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From: Jessica

These 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......

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
to getting hit.  If you don't hear it, you got hit, so never mind.

Talc is found on rocks and on babies.

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

A vibration is a motion that can't make up its mind which way it wants to go.

There are 26 vitamins in all, but some of the letters are yet to be
discovered.  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.

Limestone 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
you should.

Vacuums are nothings.  We only mention them to let them know we know
they're there.

Some oxygen molecules help fires burn while others help to 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.

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. 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.
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