Ten Things Tuesday – May 11

11 May

You just never know what you’re going to be doing while working at the Museum. One day you’re sitting in the office booking Outreaches, the next you’re teaching kids about a gecko. Then it’s cleaning out a closet, and the day after dissecting a sheep heart. There’s really never a dull moment around here. And if you asked me a year ago if I’d be doing anything remotely close to this, I would have laughed at you. Here are ten things I have learned since working at the Museum:

1. Sheep’s hearts are only slightly smaller than human hearts, but look very similar.

2. Most geckos do not have eyelids. They have to lick their eyeballs with their tongues to keep them moist.

3. A penny can hold approximately 35 drops of water before the surface tension breaks.

4. Polymers are special substances made up of very long strands of molecules all connected in a precise way.

5. Madagascar hissing cockroaches give birth to live babies.

6. A watershed is the specific location for water runoff. All the streams and creeks that flow down into a larger body of water, such as a river or lake, are known as one specific watershed.

7. Hydrogen cars run on hydrogen atoms – they separate the hydrogen and oxygen in water and give off the oxygen as waste.

8. Iguanas turn a reddish brown color when they are angry.

9. Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide. It goes directly from a solid to a gas, skipping the liquid stage. This is known as sublimation.

10. Air pressure is 14.7 pounds per square inch on you body. We don’t even notice it!

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