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  1. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Lightning and Birds (for the Week of July 5, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-lightning-and-birds-week-july-5-2009

    July 2, 2009 Q. Dear Twig: Do birds ever get hit by lightning?   A. Yes, they do. But not too often. Here are three examples: In May 2006, a newspaper in Africa said 49 pelicans got hit by lightning as they flew through a thunderstorm. The luckless birds ...

  2. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Dung Paper Comes Up Smelling Like Roses or At Least Not Like Partly Digested Roses (for the Week of Feb. 10, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-dung-paper-comes-smelling-roses-or-least-not-partly

    February 10, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: What's that paper made from elephant dung like? What about from buffalo chips? A.: Well, I'll tell you. I have in my hands here a sheet of each one. The elephant paper is tan, thick and actually pretty. Flat and r ...

  3. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Dude, Where's My Mammoth? (Hypotheses 1 and 2) (for the Week of Sept. 9, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-dude-wheres-my-mammoth-hypotheses-1-and-2-week-sept-9

    September 5, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: Why did those great big mammals in North America — sloths, mammoths, those guys — go extinct? A.: Scientists have four main ideas. Each one has to do with change and the creatures' inability to cope with it. The overki ...

  4. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Dude, Where's My Mammoth? (Hypotheses 3 and 4) (for the Week of Sept. 16, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-dude-wheres-my-mammoth-hypotheses-3-and-4-week-sept-16

    September 13, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: Go on. What else might have made those great big Ice Age mammals go extinct? A.: OK. Last week we looked at two of the four main ideas: the overkill hypothesis and the climate change hypothesis. (Go to http://www.ag.ohio-s ...

  5. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Don't Waste That Food Waste, or When Good Things Happen to Bad Doodles (for the Week of Aug. 17, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-dont-waste-food-waste-or-when-good-things-happen-bad

    August 13, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: OK, so what's a better thing to do with food waste — be it old fish tacos, be it stale Cheez Doodles, be it bags of muffin stumps — than bury it in a landfill? A. "Be it"? OK then. The answer is it be way bette ...

  6. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Dude, What's with the (Recycled) Pencils? (for the Week of Sept. 21, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-dude-whats-recycled-pencils-week-sept-21-2008

    September 19, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: I know something else they make pencils out of. It isn't plastic, either. It's paper!   A. Excellent! You're right. There are companies that make pencils out of recycled paper. (The part of the pencil you ho ...

  7. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Does Tomato Juice Stop Skunk Stink? (for the Week of March 18, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-does-tomato-juice-stop-skunk-stink-week-march-18-2007

    March 12, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: Does tomato juice work to get rid of skunk stink? A. No. Lots of people swear that it does. But scientists actually say that it doesn't. Why do people think that it works? A thing called olfactory fatigue ("ohl-FAK-t ...

  8. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Do Skunks Spray Other Skunks? (for the Week of April 8, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-do-skunks-spray-other-skunks-week-april-8-2007

    April 2, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: So... do skunks ever spray each other? A. I've looked. And I've asked. And so far the answer, though cloudy, is this: Usually not. But maybe, once in a blue moon, sometimes. Stan Gehrt, a skunk expert at Ohio State, s ...

  9. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Deer Me: Where to Sleep? (for the Week of Jan. 5, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-deer-me-where-sleep-week-jan-5-2009

    January 5, 2009 Q. Dear Twig: Where do deer sleep during winter?   A. In two kinds of places. The choice depends on if it's daytime or nighttime. (I assume here a cold, snowy winter where the deer is. Are.) At night, deer tend to sleep near coniferou ...

  10. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Deer! (Snort, Bleat, Grunt) (for the Week of April 12, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-deer-snort-bleat-grunt-week-april-12-2009

    April 12, 2009 Q. Dear Twig: Do deer make sounds?   A. They crunch leaves, snap twigs (not me) and whack their antlers on trees. They make sounds, too, with their mouth, nose and throat. Q. Really? A. Scientists call it vocalizing. One study found that th ...

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