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Quirks Holiday Question Show

For your New Year's Eve pleasure, we re-present one of our favorite's.  A Quirks & Quarks Question show recorded live in Vancouver in June of 2003.  Happy New Year!

  • Snake Bite - If someone is bitten by a poisonous snake, should their rescuer suck the bite and spit out the venom?  Answer from Gillian Willis, a pharmacist with expertise in toxicology at The B.C. Drug and Poison Information Centre.
  • Moon's Face - Is the Earth's moon unique in our solar system, in the fact that we only see one side of the moon?  Answer from Dr. Brett Gladman, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UBC.
  • Tickle Yourself! - Why is it that when you tickle yourself, it is not ticklish, but when someone else tickles you, it tickles, even though you know they are about to tickle you?  Answer from Dr. Christine MacKenzie, Professor of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University.

  • Stopping Swallows - When swallows fly at great speed into a small hole in a nesting box, how do they manage to stop within the next five inches, without slamming into the back wall of the box?  Answer from Dr. Robert Blake, Professor of Zoology, specializing in animal biomechanics, at UBC.

  • Hot Flashes - Does a menopausal woman experiencing a hot flash register an increased body core temperature, or is it just her perception of temperature that increases? And if it is an actual increase, would that be enough to set off a heat scanner at an airport?  Answer from Dr. Christine Hitchcock, Research Associate, at the UBC Centre for Menstrual Cycles and Ovulation Research.

  • Homing Salmon - How do spawning salmon find their way back to their home stream?  Answer from Dr. Tony Farrell, Professor of Biological Sciences, SFU.

  • Tapping Oil - When oil is tapped from the ground, it comes out under tremendous pressure. So when the "pool of oil" is depleted, and the oil is no longer exerting pressure, what "holds the earth up"? Does the crust subside?  Answer from Dr. Elizabeth Hearn, Assistant Professor of Earth & Ocean Sciences, UBC.

  • Floating People - Why can some people float better than others?  Answer from Dr. Alan Martin, Professor Emeritus in Human Kinetics at UBC.

  • Cat and Cancer - Do cats develop cancer, or increase their chances of doing so, when they lie in the sun? Answer from Dr. Michael Charach, Veterinary Dermatologist in Vancouver.

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