So I go to the science museum with the kids yesterday. They have this feature where, via a gigantic lever, a person can lift up a full-sized car. My five year-old daughter and four year-old boy think it’s awesome. When they ask me how they could lift a car, I tell them that the thing attached to the car and the rope is a lever, and that while the reasons are kind of complicated, it’s basically a machine that helps people move heavy things. They accept that, later talking about “the machine that helped them lift a car.” A few minutes after the kids used it, some full-grown adults of the redneck persuasion lift the car. Overheard: “there’s gotta be some trick to this thing.” Also overheard was a sentence that had “one of them optical illusions” in it.
Question of the day: are we sliding back into a dark age in which science is viewed as magic — and in some cases sorcery — or did we never truly leave the dark ages in the first place? Now, on to more enlightened fare:
Bread. Apples. Very small rocks. Cider. Gravy. Cherries. Mud. Churches. Lead! Lead!