Junior Dr. Science
The beguiling ideas about science quoted here were gleaned from essays, exams,
and classroom discussions. Most were from 5th and 6th graders.
- Question: What is one horsepower? Answer : One horsepower is the amount
of energy it takes to drag a horse 500 feet in one second.
- You can listen to thunder after lightening and tell how close you came.
- 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
- 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 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
- There are 26 vitamins in all, but some of the letters are yet to be
- 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.