Monday, November 17, 2008

Kid's Ideas About Science

# 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.”

# “Isn’t inertia when something is moving, then it stops moving and keeps moving?”

# “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 manage.”

# “Water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees. There are 180 degrees between freezing and boiling because there are 180 degrees between north and south.”

# “A vibration is a motion that cannot make up its mind which way it wants to go.”

# “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 you should.”

# “Vacuums are nothings. We only mention them to let them know we know they’re there.”

# “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.”

# “The wind is like the air, only pushier.”

# “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 places.”

# “Most books now say our sun is a star. But it still knows how to change back into a sun in the daytime.”

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