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Dodo spotting

Today I went to the Natural History Museum with something like 15 people I don't know* and looked at shiny crystals, meteorites, and soaring ceilings. (Do you spot a common theme in my week?). I learned that rocks can have felted fibers, be masses or massives, and that many of them, despite appearance, are colorless. Disappointingly, the NHM Earth Galleries escalator no longer goes through a revolving Earth**; perhaps too many people were disoriented by it.

Best of all, I saw two dodos***, stuffed, on display in the bird gallery. They are far larger than I remember them being, a good half of my height, if not more.

* I am misleading. I do know taldragon and cynicaloptimist, both of whom were there, plus D-the-houseguest and, for the pub afterwards, C. as well. But there were a good 14 or so other people there whom I didn't know.
** I used to advertise this to my friends as the best free amusement park-style ride in London.
*** *plock plock*


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Mar. 4th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
The dodos weren't actually real, they were models - I checked the labels, thinking it would be kind of ironic if the museum had casused the extinction ;) They were really cute though.

The owl with a pencil stuck in its head was a highlight for me...
Mar. 5th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
Only a model! Nooooooo! I would have known had I stopped to look at them closely. I only ever saw them at high speed while passing from the main museum to the earth galleries and back again, but they made me so happy!

Perhaps I'll at least be able to see a dodo skeleton some day.
Mar. 5th, 2006 12:41 am (UTC)
How is it that the rocks come to appear to have color, then?
Mar. 5th, 2006 12:50 am (UTC)
Maybe they mean that there's no actual pigment of that colour (ok, absorbing all light except light of that colur) in the rock, but the crystaline structure refracts the light to appear that colour, just as water appears blue in large quantities. I think some irridescent bird feathers work this way as well.
Mar. 5th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)

So clearly, not *all* historians take historical geology and astronomy to fulfill their science requirements and still avoid complicated maths!
Mar. 5th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
I embraced the complicated maths instead.

I do like geology and astronomy though, even though I've done far more work on their histories (in grad school) than their practice.
Mar. 6th, 2006 08:43 am (UTC)
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