On The Bricks

December 27, 2022

Last week my granddaughter that turned three in September asked me if a banana was a fruit or a vegetable. I don’t believe at that age I knew what a fruit or vegetable was, let alone cared whether a banana was one or the other.

Concerning this question, I did learn a few things in a similar vein.

The cucumber is a fruit, not a vegetable.

Apples are likely the most popular fruit in America.

Corn, a vegetable, has an even number of rows on each ear. The average ear has 800 kernels arranged in 16 rows.

A watermelon contains 92% water.

Don’t those facts just make you feel so much smarter?

Fruits are delicious. Did you know about 75% of what we think we taste is from our sense of smell? And that those fruits we eat typically travel from the mouth, through the esophagus, and into the stomach in seven seconds.

Human bodies are interesting. At birth our head is a quarter of our total length but only an eighth of our total length by adulthood.

The brain requires more than 25% of the oxygen used by the human body. I’m guessing that means when you run and get out of breath, huffing and puffing, then you probably aren’t as smart as normal. Makes sense, doesn’t it? Does that mean we could consider running bad for us? Hmmm, this is getting complicated. Complicated enough I might cry in frustration. Which, by the way, human beings are the only animals that cry emotional tears.

Let’s move on to something more important like what’s happening around town other than putting up the Christmas decorations.

On Dec. 28 there is a blood drive at Golden Mesa Casino from noon to 6:30 pm.

The Lions Club members are holding their annual Chili and Stew Supper on Jan. 17 at the Methodist Enrichment Center from 5:30-8 pm.

Special Game Day, an afternoon of fun for special needs kids and their siblings. It’s happening at OPSU Noble Center with the OPSU Baseball Players at 2 pm in the Noble Center, Goodwell.

See you on the bricks!