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Another day...another Dollar

Yes, the sand dollar is an animal!! Actually what you see washed ashore and lying on the beach is the exoskeleton of a sea urchin relative. Once exposed to air they die off and become stiffened. In water, alive, they are quite different looking. The star on the back side is often invisible and usually covered in dark purplish spines. See HERE. They use these spines to capture food by use of the spines directing the food to their mouth on the central, back side. Most times, in close-by shore waters where the sea is calm, the sand dollar urchin 'stands' upright...on its edge. In rough waters they burrow below the sand or lie flat. Scientists can age a sand dollar by counting the growth rings on the plates of the exoskeleton. Sand dollars usually live six to 10 years.

While we were walking around the Marine Science Institute a few weeks past, Bud spotted this perfect sand dollar exoskeleton on an ant hill!! Did I pick it up?! Nope, left it there. Didn't want any nasty fire ant bites.


Sand Dollar Exoskeleton
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Think about this:

1. A penny saved is a government oversight.
2. The Roman Numerals for 40 is XL.
3. If you can smile when things go wrong, you already have someone to blame.
4. There's a lot to be thankful for. For instance: be thankful wrinkles don't hurt!!
5. Put these two together and what do you get? "The" and "IRS"....it's THEIRS.



6. You know when you're getting old when things either dry up or leak!!
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I've found these in our Senior newspaper and on the 'net. There is no evidence or concrete truth to any...just a fun read:

1. Centuries ago, the floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor."

2. In the state of drug withdrawal the addict's blood is directed to the internal organs, leaving the skin white and with goose bumps. Hence, quitting "cold turkey".  [which makes me add:  and of course the term goosebumps is that flesh resembles goose skin]

3. In Old England, long ago, burial grounds were limited. Often coffins were dug up and the bones stored in a bone house. When reopening those coffins, 1 out of 25 were found to have scratch marks on the inside! Realizing some were being buried alive, they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin lid up to ground level and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit in the graveyard all night listening for the bell....Hence "the graveyard shift". AND someone could be "saved by the bell".

4. Bread was divided according to status. The workers would get the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family would get the middle and guests would get the top. Hence the "upper crust".

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  1. Interesting info. today... and I wouldn't have grabbed the sand dollar either, not worth those excruciating fire ant bites.

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    1. ...the do hurt then itch for days afterwards.

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  2. I've learnt so much from this post today. LOL @ #6. Yep, it's no fun growing old.

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    1. ...well, "depends" on the fun. lol

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  3. Fascinating about the sand dollar. I've never seen one that wasn't all dried up

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  4. #4 & 6 are funny! Love the sand dollar! Have a happy weekend!

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  5. My response to "another day...another dollar". Did you get a raise? Loved reading your post. I learned something about sand dollars. I think my head was up my...but stepped on a fire ant hill once. That's the last time I didn't look where I was stepping!

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    1. No....THE IRS claims it as 'theirs'.

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  6. May favorite: 2. The Roman Numerals for 40 is XL. Made me laugh out loud.

    I enjoyed your fun post today, Anni! And thanks for your comment on my TBT post. You can peek at my family any Thursday! LOL We really are not that fascinating, though!

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    1. LOL...that was a good one wasn't it?

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  7. I am dried up, leaking and oh so very happy wrinkled do not hurt. but every other part of my body does...
    Sand dollars covered our beaches when i was a child, sadly they are a rare find now. they have all been caught and placed in gift shops

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  8. That was sure a lot of fun, Anni. I especially enjoyed those last bits, telling where those sayings come from, maybe. I have a wonderful drawing of a sand dollar I bought from an artist blogger. I love it. :-)

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    1. Oh, I bet the drawing is really neat.

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  9. oh those were funny! i found a perfect sand dollar, i think we were in florida...so exciting! ugh, fire ants. we had them in georgia, so glad we don't have them here in virginia! ouch!! thanks for playing and have a great weekend!!

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    1. ...our property is protected by fire ants. :::wink:::

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  10. i've read some of those origins before. :)

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    1. ...they're plenty around if you look for 'em.

