Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The cicada's roar


In class last night the discussion gravitated toward how you can tell the outside temperature in the summer by counting the seconds between the sounds a cricket makes and then adding the number 37. I had heard that before but had never tested the theory. The conversation then went to Cicadas and how, every seven years, they come out, make a huge racket for a few days and then disappear for anther seven years. Not unlike what politicians do every four years but with much less noise.

I remember laying in bed in my childhood home in Iowa listening the to crickets and the cicadas and how they would actually keep me awake or was their comforting noise actually helping me to fall asleep?

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