Friday, September 30, 2011


Today I stumbled upon a random web site by the UC Berkeley Parents Network. It is really random because it is just a list of funny answers that 11 year old kids wrote for their answers on science tests. I do not remember much about how I used to answer questions on my elementary school tests, but I am pretty sure that I did not make guesses like these.. These are some of my favorites:

"Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water."

"Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas."
"To keep milk from turning sour: keep it in the cow."
A bunch of answers made me laugh out loud and made me question how kids even thought of their answers. Maybe at least some of them are fake. Check it out here:

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Weird Trees

Today I stumbled upon a strange site about world mysteries. I read a post about a forest in Poland with about 400 pine trees. What is strange about this forest is that all the trees in the forest have a 90 degree bend in the base of the trunk, which have the trees point towards the north. They speculate that the tree farmers held the tree down after they began to grow out of the ground. This is the only logical explaination I can believe now that I am starting to learn about plants and their growth plans in biology. Plants that grow out of the ground, like trees, grow upward because they are trying to reach gases for exchange and sunlight for photosynthesis. There is no reason the trees could have naturally grown that way, obviously because sunlight and gases are more abundant upwards, not northwards. Interesting how I can relate things I learn in class to things I stumple upon. Here is the link:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My First Post

Hi, my name is Samira Imanian and I am a 21 year old student. As my first, and probably only, blog I have no clue about what I want to write about consistently, so I guess I will make this about things that I have done or thought about during the day. Usually when I am bored throughout the week I like to use StumbleUpon to go through random sites, I can make this blog to write about something interesting I have stumbled on . Here goes:
Well, actually, today I am not going to write about something I stumbled on; my friend recently showed me this one blog that she likes to check out called Blogilates. It is by this girl Cassey Ho, a Pilates Instructor, and she calls herself a "healthy foodie freak." I like to eat healthily and try different types of healthy recipes that fir into my diet (I am a pescatarian and I do not eat dairy). She just posted a recipe of Rainbow Rice. It is a Asian fried rice-like recipe using all sorts of colorful vegetables which create a dish that contains all the colors of the rainbow, hence the name. I want to try it sometime soon if I can find all the can look at it here: