We all want things to be clearly cut. It's not easy to process information that is inexact and to live in a state of constant uncertainty, so people tend to accept answers more readily than process theories.
Here were some of the answers.
In theory, a certain amount of insulin will help get rid of a certain amount of carbs, keeping your BG stabil when you eat.
BUT, tons of things make your sensitivity to insulin higher or lower. The list is long, but here is some of it.
- What kind of food you eat. Complex carbs make your BG rise and fall slower than simple carbs. Protein and fat slows it down.
- Exercise. Usually it lowers your BG to do cardio, but strength training makes BG's go up, and then down. Oh, and what did you eat before you started the workout?
-Amount of food. On big eating days like Christmas, the rise in BG can last all through the night if you pig out.
- Stress or disease.
- For the ladies: Menstrual cycle.
- For the ladies: Pregnancy.
- Alcohol consumption.
- Sleeping patterns.
- Smoking cigarettes/quitting smoking cigarettes.
- What kind of insulin you're taking.
- Time of day. Some people need more insulin at night than in the morning for the same amount of carbs.
- Weight loss/gain.
- Other meds you might be taking.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
So even though it's as simple as "Measure BG levels, act accordingly", sometimes the body is just wonky for no reason at all. It really can be a daily struggle.
The Cost Of Weight
A lot of everyday structural engineering is like this. I deal with engineers a lot and there is a lot of "it's probably fine" attitude with them. The safety factor is so high in a lot of their engineering that it doesn't matter. For example, if somebody wants a deck to support 2000 lbs they don't design a deck to support 2000 lbs. they design a deck that will probably support 6000 lbs and call it good without numbers or calcs. That is not true for all engineering, I'm just talking residential construction, which is where I deal with those engineers.
This Is Why They're Always Wrong
Meteorology. Like - people make jokes that the weather guy is always wrong, but do you know how HARD that it is? We can spot patterns, guess about what they are going to do - but at the end of the day, the atmosphere has a mind of it's own and does what it wants.
Don't be so hard on the weather guy. They are trying their best!
An Econ Degree
Trading or the stock markets in general.
It's basically a bunch of people in suits thinking they know where the market will go, when in reality, they don't. And if they weren't at that job that'd be at the track betting it all on #7 or something.
And I say this as someone who is a trader.
There are only a few basic types, and they are not precision or super custom-tailored. Furthermore, it's all trial and error to find the right fit for the individual.
Which is not to say people shouldn't take them. They can really make everything better.
Lest We Forget What Was Legal
Law. Jurisprudence can change. Sure, some rights are more or less established, but technology is bringing a lot of change to the table and in some areas people are not entirely sure of what it means. Aka. Labor law, criminal law, corporate law and intelectual property...
In the spirit of this thread, baking is much less of an exact science than people seem to think. or maybe i mean that cooking is more of a science than people think it is, depending on how you look at it.
Obviously, there are things that will go differently if you put in an extra teaspoon of baking powder or allow your pastry to get slightly too warm or whatever. but those same types of things happen in cooking. if your cooking device isn't hot enough, you won't get the maillard reaction or if you heat a sauce too quickly or add too much acid, it can break, etc. both "types" of cooking are going to involved incredibly complex interactions of heat, ingredients, time, etc.
people go on and on about how baking is such a science, but i think it's really because the cooking process is much more contained and hands-off in baking than in "cooking." with baking (i'm making generalizations, but stick with me), you prepare everything (be it a dough or a batter or whatever), and if something it a little off, you can't fix it once its in the oven. you put it in and hope everything is right. you also can't taste as you go with quite as much ease as with cooking (though you can, it just isn't quite the same). if you're cooking a cream sauce on the stovetop, you can add a little of this and a little of that if you notice it going south and getting too hot or not thickening or separating entirely, but ultimately, the very intricate reactions of your ingredients are still happening.
the difference between cooking and baking, if there is one, is the degree of damage control you can do once the cooking process starts (not much with baking vs more with cooking), not how inherently "scientific" one is over the other. as a result, baking may seem more scientific because getting things right earlier in the process is more important. people are, rightfully, more afraid of what happens once that cupcake goes in the oven, so the prep part of it - the measuring and weighing, etc. - gets more attention.
