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    What's the difference between a novel and a book?

    A novel (from French nouvelle Italian "novella", "new") is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. Until the eighteenth century, the word referred specifically to short fictions of love and intrigue as opposed to romances, which were epic-length works about love and adventure. Novels are characterized by 60,000-200,000 words in length, or 300-1,300 pages, in length. During the 18th century the novel adopted features of the old romance and became one of the major literary genres. It is today defined mostly by its ability to become the object of literary criticism demanding artistic merit and a specific 'literary' styleor specific literary styles.

    How old are you before it can be said you died of old age?

    The majority of deaths in most countries are due to natural causes, and the majority of those deaths occur in old age. If you die, not in an accident and didn't have any medical condition then you died of old age.

    If someone owns a piece of land, do they own it all the way to the center of the earth?

    No. You simply own the land. The mineral rights are owned by someone else, unless you have purchased those too.

    If humans evolved from monkey's/apes, why are they still here?

    Whilst modern Human and Great Apes share a common ancestor, we are of a completely different species. The ancestor of the Apes took a slightly different evolutionary step to what became us. Perhaps the genes or DNA precluded the development of sentience or even of bone restructuring which allowed us to begin to walk upright. The Apes and Monkeys have evolved over a similar period to ourselves but the changes were still animalistic and have been quite slight except for size and the development of the 'family group'. Behavior changed but the physical aspects didn't.

    Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?

    In the bottle there's little air. What makes the glue move is the water in the glue. In the bottle, there's no air, so the water doesn't evaporate. When it leaves the bottle, or the bottle is left open, the water evaporates or dries and sticks things together. We say it dries because it loses the moisture by evaporation.

    Do penguins have knees?

    Yes. Penguins appear to have very short legs and no knees because only the lower leg is externally visible. Their knees and upper legs are feather covered, hiding them from view. This also means that penguins never get cold knees!

    Why is it said that an alarm clock is going off when really its coming on?

    Why do you park in a drive?

    How come people tell you not to stand in front of an emergency exit when if there was an emergency surely you would run through it?

    Obviously, because if there was an emergency, not only would you be running through it, but many other people. So if you stand in front of it, you are blocking an exit.

    Why did Sally sell seashells on the seashore when you can just pick them up anyway?

    Maybe she cleaned, polished and painted them for tourists. Who wants a dirty shell to put on your coffee table after a vacation? Maybe she'd have been better off with an eBay store...

    In libraries, do they put the bible in the fiction or non-fiction section?

    It is debated whether or not religon is real or fake, but the Bible is considered non fiction. It is in the 200s, according to the Dewey Decimal system. A religon book would be in the fiction section only if it were a clearly made up story with a clear plot-climax-plot, like other books. Some libraries are known to have a special religous section, others may house it in reference.

    Does a two-humped camel store more water than a one-humped camel?

    It is a common mis-conception that camels store water in their humps. They actually have a fat reserve there. This not only helps them to store much needed fat, but also stops their backs from getting too hot by blocking the heat from the sun.

    If you pamper a cow, do you get spoiled milk?

    No, but I heard that milk comes out of their nose when they laugh.

    Why is it that if someone yells "duck" they are helping you, but if they yell "chicken" they are insulting you?

    We all know ducks are mure helpful than chickens anyway. :thumbsup:

    If the FBI breaks your door down do they have to pay for it?

    There's no ruling on this. And surely it'd be a SWAT team anyway? lol.

    If they have angel food cake on earth, do they have people food cake in heaven?

    We'll come to this question when the debate about whether heaven exists or not is over.

    If you fart and burp at the same time, would it make a vacuum in your tummy?

    No, because if you need to fart and burp, that means there is excess pressure in your tummy from the gas. When you have gas- you have a surplus of pressure. When you fart or burp you release the pressure, bringing you back to zero pressure (if you get it all out). You can't release more pressure than you have.

    Can you cry underwater?

    Yes, crying is an excess of tears produced by the tear ducts. Crying underwater is thus possible, although they will not stream down your face but dissipate into the water.

    You know the signs on restaurant doors? No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service? what if someone goes in with No Pants? Would the restaurant still have to serve them?

    It would be fully at the descretion of the management.

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    i was bored n got them of a website, it looks like u was as bored as me in answering them if u want sum more let me:)

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    If an African elephant comes to America, is it an African-American elephant?

