Wednesday, October 29, 2008

News you can use

Sick of talking politics at the dinner table? Tonight wow your family and/or spouse with this one:
    Researchers at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and Columbia University have finally explained why ripened bananas glow blue under ultraviolet, black, light. Writing in Angewandte Chemie, Bernhard Kräutler and his colleagues report that blue hue is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll, which takes place during the ethylene-modulated ripening process of the curvy fruit. From the Alchemist Newsletter
My husband eats a banana every day. The doctor said on his last visit that he has the body of a 55 year old. Maybe you don't think that is desirable, but he is a 70 year old, born a premie, so tiny that when his head was in his mother's palm, his little toes barely reached to the crook of her elbow.

Hmm. I was over twice his weight when I was born.

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