is for ask.
Surprise! It’s the first day of the A to Z challenge. I’ll post every day (except Sundays) and each post will be about the letter of the day.
Hope no one got got today with any April’s Fools jokes. Like telling your kids the government passed a law banning all under 13 from the internet.
So what was asked of me recently?
1. How do frogs have babies?
Bang is on level “F” readers now. I know that doesn’t make much sense to you, but he started the school year on “A”. He’s advanced 5 levels since September. He’s figuring out words faster than Usain finds the finish line. So when he (Bang, not Usain) was reading Fantastic Frogs last night it mentioned one type that keeps its babies in its mouth. This would be the Darwin frog. Its offspring hatch and develop inside its mouth. Inside it vocal sack to be more precise. As a dad who is involved with his own kids, I can relate to this frog. Its the male Darwin frog that hatches and releases its offspring. Then there is the Surinam toad which raises its young inside its back. Not ON, but IN. Eggs are laid on its back then the frog grows a second layer of skin over them for their protection. After the toads develop, they come climbing out.
2. What do nerves look like?
We’ve been talking a lot about human anatomy. Brains mostly, but other things too. Vertebrae. Spinal discs. The nervous system. He was wondering what the messages that our brains send to various parts of our body look like. He thought maybe they were like e-mail. So I did a quick search on YouTube and found this video – a crash course. Amazingly enough, he was tuned right into it. He probably would have watched all 10 minutes of it had we not had to leave for school. That day I substituted in high school and in one of the classes they were watching these same videos! I don’t mean to brag (yes I do) but maybe he’ll be
doctor surgeon when he grows up.
I know I just answered this question like a politician. I didn’t answer it at all. There’s no way for me to describe it other than tell you it’s much like an electrical system. If you want to know more, watch that video. It’s both informative and entertaining.
Also, you can expect anatomy questions every week now…
3. When should I start my vegetable seeds indoors?
This is my question. In my eternal hope for spring and my desire to grow a successful veggie garden here in Canadaland, I need to know this. Plant them too early and they’ll be ready to transplant outside before the last frost. Plant them too late and they won’t grow proper veggies. The last frost in our zone is scheduled for May 6th. 6 week before that (because that’s how long most seeds need to mature enough to be moved outdoors) would be March 25th. Last Saturday. I’m good to plant now! This year I may spray my plants. We went organic last year and the broccoli was inedible due to worm infestation. The peppers were great, though!
4. What are these ovals?
I’m slowly getting over my fear of these questions. Bang, standing naked as a blue jay outside the bathroom door with his hands between his legs. Yes, those ovals. Trying not to laugh hysterically as his big brother was listening too, I told him those were his testicles.
“No, the ovals inside!” he clarified. Yes, buddy, those are your testicles, too. He always called that part his bungee and it was the part that held pee until a plunger pushed it out of his pee pee. Naturally, he followed this up with, “What are they for?” I gave him a simple answer in hopes that the subject would get changed. I simply told him, “They hold your babies when you’re grown up.” Technically, it’s only 1/2 the baby, but still, it was good enough and he went on his way, thankfully, with no more questions.