You know what’s creepy about Humpty Dumpty?
They never said he was an egg.
After some research, the rhyme was originally written as a riddle. As illustrated copies of Mother Goose and other nursery rhymes rise in popularity, in which Humpty is portrayed as an egg, Humpty Dumpty became the beloved anthropomorphoc egg we all know.
Anonymous said: Why are mosquitos attracted more to some people than others?
Mosquitoes suck — literally. Studies suggest that they are attracted to heavy breathers. They can detect the carbon dioxide that we exhale from really far away. It’s like a dinner bell to them.
Some people may smell good to the critters. They can be lured in by body odors chemicals such as lactic acid. More active people may produce more of the alluring scents than others — ah!
Mosquitoes like certain skin bacteria as well. Your microbial residents may be flavorful to them. A price we pay for sharing our body space with those microorganisms.
A few other factors may include body heat, blood type, and genetics. One study shows that drinking beer can attract the insects as well.
Put it all together: body odor, heat, heavy breathing, and alcohol consumption. If you were a mosquito, a summer BBQ would be the perfect place to go to get your slurp on.
Science Friend jtotheizzoe has a great video about mosquitoes. Check it out to absorb more information.
Thanks for asking!
I think I fell in love with biking.
The big 5-0!
On September 9th, 1964… the Hall of Science was officially opened as an attraction for the 1964-65 World’s Fair and a permanent museum thereafter. 50 years later it’s still a go-to place for families, a resource for students and teachers, a career development center for youth, and an all around fun place!
Way to go NYSCI! Keep going strong!
Happy Birthday nysci!
When you need to stop an asteroid, you get Superman. When you need to solve a mystery, you call Batman. But when you need to end a war, you get Wonder Woman.
Physics says: go to sleep. Of course
you’re tired. Every atom in you
has been dancing the shimmy in silver shoes
nonstop from mitosis to now.
Quit tapping your feet. They’ll dance
inside themselves without you. Go to sleep.
Geology says: it will be all right. Slow inch
by inch America is giving itself
to the ocean. Go to sleep. Let darkness
lap at your sides. Give darkness an inch.
You aren’t alone. All of the continents used to be
one body. You aren’t alone. Go to sleep.
Astronomy says: the sun will rise tomorrow,
Zoology says: on rainbow-fish and lithe gazelle,
Psychology says: but first it has to be night, so
Biology says: the body-clocks are stopped all over town
History says: here are the blankets, layer on layer, down and down.
I am tired of being so alone. I am always alone. I want to meet somebody new. I wander around the city or sit at parks and read for hours and I have crossed paths with very few people who seem full enough. I’d love to have a person to be intimate with, but in the ways where we stay up all night…
Diagram illustrating the impact of CO2 levels over time on a person. Seen on a conference poster by A. Toscani (Imperial College London, 2014)
Talk about pictorial graph
Here’s to some much needed physical exertions. Conquering fears. Doing tasks that I know I won’t be perfect at and that’s ok. Take it slow, try again.
Whenever I see someone who has never played piano try to do so with fingers as awkward as introverts at a rave, I think to myself, that’s me at billiards, tennis, badminton or any other sport that involve a bat, peddle etc.