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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE! (Or research gone awry)

I have an inquisitive mind; I love science and if I could choose my career over, I would become a CSI agent (unless I had to do something with dead eyeballs; that one gives me issues).

In the love of science, I realize that there is a lot of research that must be done to unpuzzle some of life’s most puzzling questions. In order to do that, research grants must be applied for and then awarded to the research projects. In that regard, I proudly present to you the 2006 Ig Nobel Winners!

2006 Ig Nobel winners
Their research has earned them an Ig Nobel, the annual award given at Harvard University by Annals of Improbable Research magazine for weird, whacky and sometimes worthless scientific research.

The list of the 2006 Ig Nobel winners, awarded Thursday at Harvard University by Annals of Improbable Research magazine Harvard University:

ORNITHOLOGY - The late Philip May and Ivan Schwab for exploring and explaining why woodpeckers don't get headaches.

NUTRITION - Wasmia Al-Houty and Faten Al-Mussalam, for showing that dung beetles are finicky about the dung.

PEACE - Howard Stapleton, for inventing a teenager repellent, an electronic device that makes annoying noise designed to be audible to teenagers but not adults. The same technology is used to make telephone ringtones audible to teens, but not teachers.

ACOUSTICS - D. Lynn Halpern, Randolph Blake and James Hillenbrand for their experiments to learn why people dislike the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard.

MATHEMATICS - Nic Svenson and Piers Barnes, for calculating the number of photographs you must take to ensure that nobody in a group photo will have their eyes closed.

LITERATURE - Daniel Oppenheimer, for his report "Consequences of Erudite Vernacular Utilized Irrespective of Necessity: Problems with Using Long Words Needlessly."

MEDICINE - Francis Fesmire, for his medical case report "Termination of Intractable Hiccups with Digital Rectal Massage"; and Majed Odeh, Harry Bassan, and Arie Oliven for their subsequent medical case report.

PHYSICS - Basile Audoly and Sebastien Neukirch, for their insights into why dry spaghetti often breaks into more than two pieces when bent.

CHEMISTRY - Antonio Mulet, Jose Javier Benedito, Jose Bon and Carmen Rossello, for their study "Ultrasonic Velocity in Cheddar Cheese as Affected by Temperature."

BIOLOGY - Bart Knols and Ruurd de Jong, for showing that female malaria mosquitoes are attracted equally to the smell of Limburger cheese and to the smell of human feet.

I'M THROWING THIS IN AS AN EXTRA BONUS. It doesn't have anything to do with those awards, but I suppose it could be some sort of an experiement gone awry....

80-year-old Pa. man paroled after three days imprisonment on crack charges

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An 80-year-old man convicted of dealing crack cocaine was paroled Thursday after spending three nights in jail.

Felix Cocco, a Second World War veteran from Pittsburgh, sold crack cocaine from his house and gave some of the drugs to prostitutes in exchange for sex, his lawyer said. Cocco pleaded guilty in July to possessing cocaine with intent to deliver.

A judge sentenced him Monday to six to 18 months in jail but indicated he was willing to consider a parole petition from the defence.

Defence lawyer Martha Bailor argued her client should be spared jail because he suffers from an aortic aneurysm. Cocco is scheduled to have vascular surgery in January, she said.

Cocco will wear an ankle bracelet so authorities can monitor his activities, police said.

Police said Cocco had been dealing drugs for nearly a year when he was arrested in November, and was caught dealing again in February. Officers said they seized crack cocaine, a digital scale and packaging materials.

Bailor told the court her client wanted to remain sexually active after his wife died three years ago and he turned to prostitutes.

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