4. The head bone is ¡°school.¡±
The anatomical term for the head bone is ¡°skull,¡± which is mispronounced by some Korean students as ¡°school.¡± In university, medical school is called ¡°school¡± rather than ¡°college.¡± It is called ¡°school¡± because the study of the subject takes a long time as in ¡°law school.¡± You could make fun of a student who misreads ¡°skull¡± as ¡°school¡± that he is learning ¡°school¡± from ¡°school.¡±
In Northern European countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway), the head bone is called ¡°skoal,¡± from which the English term ¡°skull¡± was originated. In fact, Northern Europeans yell out ¡°skoal¡± instead of ¡°cheers¡± during toast. This is a tradition from their ancestors, the Vikings, who poured their drinks into the head bones for a toast. When Koreans forget the word ¡°skoal¡± and yell out ¡°skull¡± instead during toast, the Northern European people would still understand. I¡¯m not sure if they would understand us if we were to yell out ¡°school,¡± but it¡¯s never too late to correct it after the toast. They are likely to simply appreciate the fact that we attempt to learn their culture.
The Vikings enjoyed drinking liquor out of head bone, but Wonhyo (a famous monk in the Korean history) vomited after figuring out that the delicious water he drank the night before was contained in a skull. Wonhyo thought, ¡°The water was delicious until I learned that it was contained in the skull. Everything depends on one¡¯s mind set.¡± No student feels sick in an anatomy lab because of the head bone. The head bone is full of various structures to learn; therefore, students need to study it carefully. Unlike Wonhyo, they don¡¯t have trouble eating or drinking while handling head bones.
Let¡¯s say a man and a woman are dressed in loose clothes, wore wigs, and put on heavy make-ups. You can still determine their sex, and this is because their head bones look different. One of the differences between men and women is that the male head bone is more protruding around the eyebrows than the female counterpart. This is easy to see from in people around you. Such feature makes a man¡¯s head-butt more powerful. A primitive man¡¯s head bone is even more protruding that it almost looks like a weapon. Also, primitive men had smaller brains than today¡¯s men and, therefore, had a smaller space inside the head bone. If a primitive man and a modern man were to fight, they would both use their heads to fight. The only difference is that while the primitive man would fight with his head bone, the modern man would fight with what¡¯s inside his head bone, the brain.
Compared to other bones, the head bone adapts more rapidly to environment. This is why it looks differently depending on gender and various evolutionary stages. When you go to a natural history museum, make sure to compare the head bone of an ancient man with that of a modern man. Also, take a look at how man¡¯s head bone looks different from that of monkeys and other animals. As humans evolved, our head bones and brains became larger, which helped us rule the Earth. Of course, the ratio of the brain size to the body size has to be taken into account as well. Otherwise, dinosaurs or whales would have ruled the world.