Things I Learned this Week . . .

What have I learned this week?  Well I’ve learned quite a few things, and I share them with you here so that you will learn what a person of little brain does and then not do these things yourselves.  I’m actually considering asking the Government if perhaps they should sponsor me as a kind of warning to all humans.  I wonder if they’d buy the idea?

Anyhoo … down to business, . . .  shall we?

I’ve learned not to absently mindedly pick, pull and scrape at all that dried on glue gel which coated the pad of my thumb a few hours before and as it dried, numbed the feeling on my thumb.  I learned while engrossed in watching a film, that  what feels like there’s still glue there,  actually isn’t.   I didn’t realise at the time that what I was actually gently peeling off my thumb, was little strips of numbed SKIN,  off the pad of my thumb!  I’d share a photo of the damage  which ‘an idiot with no supervision’  can do to herself,  however,  I respect you too much, and there’s no way I’m putting you through the trauma!

Ouch

I’ve learned that you need to use that pad of your left thumb ever such a lot, – more than you ever dreamed you do, (even if you’re right-handed like me)  and when it’s injured/damaged, you can’t use it because it hurts like billyo when you try to unscrew the top off a jar, or (even more hellish) the top off the lemonade bottle.  All those ridges on one of those tops are there for you to get ‘purchase’ on the lid.  However, with a damaged thumb, they are a form of SELF INFLICTED TORTURE!

 

I’ve learned that baking HOT weather plus pain, do not make great bosom buddies, and the knock on effect is that it makes one very short-tempered.  Thankfully saying sorry isn’t something I find difficult to do.  I’ve had a lot of practise.   🙂

hot

And finally …

I’ve learned that we are all made of stardust.  Yes.  You read that correctly.  Human beings are all made of stardust.

No, I didn’t believe this either,  but it peaked my interest,  so I went in search of information which would help me to learn if this was true. So I went to NASA.

Guess what I learned   . . .   we actually really are made stardust!

I know that sounds like I’m at the start of a fairytale or some long-held myth, but I’m not. This incredible statement has facts to back it up.

Now I won’t bore you to tears with a long explanation but I do need to explain a little, so pin back your lug holes and pay attention.  (There will be a test at the end) …

Once upon a time,  when the Universe was nothing but a young baby, it was made of hydrogen and helium atoms. These two things are still responsible for over 98% of the Universe’s mass, but the heavier elements were created in stars.

The very first generation of stars  didn’t have planets orbiting them, (except maybe gas giants made purely of hydrogen and helium, but without enough mass to ignite like stars do). What happened in those first stars and is still happening in stars today is a process where lighter elements fuse (or ‘change’) into heavier elements with the help of gravity pressuring them together (Imagine  kind of  modging two balls of clay or dough together so that they look as if there was only ever just one) and this process turns protons into neutrons.   This ‘thing’ process is called the  stellar nucleosynthesis(remember this word, you’ll need it again in a minute).

OY!!  Stop gazing out of the window you, at back of the class!  Pay attention please, you’re learning something here for free!  There are some people have paid a pound or possibly more (!)  to learn this stuff in posh colleges and fancy universities!

stardust

When stars start running out of hydrogen (which it needs in order to turn it into helium), at their core they start producing heavier elements from their helium supply.

Then,  after time,  they begin creating even heavier elements;  then heavier;  and heavier. This process finally ends when the chemical element IRON is created.  It’s at this point that the star has sadly run out of fuel.

Stars which aren’t as massive will deplete their fuel before their core becomes iron, but the point is that all elements up to and including iron, are created in stars in  nucleosynthesis.  (See… told you to remember that word.  There it is again!  Get ready … because it’s putting in another appearance in a minute).

Any of the elements which are heavier than iron are produced in a couple of moments after the very massive star with an iron core has collapsed under its own weight. This is what’s called  supernova  – and the creation of elements during this process is supernova nucleosynthesis. (Told you it would pop up again!)

Now … by mass, we are made of:-  65% oxygen, 18% carbon,  10% hydrogen  and 7% other elements. There are no helium atoms in the human body. This means that 90% of your body was made of elements that never even existed before the first generation of stars created them. So yes,  we are made of stardust.  (And what’s more …. some of the atoms inside our bodies were made in supernova explosions that happened billions of years ago).

You learn something new every day that you know me, don’t you?

I wonder what little gem you’ll remember from todays lessons.  <nods in agreementYeah  … I reckon it will be the glue on the thumb thing too.

