The sun is a source of life … and potential death. This week on The eLFonian, this radiant orb of luminous brilliance around which the Earth orbits, is placed under the spotlight to determine why. Why on Wednesday looks at the curious situation where, on the one hand, the sun can be used, in conjunction with other mechanisms, in the creation of a well-tanned Adonis while at the same time it can wreak havoc on your hair. Why on Wednesday has been busy personally testing this question to arrive at several possibilities for this astounding phenomenon.
Last Week’s Results: The question considered last week was, “Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage?” An astonishing 66% of respondents are obviously environmentally conscious in their outlook, and generous in their view of humanity. Yes, it seems that cars are kept outside as a way of helping the environment in reducing landfill. So many boxes, so little space to put them in. You can view the complete survey results here.
This week, The eLFonian wards off the attack of a potentially powerful enemy we cannot live without by slapping on some SPF +40 sunscreen. The sun can also be your friend yet, like any friend, it can turn if not respected. So this week, The eLFonian considers the effects of the sun, asking:
Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin?
As The eLFonian was sitting in the sun basking in its radiance, considering its effects while being accosted by a flapping bed sheet hanging from the clothes line, several possibilities came to mind but were quickly lost as the UV rays began to dissolve any thoughts of reason. Before any further loss was to be had, a quick turn over to the side brought things back into perspective as the baking continued. The eLFonian saw the light of the issue at hand and determined, along with collaborator, Heidi from Simply Sophisticated Cooking, that the sun is, indeed, a truly magnificent source of light and power but needs to be treated with care.
Have your say! What do you think? Why does the sun lighten our hair, but darken our skin? Slap on your SPF +40 sunscreen and take a minute to respond to the poll and gain insight into this bizarre aspect of nature. Click on your preferred response and then click on “Vote” (one only per reader).
Poll Closing Date: This poll will close at 12:00 UTC (GMT/Zulu) on the Tuesday following publication of Why on Wednesday so be quick and don’t miss out on your opportunity to vote. The results will be published in the next issue of Why on Wednesday and will also be updated in this post after the poll is closed so come back, review the results and leave a comment if you are so inclined.
The Next Why: Next week, The eLFonian tackles a question that has left males scratching their heads ever since make-up has been used by the opposite sex. WARNING! This question could lead to serious, prolonged and perhaps even disturbing discussions between couples. The eLFonian cannot be held responsible for such discussions.
Contributing Collaborators: If you want to collaborate and be part of the team that will investigate other perplexing questions in Why on Wednesday, please email your interest to The eLFonian (firstname.lastname@example.org). If accepted to the team, your contribution will be acknowledged in the issue of Why on Wednesday in which your contribution is included. It’s free to collaborate!
A Question for WoW? If you have a question that has been baffling you for a while or has been keeping you up at night, that has you feeling nauseous or simply leaving you curiously contemplating matters you have never before considered, why not ask The eLFonian. Email your question to email@example.com. There are currently a number of questions playing on The eLFonian’s mind so there may be a delay in addressing your particular question – unless of course, your question “tickles the borders of Cyberspace” (part of The eLFonian mission) in which case, up the queue you go!