About Phillip

Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

9 Replies to “Funky Poll”

  1. Calling All Adaptationists (Again)
    Here’s the data. Some people produce odorous urine when they eat asparagus. They can transform the chemical, asparagusic acid (1,2-dithiolane-4-carboxylic acid), into smelly compounds like methanethiol, dimethyl sulfide, dimethyl disulfide, bis(methylthio)methane, dimethyl sulfoxide, and dimethyl sulfone (Mitchell, 2001). Other people can eat asparagus ’till the cows come home and their urine remains as pleasantly smelling as usual. The allele for producing the smell is an autosomal dominant trait.

    There’s an additional complication. Some people can’t smell the odorous urine. There’s no linkage between excretors and perceivers (able to smell the urine). Some can excrete but not smell and some can excrete and smell. All permutations exist in the population.

  2. I think Phillip’s reactions are harsh and unfounded. Perhaps the new management will take a dim view to such heavy handed tactics and remove Phillip from positions of influence in the new hiearchy.

    All hail the new blog.

    Is there a salute, or snazzy uniform, or even a token badge to delienate ones alliance to this new order?

  3. You can’t ban me, what would I do for my semi-monthly blogging surfarama? I’d have to go elsewhere. You may as well put the gun to my head and pull the trigger with a bullet in the gun and the gun is in perfect working order cause man.. I can’t live without SWT.. So to try to get back into your good graces I’d like publicly declare here on the SWT that peepee and poopoo is a-ok in my books.

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