According to my micro-biologist/geneticist friend the Y chromosome is indeed in a slow process of vanishing. Compared to the X, it is extremely fragile and vulnerable to mutation and disease. Could this be why when men get a slight cold they are "Dying"(for at least a month) but when women get viral influenza with serious complications they cook, clean, do the school run, the washing and comfort Hubby when his football team loses a match? Daily.
Hahahahahah!!!! Reminds me about when my high school bio teacher told us that, compared to the X chromosome, the Y one is relatively short and stumpy. :)
As far as men and women getting colds... I refuse to allow those kinds of sexist situations in my life. Hubby has the sniffles? Man up and make your own damn lunch. I'm off to work. :) (We're more like equals really, but we do tease each other about how stupid even today's gender roles are.)
We'll be turning into lizards? :D http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Mexico_whiptail
"Des hommes meruent" means "some men die", not "men die." "Le" here is used in a general sense, meaning "all men." If you are speaking about the subject of the sentence in general, you should use the definite article, e.g. "le chocolat est bon." The definite article is also used when talking about liking, hating, preferring, etc. the object of the sentence in general, e.g. "J'aime le chocolat." The indefinite article (des, de la, du) is used for action verbs relating to the object in a general sense, like eating, drinking, using, etc., e.g. "je mange du chocolat." Note: "The men die" is also a correct translation of this sentence, since without context it is impossible to tell whether "les hommes" is referring to specific men or men in general.
I got this as listen --> write French. To me, this sounds exactly like "Les hommes morts", which while I know is a sentence fragment ("The dead men") is exactly the kind of sentence fragment that Duolingo will sometimes use. (I think I saw "Une vache morte" earlier.) Is there a way to tell the difference in sound between "les hommes morts" and "les hommes meurent"?