A good laugh: FBI

June 10, 2018

By Eddy Montilla.

“Hey, dad. I know what I am going to be when I grow up.” A kid says to his father with the result of his math test in his hands. “I’ll work for the FBI!”

“And how do you know that?” His father asks him.

“Look at my grades, the teacher got me the F already!”

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Curiosities: What is the size of the largest and smallest bones of the body and where they are?

June 9, 2018

By Eddy Montilla.

The human skeleton is composed of 270 bones at birth, but gradually, as we become an adult, this number decreases to 206. Among them, the femur (commonly known as thigh bone) is the largest, longest and probably strongest bone we have in our body and it goes from your hip to your knee. On average, it is 48 centimeters long (18.89 inches). In the opposite direction, the smallest (and lightest) bone is the stapes and it has an average length of 3 millimeters. It is located in the middle ear.

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Curiosities: Why are the muscles in the buttocks big?

June 8, 2018

By Eddy Montilla.

A naïve child would probably say that these three muscles we have in the buttocks are big to sit on a chair more comfortably while a silver-tongued man, far away from being naïve, would tell you with a dangerous smile that the reason is to make a woman look better. In both cases, their answers are wrong.

Any of the three muscles in each buttock is called gluteus. These three gluteal muscles (the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus) make up the buttocks. They work when you get up, walk, climb and run too and you basically have them for purpose. They are also very important to maintain our balance.

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Photo: By courtesy of movethelife under the criteria of Creative Commons (Flickr, 6-8-2018).


Curiosities: Do whales have teeth?

June 7, 2018

By Eddy Montilla.

Whale

When we see those images of a whale engulfing a large number of fish, the first impression that might come to your mind is that whales do not need and, therefore, don’t have teeth. Since it is not a good idea to try to open the mouth of a whale to know the answer, let’s get it here. The truth is that some whales have teeth and others do not, depending on the category to which they belong. On this aspect, whales are divided into two categories: toothed whales and baleen whales.

Toothed whales, as its name suggests, have teeth that are used to attack and hold their prey. The number of teeth can vary in a range from one to more than 200 hundred.

Baleen whales, however, do not have teeth. To capture their prey, these whales open their mouth and engulf water with all fish and other food that the water can bring to them. After that, with the help of their tongue, the expel the water out of their mouth while their food remains inside.

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A good laugh: a good piece of advice

June 6, 2018

By Eddy Montilla.

Explanatory Note: The following joke is a made-up story by the author with the sole purpose of providing fun for the readers. Therefore, it does not have the slightest intention of making fun of any person for his or her religious convictions.

“Instructor, my parachute does not open! Any suggestion?”

“Yes. Use your reserve parachute.”

“It doesn’t work either! I’m getting close to the ground. Any other suggestion?”

“Put your hand together and repeat after me: Our Father,
who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…”

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Nicaragua: President Daniel Ortega should leave willingly or… not!

June 5, 2018

By Eddy Montilla.

National Palace of Nicaragua

The way Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has changed over the years exemplifies at its best how unchecked power for a long time ends up ruining the life or unmasking the intentions of those who always seemed to emerge from the temptation of corruption and injustice unscathed.

I was still a child, but with a vivid memory to be able to remember those afternoons when my father, listening to the news on his old radio, used to tell me how close the people of Nicaragua were day by day to overthrow the dictator Anastasio Somoza Debayle. My father, a real fighter for social justice, followed those moments full of hopes and told me about some Nicaraguan leaders like Edén Pastora (Commander Zero), the same Daniel Ortega and others. Today, when we look at this country, because of their dubious actions, from many of those leaders of the people of Nicaragua, what is left is sad memories, since there is nothing more pathetic than to see people who pretended to defend their nation in the past enriching themselves now at the expense of the life and health of the country’s inhabitants.

It is one of life’s little ironies that President Daniel Ortega fought during all his youth to overthrow the dictator Somoza, a man who was identified with injustice and oppressed his people, and now he is the one who turn himself into some kind of modern dictator and the one who should be overthrown. Ortega has done all things that Latin American dictators usually do to remain in power: To turn congressmen into servants of “Godfather” in order to reform the country’s Constitution and thus to push constitutional changes through Congress that ended presidential term limits, to appoint relatives to key posts (his wife is vice-president of the country) and so on.

Daniel Ortega has been in power since 2007. Nicaraguan protesters, above all students, refuse to back down since April and people have taken to the streets in nationwide protests, something that has been answered by the President’s group with brutal actions, which resulted in the death of more than 100 people.

The country’s highly respected Catholic Church, late as usual for these kinds of situations, has finally shown some sign of life in favor of the people. We only hope now that most Nicaraguan do not give in to Ortega’s repression and keep their protests until forcing him to call presidential elections once again for the good of the country because from dictators, history has shown us that we do not get anything good and Daniel Ortega belongs to that group.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion.

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Photo: By courtesy of Zenia Núñez under the criteria of Creative Commons (Flickr, 6-5-2018).


Curiosities: Why do fish have scales?

June 4, 2018

By Eddy Montilla.

FISH

To remove the scales of a fish is an unpleasant task that nobody wants to do. This the moment when we say: “I wish fish did not have scales!” The problem is that if people’s wish came true, perhaps, we would not have fish to eat because those scales we hate protect the body of many fish from enemy attacks since they are hard plates that cover their skin. Scales are changes in the skin of the fish body and help to avoid the entry of bacteria. They also seem to play an important role to reduce water friction and resistance to forward motion.

Even though it cannot be considered a function, it is interesting to note that rings on the scales can provide information about a fish’s age. Finally, not all fish have scales. The catfish, for instance, belongs to this group.

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