FLOATING IN THE FLOOD: Comparative Chordate Anatomy

FLOATING IN THE FLOOD: a guffaw and a-ha walk down memory lane.

We had a flood in our basement that caused the rapid evacuation of accumulated random life bits.  As I sort and purge the flotsam, some items I will share.  This could be considered evidence that I’m a packkat (Get it? Pack…Kat? Packkat? Not packet.)

Comparative Chordate Anatomy: This is a mid-term exam I endured during my final year of university earning a degree in Science.  You know how they say that every 7 years all your cells are completely new and you’re a totally different person?  I think it’s especially true in the brain sector!  I know I passed this course and part of that process included answering 3 out of these 5 questions in less than an hour and 15 minutes. Right now I can’t even decipher what these questions are asking!  A sure sign that this is indeed my exam paper, however, is that I was using a purple pen.  I’m comforted to consider that not all things change so radically.  And I can still tell you whether a fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) is female or male and if it’s female whether or not it’s a virgin.  Not as popular a party trick as you’d think.  I could also look at a cross-section of a cell and tell you what organ tissue it came from.  That trick’s even less popular so I haven’t preserved the skill.  I can still touch my tongue to my nose, though.  I cultured that dexterity during—oh, I shant retell the procuring of that knack online lest my regenerated-amalgamation-of-cells self 7 years hence shuns me!

Please enjoy this mid-term exam, especially if you can answer 3 out of 5!

As always,

Kat Leonard, BSc.

One response

  1. You’re hilarious. I’m so impressed you have art AND science cells! That test makes my brain fuzzy. Hope the wet basement is drying out well.

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