What a week its been, and wouldn’t you know its only Thursday! To begin if anyone has noticed Minnesota has been really cold lately, specifically in Bemidji. Today the high was only 0 degrees Fahrenheit, and yet schools in the southern states did not have school when it snowed one inch. I saw that most highways were closed and people were leaving their cars and walking home instead of driving. To think that here at Bemidji we still had school when there was a -60 windchill, you ask why, because were Minnesotans.
In my Ecology class I have an awesome teacher who’s name is Dr. Fulton. Now Fulton is extremely passionate about what he teaches, he also has about two or three PhD’s. We are now learning about winter survival and this includes learning how different organisms cope with the cold. In his latest lecture he spoke about two different animals: the deer and the chickadee. I have never had an instructor go into so much depth and enthusiasm about a topic. He told us how deer specifically have to eat large amounts of food in order to fatten before winter. He also went into depth about how smart they are about finding warm areas in order to hide from the cold. Spoken words by Fulton ” Do you know why these deer are acting in this way?”, and as a class we said “Why?”, he responded by saying “Because they aren’t stupid.” He then went into depth on the chickadees, “If I do not have you impressed by these remarkable animals, I will feel unaccomplished in my lecture.” He preceded to tell us how chickadees brains are able to create a 3-D map of where they place their food before winter. They also lose 10-15% of their body fat throughout the entire day, in order to make up for this crazy weight loss program they go through they have to recover all this weight or else they will die. In terms of an average human we would have to eat roughly 50 pounds worth in hamburger meat to recover a loss of 10-15% of our own weight.
I just recently found this witty joke about Minnesota hope everyone likes it! I disagree with the last part though.
You Might Live in Minnesota IF:
If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by — You might live in Minnesota .
If you’re proud that your state makes the national news 96 nights each year because International Falls is the coldest spot in the nation — You might live in Minnesota .
If you have ever refused to buy something because it’s ‘too spendy’ — You might live in Minnesota .
If your local Dairy Queen is closed from November through March — You might live in Minnesota.
If someone in a store offers you assistance, and they don’t work there — You might live in Minnesota .
If your dad’s suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of his forehead — You might live in Minnesota .
If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time — You might live in Minnesota .
If your town has an equal number of bars and churches — You might live in Minnesota .
If you know how to pronounce Wayzata, Mahtomedi, Cloquet, Edina and Shakopee — You might live in Minnesota.
If you think that ketchup is a little too spicy — You might live in Minnesota.