Curly questions

There are lots of questions students may find embarrassing to ask in a classroom setting.
Here are some common “curly questions” with answers supplied by our fully qualified nurse.
Teachers can print these off for distribution or suggest that students visit this page to find
out for themselves.

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Questions and answers

      You asked
    What is masturbation?
      Libra answer:    

    It is a common sexual activity that is usually enjoyable. Both girls and boys, men and women masturbate. It is a positive way of finding out about our bodies and what feels good.
    You're perfectly normal. As long as you do it in the privacy of your own room then there is nothing wrong with masturbating (this also applies to girls).

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      You asked

    What is an orgasm and why do we have them?

      Libra answer:    

    An orgasm is the peak of sexual excitement. It is a rush of intense and pleasurable sensations that involve your whole body. You don't have to have had intercourse to have an orgasm, you can achieve one by masturbating.

    Why do we have them? It is probably from an evolutionary perspective so we have sex. When we have sex, women can get pregnant and so the 'species' continues. If sex wasn't pleasurable then people wouldn't want to do it, and the 'species of humans' would die out.

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  • The average bed is home to over 6 billion dust mites.

  • Flamingoes live up to 80 years.

  • A lungfish can live out of water in suspended animation for three years.

  • Elephants and short-tailed shrews get only two hours of sleep each day.

  • Chickens can travel up to 15km per hour.

  • Your brain is more active sleeping than it is watching TV.

  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

  • Teeth are the only parts of the human body that can't repair themselves.

  • Cabbage is 91% water.

  • One thousand tonnes of meteor dust falls to Earth each day.

  • The cheetah is the only cat that can't retract its claws.

  • The bullfrog is the only animal that never sleeps.

  • The male fox will mate for life. If the female dies he remains single till death.

  • Rats can go without water longer than camels.

  • In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

  • Fish have been known to kiss up to 25 minutes.

  • The fastest sneeze recorded was clocked at 166.7km an hour.

  • The average person spends 2 weeks of their life waiting for a traffic light to change.

  • The bird that lays the largest egg in relation to its own size is the Kiwi.

  • On average a human will spend up to 2 weeks kissing in his/her lifetime.

  • Spider silk is a very strong material and its on-weight basis has proven it to be stronger than steel.

  • Penguins have an organ above their eyes that changes seawater to feshwater.

  • Bees have to collect nectar from four million flowers to make one kilogram of honey.

  • Lizards communicate by doing push-ups.

  • Seals sleep underwater and surface for air without waking.

  • The harmonica is the world's best-selling musical instrument.

  • An average person sheds about 750 grams of skin per year.

  • The average lifespan of a taste bud is 7 to 10 days.

  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

  • A large cumulonimbus cloud can hold enough water for 500,000 baths.

  • Flounder swim sideways.

  • It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.

  • Swedish people drink more coffee than any other race in the world.

  • In the time it takes to read this sentence, 50,000 cells in your body will die and be replaced.

  • The average person spends 2 weeks of its life waiting for a traffic light to change.

  • The highest temperature on record was 57.78 degrees on 13 september 1992, in Azizia, Libya.

  • Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.

  • All porcupines float in water.

  • A snail can sleep for three years.

  • Liquorice can raise your blood pressure.

  • Chocolate contains the same chemical that your brain produces when you fall in love - phenylethylamine.

  • Men sweat approximately 40% more than women.

  • In Pacific Grove, California, it is a misdemeanour to kill a butterfly.

  • There are more plastic flamingoes in America than real ones.

  • Male monkeys go bald in the same way men do.

  • Frogs never drink. They absorb water from their surroundings by osmosis.

  • An average snail moves at a rate of 58cm per hour.

  • The human race grows by about 214,000 people.

  • The first VCR was made in 1956 and was the size of a piano.

  • Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backward.

  • Podiatrists state that the average pair of feet travel about 190,000km in a lifetime.

  • The blue whale weighs 50 tonnes at birth, and as much as 150 tonnes fully grown.

  • The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.

  • A horse can sleep standing up.

  • There are more people in the world who eat alligators than there are alligators that eat people.

  • Megeiricophobia is the intense fear of having to cook.

  • Facial hair is the fastest growing hair on the body.

  • On a clear, dark night a human can see a candle burning 50km away.

  • Mosquitoes have teeth.

  • The strength of all the hairs on one human head can support the weight of approximately 100 people.

  • Scientists have found chocolate has a chemical that helps counteract depression.

  • The US bought Florida from Spain.

  • Ice cream was invented in China around 2000 B.C.

  • In one day, the human brain generates more electrical impulses than telephones in the world put together.

  • Fish can get seasick.

  • Hair grows slowest at night.

  • Snails have teeth.

  • Babies have the strongest sense of smell. They can recognise their mothers by scent.


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