The phrase “counter-intuitive” means contrary to normal expectations. We were surprised to learn that the University of Arizona is home to the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. The university is in Tucson, usually associated with the desert rather than forests. This would be like the University of Oklahoma hosting the National Hurricane Center rather than the National Severe Storms Lab. Yes, we know Arizona has The Petrified Forest. But living trees? Actually, the Coronado National Forest lies just outside Tucson’s city limits. And why not a research station for dendrochronology (dating events through tree-ring research) in Arizona? Texas A&M has a department of oceanography, even though College Station is 130 miles from the ocean. Also, the lead research on the Oklahoma Cross Timbers region has been conducted at the University of Arkansas in a state that has virtually no presence of prototypical Cross Timbers flora. Perhaps we’ll discover that the fine print of the stimulus bill includes funding for iceberg research at OSU.