Book Review

Weanée Kimblewood

The Language of Flowers 2010.

Trilingual calendar (German/English/French)
50 x 70 cm.
Stadler, 2009
Price: 29.95 EUR

Planet Earth 2010.

Trilingual calendar (German/English/French)
39 x 39 cm.
Stadler, 2009
Price: 18.95 EUR

Hippopotamuses 2010.

Trilingual calendar (German/English/French)
39 x 39 cm.
Stadler, 2009
Price: 18.95 EUR

Who’s the Heavy Weight?

To have the opportunity to win an impressive calendar, Lab Times readers must solve a tricky brainteaser.

This winter, Lab Times readers have once again a unique opportunity to win a beautiful laboratory calendar for the upcoming year. Stadler publishing house (Konstanz, Germany) has generously provided us with three copies of The Language of Flowers 2010 (photographed by Franz Wagner), three copies of Planet Earth 2010 (photographed by Landsat-7) and four copies of Hippopotamuses 2010 (photographed by Gabriela Staebler). All of the calendars are trilingual (German/English/French), have 13 sheets apiece and are printed on high-quality premium paper in mirror finish.

Reinterpreting the floral language

Originally, the ‘language of flowers’ (aka floriography), was a means of coded communication using floral arrangements, that was popular in the Victorian era. Franz Wagner’s interpretation of the floral language is different. Wagner, a Stuttgart-born professional photographer and screen printer who has been publishing since 1973, has staged close-ups of twelve beautiful flowers in their full glory (50 x 70 cm) against deep black backgrounds. On the January page of The Language of Flowers, we can admire a nice Lady’s Slipper (Paphiopedilum spec.), on the February page a Parrot Tulip, on the March page a Pansy (Viola tricolor), and so on.

Planet Earth 2010 (above) is the opposite of Wagner’s close up view of nature. 705 kilometres above ground, the Landsat 7 satellite is orbiting the Earth, transmitting up to 532 images per day. Twelve extraordinary ones were selected for this wonderful calendar, showing characteristic landscapes in quadratic dimensions and at a resolution of 15 meters. Landscapes include the Namib desert, the Betsiboka river in Madagascar and the Gulf of Bothnia between Finland and Sweden.

Nearly as heavy as a male hippo

Something that weighs nearly as much as Landsat 7 (1973 kg) are adult male Hippopotamus amphibius (between 1,500-1,800 kg). In fact, males continue growing throughout their lives and can occasionally reach 4,500 kg (or two Landsats). For Hippopotamuses 2010 the professional wildlife photographer Gabriela Staebler has provided twelve impressive photos of these mighty, mostly peaceful but sometimes very aggressive animals, that – with the exception of nocturnal grazing – spend most of their lives in the water.

To win one of these calendars...

... please answer the following three questions:

  • Viola tricolor contains substances that are reported to involve biological activities such as anti-HIV, insecticidal, anti-microbial and anti-tumour functions. Chemically, these substances are disulfide-rich peptides with a characteristic cyclised backbone. Write down the 5th letter of these peptides’ technical term.
  • On the northwestern coast of Madagascar near Mahajanga, a 525 km long river flows into the Mozambique Channel. We are looking for the two-part name not of the river, but of the place where the river flows into the channel (10th, 11th and 12th letter).
  • Hippopotamus amphibius divides into five subspecies. One of these subspecies is named after a central African republic that is often referred to as the “dead heart of Africa”. Write down the 2nd, 3rd and 4th letter of this subspecies’ name...

  • ... and assemble these seven letters to get the name of a legendary heavy weight that attracted thousands of visitors each day. Send the name to (including your own name and postal address) and stand the chance of winning a great calendar with which to prettify your lab. Ten winners will be selected at random. All correct answers received before December 20th 2009 will be considered. Good luck!

    Letzte Änderungen: 24.07.2013

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