Farm - The Saint Report
feast days today include Saint Bademus, Saint Macarius or Macaire
of Ghent, Saint Fulbert, Saint Paternus of Abdinghof, Saint Michael
de Sanctis, and The Martyrs under the Danes.
April 10, 2004, and I have hardly touched this site for six months.
For a town with fewer than 7,000 people, Bisbee can keep you very
I made another site that
I pay for
even though it stopped being used by the people originally involved
over a year ago: mrspainter.com.
The thing about this site is that it generates amusing mail. A couple
days ago, I recieved a one-sentence email: "Do you have a pelican?"
I replied that living in the desert made getting large quantities
of fish problematic, so I didn't have one, but if he were interested
in LINKS about pelicans...and I listed some links.
But the best mail in a
long time came from Douglas D.:
there is a hot debate in my home
as to which of these two animals is the smartest. please, please
do advise. thanks
First, let me congratulate
you on your family...this discussion is way better than "Do you think
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston will stay married?"
I cannot find a site
that rates the intelligence of cows AND giraffes. The best I could
do was find a site that had the brain weights of different animals
and another site that had the body weights and then figure the ratio
of brain to body. According to my figures, a 2800 lb. giraffe has
a brain that is 1/1868th of its body weight. A 1900 lb. cow (as in
bovine type--female giraffes are also called cows) has a brain that
is 1/1881th of its body weight.
If you accept the premise
that a greater percentage of brain means more intelligence, then a
giraffe is possibly slightly more intelligent than a cow. However,
I think the difference is negligible and you could easily find cows
that have a higher percentage of brain to body...I used the largest
examples of both animals when doing my calculations. I think a giraffe
taken out of the wild and plopped down in a dairy farm wouldn't last
much longer than a Jersey on the veldt.
don't reach sexual maturity until they are halfway finished with their
ten-year life span. Cattle are sexually mature at under a year of
age and live (optimally--I'd say take five years off this for a more
realistic figure) to about 20 years of age. How smart is THAT for
And speaking of math:
Thanks for writing!
Today is Harry
Morgan's birthday (1915, Detroit).
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