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  1. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Can the Grandma Not Get Run Over By the Reindeer? (for the Week of Dec. 9, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-can-grandma-not-get-run-over-reindeer-week-dec-9-2007

    November 29, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: There's that song, "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer." How fast would the grandma have to run to not get run over by the reindeer? A.: If the grandma is running straight away from the reindeer, as if racing ...

  2. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Build Your Own Bee House (for the Week of June 10, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-build-your-own-bee-house-week-june-10-2007

    June 6, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: How can I build a house for native bees? You mentioned it last week. A. Get a piece of untreated wood about the size of a loaf of bread. Say, 12 inches long and 4-8 inches thick. ("Untreated" means it hasn't had a ...

  3. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Bumbles Bounce, Will Santa Float? (for the Week of Dec. 23, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-bumbles-bounce-will-santa-float-week-dec-23-2007

    December 20, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: Did you hear that the North Pole is melting?   A.: Yes. Yes, I did. The news, as I've read it, is this: Scientists say that the polar ice cap, the frozen Arctic Ocean water, that normally covers the North Pole is melti ...

  4. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Boubou? Funny Bird Names (for the Week of Dec. 2, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-boubou-funny-bird-names-week-dec-2-2007

    November 21, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: What's a flying steamer duck? Why should we beware of it? [See last week.] A.: It's simply a duck with a funny name. Does it fly? Yes. Does it steam? It does — like a steamboat, not a teapot. But no need to beware ...

  5. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Blargh of the Albatross (for the Week of Jan. 28, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-blargh-albatross-week-jan-28-2007

    January 24, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: This one time, at science camp, an albatross (albatross!) threw up on my aunt. A. Whoa! Thanks for sharing. Here's what I think: I think that the camp took a trip to a rookery. (A place where some bird types, such as al ...

  6. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Bio-who-ia? (for the Week of June 18, 2006)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-bio-who-ia-week-june-18-2006

    June 18, 2006 Q. Dear Twig: OK, I'll bite. What's bio... bio... phlablahblah? [See last week.] A. For starters: You spell it biophilia. (Ah! Hard to spell!) And you say it, "BY-oh-FILL-ee-uh." (Ah! Hard to say!) Think of it, yes, as a ...

  7. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Big Z's (for the Week of July 26, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-big-zs-week-july-26-2009

    July 26, 2009 Q. Dear Twig: What's the biggest zucchini in the world?   A. The book called Guiness World Records 2008 lists it as having weighed 64 pounds, 8 ounces. A man in the United Kingdom named Bernard Lavery grew it in 1990. Also very big is a ...

  8. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Big Stink? Smell a Winner! (for the Week of Feb. 3, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-big-stink-smell-winner-week-feb-3-2008

    February 3, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: What's the worst smell in the world?   A. Here are two of my personal favorites, ones I've actually smelled myself (but not smelled like) (at least not that anyone's said): Snake musk, which snakes squirt to s ...

  9. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Bee Good! But Why? (for the Week of June 3, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-bee-good-why-week-june-3-2007

    May 24, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: Alright, I'll ask. How do native bees help us? A. Most native bees go by two other names: solitary bees and pollen bees. Scientists call them solitary bees because most types live and nest alone, not in hives with thousands ...

  10. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Barrel o' Rain, Barrel o' Fun (for the Week of March 16, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-barrel-o-rain-barrel-o-fun-week-march-16-2008

    March 14, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: What's a rain barrel? What's it for? A. It's a barrel. For holding rain. That's all I know. OK, not true. I know more than that. I also know this: You can make your own rain barrel. You can make it out of a ...

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