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We’re Number 1! We’re Number 1!


w00t! I just finished Week 2 of my course with a 100% on the quiz (eh, it was seven multiple choice questions and I take cracking good notes). After which, they shared some extra reading…all of which looks to be in the public domain, so I share it with you.

Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible’ – a short animated biography of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. I am a huge fan of Leeuwenhoek so I expected to like this, but it was produced by the New York Times so it was an insultingly puerile puppet show with paper cutouts on sticks and strings. Yes really.

This was more fun: The Chemistry of Body Odours – Sweat, Halitosis, Flatulence & Cheesy Feet. Money quote:

As part of the research, 16 subjects were fed 200g of pinto beans, then had their ‘samples’ collected via the use of a ‘rectal tube’. It gets better. These rectal tubes were then handed over to two judges, who had previously ‘proved their ability to identify’ the different sulfur-containing gases. The study relates how these judges ‘3cm from their noses, slowly ejected the gas, taking several sniffs’. They then rated the odour on a scale from 1 (no odour), to 8 (very offensive). Pleasant work…

An interesting observation of this study was the difference between the farts of men and women. Though the small sample size means it isn’t possible to draw definite conclusions, they noted that the women in the study emitted a significantly higher concentration of hydrogen sulfide, and the judges both ascribed to them a significantly worse odour. They also noted that men tended to generate ‘a greater volume of gas per passage’. Now we know.

Bolding mine. WE’RE NUMBER 1! WE’RE NUMBER 1!

Erm. That’s as far as I’ve read tonight. The other articles are:

The Human Microbiome: A True Story about You and Trillions of Your Closest (Microscopic) Friends

Learn.Genetic’s The Human Microbiome

Integrating ‘-omics’ and natural product discovery platforms to investigate metabolic exchange in microbiomes

‘Omics’ of the mammalian gut – new insights into function

“Omics” refers to four branches of the study of microbes: genomics (the genes of microbes), transcriptomics (which ones are replicated to make useful proteins), proteomics (what proteins are they making) and metabolomics (what metabolites are left over when they’re done). Oh, and one more I found reading the discussion forums: What Does a Three Day Cleanse Do to your Gut Microbiome?

Onward to Week Three!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 25, 2017, 9:01 pm

The two ‘omics’ articles ask for money. Hahaha…no.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 25, 2017, 9:05 pm

Ahem. A Poem:
Beans, beans, the musical fruit,
The more you eat, the more you toot!
The more you toot, the better you feel!
So let’s have beans at every meal!
You’re Welcome!

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: May 25, 2017, 10:25 pm

Upvoted, for the poem :+)

Comment from Crabby Old Bat
Time: May 25, 2017, 10:31 pm

I’m going to add “steaming pile of metabolites” to my arsenal of insults.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 25, 2017, 11:17 pm

I get Leeuwenhoek mixed up with Lavoisier. And we all know what happened to Lavoisier. He got the chop!

I find it fascinating that young people in France walked round with a red ribbon tied around their necks symbolizing the cut of the guillotine. Kids….

Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: May 25, 2017, 11:17 pm

I call BS. I have been assured many times of two immutable truths:

1) Women do not fart.
2) Their farts don’t stink.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 26, 2017, 3:18 am

Dear Mme. Ermine –

Unpaywall is your friend! Try these links:

Integrating ‘-omics’ and natural product discovery platforms to investigate metabolic exchange in microbiomes.

‘Omics’ of the mammalian gut – new insights into function


Comment from Bob B
Time: May 26, 2017, 3:22 am

Steve, I’ve heard the same rules.
Which is why I laughed at the end of this video.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: May 26, 2017, 11:59 am

It took me a awhile, but I finally realized that certain leftovers produce more intestinal distress. So instead of cooking a big pot of pinto beans, I now cook a much smaller amount—only what will be eaten at a single meal. Refrigerating and reheating the leftover beans greatly magnifies the beans’ propensity to produce gas.

I follow the same guidelines with hard boiled eggs. I used them cold—in potato salad, pea salad, macaroni salad, and egg salad, but I realized that the longer cooked eggs were kept (even refrigerated), the problem worsened dramatically. I still make egg salad—enough for one meal—but I no longer put eggs in potato salad or pea salad et cetera because a cold potato salad sandwich on toasted white bread is too delicious to give up. It’s like a family heirloom meal in my family.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 26, 2017, 12:03 pm

No hard science doctoral theses like
“The Psychology of migrant dietary micro flora introduced during travel and teaching the nationalist Trump voting intestinal flora to accommodate them”?

On beans – my mother used to ‘degas’ them during baking using baking soda.
Otherwise “savage amusement” would be the result.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: May 26, 2017, 4:04 pm

This is cute. I guess it is common in art depicting the Ascension to show Christ’s feet:


Comment from durnedyankee
Time: May 26, 2017, 5:35 pm

Ric – it’s a good idea really, it removes the whole “make “Him” look like an Englishman” problem for the artist.

There was a great forensic workup done several years ago that determined it’s unlikely the Savior looked even remotely like Jude Law with a beard and long hair. Now feet, well, could be anyone’s feet.

Comment from Timothy J. McCorkle
Time: May 28, 2017, 11:04 am

for steve, and Ric fan… Yes the do and Catching Them is a fine art. as for poetry… heres a little Ditty with wimmen frts and chickens TOO.

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