    No. He becomes an "exhibition".

    If a doctor suddenly died while doing surgery, would the other doctors work on the doctor or the patient?

    If the doctor was dead there would be no point in working on him!

    Why do we sing "Rock a bye baby" to lull our little ones to sleep when the song is about putting your baby in a tree and letting the wind crash the cradle to the ground?

    Well, lullabies are meant to soothe the very young, who do not understand the words; the soft lilting melody is what's important. (More here)

    Why do we say we're head over heels when we're happy? Isn't that the way we normally are?

    Tumble, doing summersaults, Jumping for joy, doing backflips! Head over heels in love! Falling for someone with all you have, from top to bottom. So excited and over joyed your heart is doing flip-flops. The skipping of the heartbeat as when the love of your life walks near you, holds you or embraces you. Topsy Turvey he/she/they turn my world upside down.

    If the Wicked Witch of the West melts in water... how did she ever bathe?

    She's a witch!! Bathing would make her a bit soft wouldn't it?

    If bald people work as chefs in a restaurant,do they have to wear hairnets?

    No, although they are still expected to wear a hat to soak up the sweat.

    Why do sleeping pills have warning labels that state :'Caution: May Cause Drowsiness?

    Most warnings come from some law-suit or another which a company may decide to avoid in the future.

    Do nudists have pin-ups of people with clothes on?

    Probably not.

    How can Darth Vader breathe and talk at the same time?

    Firstly, how do you talk and breathe at the same time? Secondly, he's not breathing. His artificial lungs are breathing. You can't compare Darth Vader's body to your own. He is partially mechanical and therefore functions differently than you or I.

    When the French swear do they say pardon my English?

    No. This phrase, in which French refers to "bad language", is employed
    when the speaker feels compelled to use an obscenity despite having listeners who might be offended. It's a late 19th century euphemism which first appeared in Harper's Magazine in 1895. It is thought that the term French is employed in this sense as it already had a history of association with things considered vulgar. As far back as the early 16th century, French pox and the French disease were synonyms for genital herpes, and French-sick was another term for syphillis. The OED [Oxford English Dictionary] also equates the adjective French with "spiciness", as in French letter for "condom", French kiss (1923) and French (i. e. "sexually explicit") novels (from 1749).

    Also, it may interest you to know that the French call "french kissing" "english kissing".

    Do people who use sign language see little hands in their head when they think about what somebody said, or do they hear the words in their head?

    I don't know.

    How did Walt Disney figure out how to make people pay to stand in lines all day?

    He hasn't. People are just foolish enough to do so.

    Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

    It's often in the hopes that they'll have an idea of what can be cooked whith what is in there.

    Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

    This is physics rather than anything to do with beauty or style. Light is reflected at both the front and the back surfaces of a soap film. Depending on the thickness of the film, the light waves reflected from the two surfaces will reinforce each other for some colours but cancel each other out for others (this is known as thin-film interference). If you look at a bubble closely you will see bands of different colours, since the bubble will be thinner at the top than at the bottom. This means that bubbles are reflecting all the colours of the spectrum and white light is made up of all these colours. That is why soap suds appear white.

    Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

    People can prove you wrong about the paint.

    Why do they call someone "late" if they died early?

    Its not only for the person who died earlier its for all the person who died at anytime. They will be called as late because only the person who was late to a place will not be available in that place during the required time. So the dead person is called as late...

    Why are the adjectives 'fast as' and 'slow as' often used in conjunction with hell, is hell slow or fast?

    Hell is used here as a trailing modifier. You can think of it the same as a preceding modifier. For example: extremely fast, extremely slow. Extremely isn't fast or slow in and of itself, but expresses magnitude regarding fast or slow.

    If the serving size on a can of soda is one can, then why is the serving size on the little can one can, too? Wouldn't the little cans be 2 cans?

    No. It is simply a smaller serving.

    If a king is gay and marries another guy what is that guy to the royal family?

    He would be the Royal Consort to the King. Or, he may just go missing.

    Why are red buttons always the most important?

    People make critical items, such as emergency buttons, fire extinguishers, stop signs, etc brightly colored so they will be seen easily. Red is a color that is quickly distinguished by most people. Therefore, red has become the internationally recognised colour for danger/emergency.

