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Les Berman Weekly 5-25 Old Words. Lost Continent. You’re Itchy. Scientific Blunders. Carol Burnett and much more…

Somehow, scientists have come up with a group of words that have been around since the spoken word evolved about 15,000 years ago. Now, we know exactly how important this is to the average person, but I know that my readers are far above average and therefore, this information is truly important. It’s important because you can win trivia games, throw these words at your friends, and boast that you would be understood by a 15,000 year old person.

Now you and I also know, that it’s unlikely that any of us know a person of such an advanced age, and you can refute the comments of your children, or your parents, who would express the feelings that you were born in the 1800’s or prior. I do know a lady who is 102+, is still mobile, and is still intellectually sound. But back to the 15,000 year old conversation. Here are the words that you can now put into one or two sentences, or just grunt them out… thou, I, not, that, we, to give, who, this, what, man/male, ye, old, mother, to hear, hand, fire, to pull, black, to flow, bark, ashes, to spit, worm.


The methodology of coming up with these words was reasonable – they began with 200 words that linguists agree are common among all European and Asian languages. They then determined which sounded similar and had comparable meanings across the different languages. And they came up with those 23 words. Now let’s look at the evolution of language using those 23 words…

“old man, we give hand (in) fire ! Mother *%^& I pull hand and spit. Thou bark (in) ashes, who (knows). Ye hand pull worm. Owwwwwwwww..( not) worm, black (mamba) (snake). We need more words dammit !!


Meanwhile, some scientists have said that there is the remainder of a lost continent submerged under the Indian Ocean near Mauritius. First, you have to find Mauritius on a map. Hint: It is not near continental North America. The evidence is some grains of sand that have unique properties and apparently could only have come from somewhere else. Now this is really good hard evidence. To those scientists, I say.. thou not hear what hand spits worm !! ?


And all that thinking has made me itchy. Actually, it has made you itchy. On your forehead… or was that a bug? now your forearm is itchy. Believe it or not, the molecule in your body that makes you itch is in your heart. Telling you that you’re itchy is possibly the same kind of reaction, to words, as when you see someone nearby, yawn.


I always enjoy hearing about the brainiacs who make mistakes, but don’t like to admit it. Perhaps it appeals to our need to think that we’re equal to them. Here’s an example – my regular readers know that I like tennis: I like to play and I like to watch. But what makes me equal to a Roger Federer or to a Maria Sharapova is usually when they are serving. When they double fault (both serves are out or in the net or a combination thereof), I can smile with the knowledge that I too, can make that mistake !


So here are a couple of cool scientific blunders: Darwin’s Notion of heredity and of course, Einstein’s cosmological constant. And, guess what – I did not understand even two sentences of the meaning of these errors. But, isn’t it wonderful knowing that you can make similar mistakes, and you would not get recognized because of your error. Me too !!


Think of the sketch that Carol Burnett would have done with either of these blunders. It would have been hilarious. And the good news is that Carol Burnett has been awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and the ceremony will be televised in October from the Kennedy Center. That will be a solid couple of hours of great comedy. I was surprised to read that she is 80. Is she iconic? or just a good comedienne? make that, really good ! Are you thinking about some of her really great work? and smiling?


And it was just over 20 years ago that the internet was opened to general usage. At the end of 1993, there were 500 websites. By the end of 2013, there will be an estimated 630 million websites. And some of those were developed by my son and that’s really uber cool.


So, interest rates have ticked up. Many economists think that rates will come down, one more time. Are you going to ignore the signs, and continue to hide from the facts? or are you gong to pick up the phone now and call to ask the questions. The magic number is 818.305.4695. I’m answering the phone this weekend. Residential loans, VA, FHA, conventional and many more. And for investors, I have bridge loans available. 818.305.4695.

Have a better week ! And remember to salute those who fought to keep our country free – the ones who survived and the ones who did not come home. And say thank you !

Thank you !!


Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.

I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Traffic Mess”, routing option.



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May 25, 2013 - Posted by | fun, general interest, real estate, stuff, Uncategorized, whimsy | , , , , , , ,

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