Sputnik Magazine | Spring 2013

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A CLIP 'N SAVE HANDY RESOURCE Speed-Date Your Ears In communications, it's so eyes, eyes, eyes. Ears are increasingly neglected. But not anymore! Using our limited knowledge of anatomy and the internet, we've created this handy diagram, outlining the key components of the human auditory system. Hidden Licorice Did you know that each of your ears is protected by a secret slice of licorice? There's red on the left and black on the right. The Ear Worm Cavity A small cave-place where irritatingly repetitive tunes live. Bubblus Wrapii These are what make your ears pop. Tiny air pockets that sometimes explode during deep dives, airplane rides and at intense heavy metal music performances. Paraphrasing Gland A great listening skill is the ability to quickly summarize the other party's thoughts to clarify what you're hearing. Start with, "What I heard you say was..." and see in realtime if you're accurately listening or not. Blue Bok Choy These vegetable receptors sometimes grow into the ear canal causing awkward miscommunication. French Horn of Clarification This contraption is used in conversation to gather more and better information and keep the people talking. When you ask questions like, "What else can you tell me about that?" or "What other possibilities have you considered?" you are tapping into your French Horn of Clarification. Lobes of Wisdom Big lobes = experience! Adult lobes increase 0.22 mm each year from age 30 to 80. Earlobe growth peaks once every seven years, in what is called a ''circaseptennial lobe explosion.'' Sponge Toffeeus Don't tell your kids, but much of the human head is filled with layers of delicious sponge toffee. Ear Nougat This creamy substance is made of sugar, honey, roasted nuts, whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit. The consistency of nougat can range from soft and chewy to hard and crunchy depending on the temperature of your skull. Bacon Membrane The grease produced by these thin slices of delicious bacon is more commonly known as 'ear wax.' Know The Signs If you notice you are speaking and what you are saying isn't getting through, your conversational partner might have an ear-barrier. This blockage can be determined using the phrase below which combines mobile texting idioms and American Sign Language.

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