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  • Challenge: Learn Something New Every Week.

     

    Easy: Think of something you know nothing about, learn about it, then share it with us.
    Maybe we can help each other.

    I know this is going to sound a hot mess.........but smart as I am I don't know anything about apartheid. h34r: And am very unsure about exactly who and what Mandela did. I know it was segregation going on and Mandela was locked up for a long time and he divorced his wife.

    So this week CatSuga is going to learn about Apartheid. If you know of any cool links to help educate me or if you wanna school me feel free to post it up.

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    Maybe we can help each other.I know this is going...

    Wonderful idea! I don't think it would be a hot mess at all.

    It's always good to learn about something you didn't know about. It's so much out there to learn about

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    Two good links:

    A History of Apartheid in South Africa

    Wikipedia: A History of South Africa in the aprtheid era

    Hope those help....great thread!

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    One thing to know: It's pronounced "apart-HATE." Fitting, no?

    CatSuga, I think you should write a one-page essay (250 words) on what you learned. It'll be due this Friday.

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    CatSuga,

    This is a great idea. The thing I love about this site is the bits of information you find regarding various subjects. This thread will keeps the mind sharp!

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    WOW...great idea!!!

    I taught in South Africa a couple of years ago. Beautiful country...and I was there at a time when they were celebrating ten years of freedom from apartheid. In addition to looking up Nelson Mandela, also look up Stephen Biko.

    BTW, black people in South Africa segregate themselves based on the color of their skin, their hair type and the way they speak. For example, if you have wavy hair, light skin and speak proper Afrikaans, you are considered COLORED...but if you have kinkier hair, darker skin and speak Zulu or Xhosa, or don't speak proper Afrikaans, you are considered BLACK. Many of them still live in segregated townships, but it is getting better.

    I've got to find something that I want to learn about this week!

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    Ok, I now have knowledge of apartheid. _thinkerg:
    One of the first things I learned was how to pronouce it (I must be special because I was saying it with 4 syllables).

    I read the wikipedia article and had to read about more stuff that was in the artical that I knew nothing about. Like the Khoisan people. I didn't know about them but now I do.

    Right now I'm googling about how they are tossing white farmers off the land.
    Which I'm going to start a thread on, because this is really interesting.

    Now to find something to learn about this week................

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    For example, if you have wavy hair, light skin and...

    what were you considered?

    i want to know about string theory. i will try to learn about it and tell you guys about it.
    this is a wonderful idea!

    (catsuga, how on earth could you not know about apartheid? they had so many documenatries on pbs and movies and stuff...i'm suprised! good luck with your reading. also, i suggest reading kaffir boy, it's a great book and a true story).

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    This is great. I do this all the time without even thinking about it. My recent research has been on gaining weight. I read a lot about bodybuilding too this weekend.
    Here's what I learned -
    In order to gain muscle mass through weightlifting, the workout must be intense (resistance training) for your muscles to become fatigued and go through Hypertrophy, which means the muscle fibres get tiny microscopic tears. I'm guessing this is where the term, "he's ripped" comes from. The body responds to the tears by overcompensating, replacing the damaged tissue and adding more, so that the risk of repeat damage is reduced. When you're not working out and sleeping the muscles repair themselves and rebuild bigger. Which is why protein is needed so much by bodybuilders - protein helps repair cell damage.
    I also found this cool website to help track calories from food you eat with a graph that shows how much protein, carbs and fat - FITDAY

    I don't want to be a bodybuilder but this will help me when exercising to add some pounds. Also check out this guy -ANTHONY ELLIS

    I have also started eating six meals a day, now too. With the help of my friend who is a personal trainer, I am well on my way to gaining some muscle wieght and not fat weight which goes directly to my stomach and no where else. <_<

    HTH someone today.

    Mollyj

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    Maybe we can help each other.I know this is going...

    Great idea. Catsuga in all of her eccentric, creative brilliance.......... ^_^

    Apartheid is a good start, especially since it mirrors Jim Crowe during the legally segregated South.

    OK, I've got two things to learn quickly:

    One is all about the world of international government contracting <_< for my job (boring as hell). Gotta pay the bills..........

    For pleasure and my own enrichment, I'm going to learn about the Japanese indigenous religion of Shintoism

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    I like this...I like it alot.

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    Here's what I learned -In order to gain muscle mass...

    COOL STUFF!

    ok i like this thread... im trying to think of something i want to go learn about... hmmmm

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    wow deej! thanks, i never knew that is how muscle building works! i better workout harder!

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    Good luck everyone... if fall semester wasnt starting next week i would join, but i need a break from learning.... :P

    But i did learn something new today...

    I learned the true meaning of the kid songs "ring around the rosy" and "London bridge is falling down" and me and two co-workers came up with our own reason for "pop goes the weasal"

    Ring around the rosie : about black death and the plague

    London Bridge is falling down: WWII, and the boombing of London bridges

    Pop goes the weasal: we said that it was kind of an allegory for people hunting, how its so cheap to catch and make things from animals, but so expensive to purchase those items, i.e. fur coats... what do you tink?

