Taste Testing

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I can’t say that there’s much to talk about today. In Biology we did some strange experiments. One was with four different cups and sweet, bitter, salty, and sour liquids (sugar water, cold coffee, salt water, and some other weird liquid that I forget). We just took a Q-Tip and put each liquid on all four parts of our tongue, one at a time and rinsing between each. It was really stupid, though, because we’ve been talking about the eye and the ear…not the tongue or mouth. I’m really not sure why we did it at all. I guess it must have had to do with nerves, since it has to do with senses and such.

Anyways, after that, we poked each other on the backs of our hands with markers to test whether receptors are uniformly placed or randomly scattered across the skin. Basically, one person would have to close their eyes and the other person would poke them with a marker. Then the person with their eyes closed would take another marker and try to poke themselves in the same place as they were poked. Then we measured the distance between the two points. So right now I have red and black dots on my right hand. I really don’t think it proved anything, though. I mean, when I had my eyes closed, I could barely tell where my hand was to poke it with the marker. If I could use my finger, I would be able to point out the exact point. Mrs. Houtman tried to say that it proved that receptors were scattered across the skin, and that’s why sometimes you would be closer than other times. But I really don’t think it proved that at all. She was in a bad mood, though, so I decided to just let it slide.

Other than that, it was a relatively uneventful day. I’m beginning to think that I could teach the Calculus class. I seem to know more than the teacher – not meaning anything personal against Mr. C. It’s his first time teaching this stuff, too, since he’s never gotten this far with any other class – other years we’ve had two classes together, whereas this year they’re separated, so we can get more done. But he hasn’t been explaining anything too clearly lately, and now he’s starting to ask me stuff. Someone will ask him a question and he’ll say something like, “Well, I’m not quite sure. I think it’s such-and-such; what do you think, Jeff?” No offense at all to him, since he’s a great teacher, but I barely bother listening to him anymore. I learn more when I’m just reading straight out of the textbook and figuring it out in my mind. If I try to relate what he’s saying to the textbook, I start getting confused. I know that what the textbook is saying is right; it’s just a matter of figuring it out. Anyways, I doubt I’ll have too much of a problem with the test or exam considering I seem to understand the concepts better than the teacher, and since his tests and exams are never that difficult anyway. I just hope next year is just as easy; I’ve heard Data Management is a joke, but I’m not as sure about Geometry. Geometry has always been the part in math that I was weakest in, which is quite funny since most people seem to understand that part best. It seems that I’m completely opposite of the majority of people, and I’m still trying to figure out whether that’s a good thing or not. Heh.

I think that’s all I have to say. Oh yeah, Melissa’s a freak. But other than that, nothing to say. I guess I’ll just call it quits for today then. Now go away before you’re forcibly removed for loitering on a public blog.

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