My Monday started like a textbook case of “Why We Hate Mondays.” So bad, in fact that obviously 24-hours are not enough to contain the travail: my 2-year old Canon camera decided to stop working just as the photogenic bust of Saint Marcel made his annual processional appearance, and forthcoming Internet research reveals that this is more than a defunct battery, IOW I see €-symbols in the debit column. While we were in Barjols yesterday, dog Turner got into the garbage. What does this mean for Monday? That the evil compound in his stomach was percolating through the night, to be discharged from its temporal abode on our heated kitchen floor sometime during the night. What a stench to wake one from peaceful slumbers!
I’m sleepy, pulled in so many directions of what I intend to accomplish today, in contrast to what others would have me accomplish on their behalf. Some days, I need a Fun Day Monday more than anyone! A slight adjustment of perspective is always a good start…
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 they tell all they know and then stop.'
You can listen to thunder after lightning and tell how close you came to being struck. If you don't hear it you got hit, so never mind.
Rainbows are just to look at, not to really understand.
South America has cold summers and hot winters, but somehow they still manage.
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 180 degrees between freezing and boiling because there are 180 degrees between north and south.
Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun. But I have never been able to make out the numbers.
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 saved up in cloudbanks.
A blizzard is when it snows sideways.
Thunder is a rich source of loudness.
Isotherms and isobars are even more important than their names sound.
The wind is like the air, only pushier.
And now, a bit of healthy visual stimulation…