Why Why Why?!

February 23rd, 2016

Written by Vicki Ward

So the other day as mid-morning hit, I had one of my many body stretches, and if you're a fan of having a good stretch like me you may have wondered why it feels so good. Which got me thinking of a whole other general life questions! So here we go...

Why does a stretch feel so good?

This is going to feel a little like you're back in biology lesson, but basically your veins work by being squeezed by the muscle around them. When you stretch, you tense all of your muscles, which squeezed all the spent blood back to the heart and lungs, and replaces it with oxygenated blood.

When you stretch, you expand the chest cavity, increasing the capacity of the lungs. This increases the amount of oxygen getting into the blood. Therefore the blood getting around your body is richer for those few moments.

Basically you're getting a shot of super oxygenated blood - so stretch away!

Why does sneezing feel so good?

Sneezing is one the human body's most addictive natural functions. For some reason, it feels good. Why?

The act of sneezing produces a physical feeling of euphoria like a small adrenaline rush that relieves growing tension caused from the build-up to the big, final blow.

The entire process of sneezing creates a massive amount of tension and relieves it at the same time. As the sneeze begins to build, it creates great muscle tension in the chest and the sneeze allows the body to expel it in one fell swoop.

At the same time, the sneeze also creates a feeling of euphoria in the brain, releasing endorphins that produce the good feelings that come from sneezing. The endorphins can even start to bubble up with the anticipation of a sneeze coming on by that familiar tingling in the nose.

What about sayings where did they come from? (Always good for catchphrase quizzes!)

More than you could shake your stick at!

Farmers controlled their sheep by shaking their staffs to indicate where the animals should go. When farmers had more sheep than they could control, it was said they had "more than you can shake a stick at."

Saved by the bell

As scary as it sounds, being buried alive was once a common occurrence. People who feared succumbing to such a fate were buried in special coffins that connected to a bell above ground. At night, guards listened for any bells in case they had to dig up a living person and save them "by the bell."

Show your true colours

Warships used to fly multiple flags to confuse their enemies. However, the rules of warfare stated that a ship had to hoist its true flag before firing and hence, display its country's true colours.

Baker's Dozen

A baker's dozen means thirteen. This old saying is said to come from the days when bakers were severely punished for baking underweight loaves. Some added a loaf to a batch of a dozen to be above suspicion.