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May 24, 2010

இ South Paws from Northern Hemisphere?

Choose your favorite day at work:

Monday


Friday

Monday blues huh dragging your feet going to office? Maybe not all will fall under this situation? Some would jump out of the bed ever ready to be in the office every morning and Mondays are no exception. Then four days later TGIF..this is the day all would be looking forward to and a day to celebrate as this last week of the month comes with a fat wallet. Have a swinging day then.


Learning is a never ending process and we cannot stop learning. We learn new things every single day and from every aspects generally in life. I have to agree with Autumn Belle that she is learning a lot about Chinese culture by watching period dramas. I saw an advertisement on milk powder over the TV regarding a conversation between mother and child concerning polar bears eating the helpless penguins. Got a shock of my life! A very educational advertisement ~ "Do polar bears eat penguins?" Nope! Polar bears are from the Northern hemishpere and penguins are from the Southern hemisphere *with the exception of those non-wild penguins from Phillip Island Nature Park, in Melbourne Australia*. OMG how wrong could I be for all my life thinking these two creatures lived in the icy cold arctic together. Gee..*blush* guess how many knew about it before you read this?


Images courtesy of Wikipedia

Apparently all polar bears are left handed. Is this a myth? There are no scientific studies of polar-bear handedness. Instead, based on the answer from an anthropologist Richard Nelson’s account who spent about a year in 1960s living with the Inupiaq in the tiny village of Wainwright. "Inupiaq elders say polar-bears are left-handed, so you have a slightly better chance to avoid their right paw, which is slower and less accurate," says Nelson.

Why are left handed people called south paws then if polar bears come from the Northern Hemisphere? Southpaw has its origins in 1880s' baseball slang. Baseball diamonds were often arranged so the batters would face east, to avoid looking into the afternoon sun. The pitcher's left hand, or paw, would therefore be on the southern side. We can learn so much from Polar Bears.


Thank You to all Voters again for loving 'I Swear' which was selected for Round Two of Blog IDOL Week #2. Coming up the next round would be tougher as the contest is getting even hotter and greatly competitive. Appreciate your continuous support very much. tQ.


ஞ Blunder: # 7
Bananaz was in Taiwan some years back and approached the receptionist in a hotel requesting for a favour to page for the tour operator. It must have been an incredible feat for Bananaz to communicate in Mandarin back then with limited vocab so the chicken and duck talk goes like this..

香蕉Bananaz人: 我可以 [ wǒ kěyǐ ] page Mr Jackson Lee please?
Bananaz: Can I page for Mr Jackson Lee please?

Receptionist : 先生請問是 *木子李* 嗎?
PinYin: xiānsheng qǐngwèn shì * mù zǐ Lǐ * ma?
Receptionist: Sir may I ask is it * mù zǐ Lǐ *?

Bananaz: No! no! 不是 [bùshì] excuse me what Lee again?
Receptionist: 木子李? * mù zǐ Lǐ * ?
Bananaz: Sorry no! its s:p:e:l:l:e:d *JACKSON LEE*
Receptionist: O(ö_0)O *almost fainted*

OK let those Chinese educated viewers lol first then comes this translation which would kick in slightly slower to tickle your funny bone. In Chinese/Mandarin their method of spelling is by way of connection to the radical of the word. For example surname "Lee" 李 will have two words one on top of each other. The word on the top section is 'wood' 木 [mù] and the bottom is 'son' 子 [zǐ]. So in order to confirm the 'spelling' one will ask is it 木[mù] 子[zǐ] 李[Lǐ]? It is just like asking "is your surname LEE spelled L:E:E or L:I" or the most common mis-spelled surname is Cheah vs Chia? Got it or just as confused?


EM Banana dancing

62 Bunchesஇ:

[SK] said...

i definitely won't choose Monday as my favourite working day.. so i chosed Friday, hahahaha!!

[SK] said...

nevertheless, after watching the clip for Friday, i went to choose Monday and see what's there on the clip.. hahahaha, very geh poh right?? :p but i think all of us will do this lah~~ :D

[SK] said...

anyway, my favourite day is never Monday or Friday, i can tell you immediately, but it's HOLIDAY, hahahaha~~

[SK] said...

oh, thanks for the two facts you mentioned, i really didn't know that at all!! polar bears are left-handed, and they are only in the north while penguins are only in the south.. interesting trivia~~ :p

reanaclaire said...

of all working days, i choose friday... guess most working people will agree.. that is why the eatery shop was also named TGIF! :p

[SK] said...

hahaha, now that you know what 木子李 means.. actually there are other more examples like 子系孫, 雙木林, 言午許 etc, just like how you spell out english words.. :)

[SK] said...

it's Monday, urgh, but have a great week ahead anyways.. :)

Mei Teng said...

