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Comment: My husband and his brother swear that black people have an extra
muscle in their leg that white people don't have. The insist they were
taught that growing up. Any knowledge of this? My argument against this is what happens when people
are of mixed race? I'm pretty sure that no races have a different anatomy
than others.

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My argument against this is what happens when people are of mixed race?
They get an extra muscle in one leg. Duh.

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Comment: Are African American's afraid of cats?
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The Phys Ed teacher I'm paired with at school says she learned in physiology class in college that "black" people have an extra calf muscle that "white" people don't have. That's why "white people can't jump." It apparently is a dominant trait that mixed-race people also supposedly have. I just have to take her word for it since I'm a music teacher and only learned about embouchure and diaphramatic breathing. [Confused]

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I work with a Black man that volunteers as a coach for an inner city swim team. When they took third place in their county competition a few years ago, he told me "That's really good for an all black swim team!" When I questioned him as to what he meant by this he said "well, black peoples muscles are denser than white peoples, so we aren't as bouyant." I just nodded, smiled, and went on about my business.

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Comment: I work for a swimming pool and my boss told me that african
americans sink faster than caucasian. I asked her why, she told me that it
was because african americans have a higher bone density than caucasians?
is this true???

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Wow, that's one articulate pool...

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I have read that people in subsaharan Africa on average have a very different distribution of long twitch / short twitch muscle fiber than Europeans. I don't know if the claim was based on any real studies or, if so, if those studies were significant and not hopelessly based on dummy variables for races that have little physiological reality. But it might have been the origin of this UL.
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I am a much better swimmer than my husband. I am also far more naturally bouyant than he is. I would imagine my bones are denser than his, but I have a much higher, er, displacement than he does.

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Comment: did the us government send crack cocaine into the inner cities to
get the black population addicted to a new, cheap drug?

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I know in one of my autopsy/body farm type books, the professor talks about how he tries to trick his anthropology students during an exam where they have to look at a variety of bones and identify them as Caucasoid, Mongoloid, or Negroid. He intentionally put a Negroid skeleton in the mix that had all the features of a Caucasoid skeleton (I have no idea beyond certain skull features what those would be). The writer described how everyone would get that part of the exam wrong and then he would explain how all the rules of anatomy aren't set in stone. Then all of the students are sworn to secrecy so the next years students get it wrong too.

He goes on to write about a woman who took his class and actually got the answer correct, that it was a Negroid skeleton. The professor confronted her convinced she had heard it from a former student. She explained that she was in sports medicine and that it was the space between the knee bones segments that tipped her off. In the Negroid skeletons there is more space, which she was quoted as saying was preferable for Sports medicine people to work on because they could see what they were doing in there (or something like that).

I will have to get back to you on which book it was, they are all still in boxes. I am pretty sure it was by the guy who founded the Body Farm though.

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: I work for a swimming pool and my boss told me that african
americans sink faster than caucasian. I asked her why, she told me that it
was because african americans have a higher bone density than caucasians?
is this true???

According to my college anthropology professor, Douglas Owsley now at the Smithsonian, this is indeed true. Africans have denser bones than caucasians. African women don't have to worry much about osteoporosis like caucasian women do. At least thats what he taught me.

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quote:
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Comment: did the us government send crack cocaine into the inner cities to
get the black population addicted to a new, cheap drug?

This is actually a pretty common belief in some circles. Usually the CIA is the culprit.

I've heard a lot of variations on this one, but the most popular seems to be that the CIA either started or controls the inner city drug trade to fund government projects that need to be kept "off the books."

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
My husband and his brother swear that black people have an extra
muscle in their leg that white people don't have. The insist they were
taught that growing up.

They were taught to get an extra muscle in their leg while growing up?
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quote:
Originally posted by Joe Bentley:
quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: did the us government send crack cocaine into the inner cities to
get the black population addicted to a new, cheap drug?

This is actually a pretty common belief in some circles. Usually the CIA is the culprit.

