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Riddle of Scorn (Posted on 2004-06-01) Difficulty: 1 of 5
Thousands of us all around you.
We protect you all the time,
Yet you treat us badly...

You burn us in public buildings
to make you seem better;

You try to make us straight,
but most of us refuse usually;

When we are dead, you are pleased.
Yet, when we are gone, you are sad.

What are we?

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Solution Explanation | Comment 67 of 68 |
(In reply to solution by K Sengupta)

First line: “Thousands of us all around you.”

Explanation: We know that: “The average number of hairs on a human head varies from 98,000 (red-heads) to 120,000 (blondes). Each grows at the rate of 5-10 mm/0.2-0.4 in per month, lengthening for about three years before being replaced by a new one.”

Source: http://encyclopedia.farlex.com/Human+hair

Second line: "We protect you all the time"

Explanation: We know that: “The Integumentary System is the organ system that protects the body from damage, comprising the skin and its appendages[1](including hair, scales, and nails)”.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integumentary_system

Third, fourth and fifth lines:

"Yet you treat us badly...
You burn us in public buildings
to make you seem better"

Explanation: We know that: “Unlike other animals, human beings of many cultures cut their hair, rather than letting it grow naturally. A haircut normally describes cutting head hair[?], rather than other body hair such as pubic, facial or underarm hair[?].”

Source: http://wikipedia.ws/wikipedia/ha/Haircut.html


Sixth and seventh  lines

"You try to make us straight,
but most of us refuse usually;"

Explanation:

This refers to the difficulty experienced by an individual in combing the hair.


Eighth line:

"When we are dead, you are pleased."

Explanation:

Obviously a good haircut in accordance with the specification leads to satisfaction and thus pleasure to the concerned individual.


Ninth line:

"Yet, when we are gone, you are sad."


Explanation:

Obviously when an individual gets older, his hairline becomes thinner  and the individual finally becomes bald. This state certainly causes sadness to the concerned individual.

 


  Posted by K Sengupta on 2009-01-28 11:39:05
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