Hey, Sky Fans!
Well, we’re just a few days away from this weekend’s big lunar eclipse. Since I don’t feel like doing my real job and writing service manuals for medi… snore… sorry… was… I… what?
Since I don’t feel like doing my real job today, here are five facts about Wolves, Blood, Moons, and things that are Super!
- The grey wolf is the largest wild member of the canine family; the same family as dogs, dingos, jackals, foxes, and others. (From Brittanica)
- Wolves were the first species to be domesticated — into what are now dogs — between 14,000 and 6,400 years ago. (from Machugh, David E.; Larson, Greger; Orlando, Ludovic (2016). “Taming the Past: Ancient DNA and the Study of Animal Domestication”. Annual Review of Animal Biosciences. 5: 329–351. doi:10.1146/annurev-animal-022516-022747. PMID 27813680, via Wikipedia)
- The alpha wolves mate for life (from Good Nature Travel).
- Wolf populations have been severly reduced by humans. The vast majority of them now live in Alasaka, the northern Rocky Mountains of the US and Canada, the Great Lakes region, the American southwest, and the Pacific Northwest. (from Defenders of Wildlife)
- Wolves can be up to about 63 inches / 160 cm, not including their tail, and weigh as much as 175 pounds / 79 kg. (from National Geographic)
- Blood makes up about 7% of a person’s body weight. (from Idaho Public Television)
- After donating blood, overall blood volume is back to normal after about 48 hours, but it takes about eight weeks for all of the components to be back to normal. That’s why you can’t donate all the time. If you’re able, please donate blood.
- Insects don’t have blood vessels to carry nutrients and waste, like we do. Instead their blood, which is called hemolymph, is everywhere within the insect, and in direct contact with the insect’s organs.
- The word sphygmomanometer — the tool used to measure blood pressure — comes from the Greek words for pulse and pressure measurement.
- Horseshoe crabs have blue blood that is used in medicine for a bunch of reasons. Among them, it has a special clotting chemical that is used to determine if vacceines or tools were contaminated with bacteria. (from Business Insider)
- The world’s first supermarket, King Kullen, opened in Queens, New York in 1930. (from National Geographic).
- Since the ancient contient Pangea was just one continent, it was surrounded by just one ocean. That superocean was called Panthalassa, from the Greek words for “all sea.”
- Super Mario Brothers (1993) was the first movie based on a video game. I’m not sure, but my money’s on Space Invaders.
- Noted canine superhero Underdog, and his secret identity Shoeshine Boy, first fighting all who robbed or plundered in 1967 and were part of big plan by General Mills to sell breakfast cereal. There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!
- The single greatest toy ever, the Super Ball, was invented by a chemist named Norman Singley in 1964. I still remember when they switched the vending machine near my house from 10 cents to 25. It was a sad day. I had the one in this photo (from Wikipedia).
- Two solar system moons — Jupiter’s Ganymede, and Saturn’s Titan — are bigger than the planet Mercury. So, even though it’s one of the eight major planets, Mercury’s only the 11th largest object in the solar system.
- Most of Uranus’s moons are named for characters from works by William Shakespeare and Alexander Pope.
- Saturn’s moon Hyperion is the largest object in the solar system that isn’t quite big enough to be in hydrostatic equibrium. That is, it’s the biggest object that isn’t more or less spherical.
- Mars’s bigger moon, Phobos orbits so close to the ground that it makes it all the way around in under 8 Earth hours. So, if you happened to be picnicking on Mars, you’d see it rise in the west, cruise across the sky, set in the east, and then rise in the west again a few hours later, before you finished the last of the hot dogs and lemonade.
- The tiny moon Neso orbits about as far from Neptune as Mercury orbits from the Sun, and takes about as long to get around the block once as Saturn takes to get around the Sun.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy the eclipse, and clear skies everyone!