So … are you all singing the  Matthews Southern Comfort version of Stardust??  Or are you too young to know about this song?  Either way …. I’ve been and had a search and share it with you here:

Have a fabulous Friday, and may your weekend be wonderful,  and full of stardust. 🙂

Have a blessed rest of your day,  all. 

Sig coffee copy

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Things I Learned this Week . . .

  1. I am so sorry about your poor thumb…..I must confess I laughed and snickered my way through this post. I can imagine the torture of opening jars…..I wonder what a little stardust would do for a damaged thumb????

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    • Hello Chicken! 🙂
      LOL… I think I lost a little stardust out of that thumb at the time the damage was being done. I distinctly remember feeling the OUCH as it escaped.

      As for you laughing … that’s brilliant! We all need a little joy and laughter in our lives.
      I’m a continual source of laughter and amusement to Mr. Cobs … but after 35 years of marriage, I think he’s run out of affectionate ways of calling me a dope and I’ve noticed that he’s on round 14 of repeating all the words he’s used before. LOL.

      Thanks for the visit and for the comment. I love it when you come for coffee because . . . it gives me chance to call you ‘Chicken’. You see … that was the pet name my dad used to call me, (I was his ‘little chicken’) and it’s something I miss. So having been given this gift of a chance to affectionately call someone else ‘Chicken’ kind of gives me a happy little buzz. 🙂 🙂
      Sending squidges ~ Cbs. x

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        • It’s obviously a man thing. Mr.Cobs will trundle off, muttering (but not actually making any audible sound – however his lips are moving), grinning like he’s having this Secret Meeting of all the Husbands in the World, and shaking his head.

          If ever I find out what this (regular) meeting is all about, it better be how brilliant I am because otherwise … well… otherwise …. I’ll… I’ll<what will I do? THINK Cobs, THINK!> … I’ll stamp my foot! (possibly somewhere near his toes, just to scare him a little.) <giggling to self here about what face he’d pull if I actually did that! LOLOLOL>
          Squidges to you, from me 🙂 ~ Cbs

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    • Hello Ruthie!
      Making you laugh is a great thing. We all need a little more funshine in our lives. 🙂
      The thumb is healing … more slowly than I’d like – but it’s getting better.
      Sending Sensational Saturday Squidges (apparently todays letter is the letter ‘S’. lol)
      ~ C
      bs. x

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  2. I have a tip!! For your thumb. Well, not a tip for your thumb…that’s gone… But a helpful tip. Rubber gloves. Brilliant for getting lids and tops from bottles and jars if you are struggling, either from injury, or just because some show-off screwed it on way too tight.

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  3. Oh Cobs, my little shining star, please don’t do that again, cos it hurts! I too am fond of gluing my fingers, and pick the glue off…..just never actually made it past the skin before, so thank you for the tip 🙂 (I did actually read all what you wrote about the stars, but science was always my weak spot!) Creativity on the other hand I totally understood, creativity of human soles! Have a good bank holiday! 🙂 x

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    • Hello beautiful Kim.
      Aww … getting into these situations seems to be what I’m best at. 🙂
      My mother always used to despair at how many times I could actually scrage my legs playing out on the little playground (complete with swings, slide and concrete car). The other children playing there got used to just calling out: “Mrs. Cobwebs mom. MRS. COBWEBS MOM! She’s done it again!” … and my mother would come out (normally still wearing her apron from cooking dinner), scoop me up, take me straight into the bathroom, and run a bath while she stripped me off and listened to my tales of woe (normally while still sniffly crying … and blowing snot bubbles down my nose as I remember) …, then she’d pop me into the bath and bathe the backs of my legs/my knees or what-ever else it was that I’d injured this time.

      And … I haven’t changed one bit. I still blow snot bubbles.
      Well no… no I actually don’t but I couldn’t resist making you laugh. LOLOL.

      Sending oodles of love your way ~ Cobs. x

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      • Oh yes, you did make me chuckle. Can still see the image….snot bubbles lol. My mum said that she should have called me Jane, cos Calamity was my speciality! Maybe it’s a necessity of creativity! Sweet dreams x

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  4. Eew! The thb thing brought back memories. When hubby first began wearing contact lenses, he had trouble getting them out of his eyes. One evening he removed a lense but spending ages trying to get the other one out. It just wouldn’t budge. And you’ve guessed it – it was already out of his eye and he’d spent the entire time scratching his cornea. 😒

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