What’s The Origen Of The Term OK ? It’s Opposite of K.O. ?

Almost every language has an O vowel, a K consonant, and an A vowel.

So OK is a very distinctive combination of very familiar elements.

And that’s one reason it’s so successful. It stands apart.

What is the origen of the term OK?

I'm OK - You're OK

Okay is more than likely the most commonly used word in the world so surely we most know where it came from.

There are dozens of explanations on the internet as to the possible origin of the term OK and although most sound feasible such as OK is KO spelled backwards and the Greek expression Ola Kala which translates as Everything’s Fine, I’m not sure that I’d go with any of them without knowing a little more.

Other Origins Of The Term OK

Maybe an abbreviation of orl korrect, humorous form of all correct, popularized as a slogan during President Van Buren’s re-election campaign of 1840 in the US.

Black slaves of West African origin, where it represents a word meaning ‘all right, yes indeed’ in various West African languages.

And then there’s the Choctaw word "okeh," which sounds like and means okay.

President Woodrow Wilson reportedly thought it was the "correct" spelling of the word, and would OK documents with "okeh."

From the Scots – ‘och aye’ (yes, indeed)

From Finnish, ‘oikea’ (correct, exact)

From Mandingo, ‘O ke’, (certainly)

What do you think?

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Scientist And Layperson – How Long Is That Piece Of String?

Scientist "How long is a piece of string?".

Scientist How long is a piece of string?


Not sure where the expression, "How long is a piece of string?", comes from, but almost anybody you ask will give you a different answer.

Scientist One

I always thought the length of a piece of string was, twice half it’s length.

Scientist Two

A fractal piece of string would be infinitely long, because it would be wiggly at every scale.

* Fractal – A curve or surface having the property that any small part of it, enlarged, has the same statistical character as the whole.

Scientist Three

Depends on the age of the string.

About 6 months with average wear and tear. After about 6 months of average wear and tear that it decomposes into lint, which is forever.

Now 6 months =~ 183 days * 24 hours/day * 60 min/hour * 60 secs/min * 300,000,000 meters/sec * 39 inches/meter = about 2*10e17 inches.

But the width varies.

Lay Person 1

Well it depends on the length of the string.

Lay Person 2

Twice the length from the center to either end.

Derivation of the term, How Long Is A Piece Of String?


Used to indicate that something cannot be given a finite measurement.

So What’s Your Opinion?

Is your opinion closest that of a scientist or a lay person?

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Testing On Animals Should They Be Used For Research?

Testing On Animals To Aid Scientific Research

Maybe not a very pleasant subject, but I do feel like it needs to be talked about.

First my views and those of others, and then later, some pro testing on animals arguements.

Do we still need to do testing on amimals?


I’m sure that almost everyone wants to see cures for diseases such Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, stroke, heart attack and AIDS etc.

But a great many if not most of the important advances in the field of health care can be attributed to human studies which have led to major medical breakthroughs, and NOT to experiments on animals.

Consider the development of anesthesia, the stethoscope, morphine, radium, penicillin, artificial respiration, x-rays, antiseptics, and CAT, MRI, and PET scans, plus the study of bacteriology and germ theory and the discovery of the link between cholesterol and heart disease and the link between smoking and cancer, and also and the isolation of the virus that causes AIDS and more.

Animal testing played no role, or at most, a very small role at best in the development of any of the above.

We know that animals seriously suffer from lab experiments, so should we continue to submit then to such pain and such agony?

The Supposed Pluses For Testing On Animals

Animal research plays a very crucial role in scientists’ understanding of diseases and aids them in the development of effective medical treatments.

Animals provide scientists with complex living systems, consisting of cells, tissues and organs.

Many animals are vulnerable to over two hundred of the same health problems as humans which makes them an effective model for researchers to study.

Rats and mice account for about 95% percent of all animals that are used for research in laboratories.

Most of the remaining research animals are rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, farm animals, fish and insects.

Less than one percent of the remaining research animals are cats, dogs and non-human primates.

Before conducting research on animals, scientists make absolutely sure that animals are needed for their experiments.

So What Do You Think About Testing On Animals?

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Racial Profiling? And Why America Needs It

What's wrong with racial profiling!

The very thought of making racial profiling legal in the US makes liberals go ballistic.

But why?

Racial profiling would most likely have prevented 9/11, and almost certainly have prevented the Fort Hood attack, and the list goes on and on!

Criminal Profiling

When law enforcement officials are looking for a serial killer, they don’t bother talking to very many females.

Nor do they question many blacks, Hispanics, or Middle-Easterners.


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How Might Christians Foster A Better Relationship With Jews?

One of the most complex issues for Christians and Jews to resolve is how to better relate to each other when the proverbial elephant is in the room.

How might Christians better relate to Jews

What Is The Elephant?

The Elephant is the desire on the part of many Christians to evangelize Jews.

As one Jew eloquently stated several years ago,

"Christians have to understand Jews did not volunteer to become participants in the final act of a play they didn’t write".

And they need to understand the sensitivity that many Jews have to their uninvited conversion efforts.

Jews should be accepted and loved for who they are, and for the unique role they have in God’s plan for humanity.

They should not be looked upon merely as conversion targets, because the moment a Jew senses this the elephant immediately enters the room.

Earnest Christians, many of whom have a genuine love of the Jewish people might,

Seriously consider how much Jews suffered at the hands of Christianity.

Centuries of misunderstanding.



The Holocaust.

And Replacement theology only widens the gap between Jews and Christians.

* Replacement theology, also known as supersessionism, essentially teaches that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan.

A PDF explaining Replacement theology is available for download.

Countering Anti-Semitism

And being seen to condemn and even attempting to counter anti-Semitism would go a long way to fostering a better relationship.

God Revealed Himself To The Jews

It is to the Jews that God chose to reveal himself, and with whom he established the Sabbath.

The God given Sabbath is a Saturday and not a Sunday, and both the old and the new testament confirm that it was never changed to Sunday.

The Catholic Church brought about the change to Sunday in the fourth century, as part of a growing effort by the fledgling religion, as it steadily moved away from its birth as a sect of Judaism.

* Seventh Day Adventists honor the Sabbath on Saturday.

Jesus And Paul Were Jews

Almost all of Christianity’s doctrine is based on the writings of Paul, whose real name was Saul, and who lived his entire life as a Jewish Pharisee and steadfastly considered himself to be a Jew.

In spite of the Church’s effort to portray him as a convert to Christianity.

And another noteworthy point is that, contrary to what most Christians and many Jews have been taught, Jesus, whose given name was Yeshua Ben Yosef did not abolish Torah.

*Torah – The law of God as revealed to Moses and recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures (the Pentateuch).

The Jews Are Not Lost

It would also be mutually beneficial if many Christians were to develop a more objective and respectful understanding of what Jews have contributed to the world, rather than simply looking upon them as "lost".

With more than 1,800 years of persecution and death having been perpetrated against Jews by Christians, it should be easy to understand that Jews are skeptical, hesitant, and more often that not resistant about entering into a meaniful relationship with a Christian.

And especially if they sense the Christian is singularly interested in converting them to the very religion responsible for long years of persecution against them.

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