Ask Mar­i­lyn

Los Angeles Times - - PICKS - By Mar­i­lyn vos Sa­vant

I live in a coastal area with a lot of light­ning. When a bolt strikes the wa­ter, does it kill the fish? —Jen­nifer Pace, Sara­sota, Fla. Light­ning is far more danger­ous to hu­man swim­mers than to fish. Why? Be­cause much of the cur­rent stays on the sur­face of the wa­ter. Fish and other marine an­i­mals are usu­ally found deeper. If a per­son di­ets and loses a large amount of weight—say, 100 pounds—how long does it take for his or her skin to shrink to the body’s new, smaller size? —S. Bullard, Hills­bor­ough, N.J. It doesn’t ever hap­pen. Obese peo­ple who lose this much weight will need surgery to re­move the ex­cess skin.

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