Welcome to another edition of my Coffee Chat.

Mucho thanks to all those that linked up last week: Kisma, Paul, Brenda, Jennifer and Adventures of a Small Town Mom.

For this week, I invite you to ponder, answer, amuse us with some of those head-scratching, make you go "hhhmmm?", questions concerning life's little oddities.   Or perhaps things you just notice in this world that don't seem to make any sense.   They vex us.   We don't like to be vexed; we like answers.

This is what vexed me last week:

Why do fingers and toes wrinkle in the bathtub, but nothing else does?

Well, I won't leave you standing there wet and wrinkled any longer.

The epidermis is made up of four layers:

  • the stratum corneum
  • granular layer
  • squamous cell layer
  • and basal cell layer

The stratum corneum is the outer layer of our skin - the part that we can see and feel. This is the layer with the dead keratin cells.

While a person is in the pool or a bathtub for a long time, the dead keratin cells absorb water. This absorption causes the surface area of the skin to swell, but the outer layer is tightly attached to the living tissue. So, to compensate for the increased surface area, our skin wrinkles. 

So why does this happen to hands and feet and not to other parts of the body? Because the hands and feet have the thickest layer of dead keratin cells. Our hands and feet are subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Imagine if the palm of our hands had skin as thin as that on our backs. No fun playing basketball with skin that thin!

Well, thank you very much Everyday Mysteries via the Library of Congress.

I am vexed no longer.

Secondly, never let it be said that I am not here for you, dear fellow parents.   I know what vexes your children too:

Why is the sky blue?

The answer to this question can be found by looking at the particulates floating in the air. The Earth’s atmosphere is filled with trillions of tiny dust particles. Most of these particles, or particulates, are too small to be seen with the human eye. The smallest particulates are by coincidence the same length as the wavelength of blue light.

Don't thank me, thank Geography for Kids: I'm just the middle man.

Now - if I can just figure out why they lock gas station restrooms:  What are they afraid someone will break in and clean them?   *rim shot*
No Left Brain....I really don't think I want to know the actual answer.  
I'll remain innocently vexed on this one.

But I will issue a challenge dear chatters.  or is it chattees?  vexing.

Why do geese fly in that "V" pattern anyway?

UPDATE:  Forgot to give you next week's topic. And oh, I am fired up out of my ever loving mind about this one.   Refer to this article:  No Excuses: Parenting Isn't Hard. 

I think if you can find my comments, you'll see how I feel about such a blanket statement, but we can explore it more indepth next week.  

warm wishes sign