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Wednesday, March 09, 2005


I drink coffee, which is made mostly from water. I seldom, if ever, drink the pure stuff. That fact can drive healthy people nuts. Oh well. Some things never change.

Water is incredible stuff. Unlike us humans, the mass amount never varies. It is able to magically change into three distinct forms, while we continually come and go, but the finite amount of water molecules present on planet Earth is unchanging.

Here is a creepy thought; whatever bit I have consumed over my lifespan has been recycled more times than I would like to imagine, and most likely, was drank by others before I arrived.

Yech, you say? Well, some things just never change.


Blogger Gone Away said...

So that's what we're here for... We're just water-recycling macines!

10:00 AM  
Blogger palinurus said...

An interesting point, Harry. And ain't it just like God to make something so ubiquitous, so simple and, in the sense you point out, so unchanging.

2:33 PM  
Blogger Ned said...

And yet God has designed a way to return it to us, fresh and clean through the hydrologic cycle.

The space station on the other hand, has a very different method. *shudders*

6:29 PM  
Blogger Jodie said...

So today I might have drunk the same water once drunk by Da Vinci? Or Hitler? (or excreted by either of them?)

Kind of cool but kind of yucky I can really get some of the infection control nurses riled up with this! :D

9:46 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

I'm okay with that, circle of life and such.

11:44 PM  
Blogger The Bubaker said...

Did you know any glass of water you drink in London has effectively been through ten people before you got to drink it? :>

3:17 AM  
Blogger Gone Away said...

Yes. But did you know that water is the only substance that expands when it freezes? Because of that, ice floats on water. If it didn't, this earth would be one great big lump of ice orbiting the sun...

8:58 AM  
Blogger Keeefer said...

Humans and most lifeforms are somthing silly like 90% water. The Human race is expanding at ridiculous proportions.

Icebergs (90% of which are under water) are thawing out due to all the global warming.

So how come that water levels are rising?

IF the available water on the earth is a constant, then, surely, as a race we are just bags of water wandering about on land, the icebergs are 'expanded' frozen water so in thawing should reduce the ammount of volume....surely the sea levels should be falling?

Does that make sense to anyone out there?

my brain hurts

6:54 PM  
Blogger Ned said...

Living on the northeastern seaboard, I think global warming sounds fine. Longer summers, closer beaches... what is the down side? Of course after the 22nd official snowstorm of the season, I will take any kind of warming.

But I must admit your theory does seem to hold water (pardon the pun). The one variable would be the two miles of ice on top on the land surface of Antartica.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Ned said...

Finally, they fixed the comments.

9:18 PM  
Blogger glenniah said...

Words of wisdom from Dave and Fred. Never drink water from Adelaide South Australia or from some place in Israel.


6:16 AM  

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