

It's not actually as stupid as it sounds.
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« Reply #33 on: October 27, 2015, 05:29:25 PM »
Walmart taking heat for "Israeli Soldier" Halloween costume.



For the record, that costume is actually not bad. Only paratroopers wear their belts over their shirts, and their barrets are indeed red.
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« Reply #34 on: October 28, 2015, 08:33:34 AM »

I thought this was the Onion, at first:

Reported behavior of eating anything at anytime and risk of colorectal cancer in women

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3193565/

(Cross-posting from one of the diet threads)

It's not actually as stupid as it sounds.

Agreed
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the top 5 foods that positively predicted the behavior of eating anything at anytime were french fries, chocolate, butter, white bread, and regular soda
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« Reply #35 on: October 28, 2015, 11:28:09 AM »
I love chocolate, and I eat too much of it. But I definitely do not eat "anything at any time." There are lots of common, popular foods I refuse to eat, and I only eat at mealtimes, generally two meals a day, sometimes three, never more than three except when hiking, when I'll take two half-lunch breaks during an all-day (six hours or more) hike. Sometimes not even then. I've done 8-hour hikes on a single lunch break when it was necessary to keep going in order to reach a specific destination in the time available. But I do eat chocolate.
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« Reply #36 on: October 28, 2015, 12:55:28 PM »
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« Reply #38 on: October 29, 2015, 12:09:39 PM »
The Bible says Goliath's armor weighed somewhere between 150 and 200 pounds (probably an exaggeration by a factor of two or so).

The ancient Jews were on the English system?
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« Reply #39 on: October 29, 2015, 12:12:10 PM »
Oh, yes. That's why one inch in the Great Pyramid is one year.
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« Reply #41 on: October 29, 2015, 04:15:54 PM »
The Bible says Goliath's armor weighed somewhere between 150 and 200 pounds (probably an exaggeration by a factor of two or so).

The ancient Jews were on the English system?

1 Samuel 17 gives the weight of Goliath's chain-mail coat in shekels. It also says that he wore a helmet and leg armor, though it does not give the weight of those. The weight of a shekel ranged from 9 to 17 grams, according to Wikipedia. I did not dig deeply enough to learn if scholars have a more accurate value for the exact time frame in question. So, you can do the math for the coat and then guesstimate for the hat and pants.

I agree with Anders, that the value sounds like an exaggeration. The Bible is not generally all that accurate. Personally, I don't believe that Goliath was really six cubits and a span tall. (Ten feet, give or take.) Or that David actually slew him twice as the Bible says (once with a rock to the forehead, and a second time by chopping his head off) For that matter, I doubt the event actually happened. More likely it was a story David told his grandkids when he was a doddering old man.
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« Reply #42 on: October 29, 2015, 06:08:49 PM »
There's not anything all that unbelievable about a slinger killing a dude, even in armor.  Slings were used well into the Roman era.

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« Reply #43 on: October 29, 2015, 10:17:38 PM »
It's the story as a whole I doubt. It's pretty far-fetched. The ten-foot-tall giant with 150 to 200 pounds of armor, the shepherd boy who kills bears and lions with his hands, grabbing them "by their beard." Given the general unreliability of the Bible I give a very low prior probability to any of its stories being accurate, and the details of this one are pretty far-fetched. The kid who grabs bears and lions by their beard (do bears and lions even have beards? My cat didn't have a beard) and kills them is enough for me to call booooooooogus!
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« Reply #44 on: October 29, 2015, 11:22:47 PM »
It's the story as a whole I doubt. It's pretty far-fetched. The ten-foot-tall giant with 150 to 200 pounds of armor, the shepherd boy who kills bears and lions with his hands, grabbing them "by their beard." Given the general unreliability of the Bible I give a very low prior probability to any of its stories being accurate, and the details of this one are pretty far-fetched. The kid who grabs bears and lions by their beard (do bears and lions even have beards? My cat didn't have a beard) and kills them is enough for me to call booooooooogus!

Have you seen David's statue, that guy was huge, he could do it
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