Celebrating Senses - Day 3: The Bliss of “Smell”


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smell
ˈsmel\
noun, verb.
Definition:

  1. to perceive the odor or scent of through the nose.

We’re on Day 3 of Celebrating Senses, and today we’re focusing on “Smell” questions! Today we’re awarding lots of points to the most interesting queries related to scents, noses, and all things smell-related. Don’t forget to ask one today! You can also see our hashtags for more question ideas.

Our “smell” question for you is this:

What smells are associated with some of your most distinct memories?

Thanks for reading,

Yahoo Answers Team

Bluetooth Technology is Named After a King

**Secret Revealed**

Article: http://bit.ly/UohVS6

King Harald Gormsson ruled Denmark from c. 958 until his death in 985 or 986 (sources vary). He also dabbled in ruling Norway for a few years starting in roughly c. 970.

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He is known for building the first bridge in southern Scandinavia. It was a huge bridge for the time at 5 meters (5.5 yards) wide and 760 meters (831 yards) long. Bridges were of course useful, and this was the longest known bridge in the Viking era — a prestigious symbol for the builder.

Although he’s sometimes credited for it, it’s debated whether Harald was responsible for converting Denmark to Christianity. But, it is fair to say he was known for amicably bridging the religious following in Denmark from pagan to Christianity. This is succinctly demonstrated by one of Denmark’s most well known landmarks, the Jelling Stones. These giant boulders from the Viking Age are now encased in glass and rest in the town of Jelling, Denmark. The largest stone, raised by Harald, is frequently referred to as Denmark’s baptismal certificate. The interesting part is that the engravings depict both heathen and Christian imagery.

Although Harald raised the Jelling Stones in his parent’s honor, his modern legacy relates to his nickname, bluetooth. Like many things in history, there’s no definitive answer to why that was his nickname; but, there are plenty of colorful theories.

  1. He had a bad tooth, which was black and blue.
  2. He often wore blue clothing, and blue dye was the most expensive so it signified his royalty. That is, he was so noble that even his teeth were blue.

In Harald’s day, he was the meaning of bluetooth. Of course today, bluetooth means something completely different. Although it was popularized by connecting cell phones to wireless headsets, the vision was to eventually use bluetooth to wirelessly connect any two devices together.

That vision has been realized. You can use it to stream music to your car or home stereo. Video game systems use it for wireless controllers. It can be used to unlock your home without removing keys from your pocket and you can even pay for products in some places using bluetooth.

Bluetooth technology is named after King Harald because, like Harald, bluetooth can bridge the gap between the Christians and heathens (of wireless devices). The bluetooth logo is even made up of Harald’s Nordic runes initials.

If you can bring people together, maybe your initials will be resurrected one thousand years from now too. You better start working on a cool nickname.

Chad Upton is a blogger for Broken Secrets and an official Yahoo Answers contributor.

Sources: wikipedia (harald bluetooth, jelling stones), Viking Empires (book)

Delight of “Sight” - Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in our celebration of “Sight” questions yesterday! We awarded the top 3 most popular “Sight” questions and also awarded points to GREAT answers to those questions. (You can see that in the comments section on Answers).

1st - Looking at the Bulls roster, are they good enough to win a title? 500 points

2nd - What’s the best way to wear winged eyeliner? 300 points

3rd - Do looks or personality matter more? 150 points

Today we’re continuing our celebration of senses with “Hear" questions!
Ask one today!

Thanks for reading,

Yahoo Answers Team

Celebrating Senses – Day 2: The Joy of “Sound”

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hear
ˈhir\
verb.
Definition:

  1. to perceive by the ear.

We’re continuing our celebration of senses with “Hear” questions! We’ll be rewarding the most popular and interesting queries related to listening, sound, ears, and all other things hearing-related. You can also see our hashtags for more ideas!

So here’s our question to you today:

            What’s an interesting conversation you’ve overheard?

Thanks for reading,

Yahoo Answers Team

Celebrating Senses – Day 1: The Delight of “Sight”

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see
sē/
verb.
Definition:

  1. to perceive with the eyes.

As we announced last week, we’re launching our celebration of senses with “See” questions! We’re rewarding the most intriguing questions and answers related to seeing, looking, witnessing, eyes, vision, and all other things sight-related. You can also see our hashtags for more ideas!

To get the ball rolling, here’s our question to you:

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen in public?

Thanks for reading,

Yahoo Answers Team

Celebrating Senses

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  • What do you see on the way to school or work every morning?
  • If victory had a smell, what would that smell be?
  • How do you think dinosaurs would have tasted?

Two weeks ago we wrapped up our six-week celebration of curiosity, and this upcoming week we wanted to celebrate another special element of humanity – our senses. Every day we busy ourselves in life’s daily grind, and our senses become something we easily take for granted. We forget to appreciate how our eyes let us watch the sunset’s gentle glow over the horizon or how our arms let us give a firm, warm embrace to a friend we haven’t seen in a long time. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate how our body’s amazing sensory abilities allow us to experience the richness of life.

Starting Monday next week we’ll be focusing on a different sense (Sight, Hearing, Smell, Taste, Touch) each day, and we want questions from you relating to the senses! The following week we’ll be rewarding the most interesting questions and the most intriguing answers to those questions. So start thinking of some good questions for next week!

Thanks for reading,

Yahoo Answers Team

Alchemy of How - Results

Our six-week celebration of curiosity concluded last week with a “How” fest.
 
As promised, we’ve doubled up our points award and the askers who asked the most compelling “how” questions have be duly rewarded.
 
"HOW" questions with the most answers…**drum roll**

1st - How many letters are in your name? (63 answers) 1000 points

2nd - How was your day today? (44 answers) 600 points

3rd – How do you perceive Iowa? (43 answers) 300 points
 
Thanks to all of you who took part in celebrating the desire to know and to educate. We’ve been overwhelmed by your response over the past six weeks and we hope you’ve enjoyed it too.

Stay tuned for more initiatives like this one in the coming weeks and if you’d like to share your suggestions for programs like this one, please do so on our feedback forum.
 
Thanks for reading,
Yahoo Answer Team