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|#10130||All theoretical chemistry is really physics; and all theoretical chemists |
-- Richard P. Feynman
|#10131||Although the moon is smaller than the earth, it is farther away.|
|#10132||Although we modern persons tend to take our electric lights, radios, mixers,|
etc., for granted, hundreds of years ago people did not have any of these
things, which is just as well because there was no place to plug them in.
Then along came the first Electrical Pioneer, Benjamin Franklin, who flew a
kite in a lighting storm and received a serious electrical shock. This
proved that lighting was powered by the same force as carpets, but it also
damaged Franklin's brain so severely that he started speaking only in
incomprehensible maxims, such as "A penny saved is a penny earned."
Eventually he had to be given a job running the post office.
-- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"
|#10133||Always draw your curves, then plot your reading.|
|#10134||Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.|
|#10135||Always think of something new; this helps you forget your last rotten idea.|
-- Seth Frankel
|#10136||Always try to do things in chronological order; it's less confusing that way.|
|#10137||An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because|
people refuse to see it.
-- James Michener, "Space"
|#10138||An American scientist once visited the offices of the great Nobel prize|
winning physicist, Niels Bohr, in Copenhagen. He was amazed to find that
over Bohr's desk was a horseshoe, securely nailed to the wall, with the
open end up in the approved manner (so it would catch the good luck and not
let it spill out). The American said with a nervous laugh,
"Surely you don't believe the horseshoe will bring you good luck,
do you, Professor Bohr? After all, as a scientist --"
"I believe no such thing, my good friend. Not at all. I am
scarcely likely to believe in such foolish nonsense. However, I am told
that a horseshoe will bring you good luck whether you believe in it or not."
|#10139||An anthropologist at Tulane has just come back from a field trip to New|
Guinea with reports of a tribe so primitive that they have Tide but not
new Tide with lemon-fresh Borax.
-- David Letterman
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