Digital electronics and binary values for bits are assigned by ballpark voltages.
If you can make a power-supply rated for 10V that stabilizes around like 9.5V, that's usually good enough.
If you need 1200ohms of resistance but you only have 1000, that's usually good enough.
Pretty much everything in electronics is designed to work "well enough".
In a lot of cases, geology.
Observations of the subsurface are expensive, difficult to obtain, of varying precision, and various methods depend on varying levels of judgement calls. Everything is extrapolated from less-than-ideal data, and generally less of it than we'd like.
Not to say it isn't well thought out and the most reasonable possible interpretation - it is just that it is f---ing HARD.
It is particularly annoying when I see somebody with a high school level of understanding of "what science is" (hypothesis, independent and dependent variable, control, etc) who has read into one thing exactly far enough to find a single imprecision, then claiming that, say, the IPCC has it all wrong because they aren't doing proper science. I wonder why they don't apply the same standards to, say, slope stability analysis - suddenly best-available-data is good enough!
DNA evidence. It's NOTHING like on the crime TV shows. You get a vague list of numbers and three hours of testimony about how you can't really tell anything from them.
Same with 23 and me and Ancestry DNA. The difference between a person and a dolphin is .1 and deciding if you're from Russia, which has borders that have been fluctuating for years, is nearly impossible. They update it all the time. My mother in law went from 25% British to 0% British in an update.
America is in quite a state right now.
We are hurting in ways we've never hurt before.
And getting better doesn't seem like an option on the horizon.
America gets a lot wrong everyday.
But, maybe let's try to focus on what America does right.
Maybe it can be a little comfort in times of struggle.
People from all over the world want to live here.
Redditor Ulrich-Stern wanted to discuss the best of America. They asked:
"What does the United States get right?"
I think America certainly has a strong work ethic. We know how to work and win.
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"Accessibility code for buildings. I come from a country where disability is looked upon like a crime or fault. USA does an amazing job making things accessible. I haven’t seen all of USA but majority of the places has amazing system."
"Our public libraries are a real backbone for the country."
"Andrew Carnegie's groundwork in building the institution of free libraries, even in small towns, set a precedent that we wouldn't fathom today but couldn't live without. They often serve not only as an information exchange but as cultural hub, art gallery, performing arts center, tax aid, voter registration, job resources, etc. in communities."
"Plus they're one of the only places you can just exist for hours indoors without the expectation you must buy something.And I feel like they've adapted to the ever-changing needs of their patrons in modern times faster in the US than most places."
"'A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.' -Andrew Carnegie"
'restore' or 'create'
"Valuing actual wilderness in places like national parks. Here in England, they will 'restore' or 'create' natural habitats, which is sort-of nice, but they are almost like zoos. They are too small to survive by themselves so they are actively maintained."
"And in some English national parks, they actually allow housing developments as long as the architectural design is sympathetic. Here, 'countryside"'means farms. There is still a notion in the USA of protecting some large wilderness areas from development."
"The rate of smoking cigarettes. We do very little well in the US when it comes to overall health, but we are light years better than most places when it comes to the prevalence of cigarette smoking. Hardcore anti smoking adds + laws of inconvenience + social stigma really did work."
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"Films. Don't get me wrong, the US can put out some bad films, but the best ones I've seen are usually American."
We do do films well. That is a big plus.
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"The United States adopts more children than the rest of the world combined."
"Burgers. Motherfreakin' burgers."
"I'd expand that to sandwiches in general. Burgers, Philly cheese steaks, Reubens, subs, clubs, chopped cheese, po'boys, just this whole sandwich spectrum. Americans just took sandwich concepts from across the globe and ran with them."
"I've always envied your wildlife. I'm from England and the only large wild animals (other than fish) we have are deer, boar and foxes. And they're incredibly rare. I've always thought it was so cool one country could have bears, moose, cougars, alligators, panthers, bison/buffalo, etc."
"Gas stations like QuikTrip, where they have clean bathrooms, lighted parking lots, free air for your tires, ten different coffees on tap, beer, hotdogs, any soft drink or snack you want, the list goes on. In other countries -- you're not gonna believe this -- their gas stations only sell... gas."
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"The US is an absolute science powerhouse. The technology we come out with has touched the lives of nearly every person on the planet."
