Summit Up 8-24-11: Answering all your beef and laundry questions
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that wonders if earthquakes qualify as “weather.” We were putting some stories on our website about the earthquakes in Colorado (!) and Virginia (!) Tuesday and when it came to selecting the category, we thought about putting it under weather.
But according to ol’ Merriam-Webster, weather is “the state of the atmosphere with respect to heat or cold, wetness or dryness, calm or storm, clearness or cloudiness.”
There you have it. We were concerned, of course, about the earthquake near our nation’s capital, especially from early reports that the Washington Monument was tilting. That later turned out to be not quite true, although it made us think that it might be kinda cool if the Washington Monument did get tilted in Pisa style. We bet it’d make even more people visit it and get pictures leaning along with it and all that.
Just a thought. And here’s another: at what point does molten-hot lava or magma become just “volcanic rock?” Is it when it returns to “room temperature” or just when it stops moving? Along those lines …
> A: When do clothes turn into “laundry” and then back into clothes again?
> 47: At what point does a pig become “pork” or a deer become “venison” or a cow become “beef?”
> vii: When does a group of bicycle riders become a “peloton?”
A: An item of clothing turns into laundry the very second it lands in the clothes hamper. Or, if you are the kind of person who just throws dirty clothes on the floor or over the Stairmaster or on top of the cat, it becomes laundry the moment you take it off and put it somewhere with the express intent of not wearing it again until it’s cleaned. On the other end, laundry turns back into clothes the moment it is folded and put away. Or, if you are the kind of person who doesn’t necessarily fold or put away clothes, it turns back into clothes the moment the article is put in a spot where it is identified as ready to wear again.
47: A pig becomes pork, a deer becomes venison and a cow becomes beef as soon as the critters is killed and ready to eat. If you are the kind of person who will eat pork raw, eaten right off the carcass, then that’s pork, too. But you should really wait for it to be cooked – trichinosis and all.
vii: We don’t know enough about bicycle racing to really answer this, but our understanding is that a “peloton” forms when the starting gun (or whatever) goes off. Not being bike-race watchers typically, this is a new word for us that we’re sure to hear more of as the Pro Cycling Challenge comes throught this week. According to Wikipedia:
“The peloton (from French, literally meaning little ball or platoon and also related to the English word pellet), field, bunch or pack is the large main group of riders in a road bicycle race. Riders in a group save energy by riding close (drafting or slipstreaming) near (particularly behind) other riders. The reduction in drag is dramatic; in the middle of a well-developed group it can be as much as 40%.”
Interesting! Just like race cars, we guess. And no doubt they learned it all from watching geese fly in the ol’ V-formation.
Anyway, so endeth the lesson.
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