This week of Aug. 6 I learned...
I spent the weekend in Michigan on a much-needed girl-cation, and I learned that the coast of Lake Michigan is most lovely.
As a biologist and long-time nature lover, I couldn’t stop exclaiming about the difference in flora and fauna a body of water that size makes, and it gave me a healthy yearning to go sailing on the big water.
Also, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” becomes unavoidably stuck in your head when you visit any of the Great Lakes.
Speaking of music, I learned that Chris Stapleton, the best new artist in country music (in my humble opinion), is still going strong.
I spent Wednesday and most of Thursday swinging in my swivel chair to “Second One to Know.” If you care for music done well, get thee to the Youbin’Tube immediately. So easy to love. The only criticism I have is that it’s too short.
A test for figuring out my emotional age popped up on Facebook, and I learned that emotionally I’m 45, which came as no surprise.
But I wonder how they figure out what emotions belong to a 45-year-old. Does this mean I’m ahead of the curve, or is it a bad thing? I answered all of their questions, but I'm left with more than I started. Perhaps that’s why I shouldn’t click on those things....
On a more scholastic note, I learned from the usual source (National Geographic) about two species of Jurassic flying squirrels. Yep, Jurassic flying squirrels. Unfortunately they were about the size of modern flying squirrels, so no gigantic flying rodents for a sixth “Jurassic Park.”
Also in the category of strange critters, I learned about RNA editing in octopi and cephalopods. These animals are strange to begin with, but this particular oddity is molecular, meaning you wouldn’t notice it without a microscope.
RNA is the translated and useful version of DNA. Our bodies cannot produce proteins, the work horses of every cell, without first translating the information in our DNA into RNA. And once RNA is made, it’s rare for it to be edited.
But octopi and cephalopods edit extensively and frequently, probably, the article said, because it’s easier to do that than change their DNA. Whatever the cause, scientists think it’s probably what makes them comparatively smarter than their neighbors.
Speaking of outsmarting your neighbors, here’s one for ya from Fox 59.
Back in May a pair of thieves broke into a man’s garage to steal his truck and on the way out drove backward through the garage door. They tried to steal a second car, but when that one wouldn’t go through the second garage door they decided to leave it.
The owner of the both the car and the home said that he heard a large crashing at 4 that morning, but figured it was just thunder.
Now, there were other cars parked outside, there was an door opening button inside the truck they stole, and the upscale suburb has gates and cameras, but none of them saw the suspects’ faces.
It's a bad day when you have to call both the car and the homeowner’s insurance, and all you can say to either is that you thought it was thunder. In his defense, what kind of amateur do you have to be to make so much unnecessary racket while committing a crime? Or maybe they were just that good.
Since they weren’t caught, I’d say there’s a few gears missing somewhere in this situation.