"I say this as an immigrant who came to this country, so perhaps take it with a grain of salt. But it truly gives people a second chance at life. My life would be nowhere near as good as it is right now if I were back in my home country."
Maybe America isn't the hot mess a lot of people think it is. We'll see...
Sex is an important part of life.
That is just a fact.
But sex is also about connection and intimacy.
So it's not a surprise when many relationships take a hit after the sex dries up.
It's not something to ignore.
It's the biggest problem in the world, but partners should discuss it.
RedditorItsyBitsyJoxywanted to hear about reasons to stick around with a partner when there is no sexy time. They asked:
"Would you be in a sexless relationship? What circumstance would you find acceptable for this?"
Sex is fun. And when the sex stopped in my relationships... so did the fun. But that is just me.
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"I'm over 80."
"There’s a lot of people that are going to be real shocked once they hit their 70s."
"Our second child has ruined her sex drive. Intimacy is still there but extremely infrequently. I've learned how much that intimacy brings to the relationship, it feels very lonely and although I know it's not her fault, it can still make you feel like she's not attracted to me anymore. It can be pretty lonely too if you go from a romantic relationship to borderline platonic one. You can't help wonder how much is body changes and how much is you."
"I had rectal cancer and because of the surgery I can no longer get an erection, it's very lonely."
"Not sure if one exists, but a site to just make friends to be cuddle buddies, or whatever, should exist for people like you & me. I lost my sex drive & would like a relationship for that occasionally."
"In my case, it's not wanting to see someone very often, as well as the lack of sex drive, that I think would make it difficult. I also don't like people over to my home as it's too small for a couch & we'd be hanging out on my bed, which is weird to me."
"I'm in one now. My husband had a stroke... no sex is not the big problem for either one of us."
"This comment brings a lot of perspective. My gut reaction to this question was no. Sex was and still is pretty significant in my relationship with my wife. We’re in our 30’s and have been together over a decade. But if something happened to her and it was no longer an option? I would never leave her and love her too damned much to imagine it, no matter how much we love sex."
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"I have a near sexless marriage. The love is strong, but the desire is one-sided. That hurts."
Sexless over loveless is definitely easier. So there is that.
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"I am happily married to my good lady for decades and decades. There are times when it has been sexless for whatever reason but never has it been loveless.I wouldn’t have lasted 2 days in a loveless relationship."
You play the cards you are dealt
"I’m dating a man who got diagnosed with prostate cancer a year or so into our relationship. Prostate had to come out and it’s a hit or miss whether or not sexual function comes back. In his case, it was a miss. He wanted me to move on because he got very depressed over it."
"He’s so pleasant and a real decent human being so I stayed with him. Who would abandon someone due to a health crisis? Unfortunately he got bladder cancer next so this is another hurdle to go over. You play the cards you are dealt. We are together in this."
"The reasons for the 'sexlessness' and the depth of the relationship are key factors. My wife got breast cancer at 40 and while she lived another 8 years, the chemotherapy nullified her libido and made intercourse impossible. And yet I dearly wish we could have grown old together whether or not this would have changed. But that’s completely different from cohabiting a loveless marriage or even facing such a situation in one’s youth only a few years after marriage. That would be hard."
"A sexless relationship is better than a loveless relationship, as long as I'm loved and we share physical affection like cuddling and kisses and I'm allowed to beat my meat when I need too I wouldn't care. Just a heads up to all the people who take this personally enough to comment how wrong I am."
"There's no such thing as a wrong option, my opinion is in regards to myself and myself alone I'm not answering for anyone else. Different opinions aren't wrong... OP asked a question to be answered from your own point of view..so there's no reason to call anyone else wrong... it's about you, answer for YOU I've answered for me."
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"I'm in one. Not happy about it, but love is still there so that's nice."
"Same. Maybe had it once in the last 12 years. Finally decided to go to couples/sex therapy this year. Not sure it is helping, but at least I finally brought up that I wanted to try something. My wife is my best friend and I love here with every fiber, just wish there was more intimacy there."
it never happens...
"We haven't had sex in five months due to numerous reasons. Never have alone time with my mom and daughter here. We're both too tired. Our bed we have sex on is where my mom is sleeping. Our waterbed is difficult to use. We always say next weekend and it never happens. We're still going strong though. We love each other and that's what matters."
