It's a crazy world out there. Luckily,
here inside Reeko's Lab, everything is pretty much normal. So Reeko took a
break from his latest anti-gravity, moon-walking flip-flops experiment and let the
Chess playing monkey out of his cage for a little exercise. While the monkey
scampered all over the lab knocking over beakers and such, Reeko chased the wild-eyed
creature, all-the-while firing puzzling, unanswered scientific questions at him.
Here's the responses he received (don't worry - Reeko translated the monkey talk
to English for you) ...
What is an ice cream headache and will I die if I keep eating after getting one?
Scientists have debated this question for quite some time. With the problems
of world hunger and global warming, you'd think they would have a bit more to
think about than the reason some goofball got a headache because he ate his ice
cream too fast...
Crazy as it seems, the actual medical term for this condition is "ice cream
headache". Yes, this name came from the same guys who decided to name
zits "acne vulgaris". The condition occurs when you hold something
cold held against the roof of your mouth for a while. It usually lasts around
30 seconds and causes a pain deep in the front of your forehead. Doctors think
it may be due to the cold ice cream constricting the blood vessels in your head
and causing a painful backup of blood in the vessels.
So, no, the ice cream headache won't kill you but the sugar in the ice cream
Why does the sun make your skin dark but your hair light?
I remember several years ago when Reeko conducted an experiment to determine how
well various solutions would block the Sun's harmful rays. He drew various
patterns on his chest with different solutions, placed two cucumber slices over
his eyes, and laid out in the Sun behind the lab for a few hours to build his
tan. The lab
rats, who aren't as well versed in scientific experimentation as us monkeys,
watched the whole thing through the window. Reeko got darker and darker the
longer the beaming Sun rained bright sunlight on him. We were all pretty shaken
up when the lab rats began jumping around and screaming "Reeko has
disappeared. Reeko has disappeared!". We calmed them down and explained that it the
Sun had simply set and it was now nighttime...
The Sun triggers the production of melanin in our skin, a brown substance that helps
filter out the Sun's harmful rays. In your hair it does the exact opposite
- it breaks down the melanin in the hair into less colorful compounds. The
grand design probably works this way because your skin is still living and needs
protection while your hair, which is dead, does not.
What do the "chasing arrows" recycling code on plastics really mean?
Lots of items in the lab have those circular recycling arrow symbols on them.
We find it funny that the lab rats think it's a game to stare at them until they
get dizzy and fall over.
The symbol looks like twisted arrows forming a triangle shape with a number
in the middle of it. It indicates recyclability while the number in the middle,
which ranges from 1 to 7, indicates the type of plastic. The idea is to recycle
all plastics with the same number together since each "type" of plastic
has a different melting point. Most type 1 and 2 plastics are recyclable while
types 3 through 7 are best just to throw away.
Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?
I guess your question is implying that sour cream is the result of cream that has
been left standing out until it sours. The truth is much more disgusting than
Light cream is first pasteurized which kills most of the microorganisms that would
make your cream go sour. Then they pour in live bacteria that produces lactic
acid. The live bacteria feed on the cream and poop out lactic acid which you
pay big bucks to eat. And you thought the lab rats were dopey...
Why is the night sky dark?
Now your questions are beginning to scare me.
I'm assuming that you are wondering why, if there are an infinite number of
stars in the sky, why the sky is not so completely filled with pinpoints of light
that they produce a uniform luminosity - like pictures of galaxies that we have
seen. Astronomers have wondered about this for hundreds of years, a puzzle
known as "Olbers's paradox" or the "dark night sky paradox".
The paradox being, since there are an immeasurable number of stars, every line of
sight in the night sky should terminate with a pinpoint of light. It's
like standing in a forest and looking for the horizon. There are so many trees
that they eventually blend together and obscure all sight of the horizon.
Well after 400 years, scientists have finally agreed that there simply are not enough
visible stars to fill the night sky with light. 400 years to come up with
this answer? No wonder they can't come up with a cure for cancer.
Basically the greater the distance of the star from us, the longer it takes the
light to reach us (duh). In effect, all the starlight has simply not reached
If vegetables have no fat, why is vegetable oil all fat?
If this is one of those questions intended to get you out of eating all of your
vegetables, it's not gonna work.
In short, vegetables are low fat, not no fat. All living organisms have fat
in their cell membranes. In plants the percentage of fat in their cells is very
low but in their seeds it is fairly high. Most vegetable oil is made from
the plant's seed, not the plant itself.
Now sit back down and eat those vegetables.
Why are flies so hard to swat?
If humans and flies ever switch spots, humans are going to be in a heap of trouble
for all the fly swatting they’ve done over the years. You’d best hope that us monkeys
and you humans trade places first (which is coming sooner than you think).
estimated that billions of flies have been swatted over the past 100 years, not
just because they annoy us by vomiting on our food, but rather because they are
so hard to swat! It becomes somewhat of a challenge, a game so to speak, to the
swatter. As you know, they are tough little boogers to hit. The reason is their
takeoff. Flies actually jump backward before takeoff. If you want to hit them, even
though you know you’ll pay the price millions of years from now, follow these simple
steps. First, resist in flight swatting since they can change direction in as little
as 30 thousands of a second. Also, remember that a fly’s eyes let them see in all
directions at once so approaching from behind doesn’t guarantee a hit but
it does improve the chances due to a small blind spot in the rear. Sneak up on them and aim behind the fly. Finally, listen carefully because
it is believed that seconds after the hit, flies let out a little bitty fly scream.
Why are there 360 degrees in a circle?
To answer this question we have to look way back in history. Even further back than when your science teacher
was born. Lucky for us, writing utensils were just being invented at the
same time so the reasoning
for 360 degrees was eternally preserved in written history - we don't have to
rely on your science teacher's memory for this explanation...
Ancient Babylonian cultures developed this measurement based on the circle of the
Zodiac which as we all know, each degree or "space" represents the distance
the Sun traveled in a day. Wait a minute - then we're missing 5 degrees
somewhere! Well back then the math was not quite as accurate and besides,
360 is much easier to divide by 4, 3, etc.
Sorry, but that rowdy monkey's got to go back to his cage. Check back soon,
we'll ask him some more questions later...