After physics recitation, Thomas Verschelden and I had a lovely discussion standing in the hallway for nearly an hour and a half. We pondered many things, and here are some of the things we discovered:
If the world we learn about in physics class were real, things would be very interesting.
1) There would be no air resistance, no friction, and at random times the effects of gravity are probably also minimal. With no friction, as long as we weren’t in class when the world transformed then we’d never be able to make it to physics class again. Pretty cool. It would also be incredibly entertaining to tell someone, “Hey! Watch this!” and take off running (in place of course due to lack of friction) and see how long they’d watch before they realized nothing was going to happen. You could make quite the buildup.
2) All elastic collisions are COMPLETELY elastic, and all others are totally inelastic. That way, if you ran into a wall, you would come flying back off of it as if it were a trampoline. We thought that would be really cool, but then we realized that with no friction you’d never be able to run into anything in the first place.
Using the phrase “Yo no hablo espanol” is inherently a lie.
By saying “I don’t speak Spanish” IN Spanish, you are therefore speaking Spanish and your original sentence is meaningless. No worries: I have a solution. We are going to start teaching people to say “Sólo sé esta frase.” or “Sólo sé esta oración.” They both mean “I only know this sentence.” Much more truthful, plus you would get some pretty great looks if you really used them.
Trading 5 PSII games for a game of Twister is a fair trade.
We spent a good 10 minutes discussing the prices on the door to the front desk for the items they have to check out. Some just don’t seem to compare very well. How does one go about assigning a price to some things? Then we began to wonder, could we bargain for a partial game if we didn’t have enough to pay for the whole thing if we didn’t return it? “Hey, how much of The Game of Life will you give me for $5? I can make my own pieces and make up cards as long as $5 gets me most of the board.” And is there some sort of equation for determining the charge for losing part of the 4 decks of cards you checked out? Does the charge vary if the missing cards are from the same deck versus different decks? I’m sure the honors students behind the desk could come up with some kind of formula for that sort of thing.
Of course, we discussed many other things, but if I shared it all it would take you an hour to read it, and that would just be a little more than ridiculous.