Monday, June 05, 2006

On The Hunt

I've got an article due for Damn Interesting tomorrow, and no idea what I'm going to write for them. Sigh. The irony is that I have a ton of interesting topics I want to write about - but they're all biology. I try really, really hard to keep at least 1/3 to 1/4 of my pieces outside of biology - either technology, or sociology, or anything else that catches my fancy. Just to keep from landing myself in a medical/genetic rut.

Unfortunately all my current ideas are running biological: some interesting medical conditions, hybrid bears, the shrinking of the whale-shark, underground orchids, and on, and on. I have no trouble coming up with odd biological stuff up the wazoo, it's the variety aspect that gets me. I had hopes for an article on the reversing of the genderfication of pink and blue (Pink used to be for boys!), but haven't been able to find enough documentation. I'm currently looking at the origin of high-heels, and the Adulterous Bible, but both look like they'll need more research than I can put together by tomorrow.

So of course I'm writing a blog post. Aye well, something will come up. Either that or tomorrow's article will be about bears.


Becky said...

Snakes. Write about snakes...

Or maybe body mechanics.

No, wait, those are biology....sorry! ;)

PerpetualBeginner said...

Becky - I would love to write something about snakes or body mechanics, but have insufficient knowledge in the fields to find a DI topic by any method but serendipity. Are there any fascinating little known tidbits you'd like to share? I'd be happy to give idea credit for any I used.

Becky said...

Cindy, sorry I missed this the first time. What kind of tidbits are you interested in? If you can give me a list of questions, I can tell you (almost) anything you never wanted to know about snakes.

Becky said...

Here's one to get you started--contrary to popular belief, snakes CAN hear.

Oh, and another one--they can't slither backwards.