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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Man Sock, One Down.

Last night I finished the first Man Sock. I hope to cast on the second one today so I can get it moving along and get Mickael a finished pair of socks. We're supposed to get more snow and freezing rain stuff tonight, so he'll just have to wear another pair of wooly socks until I get these done. (Which will probably be about when things start warming up, which is not as far away as it seems when I'm standing outside freezing my patootie off while the silly dog rolls in the snow.)

We're also going to be helping Caleb finish up his science fair project tonight. This is the first year he had to do science fair and he's really just about done. He's done the experiment, collected the results and written everything down, including the report. Tonight he'll just assemble the project board to turn it in. What was his experiment? It was whether or not video games can distract from pain. He had us put our bare foot in ice water and timed how long we could leave it in. Then he timed us while we put our other bare foot in the ice water while we played video games. All of us (he tested this 4 times) essentially doubled our time in the ice water while we played video games. It has something to do with the video games distracting our brains and suppressing the pain response. Apparently, some hospitals are using video games to help burn patients deal with the pain of their treatments. Another interesting thing that happened was that the older the volunteer was, the longer they were able to leave their foot in the water. As Caleb told his Big Daddy (my Dad), "Next year I'm going to do an experiment on whether or not old people feel things." Not sure how we're going to determine that one!

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Blogger Jan said...

What an interesting experiment! Good for Caleb.

2:02 PM  
Anonymous Anniebeeknits said...

I couldn't help but notice that the science fair project about cold feet came immediately after a photo of a gorgeous handknit sock. I think maybe you should work on persuading Caleb that he needs to study the warmth factor of handknit socks in that cold bath!

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Mindy Ward-Logsdon said...

If Caleb does experiment to see if old people feel things, please call me. I want to watch that one! :)

3:40 PM  
Blogger Delusional Knitter said...

LOL! at Caleb's experiment for next year. Ahhh ... so I see when my back is bothering me I should go and play Dragon Age ... thanks for the excuse, er I mean tip on how to deal with it :o)

11:30 PM  

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