The beguiling ideas
about science quoted here were gleaned from essays, exams, and classroom
discussions. Most were from 5th and 6th graders. They illustrate Mark Twain's
contention that the most interesting information comes from children, for
all they know and then stop.
Thanks to Larry Rood of Gryphon House, Inc for passing these comments on.
- One horsepower is the amount of energy it takes to drag a horse 500
feet in one second.
- You can listen to thunder after lightning and tell how close you came
to getting hit. If you don't hear it you got hit, so never mind.
- Talc is found on rocks and on babies.
- The law of gravity says no fair jumping up without coming back down.
- 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.
- Rainbows are just to look at, not to really understand.
- While the earth seems to be knowingly keeping its distance from the
sun, it is really only centrificating.
- Someday we may discover how to make magnets that can point in any direction.
- South America has cold summers and hot winters, but somehow they still
- Most books now say our sun is a star. But it still knows how to change
back into a sun in the daytime.
- Water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees. There are 180degrees
between freezing and boiling because there are 180 degrees between north
- A vibration is a motion that can't make up its mind which way it wants
- There are 26 vitamins in all, but some of the letters are yet to be
discovered. Finding them all means living forever.
- There is a tremendous weight pushing down on the center of the Earth
because of so much population stomping around up there these days.
- Lime is a green-tasting rock.
- Many dead animals in the past changed to fossils while others preferred
to be oil.
- Genetics explain why you look like your father and if you don't why
- Vacuums are nothings. We only mention them to let them know we know
- Some oxygen molecules help fires burn while others help make water,
so sometimes it's brother against brother.
- 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.
- To most people solutions mean finding the answers. But to chemists
solutions are things that are still all mixed up.
- In looking at a drop of water under a microscope, we find there are
twice as many H's as O's.
- Clouds are high flying fogs.
- I am not sure how clouds get formed. But the clouds know how to do
it, and that is the important thing.
- Clouds just keep circling the earth around and around. And around.
There is not much else to do.
- Water vapor gets together in a cloud. When it is big enough to be called
a drop, it does.
- Humidity is the experience of looking for air and finding water. We
keep track of the humidity in the air so we won't drown when we breathe.
- Rain is often known as soft water, oppositely known as hail.
- Rain is saved up in cloud banks.
- In some rocks you can find the fossil footprints of fishes.
- Cyanide is so poisonous that one drop of it on a dog's tongue will
kill the strongest man.
- A blizzard is when it snows sideways.
- A hurricane is a breeze of a bigly size.
- A monsoon is a French gentleman.
- Thunder is a rich source of loudness.
- Isotherms and isobars are even more important than their names sound.
- It is so hot in some places that the people there have to live in other
- The wind is like the air, only pushier.
Copied from NAS's Madame Academy's Tea Party List.
Sent by Larry Rood (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Gryphon House
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