February 22, 2005

*And we're out of the gate

Well, I’ve been at this for all of one day and I’m already on dangerous footing.

Jim has posed three questions in the comments and I’m obliged, by the Rules of Blogging Manual to answer them (vol. 2, sec. 14, p. 317, paragraphs 3 & 4).

1. Why do dogs lick their balls?

I was determined not bring Jen’s blog down into the sewer and now Jim’s gone and said the word “balls” in the comments. I mean really, Jim, you could have asked ‘Why do canines lick their scrotums’ which would have at least alluded to a serious scientific question. The answer, of course, is because they can.

2. What's the difference between a flying squirrel and a bat anyway?

Semantics? Actually, bats are unique mainly because of their wings. They give the bat it’s name, Chiroptera, which means ‘hand-wing’. They have fully functional hands at the end of those wings, including a thumb. Squirrels, on the other hand, are filthy creatures from hell. I once had a very bad experience with a squirrel.

3. If Michael Moore was trapped in a (very, very large) room, how long would it take him to consume himself?

I honestly don’t know. But I’ll try to calculate how long it would take for him to be consumed by a colony of seventy-three carnivorous bats from the Madhya Pradesh province of India.

I guess that qualifies as ‘stuff’. I hope to post some history later today.

Posted by Paul! at February 22, 2005 07:38 AM


History? What the heck do you know about history? This should get interesting. I can already see it now: "On this day in 1974 - I finally kicked my glue-huffing habit, and was on my way to being the lead bagger at the local Kroger."

Then again, maybe I'm just projecting...

Posted by: shank at February 22, 2005 11:19 AM

An "and stuff" question:

What's the origin of the phrase "high yellow" as used to describe a light-skinned black person? The literal interpretation doesn't seem to make sense (they're not really "yellow", and what's with the "high" part?), and I can't seem to Google up an answer.

Posted by: Harvey at February 23, 2005 11:17 AM