I’ve heard that Erntedankfest isn’t celebrated as much in Germany anymore, because it’s become associated with Hitler, who was a big fan of it. (There, I’ve Godwined Thanksgiving, and you can never enjoy it again.)
Maybe an aesthetic appreciation for gemstones does make sense. Sometimes gemstones are actually useful. As in the use of rubies for making lasers.
Or maybe they’re beautiful simply because they are shiny, and we like shiny things because light is vital to our existence. A natural law of aesthetics could be that broad. I wonder if it actually is inherent, or if it’s culturally defined. Are there any cultures anywhere that find shiny jewels ugly? Maybe war-torn societies ruined by blood diamonds…
Only problem with Abby’s hypothesis is that, presumably, she answered each of his questions twice: once before he asked them, and once after. So even if his consciousness was moving backwards through time, he had no excuse.
My spellchecker dictionary actually contains the word “candiru.” Which is rather bizarre, considering that it lacks the words “piercings,” “poo,” “Asperger” and “in utero.”
And just so you know, the candiru can’t swim up the urine stream to a person peeing into a river. For some reason, the myth that it can is still very widespread. I think skeptical people look up the candiru, find that it actually exists and it actually is a urethra parasite, and jump to the conclusion that everything they heard about it is true.