I’ve Created a Monster

After my inflammatory words about Islam, readers are hitting me fast and furious with comments…

…about xylophones:

A few minutes Googling produced several encyclopedia or other reference sites that confirmed that xylophones are made of wood. The name comes from the Greek word for wood.

http://www.lehigh.edu/zoellner/encyc_xylophone.html

http://www.si.umich.edu/chico/instrument/pages/xylo_gnrl.html

http://www.encyclopedia.com/html/x/xylophon.asp

This site doesn’t have the word “wood” that I noticed, but it has a nice color photograph showing bars that are clearly wood. It also lets you (or your children) use the cursor as a mallet and play it.

http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/mindazzle/xylophone/

However, I must admit that I found one site that said “wooden or metal bars” http://www.mathcs.duq.edu/~iben/marixylo.htm

It is indeed a decadent world in which we live. (One site I didn’t copy the URL for suggested it started with children’s toy xylophones made of metal.)

Furthermore, I found a site that tells how children can make a “glass xylophone” but putting varying amounts of water into eight

drinking glasses. This is on a site connected with the National Science Foundation and PBS, so, despite disclaimers about not

necessarily relecting the opinion, etc., etc., it’s got to be true.

http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/events/fow/fowtfkv2n4/htm/glass.htm

If you can have a glass xylophone, I suppose you, or your son Luke, can have a dental xylophone.

And I did that without having to walk across the street to the Music Library, which, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, has a Mac for use by its patrons that has two icons on the screen: “Classical Composers” and “Trash”.


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