I've heard a lot of variations on this one, but the most popular seems to be that the CIA either started or controls the inner city drug trade to fund government projects that need to be kept "off the books."

I think it stems from the fact that the punishment for similar crimes involving cheap crack cocaine is far harsher than those involving expensive powder cocaine.

[ETA: I should include an "as I understand it"-type of disclaimer, as I don't have the relevant laws in front of me, nor could I provide citations without a lot of googling.]

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In the late eighties, reports that the CIA was supporting the Contras by selling cocaine didn't help. I'm sure there were stories before then of how the government was using drugs to control the inner cities but, as far as I know, that was the first connection to CIA and crack.
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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: Are African American's afraid of cats?

There's a joke in the movie "I, Robot" about cats and black people not getting along, so it's apparently some sort of cliche (not that black people are necessarily *afraid* of cats, just that they don't get along).

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Comment: What da

Blacks "were 7 times more likely than whites to commit homicide in 2002".
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/race.htm


Blacks are four times more likely than Whites to kill their children...
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/homicide/kidsrates.txt


Based on current rates of first incarceration, an estimated 32% of black males will enter State or Federal prison during their lifetime, compared to 17% of Hispanic males and 5.9% of white males.

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/crimoff.htm


68.7% of blacks are born out of wedlock!

http://www..cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/pdf/nvsr50_05tb19.pdf


62% of ALL black births are paid for by the US government.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh/statab/pubd/2319_69.htm


Blacks are responsible for 40.8% of all domestic violence cases, despite
being only 13% of the population.
See page 34:

http://www.ojp.usdoj..gov/bjs/pub/pdf/vi.pdf


Though only 12% of the population, blacks take 38.3% of the total of all
welfare payments. Whites are 72% of the population, and take 30.5% of the
total.

http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/leavers99/race.htm#fig1

Though only 12% of the population, blacks take 38% of taxpayer-subsidized housing

http://www.huduser.org/datasets/assthsg/statedata96/descript.htm


welfare recipients and percent of the population

Race_______% of welfare_____% of population
Black________39%______________12%
White________31%_____________67-70%
Hispanic______25%______________15%

http://www.prcdc.org/summaries/poverty/poverty.html

JOURNAL OF BLACKS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

http://www.jbhe.com/

But income alone does not explain the racial scoring gap. Consider these
facts:


. Whites from families with incomes of less than $10,000 had a mean SAT
score of 980. This is 123 points higher than the national mean for all
blacks.
. Whites from families with incomes below $10,000 had a mean SAT test score
that was 46 points higher than blacks whose families had incomes of between
$80,000 and $100,000.
. Blacks from families with incomes of more than $100,000 had a mean SAT
score that was 142 points below the mean score for whites from families at
the same income level.

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quote:
Originally posted by Joe Bentley:
I've heard a lot of variations on this one, but the most popular seems to be that the CIA either started or controls the inner city drug trade to fund government projects that need to be kept "off the books."

Well! The CIA is Teh Stoopid. Getting the poor population hooked on crack to fund projects? Sounds like they would have made more money in New Hampshire. Or maybe a corner stand in The Hamptons.

...that one always gets me... How are these "poor disadvantaged" supposed to be buying all that crack? Sheesh, even if I *wanted* to, it would be hard for me to spend extra money on something like that.

...I'm just confused...

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How are these "poor disadvantaged" supposed to be buying all that crack? Sheesh, even if I *wanted* to, it would be hard for me to spend extra money on something like that.
The government was going for a volume business.

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: Are African American's afraid of cats?

There's a joke in the movie "I, Robot" about cats and black people not getting along, so it's apparently some sort of cliche (not that black people are necessarily *afraid* of cats, just that they don't get along).
Somebody had better tell CatNip he's messing up the stereotype -- he lets mine sleep on his head.

And don't even get me started on how STB-MIL dotes on her kitty -- you'd think that little brat was the modern incarnation of Bast the way she dotes on him.

