Strange But True

Wink, wink: Not everybody can do it
Published on Apr 28th, 2005
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. Some people are not able to wink. This poses quite a nuisance when looking through a camera, etc. Were they dropped as a baby or something? Is there any way...
Think about it! Your brain does it all
Published on Apr 21st, 2005
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. It has been electrically probed, electroshocked, gouged out with an icepick, fed alcohol and a pharmacopeia of other drugs for fun and effect, honored...
Milk shake: Too bad cow can't squat
Published on Apr 14th, 2005
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. A cow takes shelter under a large tree during a thunderstorm. To minimize chances of injury in case of a lightning strike to the tree, she should stand a...
Eeeek! It's the old hag again!
Published on Apr 7th, 2005
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. Relaxing in your easy chair, you're suddenly gripped by a powerful sense of terror without any ostensible cause. Worse, you can't move, as if paralyzed, and...
Mama Mona: Baby loves <I>La Gioconda
Published on Mar 31st, 2005
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. Which of the following paintings would a baby likely find most stimulating? a) Andy Warhol's pop art "Campbell's Soup Can," with its vivid colors and...
Sock it to me: Picking the right number
Published on Mar 24th, 2005
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. Oh, no, it's 6 o'clock Monday morning, electricity's out, and you can't see the jumbled socks in your drawer. You know there are 8 blacks and 24 blues. How many...
Spurts: Baby Jack sprouts up
Published on Mar 17th, 2005
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Happy cat?: Pain can prompt purring too
Published on Mar 10th, 2005
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK BY BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D. Q. Has science figured out a cat's purr yet? –J. Fariello A. Cats purr when "contented," but also when injured or...
True spit: Are you awake or not?
Published on Mar 3rd, 2005
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. You're dreaming one night when suddenly you realize it's only a dream. Neat! A "lucid" dream. You try an experiment: Spitting on a dream finger, you draw...
On edge: Kiddies know where danger is
Published on Feb 24th, 2005
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. Would an unwatched toddler approaching the edge of the Grand Canyon perceive the danger and draw back? –B. Spock  A. This is what researcher Eleanor...
Sickly sweet: Driven crazy by honey
Published on Feb 17th, 2005
0 comments Published February 17, 2005 in issue 0407 of the Hook DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. How has eating honey, that prototypical "health food," been known to bring armies to a sickening halt?...
Number nuts: 'Arithmomaniacs' live to count
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK BY BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D. Q. People who can't stop checking to see if doors are locked, or wash their hands repeatedly, or won't step on sidewalk cracks...
Supersize: Modern Goliath in Ireland
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK BY BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D. Q. Who was the "Irish Giant" Charles Byrne, and how does his story cast modern light on the defeat of huge Goliath by...
Legendary labor: How many babies is too many?
Published on Jan 20th, 2005
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK BY BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D. Q. If Countess Margaret of the village of Henneberg, the Netherlands, didn't really give birth to 365 children on Good Friday...
Mirror, mirror: What do you see?
Published on Jan 13th, 2005
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Catching rays: Conditioning works underwater too
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK BY BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D. Q. What's the trick to safely hand-petting a stingray in the wild? –J. Cousteau A. A trip to "Stingray City" of the...
Foggy bottle: That little cloud is just gas
Published on Dec 23rd, 2004
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. Fizz-icists, what are a beer cloud, a Coke cloud, and a champagne cloud? –A.G. Candler  A. The wispy cloud in the neck of a just-opened cold bottle...
Sleep on it: Watery messages come at night
Published on Dec 16th, 2004
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK   Q. Tease your brain with this one: What one word does the following sequence represent? H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O. Clue: Think out of the box. Clue 2: A good...
All heart: Old anatomy a no-brainer
Published on Dec 9th, 2004
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. "Heartless" people aren't really without a heart, so why the terminology? –T. I. N. Man  A. Because in the ancient world, reaching back 5,000...
Pucker up: Just how hot is hot?
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK   Q. How hot can spicy foods get? Could eaters injure themselves in indulging their fiery hot tastes? – E.A. McIlhenny  A. The "heat" is...
Tiny charmers: Babies symbols of peace
Published on Nov 25th, 2004
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. Just how charming and disarming can a baby be? –M. Esselman  A. In Reading Faces, Brandeis University psychologist Leslie Zebrowitz recounts...
Stumped: Cro-Magnons had mam-mouth aches
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK BY BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D. Q. If dentistry had existed 50,000 years ago, what problems would have sent our Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon ancestors to the doc...
Eye vibe: Stretch the pics by humming
Published on Nov 11th, 2004
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK   Q. Why when you hold a vibrating "Tickle Me Ernie" doll under your chin with teeth clenched, then look at a TV or computer screen, does the picture...
Type A canine: Dogs have personalities too
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK   Q. The personality survey had 34 items, focusing on the four traits of energy, cooperativeness, emotional sensitivity, and intelligence-plus-curiosity. Who...
Free ride: Tailgaters in line for speed
Published on Oct 28th, 2004
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK  Q. How are birds, fish, and race car drivers on to the same traveling trick? -Nemo A. They're all tailgaters, hitching something of a free ride in the wake...
STRANGE BUT TRUE- Beneficial bolts: Lightning can do some good
Published on Oct 21st, 2004
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK    Q. Lightning strikes kill thousands of people every year. Does lightning ever do anyone any good? –B. Franklin  A. On the planetary scale...
Bulging bellies: Myotis makes meal of meanies
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK   BY BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D.    Q. Let's hear it for bats as an all-natural pesticide. Just how many insects can one hungry bat eat...
Doggerel: Pups' yips say it all
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK  Q. Some dogs come doggone close to talking. How close? –Snowy  A. Beyond barks and growls, there are plenty of vocalizations intended to...
Fries with that? Venus likes food alive
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments   DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK  Q.  You just bought yourself a carnivorous Venus fly-trap, terror of the botanical world. Would it like a little hamburger? –R. McDonald...
Creepy kitties: Cats appeal to the dark side
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK  Q. The household cat more than the dog has spurred much folklore and superstition. Why might that be? –Garfield  A. The human/cat symbiosis is...