Last week, much of the house was out of commission with colds and the weather here got extremely cold. Horrible coughs with insanely filled sinuses and fevers combined with single digits (Fahrenheit, not above freezing crap Celsius single digits that are comfortable). That made me decide to make today’s topic to be “cold” even though today is more balmy than cold.
brrrrrr… let’s do this.
1. The Swedes have an expression, "There's no bad weather, just the wrong clothing." What do you think of this?
There are temperatures, that regardless of appropriate clothing, will simply bother you. I find wind chills under -20F (you centigrade peeps can google it your damn self) don’t really care about your clothing and at temps above 105F (you centigrade peeps can google it your damn self) there is not getting comfortable either.
2. How cold does it have to be to totally preclude shorts? Do you hold your kids to a different benchmark?
I am sadly enforced by work to be long-panted, so after 7:45 AM Monday through Friday it really does not matter what the temp is. I tell the kids to wear warm clothes because they are not quite old enough to determine if they are good at not wearing appropriate clothes yet. As they get older that might change. I think the girl-child runs warm like I did.
3. Can you hear the expression "cold hearted" without immediately launching into "c-c-c-cold hearted...snaaaake" a la Paula Abdul? Because if so, you're a stronger person than I am.
I really don’t hear that expression unless it is in association with a reference to the song, so my answer is a qualified “No.”
4. Do you like eating ice cream in the winter? I like eating ice cream anytime, but I know folks who don't like it when it is cold outside.
I like eating ice cream whenever. I will not eat it outside necessarily, but I do like it.
5. If I'm remembering your geographical history correctly (and I've read it about 100 times now), you grew up where it is not so cold. Have you thoroughly adapted to Ohio winters?
6. We’re in the early stages of planning a move back to the East coast. Living in Long Beach, CA anything lower than 50˚(you centigrade peeps can google it your damn self) and I need a winter coat. Here’s my question, Will future Fall/Winter fashions be forgiving enough in their requirements to permit me getting away with wearing 12 coats at once?
I think you will be able to layer about 6 coats and still be ambulatory. The other 12 layers will cause you to become immobilized.
7. What is cold fusion?
Fusion is the combining together of 2 atoms to create a different atom. It, in general, takes and insane amount of energy to make happen. Cold Fusion is that same process just without the incredible amounts of energy to make it happen. Currently in artificial settings, it takes more energy to combine atoms than they release in the process. Otherwise it would be a viable energy source. In other words, Cold Fusion is a thing that is not yet.
8. Why, in the age of science, do parents still tell their children to wear a jacket or they'll catch a cold, when a cold is a virus that has nothing to do with the weather?
We aren’t much more than hairless apes. Hairless apes who get the sniffles when we get cold.
9. Why do ice cubes float?
The angle of incidence associated with H2O makes a crystalline structure of the solid “ice” take up more volume than the liquid version of H2O. So the solid in this version of the same chemical is less dense than the liquid.
10. Is cold pizza ACTUALLY delicious, or is it a myth contrived to justify being too lazy/impatient to turn on the oven?
In some instances, yes. Only certain pizzas and only for breakfast.
11. What is the lone cold family member to do when her barbaric family taunts here and makes fun of her because she is cold in the house, her house on which she pays the mortgage? What is that poor poor over chilled person to do to get comfortable in such a clearly warmth devoid environment? Where is the compassion in my house (that I primarily pay for I might add)?
This seems awfully pointed.
12. Why is cold a concept and not an actual thing?
Cold is the absence of heat which is a measure of energy. It is a lack of something and not actually a thing. It only exists in the absence of certain amounts of something quantifiable.
13. The capsaicin is a chemical flavoring in food that is defined as “hot,” is there a flavor that is cold?
Cucumber? That is the best I got.
14. Name all the cold based heroes in comics that you can.
Heroes? Okay, Iceman, Ice, Frozone, ummm… Elsa…
15. Now name all the comic book villains that are cold-powered?
Mr Freeze, Captain Cold, Killer Frost, Blizzard, Jack Frost, I think that’s all I can muster.
16. Why is a cold called a cold when you do not get it from being cold nor is it intrinsically cold?
I would have to guess the low-grade fever that chills you.
17. Is it worse to have your head cold or your feet cold?
18. Would you rather go to Antarctica or swim in cold water (From your 8 year old daughter… very earnestly)?
I would rather go to Antarctica. Swimming in cold water causes craps in the legs.
19. What are you willing to do now with a cold that you were not willing to do as a kid?
Make meals so the family will not be whiny and hungry. Really pretty much any effort I make as an adult who is sick is more than I was willing to do as a kid.
20. What is the worst symptom of the dreaded cold?
Being stuffed up. I hate the discomfort in the headline area. My sinuses are crap
It was cold last week
And many of us had colds
I am almost over my cold now
It is the time for my sinuses to release
Little Man has a science project due soon
I am not sure how to motivate him
He does not seem to realize the relative lack of time left for the creation of content
He is done with the data collection, but he needs to analyze and summarize and then graphicize
I think he wants me to swoop in and save him
Ain’t gonna happen
Seeing the snow from the 26th floor of one of the buildings I work in is pretty awesome
Have a great week everyone