Monday, April 19, 2010

Curiosity Killed The

When I was a little girl I used to wish I was a cat.  They lead such an ideal life.  I remember I used to watch them, napping in the sunshine, stretching without a care in the world, strolling over to their Fancy Feast, having an indifferent nibble, then wandering around looking for the next most cozy spot.  Who wouldn't want that life?  Then I learned that curiosity killed the cat, and I suppose now that it is a good thing I am not a cat.  Since I am constantly curious about things, and always wishing I knew more than I do.

Here are some of the things I am curious about, and please, if you know the answer, let me know!!

 - Who eats jam on their fish?
 -  Where do critters go in the winter? (Rabbits, squirrels, ants, bees, cockroaches, etc.)
 - Where did weather begin? (I mean, there must have been a first raindrop, and where did that land? What leaf on which tree was the first to feel the wind move past?)
 - What was Adam's first thought in his new body?
 - What is Hallie thinking as she carefully moves piles of dirt from this side of the yard, to that one?
 - What is Hanna thinking when she giggles up at me, leaning over her crib?
 - How does a bird make a nest?  And who taught them how to?
 - The very first time money was used in a culture instead of bartering, how did they decide how many of those new coins bread was worth?
 -  How do salmon know which river to go back to?
 - How many people died before the hunting/gathering peoples figured out which mushrooms and berries were safe, and which were absolutely not?

Hmm, I sincerely hope that someone knows an answer to at least one of these questions.  But if not, that's ok too.  Until I know the answers, I'll just keep looking out my window, being grateful I'm not actually a cat.

6 comments:

  1. I used to wish I was a cat, too! So many warm naps. Sigh. Although, I guess you and I both wanted to be pet cats. Street cats probably have a pretty harsh life.

    All good questions. I have no answers for you. I'm trying to think of some more questions for you though. I can't remember any of mine right now, but when I do, I'll share them and give you a few more reasons to be glad you're not a cat. ;)

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  2. ooOOOOoo and your blog background is GORGEOUS!

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  3. "How do salmon know where their home is when they return from the ocean?

    We think they can tell directions in the ocean by the earth's magnetic field acting like a compass. When they find the river they came from they start using smell to find their way back to their home stream. They build their "smell memory-bank" when they start migrating to the ocean as young fish."



    http://wfrc.usgs.gov/outreach/salmonq&a.htm


    :)

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  4. So, if I understand that correctly, fish can detect the earth's magnetic field? Things just get curiouser and curiouser!!

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  5. Your last one is a familiar one for me! haha. I always wonder about the fruit/plants/etc. And, how they new that mushy goodness was inside that yellow peel....

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  6. Animals go in their holes (or tree trunks) for the winter. I learned this when I was little and we had a book about a mouse (or something) who woke up during the winter and went out in the snow.

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