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In Their Words- Einstein

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” - Albert Einstein

Cockles of the Heart

(This cartoon brought to you courtesy of Stephanie Brooks.)
We hear people use the phrase "cockles of the heart" all of the time, but what does it mean? In light of the medical discussion (which I will finish soon, I promise!), I thought it a pertinent time to find out.
Turns out that no one knows for certain where or when the saying originated, but theories abound. It may be from the latin description "cochleae cordis" which was used to describe the chambers of the heart. This seems likely because the prevailing opinion at the time seemed to have been that the venticles of the heart resembled mollusks, refered to as cochleae, or cockles.
It's possible that the comparison between heart and mussel worked the other way, that the shells resembled the heart, but then why wouldn't the heart be refered to as "cardium"? Food for thought. There was a popular Irish song called "Molly Malone" circa the 1880s, which was about a street vendor of the…