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But he still has a bass guitar in the basement and knows how to play it right Four Kitties? (+10 for reference)

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quote:
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But he still has a bass guitar in the basement and knows how to play it right Four Kitties? (+10 for reference)

"How many times do we have to go through this? Token, you're black, you can play basse"

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quote:
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Somebody had better tell CatNip he's messing up the stereotype -- he lets mine sleep on his head.

He's probably too frightened to move!!

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Comment: My friend Shannon has said
there is a scientific reason that a person whose skin pigment is darker
will emit a more pungent, distinctly 'african american' scent. I have
never known any differentiation between races by scent, but she swears
that it's a proven scientific fact that the darker your skin tone is, the
more deep of a scent is emitted from your pores. I am having a hard time
buying her thoughts on this.

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It's based on the fact that what's emitted from their pores is not masked by coconut scented sunscreen.

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This might be an interesting place to add my own "ethnic confusion" story. When I was a child and asked my older brother why some people have darker skin, he said it's because they live in Africa where it's hot all year round and they get tans. (Not horribly off. I mean, skin color is related to location, yes? Those living at the equator don't need to soak up the Vitamin D the way those at the Arctic Circle do. I learned something like that in Anthro.) Anyway, precocious child that I was, it left me wondering if those of African descent also had dark skin on their bottoms, as at the very least, that part would be covered while they were out in the sun all day.

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quote:
Originally posted by Eve MG:
it left me wondering if those of African descent also had dark skin on their bottoms, as at the very least, that part would be covered while they were out in the sun all day.

Eve "I did eventually figure it out" MG

OK admit it this is just an attempt to set up a research paper where you spend all day looking at African bottoms.
Hope to see you in the Ignobels soon. [lol]

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment: My husband and his brother swear that black people have an extra
muscle in their leg that white people don't have. The insist they were
taught that growing up. Any knowledge of this? My argument against this is what happens when people
are of mixed race? I'm pretty sure that no races have a different anatomy
than others.

I heard the extra muscle is in the middle leg.

My workmate swears that her government-approved school biology textbook in the US in the 1980s stated that Australian aborigines are not even members of the species homo sapiens. And no, it wasn't in Alabama, it was in "liberal" New Jersey. - and some Yanks here a while ago were accusing Aussies of being racist!

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Well, that certainly does prove that there isn't any racism in Australia, doesn't it?

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I have often wondered what percentage 'black' one had to be to have any of the positive and/or negative attributes of being 'black'.

And would any of this still apply if one could 'pass for white'?

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quote:
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Well, that certainly does prove that there isn't any racism in Australia, doesn't it?

What I meant was, "Some Yanks here a while ago were saying that Aussies are overall far more racist than Americans."
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quote:
Originally posted by Eve MG:
...it left me wondering if those of African descent also had dark skin on their bottoms, as at the very least, that part would be covered while they were out in the sun all day.

Eve "I did eventually figure it out" MG

Reminds me of a scene in Athol Fugard's "Master Harold".....and the Boys: "It ain't fair, is it?"

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quote:
Originally posted by snopes:
Comment:...I am having a hard time
buying her thoughts on this.

What, you don't have 2 cents?

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quote:
Originally posted by GooglyEyes:
I know in one of my autopsy/body farm type books, the professor talks about how he tries to trick his anthropology students during an exam where they have to look at a variety of bones and identify them as Caucasoid, Mongoloid, or Negroid. He intentionally put a Negroid skeleton in the mix that had all the features of a Caucasoid skeleton (I have no idea beyond certain skull features what those would be). The writer described how everyone would get that part of the exam wrong and then he would explain how all the rules of anatomy aren't set in stone. Then all of the students are sworn to secrecy so the next years students get it wrong too.

GooglyEyes, that would be Bill Bass' book "Death's Acre." I think Dr. Craig's "Teasing Secrets from the Dead" may have also referenced it - if I remember, she may have been the woman in question. She started off as a medical illustrator, but it's been a while since I read her book.

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