Haha, I know what you’re talking about - it’s not earwax (the glands that secrete cerumen are modified sweat glands present only in the inner ear canal), but a buildup of sweat and shed skin around the hole. You’ll probably see it much more often when you have earrings in, because the earring wires or posts make it much easier for that dead skin to build up. It’s kind of like when you have ick build up in your bellybutton when you don’t clean it out regularly - it’s just sweat and dead skin and dead bacteria.
An infected ear will actively ooze, probably hurt, and definitely be abnormal. But just having icky buildup crud is not weird - just make sure to take studs out often enough to clean the hole and posts, and make sure that cartilage piercings are thoroughly cleaned, even when they cant be taken out.
Also, don’t get a sword piercing. Those things get hella infected.
No need for me to research it, etymologists exist for a reason - and the Online Etymology Dictionary compiles their researches all in one convenient place:
”HUMOR: mid-14c., “fluid or juice of an animal or plant,” from Old North French humour (Old French humor; Modern French humeur), from Latin umor “body fluid” (also humor, by false association with humus "earth"); related to umere “be wet, moist,” and to uvescere “become wet,” from PIE *wegw- “wet.”
In ancient and medieval physiology, “any of the four body fluids” (blood, phlegm, choler, and melancholy or black bile) whose relative proportions were thought to determine state of mind.
This led to a sense of “mood, temporary state of mind” (first recorded 1520s); the sense of “amusing quality, funniness” is first recorded 1680s, probably via sense of “whim, caprice” (1560s), which also produced the verb sense of “indulge,” first attested 1580s.”
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Yes, but is it cuter than fangy nose-dot kitty? Pickles is also nub-butt manx with bunny legs. Zarky has chinchilla-soft fur. They’re in a tight race for best. Pickles pukes up food after scarfing. Zarky pukes up hairballs. Only pickles will scream at you (and the walls). I’m not sure if that’s cute or not.
That’s…sort of a weird reason to ask? But okay, whatever.
Green eyes are a lot like blue or grey eyes - the color doesn’t come from simple pigmentation of the iris, like it does in brown eyes.
Green eyes come from a light brown or amber pigmentation of the iris stroma (right underneath the iris pigmentary layer), combined with the blue tone imparted by the Rayleigh effect (i.e. the elastic polarization of photons, and why the sky is blue).
So there’s no true “green” involved, just light brown/dark yellow or amber pigmentation combined with scattered light above it.
In Iceland, 87% of people have either blue or green eyes, and in European Americans, about 16% of people recent (within 2 generations) German or Irish ancestry have strongly green eyes. It’s also present in most other European and Central Asian genotypes, though not as common.
My cats also have green eyes.
Look at my cats.
Cats cats cats.
Yes, yes I do.
How to tell what alcohol does to the body. From “Alcohol: its nature and effects”, by Charles A. Story, 1868.
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I’ll write about burn treatment/reconstruction again in the future, but I already have some interesting stuff on old facial reconstruction back on my first mental_floss article!
I’m fascinated by it! I don’t think it’s a Poliovirus right now but it might be a mutation of another enterovirus…the fact that it’s affecting adults and young teens alike is very interesting.
I’m of course no expert to say it’s either enterovirus 68 or 71 (what some patients have tested positive for) but I’m inclined to believe it’s not - all patients exhibited the same symptomology and disease progression, and many people test “positive” for enteroviridae long after they’ve recovered from the illness. I suspect it’s a single virus mutation, but a mutation of a virus that’s not uncommon. Given that some people stop shedding enteroviridae just hours after symptoms cease and that some are still shedding months later, perhaps it actually is enterovirus 71?
I guess we’ll see! Hope no one loses their life, first, though.