|A Korean dish made from acorn meal. Yum, yum!|
Let’s see, the weight of an acorn is typically about 2.9 to 6.8 grams, or on average, 4.9 grams. The formula for an object dropped from a height, let’s say 50 feet is h = -16t ^2 + s where h is the final height, t is the time in motion in seconds and s is the initial height. (Are you impressed that I am so mathematical? So am I!) So, if an acorn is dropped from 50 feet, its time to the ground is 0= -16t^ + 50. that gives us a time to fall of 1.8 seconds. Ignoring air resistance (because I don’t want to fool with it), the velocity of the acorn as it hits the ground about 58 feet per second, or about 33 miles an hour. Not too shabby for a lazy little acorn! It hits whatever it hits (the ground, a squirrel, a car, my head) with enough force to hurt. (Technically, the amount of force is 0.048069 newton, more or less. Now you know.)
Anyhow, with so many acorns falling, I got to wondering about acorns. I know that mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow, which is a kind of life principle whether it applies to businesses or my weight through my lifetime. I found out that a lot of different animals eat acorns, including squirrels, which is why we have so many squirrels around our neighborhood. I tried putting out bird food for a while, but the squirrels ate it. I used “squirrel proof” feeders and found that there is no such thing as squirrel-proof feeder–squirrel resistant is about as good as it gets.
People eat acorns too, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to start fighting the squirrels for a taste. They are used as food in several cultures.Acorn meal can be used in some recipes calling for grain flours.
So, I suppose you could make a little acorn meal and whomp up some acorn meal muffins. If your dinner guests don’t like them, you can always feed them to the squirrels.
(Information on acorn recipes and more information on acorns in general from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn )