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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Sunspots 334

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:

Science: National Public Radio reports on the paw paw, a fruit native to North America that you may have never heard of.

Wired reports on a possible case of human change in response to natural selection, namely lowering of the age when women had their first child, within the past 200 years.

Christianity: E Stephen Burnett points out that our own fallen human nature is never a movie villain. It's usually some monster, or some monstrous human.

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superrustyfly said...

Like the new layout.

Sam Kolli said...

Like the new layout. Makes for better reading.

Martin LaBar said...

I hope it helps, guys. Blogger suggested it, and I went along.


atlibertytosay said...

We used to have some paw paws growing the woods behind our house in Clemson.

We called them patch fruit.

I brought some home one day and my mom sang this song to me …

"Way down yonder in the paw-paw patch."

We ate them.

The next day my mom took me into the woods and showed me other things you could eat - like poke weed.

The land has since been cleared and a subdivision built.

Martin LaBar said...

I've never seen a paw paw, as far as I know.

Pokeweed? Be careful eating that.

Yes, things have changed, and not always for the better.


atlibertytosay said...

You have to rinse it (multiple times) and not pick too large of leaves and at that with no purple in them.

But, you're right, one does have to be careful with poke.

Martin LaBar said...

So I've heard!