A poll from Matthew: please vote

Matthew has asked me to request that readers here, which are numerous, give an answer his “quiz”. Please oblige him (and me) by simply clicking on his tweet below and giving your answer. You have less than a day.  I don’t often ask readers to do anything, but I’d appreciate this.

Thanks!

53 Comments

  1. Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    I voted for B – and it looks like the vote is going that way.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      It’s the Russian hackers.

    • glen1davidson
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:21 am | Permalink

      In what category do you place the organism that causes malaria, Plasmodium falciparum? Of course there are categories like “eukaryote,” but I was thinking of something that indicates that it is microscopic–like microbe.

      I guess I just thought P. falciparum had to be a microbe or micro-organisms, two terms that I think mean the same thing. Not to fault anybody who voted B, I’m just saying how it seems to me (semantics shouldn’t usually be a big issue).

      Like many others, though, I don’t belong to twitter and won’t join for this.

      Glen Davidson

  2. BobTerrace
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:20 am | Permalink

    This requires me to sign up for Twitter.

    I would eat a full bowl of microbes before I did that.

    • Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:21 am | Permalink

      Hear, hear!

    • freiner
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:28 am | Permalink

      I agree! And as Homer Simspon would say, “Mmmm … microbes!”

      • peter
        Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:39 am | Permalink

        I agree! Never on twitter.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:45 am | Permalink

      Me too. I ain’t a gonna do it.
      But I would have voted that microbes are bacteria and viruses and such (like single-celled eukaryotes).

      There are other terms to cover the other tiny critters.

      • gravelinspector-Aidan
        Posted February 14, 2018 at 8:48 am | Permalink

        Errrr. Bacteria are eukaryotes today?
        Oh, sorry, I see the other parsing – excluding multi-cell eukaryotes. Pardon me for pedanting.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:46 am | Permalink

      Yes

      Twi773r has its uses

      This could be one, BUT…

      …Hmm tough call.

      Might have to manually take answers here and add them later.

    • drew
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      Came here to say this.

    • Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:30 am | Permalink

      I didn’t realize you had to sign up to see or vote in the poll. I’m adding the poll to this site so everyone can vote.

      • BobTerrace
        Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:39 am | Permalink

        I tried, but as soon as I click on a selection, it still requires sign up or login.

    • busterggi
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:35 am | Permalink

      Yeah verilly! But my vote would go to choice # 1 o/w.

      • Diane G.
        Posted February 14, 2018 at 11:10 am | Permalink

        Well, then, stay out of it, busterggi–it’s obviously # 2!

        😀

    • Diane G.
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      Yep. Need to have a Twitter account. Probably leaving a particular part of the potential electorate out of contention. I’ll bet the WEIT readership has proportionately more non-Twitterers than your average random group.

    • Mark R.
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

      Yup, no twitter for me either.

      Vote: B though no virus.

    • Filippo
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      (Concur)^3

  3. Janet
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    The word microbe implies that A is the correct answer, although common usage is B I think.
    In some senses bacteria and viruses are part of our visual world without a microscope – bacteria can be seen and counted on petri dishes. And viruses can be ‘seen’ as plaques.

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      On Petri dishes, you count bacterial colonies, not individual bacteria.
      You do serial solutions (1ml of sample into 9ml water; repeat) to lower the count until you get to a dilution that shows clear, distinct, non-overlapping colonies, and *assume* that each such colony came from a single “microbe” in the dilution in that dish.
      You do the solutions all at once, then “plate up” many at once and stick them in the incubator for (the protocol’s specified time). At least, that’s how the MLSO (Medical Lab Scientific Officer) explained it to me when I was doing weekend work in the animal house, and they got called in to “type” a GI case using the suite of caged immune systems along the corridor from the Guniea pigs. So the MLSO would get called in on Saturday, need the rabbits (my job), draw blood, go off and do Ju-Ju in the labs, then be back in Sunday to count the plates. Both of us bored, but on double-bubble, so much chin-wagging before I locked up for the night.

      • Janet
        Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:40 am | Permalink

        Of COURSE you count colonies, not individuals…your explanation sounds like manspeak. I’ve done a gazillion platings of bacteria.

        • Craw
          Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:53 am | Permalink

          Your first comment implied individuals are counted. He corrected that mistake – – which was perhaps just a result of bad phrasing by you but nonetheless wrong. Your rejoinder is petty and sexist.

          • Janet
            Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:59 am | Permalink

            My statement was not wrong. You DO see bacteria on a petri dish.

          • Diane G.
            Posted February 14, 2018 at 11:12 am | Permalink

            So, you would count “bacteriums,” then?

            • Janet
              Posted February 14, 2018 at 11:29 am | Permalink

              What?
              I’m so sorry, this has gotten way out of hand and I feel tremendously sad and frustrated.
              I was just trying to add to Matthew’s question by looking at the microbe question in a fresh way, pointing out that we can see some microbes without a microscope.
              My apologies regarding any negativity in these comments.

