• scissors
    April 30th, 2014ImogenUncategorized
    Someone please buy me a donkey

    Donkeys have the best ears

    Do your ears ever jump? Occasionally, when I hear a sudden sound I feel something in my ears twinge. This seems to happen more frequently when the sound might be attention-worthy. I’ve asked several people about this and they all think I’m crazy. Surely I can’t be the only one with involuntary ear innervations?

    I have a theory that this is related to ear wiggling. My Grandpa wiggles his ears as a party trick and my mum can be persuaded to as well. Apparerently 15% of the population has the genes necessary for the little ear twitching muscles and these can be inherited.

    The auriculares muscles are leftover from a time when we needed to move our ears to hone in on particular sounds. When alarmed, it makes sense that your ears should prick up to hear better in the same way that your eyes widen so you can see better.

    My only problem is I can’t twitch my ears on demand. What’s the point of useless evolutionary throwbacks if you can’t use them to entertain yourself? I’m going to practice with the ears, and if that doesn’t work then I’m going to eat some grass and train my appendix.

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  • scissors
    June 24th, 2011ImogenUncategorized

    There are those among us who, I know, feel less than fond towards cats (cough, my boyfriend, cough). I am on the opposite camp and am probably in the at-risk group to become a “crazy cat lady” later in life. In evidence of this, last night my cat was sleeping in my bed with me, under the duvet. If this sounds weird to you then all I can say is that you have obviously never been loved by a cat. Anyway, my cat was curled up under the duvet and as I fell asleep I was thinking, how does she not get super hot? Cats do not appear to sweat or pant, so how do they keep cool?

    Marble keepin it real

    As it turns out I am wrong on both counts. Cats do sweat, but only from their paw-pads (not a very large surface area), and they do pant, but only when very very hot. To cope with mild heat they use heat-prevention strategies such as avoiding activity and stretching themselves out on cool surfaces. Even cats know that prevention is more efficient than a cure. That’s because cats are clever. They also wash themselves more. And how does washing cool them down? By evaporation.  And we know how that works.

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