Mad scientist Mike Onken is back online at his Industry! blog. When asked why he named his blog Industry, he replied that he would have taken Michigan’s state motto Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice (“if you seek a beautiful peninsula, look around”), but he was afraid it was copyrighted, so he decided to go with Utah’s. My new motto for this site is going to be “if you seek a clever Latin motto, choose random words from a Latin textbook.” Rident stolida verba Latina.
As a certifiable Mad Scientist for MadSci.org, Mike has answered many science questions over the years. For instance, did you know a typical human has enough iron to make one medium-sized (rusty) nail? One of my personal favorites was this one: why are the short and long arms of a chromosome designated p and q respectively? My web research turned up nothing. Mike’s answer: p stands for petite (makes sense) and q stands for the letter after p. Strange but true. Naming is a funny business.