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    (catsuga, how on earth could you not know about apartheid?...

    This is another funny story. When I first arrived in Jo-burg, I had my hair in cornrows. (I was still a permie at the time) I wore the cornrows for about a week, but they started to itch and I took them out. My hair was really long and none of the other teachers wanted to rebraid it, so I started wearing it in a bun in the back. Now, the first week, when I had the cornrows and I was teaching in the Black townships schools, the children were very friendly to me. The next week, when I took my cornrows out and wore my hair in a bun, some of the students looked at me like, "Who is this Colored woman? That's not the same lady from last week."

    I met a PHINE man over there who I am still in contact with. He is considered colored, and that is what he considers me. But I have explained to him that I consider myself to be BLACK, and that if he moves to the US he will be considered BLACK and that one drop of BLACK blood makes you BLACK! But he looks more Hispanic than anything.

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    Ok so i just got on wikipedia and found that

    Ring around the Rosie: was writtne almost 100 years after the plague, so it may or may not be about Black Death

    London's Bridge: is closely related to England and the queen, but i saw nothing about bombings

    Pop Goes the Weasal: about Londoners working in textile factories, and the sound the machine, called a weasal, makes... haha i was so wrong

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    Your welcome.

    Mollyj

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    Wow this is an interesting thread. I am trying to learn more about one ancient African civilization except Egypt particularly in West Africa. If anyone knows of any good sources that would be great.

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    I found my new thing for this week....................CIGARS!

    I'm over my friend Paul's house and he has 8 boxes of cigars on the table.
    I didn't know that real cigars are rolled in tobacco leaves not cancer paper.
    So this week I'm going to educate myself on the history of cigars.........and tobacco too.

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    ^^ that's my something new for the week . I'd always pronounced it " apar-TIED".

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    I taught in South Africa a couple of years ago....

    let me make sure I understand you correctly. In the black townships black people have segregated themselves based upon their skin color, and hair type in addition to language? Wow. Divide and conquer works so well in so many places.

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    really to bump this old thread, cause I like the idea.

    But: To my knowledge, it's not that the Black people separated themselves, it's that the Afrikaaners (Dutch settlers) separated them and treated them differently - gave them different rights at different times, etc. "Coloured" people are essentially mixed (originally White + African (or some other mixture), but then also the children of two 'Coloured' people. They speak Afrikaans because of their link to the Afrikaaner community.

    "Black" South Africans are those that are pure indigenous Africans, and they tend to speak their indigenous languages and English - maybe because they tended to be educated in schools created by the more liberal English settlers. (I think one of those Soweto children riots where a lot of children got killed started when the Afrikaaners (also called Boers) wanted to force Blacks to learn Afrikaans at school, instead of, or in addition to English.) (Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.)

    Blacks and coloreds were historically *made* to live in different areas. (And coloreds probably didn't mind this because it placed them a step above.)

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    I know this is going to sound a hot mess.........but...

    A great book to read about the apatheid is "Kaffir Boy" by Mark Mathabane. The story is Mathabane's autobiography about living during the apartheid. The stories he tells you couldn't believe one had to endure. Kaffir is the term used by South Africans which is the equivalent of n!gger

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    I taught in South Africa a couple of years ago....

    Actually as a black African i can confirm that this is incorrect.
    Black South Africans segregate themselves not on hair but on tribe which translates to the main native languages spoken
    A 'Coloured' person is a person of mixed race i.e. black and white or Afrikaans
    In the south of the country especially i the western Cape there are Couloreds who are desendent of the Malay people...often called Cape Coloureds (they are not mixed race). They are often Muslim and speak mainly Afrikaans.
    An Afrikaans person is of Dutch etc. descent
    A White person is of British descent.
    Skin colour amongst the blacks is not that important except for the usual...lighter skin=prettier than dark skinned. but often a person is considered Coloured just bacayse they have particularly light skin i.e. mulatto type
    Again the way they speak (or hair) is not a segregating factor either except to describe ethnic group of which there are 9 major black groups.

    Seeker of Faith...your informants may have been deliberately miseducating you or joking...because this is very wrong info you have.

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    Does anyone remeber/know the name of the documentary about a south african woman who looked coloured then black (they couldn't really decide which coz she changed as she grew) but was born from 2 white parents and her struggle to find a place she fit in??

    Oh wait, here it is: Sandra Laing

    or here

    I remeber seeing the documentary on her years ago, her family disowned her and nobody really accepted her and despite her parents she was considered legally "coloured" and even black at one point...

    I'm always teaching myself stuff...for this week...I want to read up on scientology, I've heard a lot of people talking about it but never really knew the indepth details...

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