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Offline Ians Daddy

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What is snot and why have it ?
« on: 20/10/2003 05:15:06 »
Ian asked another question today that, again, I didn't know. We only tell truths in my home and I didn't want to "wing it". So, again, I told him we'd turn to you.
"Where does snot come from, and why do we have it?" [?]
I have some vague ideas on his questions, but don't want to steer him wrong. He'll be back with me next monday and we'll read the results together.

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Re: What is snot and why have it ?
« Reply #1 on: 20/10/2003 05:29:53 »
It snot a question you want to blow off is it?[:o)]

I think it's white blood cells that have died fighting infection or have been used to lubricate mucous membranes.
 

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Re: What is snot and why have it ?
« Reply #2 on: 20/10/2003 06:15:41 »
It SNOT a question to BLOW off. Ian NOSE when I'm avoiding his questions. I know it's a STICKY subject, but I can't be PICKY when answering him.

I thought dead WBCs were puss. Lubrication sounds good. Maybe a protective film as in the stomach lining?
 

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Re: What is snot and why have it ?
« Reply #3 on: 20/10/2003 12:51:59 »
To catch bits of stuff that would otherwise enter the nasal cavity and damage the lining. (I think)

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Re: What is snot and why have it ?
« Reply #4 on: 20/10/2003 13:11:50 »
It's secreted by the mucous membranes and acts as one of our initial immune responses.
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Re: What is snot and why have it ?
« Reply #5 on: 21/10/2003 00:12:23 »
Good info. Thanks. Ian was intrigued today when we talked about it. And, I heard last night on the radio show replay why it's green at times. Good stuff.
 

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Re: What is snot and why have it ?
« Reply #6 on: 21/10/2003 02:07:12 »
Hey I'sD - you heard it ! What did you think ?

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Re: What is snot and why have it ?
« Reply #7 on: 21/10/2003 04:12:12 »
Chris,
It was great. You sounded good. I like the format. I realized that I would've gotten the "gong" on a few of those questions and would've never been in the running to go to the park there. I actualy learned quite a bit in that one hour. I'm going to be a regular. Well done!
 

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Re: What is snot and why have it ?
« Reply #8 on: 25/10/2003 15:45:24 »
snot comes from the air i think. well when we breath nasal openings filters the air from dust and dirts then these dust and durt particles turns to form snot.
sorry if my answer was wrong.;)

but sure it is not white blood cells or cancer cells.

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