    How is chess considered a sport?

    Chess is considered a game, not a sport. There is a difference between a game and a sport. A sport is something that requires grueling physical activity. A game is something that requires grueling mental activity. Therefore, chess is a game, not a sport.

    Why is it when your sleeping it`s called drool but when your awake its called spit?

    Drool comes out involuntarily, spit comes out forcefully.

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    I just thought the answers might interest some people and/or give them more to think about. ;-)

    im glad a kept ur busy 4 a while ducky i have loads more if u want 2 answer them

    These are cool! Keep em coming ducky! :thumbsup:

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    If a hermaphrodite got sent to a certain gender prison, which one would it get sent to?

    They wouldn't be sent to a certain gender prison! Problem solved.

    If a teacher were to teach a younger grade than they were teaching before, would they be "degraded"?

    Degraded is a subjective term, so you would have to ask them how they feel about it.

    If you get chemo-therapy do you lose your pubic hairs?

    The main purpose of chemotherapy is to kill cancer cells. It can be used as the primary form of treatment or as a supplement to other treatments. Chemotherapy is often used to treat patients with cancer that has spread from the place in the body where it started (metastasized), but it may also be used the keep cancer from coming back (adjuvant therapy). Chemotherapy destroys cancer cells anywhere in the body. It even kills cells that have broken off from the main tumor and traveled through the blood or lymph systems to other parts of the body. It also kills the fast multiplying cells. The cells under hair roots are typically fast multiplying. So when hair start falling all the hair including private parts, armpit, eyelashes and eye brow fall. A few chemotheraphy drugs do not cause hair loss.

    Would you die if you didn't pee?

    Yes -…stm

    Why does every Abraham Lincoln impersonator sound the same, even though there are no known audio recordings of the man?

    There are three reasons.

    One, historians tell us he had a somewhat high-pitched speech, so the impersonators copy that. Second he lived in the US Midwest, Indiana and Illinois - the people who've played him mostly hailed from there, or somewhere with similar accents - Lee Bergere, Henry Fonda, Charles Aidman, Tom Tryon, Richard Boone. Third, Raymond Massey played Lincoln in the most important movie of all time on this subject, the play "Abe Lincoln in Illinois". He was Canadian; but he did the part using a flattish Midwestern accent - and everyone else is still doing the man that same way.

    How's come people tell you to stay a kid for as long as you can. Yet the moment you do anything childish or immature they tell you to grow up.

    They want you to have fun, not act stupid.

    Why does the Easter bunny carry eggs? Rabbits don't lay eggs.

    The Easter Bunny is designed for children. Lots of children have rabbites, few have chickens. Bunnys are also more fluffy and cute than most chickens. Both are the symbols of spring and new life.

    If marbles are not made of marble, why are they called marbles?

    Maybe they were made of marble at first?

    If you dig a hole through the center of the earth, come out on the other side, and then let go, would you be falling down or floating up?

    You would have already died whilst digging towards the centre of the Earth.

    Could you be a closet claustrophobic?


    Could someone be addicted to counseling? If so, how would you treat them?

    "Addicted is not quite the right word. However people do become dependent on therapy and on particular therapists. They can be said to be using therapy for "maintenance" rather than for actually seeking a solution to their problems. A patient may find that his stress or anxiety is relieved by talking about the problem enough to allow him to function. He will then do nothing about the problem until the next time he feels overwhelmed by it. At that point he will return to the therapist, talk some more, feel better and so on. I have only done counseling in a limited capacity but I have encountered this situation. I finally had to set a limit and refer the client to someone else. I felt I was doing the client a disservice by allowing him to become comfortable with this pattern."

    If ketchup is good on french fries, how come it isn't good on mashed potatoes?

    This is subjective. I like ketchup on mashed potato!!

    Where do all the daylight savings hours go?

    Time is not "used up". It is simply shifted. You cannot make MORE hours of daylight in a day, you can simply move the time so the daylight falls in a more convenient pattern.

    Why doesn't the hair on your arms grow as fast as the hair on your head?

    Genetic structure. And let's just say it's a good thing!

    What happens if a black cat walks under a ladder and breaks a mirror?

    They are both cancelled out!!

    Why when people ask you "what three things would you bring with you on a desert island?" no one ever replies, "A BOAT"

    Because the question is never meant in a literal sence, it's a euphemism for asking people what their most cherished posession is.

