Since I have spent the past couple of days in a classroom filled with graduate students and PhDs, I have encountered just a few pieces of new information. A lot of it is quite, um, boring and nothing I would reiterate in this forum. I would like for my readers to return. I will narrow down my focus to a few interesting facts.
1. I found an interesting quote today by Ernest Hemingway. He said, “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” It made me think of Ecclesiastes 1:18: “He who increases knowledge increases sorrow.” The more we know, the harder it is to for us to be happy with the state of things… Maybe that’s why there are so many ignorant people in the world; they are afraid to learn because it might make them think and thinking might make them sad.
2. I love milk. Mostly with cereal, but I also love a glass with a freshly-baked chocolate chip pecan cookie (or three…). I had no idea that if you were to pop in Mozart’s Greatest Hits or even “Mmm Bop” while milking a cow, it would give more milk. It’s true.
3. When I was in high school, I wore a lot of black. Ok…I still wear a lot of black. What? It’s slimming. I am also short. The combination of my clothes and height landed me the nickname “Penguin”. I didn’t mind because I like the tux-wearing, life-mate loving creatures. I love to watch them, too. One thing I didn’t know until today is that penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air. Who knew? (Apparently the elephant is the only animal that can’t jump.)