Of eagles, time and ice cream

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It saddens me to report that the country adage, "them that has, gets," is alive and well in Franklin. I'm referring to the news reports that a nesting pair of bald eagles, our national bird, has taken up residence in our fair city.

I'm so proud, and I'm sure other Franklinites are as well that they've moved in. But you have to wonder why the eagles selected one of our newer, upscale neighborhoods. This development already has more amenities than any other neighborhood. They really don't need the eagles to make them "special."

Why didn't they pick my neighborhood? We've got a couple of high hills and some tall trees that would make excellent nesting sites. And we would be good neighbors to the birds - but we don't have any amenities. We're just ordinary, so the eagles chose to go "upscale." As a result, we're just stuck with ordinary wildlife: squirrels, rabbits, possums and skunks. We do have a family of red foxes, but they're not as special as bald eagles. Maybe they could be encouraged to come to our neighborhood to hunt. We could at least see them in action. But I'm not gonna hold my breath until that happens. Yep, just another example of "them that has, gets."

Last March we went through one of our yearly time changes as daylight savings time (DST) began. I'm always amused at the reaction of some people to this spring clock change. This year there was an article in the paper that said the change could be harmful to humans and began with the sentence: "Come this weekend, there will be an extra hour of sunlight in the evening." No, there will not be. What a dumb statement. Setting our clocks any way we please or even throwing them away will have no effect on sunlight. The amount of sunlight on any given spot on the face of the Earth is determined by the tilt of the Earth on its axis and its position in its orbit around the sun. Not even your Rolex or an atomic clock can change that.

The article went on to cite one study which tried to link low SAT scores with DST even though most of the tests were not taken on DST nor close to either of the time changes. I'd say this is another example of drawing erroneous conclusions from two unrelated events. One woman from Atlanta called in to a radio talk show to voice her displeasure with DST. She stated that she was having a hard time keeping her lawn alive, and the extra hour of hot sunlight during DST was killing a lot of her grass. One would hope she never has to do any heavy thinking.

Some real absurd statements about DST come from the agricultural community. One farmer stated that his crops just did not grow well on DST. How do they know? And another farmer reported that his cows did not like to be milked on DST. Take the clock out of the barn, and they'll never know. Now, I grew up on a farm and have found that farmers have a lot of common sense. Wonder how these got into the mix?

Recently, I saw a brief story in the paper about a new product. It's ice cream made from human breast milk. Would I lie to you? A serving is one dip in a champagne glass for $23. The company is operating on a small scale right now, and their supply sells out each day. The article did not give a breakdown on who their customers were or on the source(s) of their raw materials. Initially, this sounds preposterous, but let's think about it for a minute. A few years ago when a company announced they were going to take coffee, squirt some extra stuff into it and offer it for sale for $5 a cup, people said they were crazy. Now there's a Starbucks on every corner and some places in between. So, this new ice cream might just catch on. If it does, just think about the boost it would give to our economy. There would be new, part-time jobs for a large segment of our population. It would require no barns, pastures or special feeds, just collection stations. Some inventor would have to come up with a machine for extraction. There would be plenty of work for scientists in determining which nationality or which hair color produced the best quantity and quality. Methods of grading the product would have to be developed. And these only scratch the surface. I, for one, can hardly wait to see what might develop.

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