              • Diane G.
                Posted February 14, 2018 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

                Oh, Janet, I completely agree with you in this discussion! My comment was in response to GM’s, and I’m sorry the sometimes confusing comment nesting here made that unclear!

              • Diane G.
                Posted February 15, 2018 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

                Oops. Hate to bring this thread back to life, but by “GM” I meant “Craw.” Apologies to all.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted February 14, 2018 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

          your explanation sounds like manspeak

          Oh, a snowflake. How delicate.
          If you don’t like having things explained to you (and the audience) then don’t say silly-sounding things. It is annoying that WordPress doesn’t have a “preview” button.

          • Diane G.
            Posted February 15, 2018 at 12:44 am | Permalink

            WTH are you calling silly-sounding? You don’t really think anyone (let alone Janet) thought she was counting individual bacteria, do you? I notice you neglected to mention agar; to define “GI;” and did you perhaps mean to say, “serial dilutions? Nor did you explain “plate up.” I’m a bit stumped by “suite of caged immune systems along the corridor.” Oh, and I’m sure you didn’t mean to say, “count the plates.” You don’t count plates, you count bacterial colonies…

  4. Curt Nelson
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    No, not arthropods. Mostly things that can be reduced down to single cells – and viruses.

  5. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    I’m wicked distracted

    Gotta say B

    Even though my gut says “what about ____”

    But I’ll try to click it through to Tw17739

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:43 am | Permalink

      Ok that was painless

      Not pain free, pain less.

  6. Reggie Cormack
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    I’d say B, but l’m not on Twitter so can’t vote

  7. alexandra Moffat
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    B

  8. Posted February 14, 2018 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    (A), since:

    Big fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite ’em,
    And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so, ad infinitum.

    But I answered (B).

    /@

  9. Bruce Thiel
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 8:03 am | Permalink

    A.

    • Posted February 14, 2018 at 8:04 am | Permalink

      You’re supposed to vote on the twitter site, not here. Thanks.

      • David Duncan
        Posted February 14, 2018 at 8:34 am | Permalink

        B. But I didn’t vote because I’m not on Twitter and it insisted I join to vote. Sorry.

  10. darrelle
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    B, but without viruses. But I couldn’t vote without signing up for Twitter. Would rather not do that, apologies.

  11. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Jerry’s tweet & post beat Matthew’s to my timeline. Go figure.

    I voted ‘B’. For me, it’s the single-vs-multiple cell question that is paramount. Doing everything yourself -vs- cooperating with other cells being the big evolutionary step. IMHO.

    Yes, biofilms, particularly multi-species biofilms, muddy this water to the point of resembling a fine-grained mass-wasting sediment flow, and we (geologists) all know how complex *they* are!

  12. Debbie Coplan
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    B- Not on twitter here

  13. Serendipitydawg
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Just checked and there is still no sign of ice in hell, so I won’t be becoming a Twit.

    Option B is certainly what I would think of if someone said microbe.

  14. Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    Whatever quiz is for, I looked up microbe before voting. Won’t say whether I my first guess or second guess was right. So I did not vote. There was no rule against this.

  15. drew
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    As I think of it, “microbe” refers to single celled organisms, so A is out for me.

    OTOH, viruses are not cellular organisms so in my mind they’re both wrong.

    I feel like B is less wrong, so B it is.

  16. Ken Kukec
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    Do we get those stickies that say “I Voted,” like those nice, civic-minded League-of-Women-Voters ladies give you at the polls?

  17. Posted February 14, 2018 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    I don’t use twitter, so I can’t vote. I was an anatomist and electron microscopist studying skeletal muscle, so I’m not an expert on microbes. But I think of A as meaning “microscopic beasts” that you need a microscope to see, including B: bacteria, archaea, and viruses.

  18. Posted February 14, 2018 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    B, but not on Twitter so I didn’t vote. I don’t mean to be impolite, but – why on earth would one set up a survey of this sort that requires twitter membership to vote??

  19. Diane G.
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    Wow, look at all the non-Twitterers here! Go, team!

    • Diane G.
      Posted February 14, 2018 at 11:18 am | Permalink

      Aargh, hope you don’t read this and get insulted, Heather Hastie! I’m always glad to have you point out some of the best ones for me. 😉 For that matter, that goes for all the Tweets Jerry, Matthew, and others post here, too.

      • Mark R.
        Posted February 14, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

        I concur! I don’t tweet either, but I like reading the good ones people I like compile and share.

    • Posted February 14, 2018 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      You strident atwiist, you!

      /@

  20. Posted February 14, 2018 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I am on Twitter and I went for B.

  21. Kelcey BURMAN
    Posted February 14, 2018 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    Maybe the vote is really about who has a Twitter account so no vote for me too


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