Pennsylvania Penses

Several questions have come up on this PA trip.  What better way to remember the questions and (as I find them) the answers than to … blog them:

How do Evening Primroses work?

What puts the fire in a firefly / lightening bug?

What is a Township?

What is a Pike?

Why is the bizarre Trojan War art exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art considered a significant contribution to contemporary art rather than just “silly”.


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Internet Travel Guy, Father of 2, small town Oregon life. BS Botany from UW Madison Wisconsin, MS Social Sciences from Southern Oregon. Top interests outside of my family's well being are: Internet Technology, Online Travel, Globalization, China, Table Tennis, Real Estate, The Singularity.
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2 Responses to Pennsylvania Penses

  1. FoolsGold says:

    Okay…. off the top of my head:
    Fireflies: its not just the lucipherinase that is of interest to scientists but the fact that we seem to be losing alot of fireflies. Would be a shame to lose the species before we discover the secret of on-demand cold light.

    A pike? Ah, best explanation I can think of is to suggest you think of the photos they always have of the Swiss Guards who guard the Pope. They are depicted carrying these large poles with a spear point on top and a curved blade. Firemen carry pikes too. A ‘Turn Pike’ was a toll road and a pike would be used as a sort of ancient toll gate. Most roads in this country were originally toll roads and were ofcourse privately built, even if constructed along a federally chosen route. Enjoy the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

    Township is a political subdivision often resulting in some confusion because a town of a certain name will have certain boundaries but there may well be dozens of other towns that are still inside the Township and often eight townships within a county.

    ‘significant contribution’ translates to ‘I can’t think of anything in particular to say about it, but if I claim its significant, others may think so to’. Its “PR speak”.

  2. Joe Duck says:

    Hey FG – thanks for a great roundup! I think Ben Franklin himself would have enjoyed your broad perspective on many topics.

    The Art was by “Cy Twombly”. His pieces command huge sums at Art sales but I still don’t get it.

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