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Today’s title is a shout out to Thomas Dolby’s 1982 hit, “She Blinded Me With Science.”
It’s poetry in motion
She turned her tender eyes to me
As deep as any ocean
As sweet as any harmony
Mmm – but she blinded me with science
“She blinded me with science!”
And failed me in biology
I was 22 years old in 1982. Just graduated from UT, bar tending in Houston and trying to get my cartooning career started. The only memory this song brings back to me are too many dreary nights in too many dreary night clubs (Confetti’s anyone?) getting ignored by too many dreary (and apparently no where near drunk enough) women.
It was that post-graduate/pre-something period where you’re waiting for your life to start. You’re standing in a DMV length line and you just have to wait your turn. It’s a rite of passage for pretty much everybody. And it really, really sucked.
But it gets better.
But then it gets worse. Then it gets really, really bad. But then it gets amazing. And then it gets awsome! But then it gets worse. Then it gets down right desperate. And then it gets better. And then it gets amazing again.
And then it’s over.
Why does Hammy get raisin paws (prune paws is funnier, but I didn’t think of it until today)?
According to Scientific American:
Dermatologist Laurence Meyer of the University of Utah offers this explanation:
The epidermis, or outer layer of the skin, is made up of cells called keratinocytes, which form a very strong intracellular skeleton made up of a protein called keratin. These cells divide rapidly at the bottom of epidermis, pushing the higher cells upward. After migrating about halfway from the bottom of this layer to the top, the cells undergo a programmed death. The nucleus involutes, leaving alternating layers of the cell membrane, made of lipids, and the inside, made largely of water-loving keratin. The outer layer of the epidermis, called the stratum corneum, is thus composed of these alternating bands.
When hands are soaked in water, the keratin absorbs it and swells. The inside of the fingers, however, does not swell. As a result, there is relatively too much stratum corneum and it wrinkles, just like a gathered skirt. This bunching up occurs on fingers and toes because the epidermis is much thicker on the hands and feet than elsewhere on the body. (The hair and nails, which contain different types of keratin, also absorb some water. This is why the nails get softer after bathing or doing the dishes.)
Soaking in the tub does hydrate the skin, but only briefly. All the added water quickly evaporates, leaving the skin dryer than before. The oils that hold the water in have usually been stripped out by the bath, especially if soap and hot water are involved. But if oil is added before the skin dries, much of the absorbed water is retained. Thus, applying a bath oil or heavy lotion directly after a bath or shower is a good method of hydrating the skin.
Of course Hammy’s paws are made of gum drops and licorice sticks, so his pruning may vary.