Saturday, March 24, 2007

If my children were fish...

7 Comments:

At 12:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to ask you about the insect brain. Which insect has the largest? Of course brain mass isn’t everything, just look at the sperm whale. Its brain weighs about 17 lbs! That is why I’m also asking you which insect has the highest Encephalization Quotient (EQ), or brain mass to body mass ratio. Humans are said to have the highest EQ but I have also heard that the Treeshrew has an even higher one, so maybe EQ doesn’t exactly mean smartest, but all the same. I am expecting numbers on this one; it would be easier to understand. Also EQ is calculated several ways, by body mass as well as body surface, which one you use is your decision, just make sure you’re using the same one. Now here’s my guess: I’m expecting a social insect to have the highest EQ, either a bee or an ant. And just by watching the movie “Antz” it seems that politics is incorporated in the ant social structure. But the bee does have a larger head and does weigh more. This IS a tough mission that I couldn’t complete so I’m asking you, the master of all truth seekers, or at least the master of the ones I know, to find the answer. I know it’s a pointless matter but I think it’s interesting. After all, how can a topic like this NOT come up in a normal every day Joe to Joe conversation?

-Eric Glass

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger Adam Saraceno said...

No fair, Eric stole my question.

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger B&L said...

So, Jim, heard of this spinning hexagon at Saturn's polar cap? Think you could see it with a telescope? It's 15,000 miles across, if that helps.

 
At 1:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I realize that my last question was very technical and not at all in your line of work. So here’s a more practical question, one I’ve always wanted to know the answer to. Now blood maybe tasty, but is it a healthy drink?

-Eric

 
At 9:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, here's one for you. I missed out on the Lyrid meteor shower this year because of the cloud cover in central Texas. I started looking for other meteor showers and realized that most of the showers appear in the 2nd half of the year (as depicted here: http://www.imo.net/calendar/2007). Is there a reason for this?

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Dear Jim -

I am hoping you can help me with something. I recently met a boy and it was not long after I met him that the subject of his nipple piercings came up. After some questions, such as why did you get them? What do your parents think of them? Are you going to get your belly button pierced to match? Did he reveal what I can only surmise to be his wrestling with the decision to get rid of them. However, it seemed as if he was concerned about what would become of his nipple if he did remove the piercing. Can you tell me what effects a nipple piercing has on a nipple. Will the skin re-connect? Is there a chance the nipples need the piercing to remain so that they will not fall off? Jim, I'm scared. Very very scared. Is the skin stretched beyond repair? Will this boy have two protruding flesh flaps when the rings come out? Jim, should I encourage this life change? Oh Jim.

 
At 12:55 PM, Anonymous adam said...

hey jim,

it seems like you haven't been answering a lot of questions lately. is it because you don't have time to tell, or is it because you don't want to be asked anymore? i hope it's not the latter.

adam

 

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