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Welcome to the Greenwood.Net Curiosity Corner

Curious Triva

Mar 01, 2021

Curiosity Corner
By
Dr. Jerry D. Wilson,
Professor Emeritus of Physics
Lander University

First, let’s go over some words all readers should know.

Arctophile (noun): a person who is fond of, and usually a collector of, teddy bears. Did you know that the teddy bear was named after President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt, who is said to have saved the life of a bear cub while hunting?

Akimbo (adverb): having the hand on the hip with the elbow turned outward. (I’ve had people “akimbo” me quite a few times.)

Oniomania (noun): the uncontrollable desire to buy things. (No comment here. I’d just get into trouble.)

Onychophagist (noun): a person who bites his or her nails.

Garbology (noun): the study of a society or culture by examining what it discards. (No, I didn’t make it up. Must be an interesting major in college.)

Quotidian (adjective): occurring every day. (Aren’t you glad the Curiosity Corner isn’t quotidian?)

Okay, now a few questions for you:
1. What are some words that begin and end with “he?” (Besides “hehe.”)
2. What is bone china?
3. Can you lead a cow up and down stairs?

Answers:
1. A couple of them come to mind. A heartache may give you a headache.
2. A type of porcelain that has the ash of animal bone mixed in with it, producing a china that is strong, not easily chipped, and having an ivory-white color.
3. A cow can be led upstairs but not down. Now that’s something you really need to know! There’s a tale in my hometown about how some students led a cow upstairs to the bell tower in their high school. Seems they had to get a crane to get the cow down. I know absolutely nothing first-hand about this incident. You might have gotten a hint for this question by recalling which end of a cow gets up first from lying down. Which is it? How about a horse?

C.P.S. (Curious Postscript): “It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.” (Seen in a Chinese fortune cookie.)

Curious about something? Send your questions to Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, College of Science and Mathematics, Lander University, Greenwood, SC, 29649, or email jerry@curiosity-corner.net. Selected questions will appear in the Curiosity Corner. For Curiosity Corner background, go to www.curiosity-corner.net.

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