Dissections. I think we can all agree that the initial reaction is ‘ew!!!’. (Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe some people get super excited at the thought. If that’s the case, I’ll just back away slowly, smiling and waving.) Why am I mentioning this? Because I’m currently escaping from one.
Yes, it’s biology class… and the rest of the students are breaking open eggs and cutting open baby chicks. (Let that sink in for a second.) There are no words to describe how repulsed I am right now… I don’t even want to think about it. Dissections + baby chicks + vegetarian Zia= passed-out Zia.
However, biology can still impart useful life skills for those of us who are not destined to become doctors or taxidermists. Here are a couple of things I’ve learnt (just to show you that I don’t usually skip it…):
- Anatomical artist= drawing on hot naked guys. (Seriously. We watched a video about this.)
- The ship Charles Darwin traveled on was called the Beagle. (So this isn’t exactly useful, but my teacher told us that this would be the one thing we’d remember from that lesson. It might be self-fulfilling prophecy, but three weeks later, I realized she was right.)
- Random reproduction is good for species. (That’s what bars are for!)
- If you give cough medicine to a smoker, they might drown in their own mucus. (Smoking is bad, people!)
- Bathroom hand driers are COVERED in bacteria. (It's kinda sad... you just washed your hands, and then as soon as you press the drier button they're filthy again. However, please don't use this as a reason not to wash!)
And… that’s about it. (However, I do like it better than physics… that’s not hard. Wait, maybe not… I think the ghosts of baby chicks are going to haunt me forever, despite the fact that I didn’t actually cut any up.) What are some lessons you’ve learnt from biology?