Friday, May 23, 2008

Mystery Animal

The day before Mother's Day, we spotted a strange animal up in the oak trees. It looked like a squirrel only larger and without a tail. It was eating the buds from the tops of the tree. Then it ran down one tree, hopped across the ground and scurried up another tree. We couldn't get very close to the animal because it disappeared once we went outside.

A few days ago, we saw it again. This time it came closer to the house and we were able to get pictures. We're pretty sure it's a squirrel that lost it's tail, but we could be mistaken.

Since we've been reading "Summer of the Monkeys" as a family, all of us imagined what strange animal may have escaped from somebody's circus.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Random Science

We froze a meat thermometer in water. It was in our deep freeze and came out at -1 F.
After 40 minutes the temperature of the ice was 32 F.
After 3 1/2 hours the temperature of the ice/water was still 32 degrees F. Then we added a bunch of salt to the water and watched the temperature dip to 26 degrees F.
This is a red pummelo. One of our friends brought it over on Game Day to try. It tasted very much like a grapefruit. We like to eat our grapefruit with honey. In the first picture, the pummelo is shown next to the oranges from the map project to give you an idea of the size of this fruit. It served 9 people.