Captivated by Fringe

This came out of nowhere. Trust me, I’m just as surprised as you are.

But here it is: I can’t stop watching Fringe.

Captivated by Fringe

It’s especially crazy because I was quite happy with my Fall Lineup Five. In fact, I don’t really have time for much more than that.

And yet…


It all started last autumn when a friend mentioned she was going to be in my town for the day as an extra in Fringe.

Up until this point I don’t believe I had heard of it before. Or at least hadn’t noticed it before. But I thought that was a pretty cool thing, to be an extra in a show.

Then one Friday night the show came on after a show I was watching. (I do actually watch live TV from time to time. I know, crazy!) Despite being a crazy sci-fi show (and being home alone) I found the intro captivating. I kept watching. By the end I decided I shouldn’t go to sleep yet.

It was my first taste. It was intense and scary. And, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Then someone lent me Season One.

And…I suddenly have writer’s block.

Because I’m up all night watching Fringe.

It’s really awesome.

Dried Out Pruny Skin

My investigation du jour began in order to discover just why it is my fingers and toes get all wrinkly when I’m in water for an extended amount of time.

I call it pruny skin

It’s a little bit interesting. Here’s my summary.

Basically, the outermost layer of skin is made up of cells and those cells are held together by a protein called keratin.

The protein is just one of the layers making up the epidermis, but I don’t care about the details. The point is, keratin absorbs water as often as it can, but the other layers do not.

So there’s swelling and resistance and stuff. Hence the wrinkles.

But why specifically the hands and feet? Well that’s where the skin’s the thickest so the wrinkles are the most pronounced.

Fascinating.

This whole learning/science experience led to another question though: does water dry out your skin?

The easy answer is yes. While you’re in water your body is hydrated, but once you get out it’s left drier than before the bath. But don’t lose hope.

If you add bath oil to your hot soapy bath water, your skin will retain much of the moisture it absorbs in the bath.

Neat, huh?

Now to find out what sort of oil these articles are referring to…

Alligator vs. Crocodile

Alligator vs. crocodile. Who would win?

Alligator versus Crocodile

We all want to know. In a battle of alligator vs. crocodile who reigns supreme?

One of the most interesting things I learned from the epic battle between the cat and the alligator was that alligators basically only live in the southeast of the United States. I didn’t know that!

The second-most interesting thing I learned was that there is one place in southern Florida where alligators and crocodiles live side by side. It wasn’t relevant before but it is now. They shouldn’t be able to live side by side because alligators stick to freshwater and crocodiles to seawater. So, what’s the dealio?

Brace yourself

Actually both species can live in either aquatic environment. It’s just that alligators prefer to live in freshwater and crocs to seawater.

Thing I learned #3!

Here are the main distinguishing factors between alligators and crocodiles

  • Crocodiles have a giant protruding (fourth?) tooth, while alligators do not
  • Alligators are much darker in colour than crocodiles
  • Crocodiles are found worldwide (well, throughout the tropics)
  • Alligators have a wide “U-shaped” mouth, while crocodiles have a thin “V-shaped mouth.” This makes the alligator’s bite super strong (nay, invincible) and the crocodile’s bite just so-so
  • When threatened, crocodiles are more apt to attack, while alligators prefer to retreat to safety
  • Crocs are just plain bigger than gators

There are more differences but I think that’s the gist. Honestly, if you’re in a situation where you encounter an alligator or, wait…maybe it’s a crocodile? You probably won’t take the time to check whether his snout is more “U” than “V” and you definitely won’t do a colour comparison. You are running like crazy to get the heck out of there, and that’s all you’re doing.

But for arguments sake, and whatever, here’s a general rule of thumb. If you encounter a weird scary massive lizardy-thing and you’re in North America, chances are you’ve stumbled upon an alligator. This is because in the U.S. there are 1.5 million alligators and only 1,000 crocodiles.

Even I can do that math.

And if you’re anywhere else in the world and you see a creepy massive dinosaur thingy hurling itself at you, it’s probably a crocodile and you should move your hiney.

In either case, get away from the gross massive lizardy thing. Their teeth are an army of spears, which skewer their food for them so well they don’t even bother chewing.

So, who would win in a battle to the death of alligator vs. crocodile?

Pin it! Alligator vs. crocodile

Alligator vs. crocodile. Who would win? One of the most interesting things I learned from the epic battle between the cat and the alligator was that alligators basically only live in the southeast of the United States. I didn’t know that!  The second-most interesting thing I learned was that there is one place in southern Florida where alligators and crocodiles live side by side. It wasn’t relevant before but it is now. They shouldn’t be able to live side by side because alligators stick to freshwater and crocodiles to seawater. So, what’s the dealio?  BRACE YOURSELF Actually both species can live in either aquatic environment. It’s just that alligators prefer to live in freshwater and crocs to seawater.  Thing I learned #3!