I chose Friday! :) But I work half day Saturdays too.

Mandy Ling said...

Singing Monday Blues, :p

suituapui said...

Friday is a public holiday...and here in Sarawak, Monday and Tuesday too - the Gawai Dayak Festival.

suituapui said...

*oops...Tuesday and Wednesday - June 1st and 2nd next week...

jam said...

Thanks for sharing! I also never aware that Polar Bear lives in Arctic and Penguin lives in Antarctica. I thought they stay in the same pole!

Bananazஇ said...

[SK] இ So early great morning no sweat early morning while walking haha? Of course all would love HOLIDAYS. How many would click the 2 days out of curiosity right guess almost all lah? Oh the first surname is Sūn 2. double wood Lín 3. Xǔ (checked online hehe). Thankz.

Bananazஇ said...

Reanaclaire இ only 4 more days to TGIF and you can start jumping like the penguin lol. tQ

Mei Teng இ Working on Saturdays without alternate offs?. Kesian! tQ.

Mandy Ling இ name of the song is 'Monday Blues?' or what song represent Monday Blues? haha. tQ.

Bananazஇ said...

suituapui இ wow plenty of holidays over the East but no difference to you right coz you holiday everyday. hahaha. tQ.

Jam இ surprised huh! to find out things that we took for granted and never learned so detail about Arctic & Antarctica in school. tQ.

mNhL said...

I will definately choose Mon because that is the start of the week i can blog! hahah...but I will be looking forward for Fri too because I can spend fulltime with my kids again during the weekends.

mNhL said...

I saw the milk powder ads too. And *blush* I too did not know polar bear and penguine does not stay together. haha....

Thks for the translation on the surname LEE. Haha...i had a good laugh. No, not confused. I'm a banana too and when people talk to me in deep mandarin, I will go blur! haha

Kelvin said...

Lol, the polar bear resembles me a lot haha XD

Bananazஇ said...

mNhL இ oh you would go for Monday so that can blog haha. Quality time with children how nice. If not for the advert think will never know about it haha. tQ.

Kelvin இ you walk that way to office only on Mondays? haha. By tuesday things will be alright..tQ.

wenn said...

I love friday as i don't hv to work at night and i get to eat out..:)

Shingo T said...

Haven't heard about polar bears eating penguins. Thought they just eat fishes? At least for the one in the Singapore zoo.

And hello there, Bananaz! ^_^

Merryn said...

wait.. let me pop some panadol actifast first n see if i can digest this entry... @_@

HappySurfer said...

Nice videos. LOL!
Yeah, that's an informative ad though I knew about it. Still, it must have enlightened many.

When I read about the left-handed polar bear earlier somewhere else, I was skeptical. It is true afterall?

Southpaw reminds me of left-handed tenpin bowlers.

Life Ramblings said...

i love Fridays cos it's the last day of the work-week. and it's tough to wake up to the regular busy routine of Mondays after spending a relaxing, great weekend.

Bananazஇ said...

wenn இ quite natural most would love Fridays haha tQ.

Shingo T இ hi hi..yes we have not heard of them eating penguins coz there is none to be eaten in North Pole haha. Actually jokes aside do polar bears eat penguins or not if penguins stays in the North pole? tQ.

Merryn @ Oops we have a real hard core banana here hope kepala pusing ok by now haha. tQ.

HappySurfer இ no medical confirmation that they are left handed maybe majority and not all like humans majority are right handed. Wonder they have left handed bowling balls? haha lol. tQ.

Life Ramblings இ wow Fridays are still the favorite choice among the majority. tQ.

LilyChen said...

I watched some animal channel, didn't know polar bears and penguins don't live together, haha...But I only saw polar bear ate fishes, not penguins, and penguins ate fishes, too.

I chose Friday, because after it is the lovely weekend, so I think I also have Monday blue.

PS:My family name is Chen, 耳東陳. XD

Bananazஇ said...

LilyChen இ thankz for dropping by, so you are not alone to have Monday blues haha. Wow I learned new surname today didn't know its ear+east=Chen. tQ.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Can't say I have ANY blues , be it Monday or Friday. Every day is a good day except when troubles come!
Call me a southpaw'coz I'm one!

Bananazஇ said...

Keats The Sunshine Girl இ Hi southpaw yeah remembered you are one. Oh Sunshine will shine regardless of what days except rainy days..tQ.

cleffairy said...

Polar bears eating penguins? that is ridiculous. One at Southpole while another at Northpole! How can polar bears eat penguins? That is impossible!

bluedreamer said...

hi bananaz sorry for my late visit
We have another topic to discuss here before we start the idol this monday
http://blogidolforum.blogspot.com
hope to see you there

Bananazஇ said...

cleffairy இ absolutely you are right but many including yours truly didnt know they loved poles apart..haha. tQ

bluedreamer இ thankz will check it out now. tQ.

