- Why does it so often happen that, after hearing a new word for the first time, I hear it again (and sometimes again and again) within the next few days? This week's example: fiduciary. Heard twice from two completely different and unrelated sources. Maybe it's in common usage and I'd never picked up on it until I had to ask my hubby to explain what the hell he was talking about. The best example was when a non-scientist friend came up to Glasgow to hang out with me and my geeky science buddies for Hogmanay. I used the word placebo, which she wasn't familiar with, and then over the course of the evening's festivities, 3 other people used it in unrelated conversations. She was very confused.
- Why can't I find the right pair of knee-high boots? You'd think it would be easy. The criteria are: brown; leather; not lined with fur or nasty sweaty synthetic material; a heel that's a) not too high (2 inches is easily enough,) b) not too spiky, c) not a wedge; don't make me look like I should be riding a horse or a motorcycle; and in my size. I found one pair (Hush Puppies! In a sale!) that met all criteria except the last one, and another (Nine West! In an even better sale!) that were perfect except for being lined with fur. I was dripping sweat just in the store. Vancouver is f****** cold at the moment, but not cold enough for fur-lined boots.
- Is it possible that the time until the next leap year determines how dark it feels? If I remember my primary school lessons correctly, we have leap years because every year is actually 365.25 days long and we have to compensate by putting all the 0.25 days together every 4 years. A lot of people are saying that this winter feels darker than normal. Could this be because the actual hours of darkness are set differently against the 24-hour clock this year, making it feel like the sun rises later than usual? Or is it all just perception? (This might be a really really stupid question. Feel free to laugh and point).
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