Who uses it: Marine biologists
What it means: The mouth apparatus of a sea urchin, named by Aristotle because it is five-sided, like a Greek horn lantern
How you can use it: To explain the "doves" inside a sand dollar; sand dollars are a type of sea urchin, and those "doves" inside are actually its teeth, part of its Aristotle lantern.
I've never been known for adventurous eating. I survived until my teens mostly on peanut butter and carrots, and pretty much quit eating altogether between the ages of 14 and 16.
It may surprise some family members, therefore, to hear that I have eaten sea urchin. Once, in Grenada, after a couple of rum punches. My friends Carla and Bill can confirm it; they were there. I didn't eat much of it, and what I did eat was part of a heavily-mayonnaised salad, but I ate it. It wasn't bad, although that might have been the dressing.
What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten? Frances Kao, legal expert and co-owner of The Mystery Bookstore, probably takes the prize for strangest thing I've ever heard of: she was given frog's eggs as a delicacy at a banquet in China. As if co-owning The Mystery Bookstore weren't heroic enough...
We got about five inches of snow yesterday, more than anyone had predicted. We're supposed to get more tonight. It's pretty, though I forgot to put the YakTrax back on my shoes last night before I took Dizzy out, and slipped on the hill in front of my apartment building. It was good practice, because I'm going ice skating at lunch today.