January 27, 2009

Errector muscles, goose bumps & public school...

When Big Shooter asked the kids what they'd learned in school the other day...
We, all three, enthusiastically explained we learned what causes goose bumps!
(Do you already know?)
There's a little, teeny-weeny, microscopic muscle at the base of each and every hair on your body. When a stimulus is applied (like temperature or fear) it contracts and pulls the hair erect into an upright position!
The muscle is called arrector pili.
Now at this point I could go down the road you think I am dying to go down...and the truth of it is, I am dying to bring up the fact that there are millions of teeny-weeny, microscopic muscles that sole job, when stimulated of course, is to cause millions of teeny-weeny erections...
But, I'm not. I am going to share the rest of the conversation with Big Shooter instead.
When we were all done enthusiastically explaining the reason for goose bumps, he looked at me questioningly and asked with amusement, "Are you serious? You didn't know that?"
"Uhhh, no. I didn't." (Did y'all? Am I alone in my ignorance?)
He looked at me and very seriously said, "I'm a little concerned...maybe they should go to public school."
So I am dying to know if you all knew about this most humorously named muscle that only needs a little stimulation to cause an erection?? Cause if you all do, he's right, they need to go elsewhere besides the kitchen table to be educated.
If you didn't know about the erector muscles (I love saying it), aren't you just the littlest bit curious to know how Big Shooter knows all about them?
Yeah, me too.
Love Note to my Big Shooter: I don't know what to say here Big Guy. I don't want the words teen-weeny or microscopic or erector muscle in your love note...so I am just going to be moseyin' on now...

13 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Ummmm, I didn't know this either.

Gordostyle said...

Definitely did NOT know that one. But I'm glad you didn't use all of those words in a love not to Big Shooter. :o)

Smiles,
Jen

♥ Somebody Loved ♥ said...

I had no idea that there was a tiny muscle at the end of each hair. I did find it interesting to learn.

I will never look at [goosebumps] the same way again.

I must admit that I am sure I learned stuff in public school, but my retention isn't that great.
My kids however retain everything. The are so smart. They must have gotten that from their Daddy. He has knowledge in everything... even the stuff nobody cares to know. Ü I tease him all the time.

ToOdLeS.ShEiLa

Jill of All Trades said...

Hmmm, well, I didn't know this as well. Of course Science class for me was well, over 40 years ago...EGADS...did I just say that. Oh God I'm old....no I'm not...yes I am...(banging my head on the desk.)

Sara said...

I didn't know this and I am a college graduate who went on to teach kids as well. I am trying not to be offended at his comment to you :-)

FerLee said...

LOL...nope never heard this...would like to know where he learned it, Oh Great Guru of Hair Erectors!!!!

Heather said...

Ummm, yes, I did know this, but I, also, took a WHOLE LOT of Biology and A&P classes in college. But don't ask me if I have a degree! ;)

~ Straight Shooter ~ said...

So VERY glad most of you are ignorant to the teeny weenies too. (NOT saying ignorant to the errector muscles in general, just the teeny weeny ones mind you.)
I guess I can continue on in my diligent journey of home education with authority. Mine. Not his.
...Love you Big Guy!

6HappyHearts said...

I did not know this one!! You are a great teacher!! Just look at your post for an example - you covered different learning styles with your colorful visuals, writing style & using everyday items as an example of what you learned (ie. erector) LOL!!!
I'm sending my babies to YOU!!!

thedomesticfringe said...

Nope didn't know. This is a new one for me. I thought goosebumps were caused when your internal goose lays eggs under your skin...don't ever ask me a science question! I told my kids they'd grow butt roots after too much tv watching.

-FringeGirl

Flea said...

I had no idea. But then, I home schooled my kids for nine years. Maybe that's why I stopped.

Lynn said...

I knew that except that I didn't know what the tiny muscle is called.

Jenni said...

You are cracking me up!