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  1. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: The Tree They Make Pencils Out Of (for the Week of Sept. 14, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-tree-they-make-pencils-out-week-sept-14-2008-1

    September 15, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: What kind of wood do they make wood pencils out of?   A. My feathered friend Weezerbird told me something at lunch last week. (He had grubs. I had leaves.) He said, "That place you work at [the Ohio Agricultural Resea ...

  2. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: The Quills of Prickly Porky (for the Week of July 12, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-quills-prickly-porky-week-july-12-2009-1

    July 12, 2009 Q. Dear Twig: Why don't porcupines stick to things? All those pointy quills and all...   A. First, the quills ("kwills") on a porcupine mostly point backward. So when a porcupine climbs up a tree, for example, its quills don&# ...

  3. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: The Polar Bear Question (for the Week of Jan. 6, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-polar-bear-question-week-jan-6-2008-1

    January 9, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: The polar bears, remember? If the Arctic ice cap melts and shrinks, what will that do to them? A.: Bad things, it would seem. If the Arctic Ocean ends up losing the ice that it normally has in the summer (and it normally does ...

  4. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: The Part of the Pig (for the Week of June 21, 2009)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-part-pig-week-june-21-2009-1

    June 21, 2009 Q. Dear Twig: OK, I'm curious. What's the part of the pig that pulled pork actually comes from?   A. Dear Curious: I gave you a clue last week. "It starts with a b and ends with two t 's, but isn't that at all." ...

  5. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: The Gift of Pbbbbbt! (for the Week of June 17, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-gift-pbbbbbt-week-june-17-2007

    June 13, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: What does it mean to give someone a raspberry? A. Close your mouth. Stick out your tongue through your lips. Puff out your cheeks. Then blow out a sharp burst of air. Pbbbbbt! That's it! That's what it means to give s ...

  6. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Susque-whatta? (Plus a New Reader Contest!) (for the Week of April 20, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-susque-whatta-plus-new-reader-contest-week-april-20-2008

    April 20, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: "Susquehanna." Now that's a beautiful word. A. Your question? Is that a question? Bueller?... Bueller? All right. Yes. Yes, it is. It is a beautiful word. A smooth-flowing, cool-sounding, vowel-impacted word. Su ...

  7. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Tasmanian Devil in Devil of a Pickle (for the Week of June 1, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-tasmanian-devil-devil-pickle-week-june-1-2008-1

    May 29, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: We also talked in class about an animal called the Tasmanian devil. It's endangered. Why? A. The short, awful truth: A weird new cancer. Only Tasmanian devils get it. People don't. Neither do other animals. In just the ...

  8. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Stuck (or Not) on Porcupines (for the Week of Feb. 18, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-stuck-or-not-porcupines-week-feb-18-2007-1

    February 15, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: Why don't porcupines stick to things? All those pointy quills and all... A. First, the quills ("kwills") on a porcupine mostly point backward. So when, for example, a porky climbs a tree, its quills don' ...

  9. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Squirrels A-fallin'! (for the Week of Oct. 21, 2007)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-squirrels-fallin-week-oct-21-2007-1

    October 21, 2007 Q. Dear Twig: Do squirrels ever fall out of trees? A.: Yes. And I base that, for starters, on two accounts. First, once, I was sitting in an oak tree, enjoying the fall (get it?) sunshine. Across the road an eastern gray squirrel had just ...

  10. Smart Stuff with Twig Walkingstick: Spreading Better Butter Words (for the Week of Sept. 7, 2008)

    https://news-archive.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/news-release/smart-stuff-twig-walkingstick-spreading-better-butter-words-week-sept-7-2008-1

    September 8, 2008 Q. Dear Twig: Why do they call it butter?   A. It has to do with cows, it seems. Here's the story in a rich, creamery nutshell: A long time ago, the Greek words bous, meaning "ox" or "cow," and tyron, meaning &qu ...

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