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    So I guess you're an expert on world monetary...

    So I guess you're an expert on world monetary policies then? What do you think got the US out of the Great Depression of the 1930s? Spending on the World War II effort, in large part. If George...
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    Or they could get heat stroke and die if they...

    Or they could get heat stroke and die if they don't use it. My god, it's so hot here today. The humidity is what really gets me. And the A/C is useless against it. I think it's a dangerous belief,...
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    Speaking of herbal remedies, because of East...

    Speaking of herbal remedies, because of East Asian culture, the Japanese seem to buy easily into every "miracle drug" or miracle food type of belief. Shortly before I arrived in Japan this year,...
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    I don't know... when I see guys pissing on the...

    I don't know... when I see guys pissing on the street downtown I sometimes forget that I'm not in a backwoods village of some third world country. Anyway, I'm just saying that it can kill, but that's...
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    Interesting... but you do know that diarrhea can...

    Interesting... but you do know that diarrhea can kill? It is actually one of the leading causes of death of children in developing countries. But anyway, my girlfriend is very adamant about keeping...
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    Do you cover with a blanket? You gotta do that....

    Do you cover with a blanket? You gotta do that. :-) I point the fan directly toward my face in the summer heat (which seems to be just getting started now in Shizuoka).

    Also, like another poster...
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    As I often do for reading practice, I was looking...

    As I often do for reading practice, I was looking at some blog entries on mixi.jp when I found a post from a guy who was worried about his health because of a recent nose bleed. In the comments...
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    Well, I don't think they believe that simply...

    Well, I don't think they believe that simply eating peanuts will make your nose bleed or drinking dark cola will make your bones melt, but rather that eating or drinking in excess can lead to such...
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    Yes! I was surprised when I heard about this...

    Yes! I was surprised when I heard about this recently. I've never been able to check it out myself, but I wonder how widespread it is. I don't really understand the whole thing in the first place. ...
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    Strange Japanese Beliefs

    Eating peanuts will make your nose bleed.
    Leaving a window open while you sleep will give you a stomach ache.
    Leaving a fan on while you sleep will make you sick and may kill you.
    Drinking soda...
  11. I generally agree with Maciamo about the Japanese...

    I generally agree with Maciamo about the Japanese and their obsession with food, but you do make a point. I remember when I led a group of Japanese students around my university in America for one...
  12. When is he coming back? :-) I like his posts. A...

    When is he coming back? :-) I like his posts. A little over the top at times, but generally pretty informative.
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    Poll: Except that the term "Western" was developed by...

    Except that the term "Western" was developed by European explorers and traders to describe the geographic void between the countries of Europe and Asia. I think a secondary role is to distinguish...
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    Poll: I like any show that doesn't focus on people...

    I like any show that doesn't focus on people yelling at each other and talking about food. How many does that leave us...?

    No, really, I don't dabble in anime too often but I'm liking this one...
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    Poll: I've looked around here for awhile and I've seen...

    I've looked around here for awhile and I've seen a lot of good comments made by people regarding the stuff that can really get annoying for foreigners in Japan. But really, the way I see it, everyone...
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