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TheBobo
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I was actually taught in 6th grade that women have an extra rib then men because Eve was made from Adams rib. This was a secular,public school by the way. Until more recently I learned that this isn't true. My mother swears it is. I can't convince her. Is there literature someplace that debunks this notion.

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Angela
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/articles/skeleton/s_ribcage.shtml


"All humans have exactly twelve pairs of ribs at birth, despite the popular myth that women have one rib more than men."


I hope that worked right, cause I have no idea what I am doing.

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LizzyJingleBells
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Here is a good page explaining it.

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ULTRAGLORIA
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Originally posted by TheBobo:
I can't convince her.

Take off your shirt. Have her count your ribs and hers.

If you are female, have her count her and your father's ribs.

That ought to do it.

ULTRAGOTHA

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Grumpy
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Are amputations hereditary? Then why would a surgically removed rib be passed down? And why only to male offspring? This certainly doesn't work for circumcision.

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Grand Illusion
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Are amputations hereditary? Then why would a surgically removed rib be passed down? And why only to male offspring? This certainly doesn't work for circumcision.

--Grump "no bones about it" y

In my experience, stories like this are meant to be supernatural reminders, as in, "God genetically designed the male ribcage to be the living legacy of the fact that women are bone of mens' bones and flesh of mens' flesh." I've heard that donkeys have a cross-shaped pattern on their backs as a legacy that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on one.

Digging deeper, the very definition of a "myth" is a story that explains how an earthly phenomenon came about by divine means. This sort of story has been going on since the dawn of religion.


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unsocialannie
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...bet those donkeys had that cross pattern before Jesus ever came along. Some donkeys do have this, most wild burros do.
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Grumpy
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...Jesus rode into Jerusalem on one.

...Or two, according Matthew 21:7, "...they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them." Circus-style, I imagine.

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Wizard of Yendor
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How can people believe this? That would mean that half the people (presumably the men) would have an odd number of ribs! It's just plain laughable. I could understand it if the myth was men having one less PAIR of ribs, but that wouldn't match the story.
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...bet those donkeys had that cross pattern before Jesus ever came along. Some donkeys do have this, most wild burros do.

If I were God, if I wanted to do something like this, I would put a big shiny butt imprint on the back of all donkeys. Kills two birds...helps you remember how Jesus rode on one, and it explains why they're called "asses."

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kate SPForks
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You mean I didn't need that rib-implant operation!?!?

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Schizm
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Isn't the extra rib referred to, the 'floating rib?' Don't ask me what that means. I just always thought that the piece of anatomy in question wasn't a true rib but something that got labeled that way.
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fyregirl
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Originally posted by the Wizard of Yendor:
How can people believe this? That would mean that half the people (presumably the men) would have an odd number of ribs! It's just plain laughable. I could understand it if the myth was men having one less PAIR of ribs, but that wouldn't match the story.

Maybe that's the REAL reason Marylin Manson had one removed - he was tired of having an odd number.
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quote:
"All humans have exactly twelve pairs of ribs at birth, despite the popular myth that women have one rib more than men."
Well ... maybe all normal humans ...

I have an extra pair of floating ribs - 13 pairs total. I also have two extra vertabrae (one lumbar & one sacral).

My other bizarre body parts are not for public consumption

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put it in writing
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Kate: first time I've laughed outloud at a message board in months.

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kate sporks
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Kate: first time I've laughed outloud at a message board in months.

I don't owe you a new keyboard, do I?

kate 'no YOMANK?' sporks

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Nope - luckily, I'd just swallowed.

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