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  11. I've never seen a sand dollar that wasn't dry. Very interesting! I enjoyed all your other information today too!

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  12. Interesting info. about the sand dollar.

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  13. HA HA --love these. I love finding out where some of the old sayings came from (such as Upper Crust or Saved by the Bell)... NOW--I have another one I need to look up: "Right off the bat".... I heard someone use that yesterday on TV --and hadn't heard that one in years.... Thanks for the cute one today.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. right off the bat....good one.

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  14. #1-6 cracked me UP!!!
    I love sand dollars and it makes me sad to see people take them out of the water!!

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  15. All in your "fun read" were fun to read! I have found living sand dollars and they were very grey and looked just like a bump in the sand. They are easy to miss.

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    1. I've yet to find a living s. dollar.

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  16. HAPPY FRIDAY ANNI AND WE HOPE YOU ARE FULLY RECOVERED FROM YOUR SICKIES. MOM LOVES SAND DOLLARS. SHE HASN'T SEEN ANY ON OUR BEACHES IN YEARS.

    MY DAD JUST RETURNED FROM THE DOC TOO HE HAS A SINUS INFECTION!!
    HUGS MADI AND MOM

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    1. recovered...sickies...yes. Mole removal...it's still healing. Bah.

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  17. Clever words of wisdom!! I didn't know about the sand dollars!!

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  18. Thanks for the info on the sand dollars, I didn't know all that! Those first 6 made me laugh! And the last 5, wow, I'd hate to have had to use that bell!!
    Have a nice weekend!

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  19. I always love word or phrase origins. So fascinating!! And the 'penny saved' is so true! Aren't sand dollars beautiful. The last one I saw was on TV being used in a commercial to sell toothpaste. lol

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    1. toothpaste of all things? Hmmmm.

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  20. I've had a few sand dollars that were decorated for Christmas trees.
    I enjoyed your post a lot; thanks for the smiles.
    Wishing you many blessings this weekend.

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    1. I've been tempted to paint one for a tree ornament...someday maybe.

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  21. you don't see sand dollars much around here at the beach. usually in the store. we have been to a beach - where there are tons of seashells ... altogether - not in the normal pieces. ( :

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    1. Ya, here they're mostly broken shells.

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  22. I love sand dollars, they are my favorite from the ocean.

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    1. I have so many....they're beginning to become clutter. lol

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  23. Wow! Bravo, most excellent! I loved looking at your sand dollar link, what a pretty purple color! And these sayings, I love them, I have learned a lot today!

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed it all Ginny.

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  24. For sure true about putting 'the' and 'irs' to be 'theirs.' With them not held accountable for anything, I might add.

    Always wonder if any of these things we read are based on fact or if someone just put two and two together to come up with them.

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    1. I know....I agree with both of your thoughts.

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  25. Your blog is always so educational and entertaining.....if you weren't a teacher, you should have been. Love visiting!! And I, too, hate fire ants! I'd never pick anything other than a human off one of their nests!!! oh, maybe an animal.....yeah, an animal. But food? Money? treasures? No way! They can have them!!!

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    1. ...definitely, those ants are nasty!!!

      thanks for the compliments.

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  26. Anni, just stopping back to say thank you for sharing your post with my critter party.. Have a happy weekend!

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  27. HI Anni Never heard of sand dollars so this post was interesting for me. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Well then, I'm glad you stopped by. Thanks Margaret.

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  28. So much to enjoy reading here, Anni, especially the information about sand dollars.

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed the post today...thanks.

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  29. How are your fluffy cats??

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    1. ...right now, they're both all asnooze. As most always. lol

      Love your kitty post.

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  30. I did not know sand dollars where living. You are invited to share this here:
    http://kittypartay.blogspot.com/2014/07/feline-art-friday-6.html

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    1. ...thanks for the invite Julie

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  31. Well, I learned something new today. I had never thought about where sand dollars came from.

