notes from
the MUCK . . .

How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A Problem

I've noticed that my fingernails and toenails seem to be growing faster and faster the older I get. Last night I even had to get up out of bed to go downstairs and cut my toenails because I feared I might gash my wife during sleep or else snag my nail on the bedsheet and be uncomfortable. Even as I type this post, I am hampered by what seem to me to be excessively long fingernails, which I should have clipped last night while I was up, but didn't because I wanted to get to bed right away so I could get up early and go to the gym, even though I knew I wasn't really going to do that anyway. (I didn't). At any rate, this flies in the face of conventional wisdom, which holds that nails grow faster in youth. However, I did come across one report that gives me hope. Apparently, a William B. Bean studied his own nail growth for 35 years and
found that nails grow more slowly with age; growth rate at age 32 was 0.123mm/day, but by age 67 had decreased to 0.095mm/day. No variation with geographical location, physical activity, or season.
I'm 32 years old now; in August, I'll turn 33. Thus, if Bean's conclusions hold true, I could be on the cusp of a dramatic fingernail and toenail growth rate decline, which would be the best thing that's happened to me in a while (at least since the birth of my son in December). I will keep you all updated.

Incidentally, in the course of researching this post, I found what has to be the least interesting flash video of all time. Click here to watch it.

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