Sometimes the simplest action can create the most complex question

@JolietJake (51119)
United States
September 14, 2017 6:57am CST
Like this morning, when I was fixing breakfast. And I am frying my eggie-weggies, and I go to add some salt and pepper. And I shake a bit of salt on them when suddenly my brain says "Hey...dude. Did you ever stop and wonder just how, exactly, salt was found? Like, was some guy really really hungry, and he saw this white stuff, and wondered if it was any good so he ate a handful? And spit it back out because it was nasty? But then decided that hey, maybe it ain't too good on its own, but it might enhance the flavors of other foods?" And this, my friends, is why I lie awake some nights unable to sleep...
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@LadyDuck (170056)
• Switzerland
14 Sep 17
Now I understand why you lie awake unable to sleep. I will do the same the next night.
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@JolietJake (51119)
• United States
14 Sep 17
These off-hand questions are liable to strike at any time with no advance warning
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@LadyDuck (170056)
• Switzerland
14 Sep 17
@JolietJake It happens that weird questions come to my mind when I cannot sleep and then I have completely finished to sleep.
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@owlwings (39593)
• Cambridge, England
14 Sep 17
Salt is curious stuff. Our bodies need it so we have to get it from somewhere. Mostly we get enough sodium from the vegetables and meat we eat but good stock keepers (cattle, sheep, pigs and so on) have always known that animals need salt and so they often supply salt licks. I think that the need for salt is something you might call instinctive. The body says that it needs salt, so it finds something which satisfies that when it needs it. Sometimes the idea that 'salt satisfies' takes over and we actually crave salt bacon or Vegemite or Marmite or salt on everything (before we have even tasted it)..
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@Marty1 (35359)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
15 Sep 17
Is the reason our bodies need salt because our bodies need sodium and that salt gives our body so we don't die from a electrolyte deficiency? Can the body make sodium on its own or only through salt? I just wanted to comment, i think you, owlwings are the smartest person on my lot
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@owlwings (39593)
• Cambridge, England
15 Sep 17
@Marty1 No, the body can't make sodium on its own. It's something we absolutely must get from the food we eat. I have always thought it very odd that both sodium and chlorine on their own would be very bad things to eat (sodium is a metal which reacts violently with waterto make caustic soda and hydrogen and chlorine is a highly reactive gas which is well-known as a bleach and disinfectant), yet they are both essential (as ions) to animal and some vegetable life!
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@Marty1 (35359)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
15 Sep 17
@owlwings I thought chlorine was used in bleach but didn't know that we needed it in our body. From what foods can we get chlorine? Is it essential for our body like sodium? That is amazing how bad it is for us when in non food products but is needed otherwise in our body? Doesn't make sense Also aren't our bodies mostly water? If that is true why doesn't our body react violently when it gets in our bodies when it has so much water in it? Would that be called a paradox about the above paragraph?
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@Corbin5 (112699)
• United States
14 Sep 17
Deep thoughts often lead to sleeplessness. Best to not think too deeply.
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@JolietJake (51119)
• United States
14 Sep 17
I'm just glad my brain can swim so it doesn't drown
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@Corbin5 (112699)
• United States
14 Sep 17
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@Hatley (164534)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Sep 17
@JolietJake pj jj mow IL seeour brain flapping around swimming good grief what a picrure
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@responsiveme (16835)
• India
14 Sep 17
There is a Russian folk tale ..Salt.So Ivan may have been responsible for its use.
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@JolietJake (51119)
• United States
14 Sep 17
Salt was in prevalent use long before Russia was even thought of
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• Ponce De Leon, Florida
14 Sep 17
You ask the hard hitting ones.
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@FourWalls (14639)
• United States
14 Sep 17
Oh, that's easy. Someone dropped their eggs in the ocean, picked them up, and ate them. Then they said, "Hey, this tastes better with the ocean water on it!" And you're not able to sleep nights because some cat we all know and love walks on your forehead at 2 AM saying, "Let meowt."
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@Tampa_girl7 (25866)
• United States
14 Sep 17
Salt definitely adds flavor. Even though I'm more of a pepper girl, I'm glad that salt was discovered
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@JolietJake (51119)
• United States
14 Sep 17
I throw a few shakes of each on my eggs so they aren't quite so bland
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@kobesbuddy (52427)
• East Tawas, Michigan
14 Sep 17
Good grief, J.J.! You are an inventor at heart and you didn't even realize it
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@RasmaSandra (18966)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
14 Sep 17
lol Things like that don't keep me awake but what does keep me awake is trying to figure out how to do certain things and once my brain starts thinking about this then it is forget about sleeping
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@anorona (227)
• Philippines
14 Sep 17
that last line made me laugh. Well it is better to think of salt that to think on more complicated problems
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@much2say (40017)
• United States
14 Sep 17
And who thought of grinding up some teeny balls from a plant to throw on food (pepper) and it just happens to pair up with that white stuff (salt) perfectly ???
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@Happy2BeMe (74997)
• Canada
14 Sep 17
Hmm now you got me wondering about that one....
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@ilocosboy (35552)
• Philippines
14 Sep 17
Maybe salt just not enough to enhance the taste of the eggie-weggies and you need other enhancers.
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@BarBaraPrz (20503)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Sep 17
You think too much, dear. Or, more accurately, overthink things too much. And what was wrong with your breakfast that you had to fix?
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• United States
14 Sep 17
I think that often..where did all this stuff come from.
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@sabtraversa (13341)
• Italy
14 Sep 17
I'm pretty sure it was a kid. All I know.
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@sharon6345 (134917)
• United States
14 Sep 17
That is not too bad to think about. I love salt and like you it said it does food good. I can't eat without it.
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@Platespinner (17025)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
14 Sep 17
I bet you have some very interesting conversations with yourself in the dark hours of the night.
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@JolietJake (51119)
• United States
14 Sep 17
Usually I have them with Scar.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
19 Sep
@JolietJake Cats are handy for that sort of thing.
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@m_audrey6788 (13662)
• Philippines
14 Sep 17
Whewww! Hmmm..never thought of that!
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@JolietJake (51119)
• United States
14 Sep 17
Me neither, and I don't know why I did now
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• Philippines
14 Sep 17
@JolietJake ..Gosh! How I wish I got a good brain like yours
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@Hatley (164534)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Sep 17
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