Wednesday, March 07, 2012

False Advertising

In a moment of despair, I went to the library to find a few books about Science Fair projects. Jeff and James picked out a Fox Hole Radio to build, and it wasn't working out. While I was perusing the library (one of my very favorite places) I saw a book called 'How To Fossilize Your Hamster'. You better believe I had to check it out. I mean, how cool would that be?! I brought it home and showed it to Jeff. He looked at me with that look, and asked if I would seriously go buy a hamster just to kill it for scientific purposes. (Says the guy who used to get paid to shoot prairie dogs...alas, we are turning into softies) The answer to his question is 'Why, yes, if I could actually fossilize a hamster...that would be so fascinating.' I believe he just shook his head at me. I was disappointed, although not too surprised, that the title was misleading. It went into great detail about how you could, hypothetically, fossilize your dear deceased hamster, who died from natural causes of course. If you have a deep sea bed handy, free of anything that might eat Fluffy (may he rest in peace) as well as several thousand years, the book says that fossilization is possible. Sigh. I guess I won't be fossilizing a hamster after all. Good thing the fox hole radio turned out! :)

P.S. I sat outside today, in the sun, in my bare feet, reading a book while the kids played. Now that's my idea of a good day!


Anonymous said...

I've been working outside without a coat! The joys of spring are here!


Shay said...

Well that's certainly disappointing. Maybe try mummification instead?