"You sneeze balsa dust? Thank you so very much for sharing that. Do me a favor, Asa Turn your head away when you sneeze!" ___________________________
OK, I'll do that IF you'l tell me your source for the assertion that the tulip tree produces balsa. As far as I know, the North American tulip tree, [i]Liriodendron Tulipifera[i] is of the magnolia family.
a ring-tailed cat is not a feline; it is a racoonlike animal a crayfish is not a fish; it is a crustacean a firefly is not a fly, it is related to the beetles a glass snake is not a snake; it is a lizard a horned toad is not a toad, or even an amphibian; it too is a lizarrd a civit cat is not a feline; it is related to the mongoose a Barbary ape is not an ape. An ape is a tailless primate (contrast monkeys), but the Barbary ape is not a primate; it is a tailless macaque.
astral, funny you should talk about hamburgers! On our way home, we passed through Hamburg, New York and encountered a detour! It is the weekend of the "Burger Fest"! Hamburg claims to be the home of the first hamburger.
"Now, unless a corkwood tree is also known as a tulip tree, I think you have been inhaling wayyyyyyyyy too much balsa dust there, my friend!" ______________________
Nah, been pulling too many corks from bottles and consuming the contents! However, I still stand staggeringly by my challenge. Balsa is of the corkwood family, according to my dictionary (I just looked) but it isn't known as anything except balsa, whether wood or tree, as far as I know. Maybe we could ask one of them?
According to [u]The 21st Century Webster's International Encylcopedia[/i] (and no, I didn't forget the dipthong!):
Balsa or corkwood, tropical tree (Ochroma lagopus), known for its extremely light wood. Ecuador is a large producer of balsa wood, which is an effective insulating material and is also popular for making model airplanes and boats.
Well, shut my mouth! In well nigh onta fifty years of building model airplanes outa balsa, I ain't NEVER heard anyone call it corkwood! Who does, and where? The stuff we commonly call "cork" comes from the bark of a species of oak. Man, oh, man, this here's gettin' cornfoosin'!
From AHD: "cork...(def 1 only)...1. The lightweight elastic outer bark of the cork oak, used especially for bottle closures, insulation, floats, and crafts."
Also from AHD: balsa...(def 1 only)..."1a. A tropical American tree (Ochroma pyramidale) having wood that is soft, very light in weight, and that is used as a substitute for cork in insulation, floats, and crafts such as model airplanes. b. The wood of this tree. Also called corkwood."
"from AHD: balsa...(def 1 only)..."1a. A tropical American tree (Ochroma pyramidale) having wood that is soft, very light in weight, and that is used as a substitute for cork in insulation, floats, and crafts such as model airplanes. b. wood of this tree. Also called corkwood." _____________________________________
I think the AHD has made a mistake. I posted a query as to whether anyone on the rec.models.rc.air newsgroup (radio controlled model airplanes) had EVER heard of balsa called corkwood. Aside from a few funny comments such as, "Only after I crash," I got some erudite comments from all over the world, and all averred that balsa was not called anything but balsa
Part of a limerick from NPR yesterday: "There's so little kicking, / Then why do you call the game 'football'?"
quote:This week Syracuse University offered Football 101, its second annual one-day introductory clinic for confused women. The idea came from the wife of Syracuse head football coach Paul Pasqualoni, who felt the school should help area women understand why their men stared at the television for entire Sundays, occasionally screaming profanely. Students get an overview of the game, chalk board lessons in plays, and a tour of the university facilities. One attendee, Jo Anne Phang, had a most basic question: "I wanted to know why it's called football."
Basically right, Morgan. The first games were played with peach baskets -- because that's what Dr. Naismith had handy when he invented the game.
He invented it trying to find winter (that is, indoor) exercise that would be more fun than boring calisthenics. The first games were played in an indoor gym , with the baskets nailed to the side to the track that ran around at the 2nd-floor level. The poles were used as soon as the game was brought outside, with the coming of spring.
quote:"I wanted to know why it's called football."
Well, over here, where football was invented, the reason is obvious. In Association Football ("soccer" to Americans) the ball is propelled by the feet most of the time. Only the goalkeepers can handle the ball.
The other, later, versions, such as Gaelic Football, Rugby Union, Rugby League, American Football and Australian Rules Football, all allow handling of the ball in play to some extent, and show their heritage in the name.
The very first artificial Christmas tree, invented in mid-19th century London by Dr. Richard Hallswith, was made out of Balsa wood. Sadly, due to the custom of decorating real Christmas trees with lit candles (hazardous enough as it was considering the fact that the evergreen trees were inside homes made mostly of wood themselves) this first artificial tree burnt to the ground along with most of Dr. Hallswith's house. Locals jeered the good doctor and called the idea of an artificial tree as pure folly.
He'd be completely forgotten today if it weren't for that one line of the popular Christmas carol: