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Floating Bone…Everybody Has One

May 18, 2015

The hyoid bone  is a horseshoe-shaped bone situated in the anterior midline of the neck between the chin and the thyroid cartilage, and the hyoid bone in your throat is the only bone in your body not attached to any other bones. Unlike other bones, the hyoid is only distantly articulated to other bones by muscles […]

Lipstick…Fish Scales…Really?

May 17, 2015

Lipstick contains fish scales. Some lipstick, anyway. The ingredient under discussion is called pearl essence. (Some sources give this as “pearlescence.”) It’s the silvery stuff found in fish scales that’s used in some lipsticks, nail polishes, ceramic glazes, etc., to make them shimmery. Pearl essence is obtained primarily from herring and is one of many […]

Dry Tongue…No Taste…Really?

May 16, 2015

A person cannot taste food unless it is mixed with saliva. This is due to chemo-receptors in your tongue’s taste buds that need a liquid medium so that the flavors bind into the receptor molecules. For example, if strong-tasting substance like salt is placed on a dry tongue, the taste buds will not be able […]

Sheriff Singleton Speaks Out On The “Uniform Bill” … HB516

May 15, 2015

FLORENCE-On Friday, May 15 Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton held a news conference regarding HB516 or The Uniform Bill.  Here is what the sheriff said in the news conference: “In recent weeks there has been much news coverage of a local bill introduced by Representative Phillip Pettus at my request. This bill concerns the uniform […]

Golden Gate Bridge…Black And Yellow… Really?

May 15, 2015

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was almost painted with bumblebee stripes. The plan was to paint the bridge black and yellow to increase visibility of the bridge in the fog.  The steel beams arrived for the building of the bridge and they had been primed with International Orange, the architect decided it looked […]

Sunbathing….Stink Fights….Really?

May 14, 2015

The ring-tailed lemur is highly social, living in groups of up to 30 individuals. It is also female dominant, a trait common among lemurs.  To keep warm and reaffirm social bonds, groups will huddle together. The ring-tailed lemur will also sunbathe, sitting upright facing its underside, with its thinner white fur towards the sun. Like […]


May 13, 2015

A moonbow (also known as a lunar rainbow or white rainbow), is a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon (as opposed to direct sunlight) refracting off of moisture laden clouds in the atmosphere. Moonbows are relatively faint, due to the smaller amount of light reflected from the surface of the […]

Why 9/10th Of A Penny On Gas Prices?

May 12, 2015

The practice of pricing fuel with a fraction of a penny is thought to have started around the 1930s. While we can’t be sure who was the first to price fuel this way, it seems to have become relatively commonplace across the United States all the sudden around the same time. So what happened? In […]

Green Tea…Black Tea…Is There A Difference?

May 11, 2015

Both black and green tea is harvested from an evergreen, tree-like shrub known as camellia sinensis. Most likely originating in China, the camellia sinensis is thought to have first been used to brew a medicinal elixir during the Shang Dynasty (1600 BC to 1046 BC). By the Qin Dynasty in the third century BC, it […]

Chalkboard Chalk Is Not Chalk…..Really?

May 10, 2015

Ubiquitous in many classrooms since the 19th century, chalk and chalkboards are familiar to most of us. White, powdery and prone to sticking to those surfaces where it is put (and just as easy to wipe away), chalk and its accompanying board are excellent instructional aids.   Most chalk today isn’t technically chalk at all, […]

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