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March 24th, 2005

Change Physics

If you could change any one thing about the way physics (and science, really) work in our universe, what would it be?

For me? Easy. I’d make gravity optional. Oh sure, we’d lose basketball. But just think of how much easier it would be to hang things on walls, make buildings, etc. Elevators would be a thing of the past, too. Forget flying cars – we’re talking flying people.

Posted in Just Plain Odd

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday March 24, 2005 -- 11:44:58 am
I imagine it would be the end of bras, too.



FROM: heather
DATE: Thursday March 24, 2005 -- 12:08:17 pm
Joseph,

LOL!! thanks for the laugh!



FROM: Monica
DATE: Thursday March 24, 2005 -- 1:15:52 pm
if I could change something about science, I'd make it so anyone could readily understand it, even if they didn't enjoy it enough to have a career in it. That way, it wouldn't become so politicized.



FROM: daniel
DATE: Thursday March 24, 2005 -- 7:40:32 pm
hey,i really hate science

uh,not really,jk



FROM: daniel
DATE: Thursday March 24, 2005 -- 7:41:06 pm
i also totally agree with monica



FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday March 24, 2005 -- 9:04:33 pm
I'm glad this Ping brought out the best in you, daniel.



FROM: jk
DATE: Friday March 25, 2005 -- 12:11:55 am
Hey, hey--Dave, I resemble that!!



FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Sunday March 27, 2005 -- 7:24:18 pm
"I'd make gravity optional."

I hate to camplain about things I read online, but after seeing this word misused in another message board, I cannot resist.

Why are people using the word "optional" when they mean "no"?

If it truly was "optional", YOU'd lose basketball, but I wouldn't. But I don't think that's what you mean. I think you mean "I'd take away gravity", right?



FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday March 28, 2005 -- 5:06:15 pm
jk--

I think Dave meant j.k., as in "just kidding." I've always assumed your jk meant your initials, but maybe you mean jk for just kidding too as a sort of catchy pen name. But, even so, Dave's jk might not mean you. This is confusing.



FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday March 28, 2005 -- 5:43:15 pm
Sammy: Why are people using the word "optional" when they mean "no"?

Because I meant optional. If I meant "Get rid of gravity" I would have said, "Get rid of gravity."

No need to go after my command of the English language. I English good-like! (And I hate to "camplain" too.)



FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Monday March 28, 2005 -- 8:19:29 pm
First of all, I meant "cOmplain". Sorry about the misspelling there. Now about the other thing:

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for straightening that out, and I mean that sincerely! I'm also sorry I was a little rough there in my reply. The person on the other message board I mentioned also straightened me out when I asked her a similar question to mine. I'm glad I wasn't as rough in my words to her as I was with you, and again I'm sorry about that.
It's like this: I came across a website that sold - get ready for this one - "clothing-optional videos". When I read your message, and when I saw that thread in the other messageboard, I thought that the PC monster was rearing its ugly head with yet ANOTHER different way of saying something. Now, I had already had it with some of the things that have cropped up in just the last few years, such as no-smoking signs that have said everything BUT "No Smoking", people using the word "issue" INSTEAD OF "problem", etc., etc. So when the word "optional" was being used more and more, my nerves were getting overly knee-jerky, and I overreacted to something that, it turned out, wasn't happening. Again, I'm sorry about that.
What would I like to see changed? That's simple: NO MORE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS! See what it's done to me already?
I know - you wanted something about physics. Sorry again.



FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday April 1, 2005 -- 3:45:54 pm
Oh, come on. Let's do something like, say, make the strong nuclear binding force be inverse-cubic rather than inverse-squared. That would pretty much shatter reality as we know it. ;-)

Another dimension of space that we could travel through would be nice, too. It would sure drop housing prices in urban areas!

Or: decrease the speed of light to 200mph. Doppler effects and time dilation for free, just for flying in a propeller plane!



FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday April 1, 2005 -- 5:12:17 pm
Let's do something like, say, make the strong nuclear binding force be inverse-cubic rather than inverse-squared.

That has something to do with peanut butter, right?



FROM: Merle [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday April 3, 2005 -- 2:04:41 pm
That has something to do with peanut butter, right?

Well... it would certainly have some effect on peanut butter.

The more I think about it, the more I like the speed of light one. Especially because it would make cell phones a lot less usable...



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