To clarify for anybody who is unsure – the uvula is the little hanging thing at the back of our throats. We have other uvulas too, but let’s just deal with the throat one for now. A while ago I did a post about a film I had been in produced by an artist. I was singing in the film, and at one point there was a clear view of my uvula – the picture here is a still from that film. Carrie Rubin commented on how much she admired my uvula (she’s a physician, so she knows all about uvulas), and a couple of other commenters said the same. Personally I can’t see anything attractive about anybody’s uvula, but hey, each to their own.
On New Year’s Eve I did another post that involved me singing. This time Carrie expressed sadness at not having seen my uvula, so I suggested I could do a whole post about it. Randy from The Writers’ Village seemed quite keen on the idea. So here I am doing not a whole post, but half a post on it. So, what can be said about the uvula that hasn’t been said so many times before? Hmm… how about a few lesser known uvula facts?
1) The word ‘uvula’ comes from the Latin word for grape, which is uva.
2) There is no completely definitive consensus on what the purpose of the uvula is, although its role in swallowing and speech is generally agreed upon.
3) One of the treatments for severe snoring is to remove part of the uvula.
4) Get this. Some people have their uvula pierced! Aagghh! Why would you do that? Why?! And where would you buy uvula rings? I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen any on display at Claire’s Accessories.
I really think that’s enough uvula talk now. Well let’s face it, it was enough before I even started.
So what about the ‘other animals’ I referred to in my heading? Well, last July I did a post entitled The Thoughtful Seagull, where I spoke up for the humble seagull. Mike from heylookawriterfellow made some very unkind comments about seagulls. Later, on his own blog, he apologised and said this to me:
“Tell you what I’ll do: The next time you blog about the virtues of an animal — any animal at all — I will be pro-that-animal. I will sing its praises! I will condemn those who disagree! I will be that thing’s biggest fan! Try me!”
Well I still haven’t done it, so now I need your help to pick an animal. I don’t want to make it easy for him by picking something cute and fluffy, so I have narrowed it down. Of course the deal is that I have to blog about its virtues, so I’m not making it easy for myself either, but I’m game to have a go. Please vote for which creature I should do a funny/interesting post about…
I set the poll to be active for one week, but I’m not sure if that’s one week from when I set it up which was two days ago on Sunday, or one week from today when I publish it. Probably from Sunday. Anyway, vote soon! And thank you.
Finally, for anyone who missed my last post – I now have a second blog which is all about sweet things – http://sugarness.com/