Autumn Belle said...

Thank you very much (TQVM) for your kind mention of my name in this fun post of yours.

I have also heard about the IQ question on why Eskimos don't eat Penguins even when they are starving. But I didn't know that polar bears are left-handed. How very interesting! TQTQ, I'm wiser already.

I will always select Friday. Why? This is because until today, my internal clock is still set back to my school days. Fridays is always the start of holidays for the weekend, for school hols and also long hols. Yay, yay,yay, I can still hear the bell ring, my happiest moment. I have many nice friends, teachers and enjoyable times at school but I still love to go back to home sweet home!

Yay, yay, yay, Friday is the start of happy days!

Bananazஇ said...

Autumn Belle இ my pleasure. So you relate back to school days wow way too long to recall. Looking at your comment you certainly love Fridays..Have a nice long weekend as tomorrow is a holiday. tQ.

foongpc said...

Don't know whether polar bear eat penguins and are left handed but panda bear is definitely right handed and eat almost anything that is edible and looks delicious!!! Hahaha!!

foongpc said...

OMG!! JACKSON LEE?! Hahahaha!!!! I would definitely make the same blunder too!! LOL!

foongpc said...

My favourite day is TODAY!! Yay! TGIT!! Thank God It's TODAY!!! : )

TZ said...

I have Saturday Blue in Iran... coz Saturday is a Monday for them. BTW, i have to work for 7 days :(

CH Voon said...

i like friday because next day is holiday!

i like monday too because i havee challenging tasks to do so. :P

CH Voon said...

after watch the friday clips... yes, it is disco or clubbing moment hehehe can jump up and down.

Jingle said...

that's very funny!

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MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE said...

LOL ok got the message - Yeah will be like polar bear on monday & jumping like penguins on happy friday - Creative

Shirleen said...

so glad I'm not working yet.. LOL.. I only have 1 problem.. waking up early for a morning class.. :P

fufu said...

hahahhaa it happened to me once also... my surname is lam(林) and someone reconfirmed with me 雙木林? i was like WTH... it's 林...which 林 she asked? 雙木林? then i was like, @.@ 林 lar... then i wrote her my surname...and she said yah this is 雙木林...hahaha

reanaclaire said...

i also chose friday.. :) i bet most of us did...

iamthewitch said...

Eh, I didn't know that mu zi li means they're spelling the word in Chinese! Interesting!! But not all Chinese surnames can be described as a combination of 2 words right? Like 'yellow' or 'huang'?

Bananazஇ said...

foongpc இ this panda bear eats everything under the sun haha. Wow great new term TGIT and that's very positive to be happy NOW. tQ.

TZ இ oh dear its not 7 days but 8 days a week..hurry back to Msia soon. tQ.

CH Voon இ make up your mind please haha..Wah a very responsible person you work hard and play harder. great thinking. tQ.

Bananazஇ said...

Jingle இ thankz

MODERN ROBINSON CRUSOE இ why you wish to be the other way round haha. tQ

Shirleen இ how nice so relax no need to be in the rat race. Oh morning class starts early? Propose to them start at noon haha. tQ.

Bananazஇ said...

fufu இ hi 雙木林 Ching Fu very long name haha.

reanaclaire இ sure very normal to go for friday yay. tQ.

Bananazஇ said...

iamthewitch இ there are ways of 'spelling' not only on surnames but other words eg like 'sea' they will say the 'big' infront of 'sea' to confirm its "sea". For 'Huang' there is also a way too. It's either they ask 'big tummy Huáng 黃' or '3 stroke Wáng 王'?. Phew! a bananaz leading another bananaz..~;) tQ.

Bananazஇ said...

iamthewitch இ Hopefully not the blind leading the blind haha..tQ

Alice Law said...

Oh dear, I won't know that left handed is called southpaw if I hadn't read your post!!!o.O

Btw, very nice Polar viseo you have here... pretty funny too, with its trunk and jaw dragging on the ice!

A wonderful day to you!

Cloudia said...

monday?




Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Bananazஇ said...

Alice Law இ that's a an American slang for lefties. haha tQ.

Cloudia இ oh you prefer Monday just like foongpc who says TGIT thank God its today and everyday should be a good day. tQ.

Ghosty Nana said...

ah u tried the html. heheh not bad ha

Bananazஇ said...

Ghosty Nana இ cool..yeah we are having the same sifu [SK] the scripteaser of the year haha. tQ.

Jingle said...

cool stuff.
you never fail to amaze me.
Cheers!

Bananazஇ said...

Jingle இ glad I passed..~;) haha tQ

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tag game,
it could be considered as an award.
have fun playing!

Bananazஇ said...

Jingle இ oh I see another tag game ok let me slip by for a peel and see wassup. tQ.

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