Well I guess some people can make it work. More power to you.
We all have things which get on our nerves.
Some people have a fairly high tolerance level, and are only truly perturbed by things which are beyond the bounds of common decency, or which are universally accepted as annoying or inconvenient.
Others are not so lucky, and tend to be set off by things which might go completely unnoticed by everyone else.
Redditor Onatic420 was curious to learn the things which instantly make others want to pull their hair out and scream, leading them to ask:
"What do you find annoying as f*ck?"
Is it so hard to pick up after yourself?
"Habitual litterers."- SuvenPan
"When people don’t clean up after themselves."- cheeto_has_spoken
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen
"People that can dish it but can’t take it."
"I work with a dude like this and it’s terrible."- MF_GhidraTea Time Reaction GIF by Kamie CrawfordGiphy
Never judge something by it's size.
"When skin tears near your fingernail and that teeny tiny wound hurts way more than it should."- BlackCaaaaat
"When mosquitoes fly by ur ears."- AxcesDrifter
Back to where we started...
"The Reddit app when it scrolls back up to the top of the 65 TRILLION FKN articles you’ve read."
"It should burn the articles as you read them."- Deathdar1577
Take some responsibility!
"A person's inability to say sorry."- rohankentsorry kristen wiig GIFGiphy
Get out of the way!
"People who leave the f*cking shopping carts in middle of the f*cking aisle!"- otherm0ther
But enough about me, what do you think of me?
"People who make it all about themselves."- ExtensionAir7Proud Drag Queen GIF by CameoGiphy
A lost cause
"Willfully ignorant people."- KingZaneTheStrange
Be it the way another person behaves or common, every day occurrences, we all have things which get on our nerves.
Most of the time it's best to grin and bear it.
But next time you see someone litter, it might be a fine opportunity to let that anger out.
For your sake, and everyone else's.
How many of us heard the old saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" as a child?
Or were told by their parents that watching too much television would make your eyes fall out?
Needless to say, these, as well as other sayings and superstitions, were not 100% accurate, possibly even having no truth to them whatsoever
Rather, these were merely a way to encourage, or scare, children into better eating habits, or getting away from the TV once and a while.
Some however, have, took these and other unsubstantiated pieces of information literally, and continue to believe them to be true.
Redditor wste96 was curious to believe what other falsehoods people continue to believe, in spite of proof to the contrary, leading them to ask:
"What's the biggest lie ever told that we, as a society, still believe in?"
Justice will be served... won't it?
"What goes around comes around."
"Sometimes it doesn't."- Recent_View6254
"That people get what they deserve, or must deserve what they get."- HugeMcAwesome
It's just a phase.... or is it?
"That acne will go away after your teen years."- One_Arachnid_1256Scared Freak Out GIF by Lillee JeanGiphy
Better cut back on those TV dinners...
"Microwaves give you cancer"- Salt-Significance702
Absolutely no justification.
"That torture is an effective method of extracting information."
"Every ten years or so, some three letter agency or another is forced to admit that their torture program yielded nothing but false leads and wrecked lives."
"Then goes straight back to doing it."
"The general population shrugs and says 'if it's the only way to get intel' as if they weren't just told point blank that it doesn't work."- barnfodder
A little kindness goes a very long way
"That being nice and accommodating is a sign of weakness."- AidilAfham42Be Nice GIF by Susanne LambGiphy
"Square cut or pear shaped, these rocks don't lose their shape..."
"Diamonds are rare which us why they are expensive."
"They're very very common, their price is kept high by controlling how many enter the market by the De Beers group, which basically has a monopoly on them and hoards them."
"Synthetic/lab grown diamonds are the exact same as natural and even cheaper to make, but people are still convinced they're not as good as 'real' diamonds."- no_ps_wow
Unrealistic expectations on society
"That we need to work tirelessly and wear ourselves out in order to have a good future and stay happy."- iambigego
"Go to a great college and get a great job and have a great life."- MewsikMaker
When you just can't hold it any more...
"That there is a chemical you can put in pools that turns blue when you pee."- Sad_Cherry2884GIF by South Park Giphy
As the saying goes, you can't believe everything you read.
But for the sake of others, still best to avoid peeing in pools.