It has bothered me for sometime that hair grows out of my ears in the oddest places. This oddity has caused me an inordinate amount of wasted time.
Yesterday with clippers in hand, I noticed my ears seem bigger than ever before, and I guess maybe it could be true.
Somewhere I read that ears never stop growing…one study I read stated that our ears grow about 100th of an inch per year. I think this study must be factual because I have often been mesmerized by the size of old people’s ears. If you think I have it wrong and don’t believe me take a peek the next time you see an old person.
Let me pass some logic on that could make this ear growth phenomena more flappable. As we get older our hearing declines, if a greater mass is available to ensnare sound vibrations, it would help us hear better in our old age. I can only assume God had this in mind when this feature was installed on His earliest models. After all, they lived a whole lot longer than we do today. Hearing aids had not been invented, so the need to keep those old guys hearing would have been real challenge. If we think about this a minute, we can see this left God in a bit of a quandary. He had to design the ear with a growth rate that would keep up with the hearing loss but not exceed one’s ability to hold his chin up.
Something else to consider…. If an average ear is say 16 -17 picas (2.5 inches long) and the Bible states Methuselah lived to be 965 years old. That would make old Methuselah’s ears pretty gosh darn big… 2.5 inches + 9.65 inches would = 12.15 inches. Wow that’s a big set of flappers.
Noah apparently would have also had his own big ear bragging rights. He lived to be 950 years old. It all seems kind of creepy thinking about ears that big. After all wouldn’t they begin to get in the way? Imagine there is Noah building the ark and he leans low to see that nail and whacks himself right in the ear lobe with his hammer. Hmmm…maybe that is where the idea of pierced ears came from. And take the hunter with nine inch long ears. He pulls the bow string back, a tangle ensues and then came the release –OUCH! That had to hurt!
Now when we think of Adam’s ears, the calculations would be impossible. The bible doesn’t really say how old Adam was when sin entered the world and he had to leave the garden. What if Adam and Eve lived a couple of thousand years before committing that first sin. His ears could have been dragging in the dirt by the time he left the garden. Now I am not saying that’s the way it was but it is something to think about.
I hope you all got an earful.