Date: Tue, 3 Jan 95 14:34:31 PST
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: Science Update
Forwarded-by: Ben Herman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: email@example.com (Chris Natzke)
The beguiling ideas about science quoted here were gleaned from
essays, exams, and class room discussions; most were from fifth-
and sixth-graders. They illustrate Mark Twain's contention that
the "most interesting information comes from children, for they
tell all they know and then stop."
- One horsepower is the amount of energy it takes to drag a
horse 500 feet in one second.
- You can listen to thunder after lightening and tell how
close you came to getting hit. If you don't hear it you
got hit, so never mind.
- When they broke open molecules, they found they were
only stuffed with atoms. But when they broke open atoms,
they found them stuffed with explosions.
- When people run around and around in circles we say they
are crazy. When planets do it we say they are orbiting.
- While the earth seems to be knowingly keeping its
distance from the sun, it is really only centrificating.
- Most books now say our sun is a star. But it still knows
how to change back into a sun in the daytime.
- A vibration is a motion that cannot make up its mind
which way it wants to go.
- Many dead animals of the past changed to fossils, others
preferred to be oil.
- Vacuums are nothings. We only mention them to let them
know we know they're there.
- Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the
sun. But I have never been able to make out the numbers.
- We say the cause of perfume disappearing is evaporation.
Evaporation gets blamed for a lot of things people forget
to put the top on.
- I am not sure how clouds get formed. But the clouds know
how to do it, and that is the important thing.
- In making rain water, it takes everything from H to O.
- Rain is saved up in cloud banks.
- Cyanide is so poisonous that one drop of it on a dog's
tongue will kill the strongest man.
- Thunder is a rich source of loudness.
- Isotherms and isobars are even more important than their
- It is so hot in some parts of the world that the people
there have to live other places.
© 1995 Peter Langston