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Friday, January 05, 2007

Kids' View of Science


from Crosswalk.com

Q: What is one horsepower?
A: 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.

- 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.

- 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 names sound.

- It is so hot in some parts of the world that the people there have to live other places.


  • At 11:22 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    I'm more important than my name sounds too!

    I love these kids.

  • At 1:50 AM, Blogger brendalove@gmail.com said…

    "I am not sure how clouds get formed. But the clouds know how to do it, and that is the important thing."

    There's been so many times I could have used this.....

  • At 7:56 PM, Blogger Stew Magoo said…

    Dammit, Brenda beat me here...

    You're joking around aren't you? This can't be real.

  • At 10:09 AM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    Kenju, refreshing, I agree. Art Linkletter was on to something all those years ago.

    True, Brenda. Like Joni Mitchell's song,
    "Rows and flows of angel hair,
    And ice cream castles in the air,
    And feather canyons everywhere,
    I've looked at clouds that way."

    Stew, this is for REAL. I am serial. These were uttered by little kids, who later will misspell their own names on their Scholastic Aptitude Tests.

  • At 3:59 PM, Blogger Greg Finnegan said…

    In my comment above, I referred to Art Linkletter, a favorite radio and TV performer of mine since I was a kid in the 1940's - 1950's. He was born in 1912 in Canada. In the early years of TV, he had two of the longest running shows on television, and at one point, he had four shows on at once - all live.

    I looked him up to maybe get some quotes from "Kids Say The Darndest Things". Guess what? He's still alive! How nice.


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