    Why are elderly people often called "old people" but children are never called "new people"?

    Because in this case, the opposite of 'old' is not 'new'. It is YOUNG.

    How does Freddy Kruger wipe his butt?

    He only has one gloved hand.

    Why doesn't broccoli come in a can?

    Broccoli gets soggy very easily. Freezing is the best way to preserve it, but even then, it gets pretty soft.

    Can you slam a revolving door?

    No. Technically, the door would need something to slam into something because 'slam' is an onomatapaeic word to represent the loud sound the door makes as it is closed quickly.

    If winnie the pooh was civilized enough to keep his honey in jars, why did he eat it off his hands? Surely he had spoons?

    Honey tastes better this way.

    What happens if you get a paper cut from a Get Well card?

    The same that happens when you get any other paper cut.

    Can you read a picture book?

    Yes, because reading is simply the interpretation of what's on the page.

    Why does it say "shake well" on ketchup bottles, but not ketchup packets?

    It's presure that matters. While shaking you are putting a thrust downward and in packets you are pressing or pushing up.

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    Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?

    By UK law, for something to be reduced it must have been at the old price in one of the company's retail outlets in the UK for a period of 28 consecutive days.

    Of course, one could argue that matteresses, like other goods available for purchase, are always "on sale" for customers to buy.

    Is eating a mermaid considered cannibalism?

    Bring me a mermaid and we shall discuss this matter further.

    Why does it say do not use before work with heavy machinery on the back of childrens tylenol? I mean..really could we save that many people by getting those darn five year-olds with headcolds off those forklifts!

    Again, something to avoid any lawsuits. Adults may also take the drug and it may deeply affect how they can manage the machinery.

    If mirrors need light to work, what happens if you put night vision goggles on in the dark and look at a mirror?

    Night vision goggles use infra-red light, not visible by the human eye. if looking straight at the mirror it would most likely wash out the image. As the goggles emit IR and receive it right back.

    If you're on an American airline, and you land in Canada and stay on the plane, is the drinking age still 21 or does it change to 19?

    Surely drinking would be banned on the plane anyway?

    What happens if every team in the NFL goes 8-8?

    They have a play/field day. Softball throwing competition, long jump, jump rope, sack races, and the grand finally tug-of-war. The champion will only then have to spin ten times with head on a bat, hop to the other side of the field on one foot to retrieve the trophy.

    What shape is the sky?

    The sky is just a collective name for all of the atmospheric levels, which describe the type of air in that area. The sky has no shape since gas, which makes up the sky, can not be made into a shape.

    If a Jewish person goes to court and is asked to put their right hand on the Bible, do they use a Torah instead?

    Legal reforms from the 18th century onwards mean that everyone in the United Kingdom now has the right to make a solemn affirmation instead of an oath.

    Why is it written "May contain traces of peanuts or other kind of nuts" on peanut butter jars. Are people stupid enough not to realize it themselves?

    It's the law. It's just easier to make all companies do it than make loopholes for nut products!

    If you only have one eye...are you blinking or winking?

    A blink it usually an involuntary movement performed sub-conciously, where as a wink is purposeful closing of the eyelid.

    If you have a gun and you ask, "can I ask you a question?" and they say "fire away" should you shoot them?

    No, you *should not*. However, it could be misinterpreted as always.

    What is a chickpea if it is neither a chick nor a pea?

    It IS a pea (grown in the Mediterranean, West Asia and India) and it can be used in salads and stews.

    The name "chickpea" derives ultimately from the Latin name cicer through the French chiche. The Roman surname Cicero is derived from this plant. The word "garbanzo" comes from the Spanish language, an alteration (perhaps influenced by Old Spanish garroba or algarroba) of the Old Spanish arvanço, perhaps from Greek erebinthos.

    Why is it called the People's Republic Of China when China's not a republic?

    In fact, governments name their countries whatever they want to. That's why North Korea's official name is Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It makes for much better public relations than a more accurately descriptive title would.

    One of the three branches of government (Communist Party, People's Liberation Army, and National Congress) in the PR China is elected--the National Congress. The National Congress works like a parliamentary body, so at least part of their government officially works like a republic. To qualify for membership in the NC, one must be a communist party member.
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