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    1. ....really? Well, you heard it here. lol

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  32. How 'bout that? I had no ide:)where those sayings hailed from and now I do! ;)

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    1. ...remember, you learned it all here. rofl

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  33. These are all bits of trivia I didn't know before. Thanks for the interesting read.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. ...happy to know you enjoyed reading this post Mersad

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  34. Yes you're right Anni, I'd be the guy with the fire ant bites. Those final tales sound so possible that there could be a ring of truth.
    A very interesting post again Anni.
    A Thinking Log would be ideal for you so get Bud onto it right now.

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    1. ...Phil, you're much braver that I'd be. Those ant bites are atrocious and painful. Glad you enjoyed the post this weekend. And as for the 'thinking log'....I already told Bud. He just rolls his eyes knowing that would entail some work on his part. lol

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  35. Interesting info about the sand dollars.

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    1. ...hope you enjoyed it Gunilla.

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  36. Thanks for sharing the link to the living sand dollar, I had never seen one before Really neat, and my favorite color, too! Don't know for sure about the others, but #3 is true. I read the same thing while researching the bubonic plague. Have a great weekend!

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    1. ....hope you enjoyed the post.

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  37. I didn't know about the sand dollars..I guess I have never thought about it, because I have never seen a live one. I've heard the "dirt poor" one many times before, and I think it might have a ring of truth to it. I can't even say I--R--S right now I am so angry with what is going on with them.

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    1. Yes, anger is something I feel also!!!!

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  38. Didn't the saying "rule of thumb" have to do with an old rule that a man could hit a woman with a stick as long as it was no wider than his thumb?

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    1. I really don't know where the saying originates.

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  39. The "saved by the bell" story is a real shocker - can you imagine!

    Sorry about the much delayed reply - I've been in the UK for a month and I let the blog sit on the back burner - normal service will resume soon!

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. ....Ya, kinda eerie, huh? Hope you had a good time in England.

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  40. Very interesting post Anni and as usual, so fun to read.
    Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures with a nice comment.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z.

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  41. "Heavens to Betsy!" I say this all the time and never thought about where it came from! My dad used to say "Oops a daisy!" all the time. Now you have me thinking about all of the expressions used and their meanings!

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    1. Good one!!! There are so many. Where they originate is what's interesting.

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  42. Love sand dollars. And sea horses...

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    1. I've only seen ONE seahorse washed ashore...and some young whippersnapper ahead of me found it first.! Bah!!

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  43. Love the sand dollar. Always looked for them on beach vacations in Florida.

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    1. Do you find any? Lately not too many on our beaches.

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  44. What a crock. Love the old folks stuff - now that I am really here, I can really enjoy it. ;)

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    1. ....makes you smile a bit, doesn't it?

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  45. Loved this post on the sand dollar. I wasn't as familiar with these creatures (except like most people to think the skeletal remains are "cool") as I am with the sea urchin. We lived on Midway island when I was a child and I saw several live sea urchins, plus my Mom collected many beautiful shells, including their skeletal remains. Love the sand dollar's purple color! I am going to have to do a post on Midway (or two or three) some time, though I have very few photographs. I will have to use the internet to supply me with what I need. Which is sad. But, at some point I will.

    Anyway, no we haven't been to the Chiricahua (sp) Monument. We have driven close each time we have come through on 10, of course, and I have always wanted to go. Madera Canyon was a step in that direction. We will get there, I am sure. When we lived here in the early 80s we used to love that commercial that said "Cochise was buried somewhere in these hills...no white man will ever know where." :-) There is a lot to explore here, and I look forward to each new experience. I'm glad you are seeing your former home again through my posts. It's nice to know you are enjoying it on that level. Have an awesome week, Anni!

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    1. Oh....hope you get a chance to see the Chihuahua Monument someday. It's really neat. Yep, knew that about Cochise...and another one [on private land supposedly] is one of the guys from The Gunfight at the O K Corral too. ---around that area near Douglas.

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  46. Your posts are always much fun to read!!!

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  47. Well this was a fascinating post! I really enjoyed the starfish facts and giggled at "The IRS." Yep!

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    1. ...sadly, it's true. lol
      Thanks Gail

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  48. this is awesome!!!! I managed to save a whole 2 sand dollars when moving back to OK, one of mine was the purplish when I found it, love the story of the sand dollar as well, when they break finding the peace doves. thanks for sharing

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