Friday, July 21, 2006
A tigerlily (my favorite Natalie Merchant album)!
Taken at Loose Park, in the atrium adjoining the rose garden.
It's time for a random slice of randomness, in the form of "Did you know?"
Pick up these tidbits; bust 'em out at cocktail parties to impress your friends and impressionable, drunken strangers.
Did you know...
That chocolate contains not only caffeine, but a second stimulant compound called theobromine, named for the cocoa bean's latin name, Theobroma cacao? Theobroma means 'food of the gods,' because only Aztec emperors were allowed to drink it.
That my doctor agreed to write the letter allowing me to go back to Cornell? Hot damn. I saw him this afternoon, and he told me he was proud of me (sniff) and that I'd earned the right to go back. Hells yes!
That a woman's clitoris has more nerve endings than the entire penis? Ladies first, for once. Also, the optimal pH of a healthy vagina is the same as that of a glass of red wine. Romantic, eh?
That the number one vegetable Americans consume is potatoes, in the form of french fries? No wonder there's an obesity crisis. Get out there and have some salad, some zucchini, some aubergines! Do it for your country! If you're afraid to try arugula, the terrorists have already won!
That female blue whales are larger than males? And since blue whales are the largest animals on earth, it follows necessarily that the largest animal in the world is female. Go on, sisters, Mama Blue Whale is looking out for you.
That light is both a wave and a particle, as evidenced by the double-slit experiment? Look it up and blow your own mind, or read Hawking's "A Brief History of Time."
That panda bears are more closely related to raccoons than to bears?
That's enough for now, but perhaps this will become a regular feature. I'll be back at Cornell in two weeks, God willing. And at this moment I am very, very happy.