The approach of the winter solstice on December 21 reminds us that even prehistoric humans with crude tools studied the movements of the sun and earth and built sophisticated structures to mark different phases of their alignment. Cats are pretty good at following the movement of the sun’s rays, too, but are not noted for their ability or willingness to move large boulders.
Scientists generally scoff at the idea that the the presence of the common amino acid tryptophan in turkey is the cause of the familiar post-Thanksgiving dinner sleepiness syndrome. Likelier culprits are booze and overeating. We don’t care. We blame the turkey ’cause it’s a stoopy big dino-bird.