By mathurst, 11-Oct-2011 13:26:00
During a self-defence based class yesterday, I inevitably found myself lying on my front, completely unable to move. This was not unusual in itself, but how it happened was. I was very gently lowered to the ground by someone half my size with no effort, no pain and no desire to prevent it on my behalf.
I do not claim to understand the ins and outs of how this occured, but it led me to think that science is pretty hecking sneaky. In this instance, biology. That's right biology, what the hell? You sit there with your fruit flies in test tubes at school, all innocent and innocuous, being mostly boring. Then - BAM! An undisclosed number of years later you come across all interesting and useful, and I don't understand.
Other sneaky things that science needs to take responsibility for:
Putting a rattle on a snake, creating the rattlesnake (biology)
Gravity - it was there for ages before anyone noticed (physics)
If you run across a swimming pool of custard, you will not sink+. (physics - I think)
Carbon Monoxide and other colourless, odourless poisonous gasses (chemistry)
There is a tiny shrimp that can click it's mandibles so loud that it once sunk a cruise ship* (biology)
Aircraft carriers - how the dickens do those things float? (physics)
+someone told me this once and someone else concurred
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