Thursday, January 18, 2007

Wikipedia "occasional" word of the day: catnip

One of my favorite sites is Wikipedia. I've always been a history/science/knowledge hound, so it is easy to lose myself there from time to time. My January 18th Resolution (I didn't make this on New Year's, unfortunately) is to learn something new every day (well...almost every day).

Where will the word/phrase/topic come from? I'm not sure...but it won't be difficult to find something new.

I present to you today's Wikipedia word of the day: catnip.

My favorite snippet:
"When cats sense the bruised leaves or stems of catnip, they will rub in it, roll over it, paw at it, chew it, lick it, leap about and purr, often salivating copiously. Some cats will also growl and meow. This reaction only lasts for a few minutes before the cat loses interest.[2] It takes up to two hours for the cat to "reset" and then it can come back to the catnip and have the same response as before."

1 comment:

BlueEyedGirl said...

You need to read The Know-it All by A.J. Jacobs, if you haven't already.