Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Retired Scientists

When Bill Watterson was creating the "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, it was one of my very favorites. The man had a way of combining art and words that made reading the strip marvelous. In fact, I still follow the daily reprinting of his archives at Go Comics.

Calvin's father, an office drone who enjoyed bicycling, time with his wife, and messing with Calvin's head - I mean, what father doesn't enjoy a little teasing with his kids - would often give Calvin goofy scientific explanations for common natural occurrences.

Much like this site. I may have to bookmark it as a favorite. It made me chuckle.



Take up a hobby, like writing grant proposals.

Go to a theme park in Florida and tell everyone there about the principles of physics that underlie all the rides.

Same as everyone else: shout at the neighbor kids to get off their lawn.

Tour Europe. Or maybe Europa.

Prove the existence of It-Doesn't-Matter.

Investigate who those other people living in your house are.

Go fission.

[selected from Chris White's Top Five on Science, with edits and additional material by Mark Raymond]


WORDS for YOUR WEEK: "There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact." (Mark Twain)


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