Curiosity Corner: The heart

Curiosity Corner


Dr. Jerry D. Wilson,

Emeritus Professor of Physics

Lander University


The heart is basically a pump that keeps our blood circulating – a vital organ. Yet, we associate emotions with the heart. Usually, these are the lovey-dovey kind of emotions, especially around Valentine’s Day. But not always. Consider the following common expressions:


  • heartache – deep grief or pain
  • heartbreak (broken heart) – extreme disappointment (lost at love)
  • heartfelt – most sincere
  • have a heart – be forgiving
  • heavy heart – very sad
  • know it in my heart – to know for sure
  • change of heart – change of mind or opinion
  • to know by heart – to have it memorized
  • have your heart set on – a big desire
  • cry your heart out – big grief
  • wear your heart on your sleeve – obvious emotion
  • give my heart to you – to show true love (or, maybe, an actual transplant)


You can probably think of others (if you have your heart in the right place, that is). There’s also heartless, heartrending, heartsick, heartstrings, heartwarming, heartthrob, and so on. I’m glad we had this little heart-to-heart.


This is a short one, so how about some curious trivia questions?



  1. Which state has the shortest motto?
  2. How high is Mt. Everest?
  3. How many bones are in the human body?



  1. Coincidentally, the smallest state, Rhode Island, has the shortest motto – one word: Hope. (Do you know your state’s motto? South Carolina: Dum Spiro Spero, or While I breathe, I hope; West Virginia: Montani Semper Liberi, or Mountaineers always free.)
  2. Well, you have to be up-to-date on this one. It was 29,028 ft., as determined by surveying techniques in 1954. But it’s growing … well, not really. Recent measurements using global positioning satellites (GPS) have added 7 feet, giving it a height of 29,035 ft. I thought you’d want to know. Incidentally, because of continental drift (plate tectonics), the mountain is moving northward toward China at about 2.5 inches per year – about as fast as your fingernails grow.
  3. Trick question! Trick question! The number of bones in the human body ranges somewhere between 350 to 206. We are normally born with 350 bones, but some of these fuse together as we age, and you end up with 206 bones by your mid-20s. No bones about it!


C.P.S. (Curious Postscript): “Psychology. Mind over matter? Mind under matter? It doesn’t matter. Never mind.” –Anon.


Curious about something? Send your questions to Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, College of Science and Mathematics, Lander University, Greenwood, SC 29649, or email jerry@curiosity-corner.net. Selected questions will appear in the Curiosity Corner. For Curiosity Corner background, go to www.curiosity-corner.net.

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Cameron Dorn Greenwood’s Guinness Record Holder Back In The Spotlight

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In a new book titled “Flowers for the Dead,” Author Barbara Copperthwaite pits her fictional protagonist “Adam” against our very own Cameron Dorn.

Cameron DornCameron Dorn, Lander Alum and Waterloo, SC native, broke the world record for burpees back in May 2014. Cameron Dorn, president of Suitcase of Courage, said at the time that he was motivated by a need. Not his, but the needs of school children – in Ware Shoals and Peru. Dorn said he became determined to raise $10,000 to help the children in need. His plan: he would do 10,000 burpees. This was a daunting challenge. Each burpee burns three calories. In fact, after 10,105, Cameron lost over 10 pounds in 24 hours. Cameron broke the burpee world record on May 17, 2014. And he raised over the $10,000 he sought to raise. Greenwood Calendar recorded the 24-hour video for Guinness World Records.


Author Barbara Copperthwaite has a little fun with Cameron Dorn. Check out this page from her book Flowers for the Dead.  Cameron was notified about this by a friend, and he and some of his friends had some fun with it on Cameron’s facebook page. Cameron’s friend Bob Chambers wrote, “If a serial killer breaks your Guinness world burpee record in complete silence and at home, did it really happen? I think not.”



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Uptown Greenwood Named One of 15 Great Places in America by the American Planning Association

APA Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Program, Recognizes 15 Great Neighborhoods, Streets, and Public Spaces

Washington, DC— The American Planning Association (APA) today named Uptown Greenwood in Greenwood, South Carolina, as one of five Great Neighborhoods on APA’s annual Great Places in America list, which marks the kick-off of the organization’s National Community Planning Month celebration.

Greenwood is Great, Now Everybody KnowsAPA’s Great Places in America program, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country. The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Spaces of 2017 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity, and use of sustainable and innovative practices.

“The neighborhoods recognized this year are proof that planning creates more vibrant, equitable, healthy neighborhoods,” said Cynthia Bowen, AICP, president of APA. “Through dedicated, community-wide engagement efforts, this year’s designees are creating better places for all, and setting an example for other neighborhoods nationwide. Congratulations to these exceptional neighborhoods.”

Uptown Greenwood is a prime example of a smaller city thinking big. Once a community divided by hundreds of feet of railroad tracks and then blacktop, Uptown Greenwood has re-emerged as a successful regional hub. The town’s plan turned its “widest main street in the world” into an attraction, by focusing on creating a park-like environment with their surplus of space, abundant tree lined streets, and adapting nearby historic buildings for modern use. By modernizing their downtown, while maintaining the historic character of Main Street, Uptown Greenwood truly embodies its mission of “Embracing the future and preserving the past.” In addition to Uptown Greenwood, APA also recognized the following neighborhoods this year:

  • Over-the-Rhine – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Seward – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Heart of Missoula – Missoula, Montana
  • The Pearl – San Antonio, Texas


“We take great pride that the American Planning Association has named Uptown Greenwood, South Carolina as one of the Great Neighborhoods in the nation.  Uptown is the heart and soul of our community.   This award underscores Greenwood’s commitment to long term planning, investment in cultural and historic interests, and a vision for our future,” said Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams.

For more information about Uptown Greenwood, visit www.uptowngreenwood.com.


Since launching the Great Places in America program in 2007, APA has recognized 275 neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces around the country. Designees are selected annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for the future.

For the fourth year, members of the public can suggest their additional favorite public space, neighborhood, or street to earn a “People’s Choice” designation. Throughout October, individuals can offer suggestions via APA’s social media channels using the hashtag #APAgreatplaces. APA will select five finalists that the public can vote on via APA’s website. The “People’s Choice” winner is announced in early November 2017.

For more information about these neighborhoods, as well as APA’s Great Public Spaces and Streets for 2017 and previous years, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces.

For more information about National Community Planning Month, visit www.planning.org/ncpm.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not- for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people’s lives. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago. For more information, visit www.planning.org.

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