My fingernails tend to grow pretty long as a rule, because I attend to them so infrequently. Ever since that terrible fungal infection in my fingernails in college taught me that I’m allergic to fingernail polish, I don’t even wear that stuff. I just let them grow and trim/file them down only when necessary.
When pregnant, hormones make fingernails and toenails grow super-extra fast, assumably because these same hormones encourage similar development within the fetus. As a result, my fingernails are ridiculously long right now. I could clip them, but all that filing to smooth them out would be soooooo tedious. But…it’s getting harder to type and open the back sliding glass door because of these long finger-end appendages. Never mind that I don’t want to inadvertently poke the little guy when he decides to emerge and join us in outside-of-uterus-land. I guess I have to suck it up and give myself a manicure. Boring.
In other news, cows like to face magnetic north. Who knew? Certainly not cattle ranchers or dairy farmers, according to the article. My favorite quote from the story:
Experts conceded that the research almost certainly has no practical applications.
I’d like to add to that statement the word yet. Do we lack in creativity so much as to not come up with a practical use for this amazing bovine talent? In the very least, say you’re out in the boonies and lost and for some reason can’t use the sun for directional guidance. All you have to do is find a bunch of cows and look at which direction 2/3′s are facing. So simple. Surely there are other practical applications. Surely.