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The beguiling ideas about science quoted here were gleaned from essays, exams, and class room discussions; most were from fifth- and sixth-graders. They illustrate Mark Twain's contention that the "most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop."

tiny purple ballQuestion: What is one horsepower?
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tiny purple ballThe theory of evolution was greatly objected to because
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tiny purple ballThunder
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.

tiny purple ballTalc is found in rocks and on babies.

tiny purple ballThe law of gravity says no fair jumping up without coming
   back down.

tiny purple ballWhen they broke open molecules, they found they were
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tiny purple ballcloudsClouds are high flying fogs.

tiny purple ballWhen people run around and around in circles we say they Clear gifare crazy. When planets do it we say they are orbiting.

tiny purple ballTo remove air from a flask, fill it with water, tip the water
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tiny purple ballThe process of turning steam back into water again is called
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tiny purple ballearth The Earth makes one resolution every 24 hours.

tiny purple ballThe cuckoo bird does not lay his own eggs.

tiny purple ballParallel lines never meet, unless you bend one or both of
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tiny purple ballAlgebraical symbols are used when you do not know what
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tiny purple ballGeometry teaches us to bisex angles.

tiny purple ballA circle is a line which meets its other end without ending.

tiny purple ballpot of gold rainbow
 Rainbows are just to look at, not to really

tiny purple ballAn example of animal breeding is the farmer who mated a
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tiny purple ballWe believe that the reptiles came from the amphibians by
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tiny purple ballEnglish sparrows and starlings eat the farmers grain and
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tiny purple ballBy self-pollination, the farmer may get a flock of long-
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tiny purple ballIf conditions are not favorable, bacteria go into a period of
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tiny purple ballVegetative propagation is the process by which one
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tiny purple ballA triangle which has an angle of 135º is called an obscene
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tiny purple ballbathtub

A person should take a bath once in the summer, and not quite so often in the winter.

tiny purple ballThe hookworm larvae enters the human body through the
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tiny purple ballWhen you haven't got enough iodine in your blood you get a
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tiny purple ballIt is a well-known fact that a deceased body harms the
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tiny purple ballHumans are more intelligent than beasts because the human
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tiny purple ballFor fractures: to see if the limb is broken, wiggle it gently
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tiny purple ballBar magnets have north and south poles, horseshoe magnets
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tiny purple ballWhen water freezes you can walk on it. That is what Christ
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tiny purple ballFor snakebites: bleed the wound and rape the victim in a
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tiny purple ballWhile the earth seems to be knowingly keeping its distance
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tiny purple ballSome day we may discover how to make magnets that can
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tiny purple ballSouth America has cold summers and hot winters, but
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tiny purple ballStar
Most books now say our sun is a star. But it still knows how to change back into a sun in the daytime.

tiny purple ballWater freezes at 32º and boils at 212º. There are 180º
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tiny purple ballA vibration is a motion that cannot make up its mind which
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tiny purple ballThere are 26 vitamins in all, but some of the letters are yet
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tiny purple ballThere is a tremendous weight pushing down on the center of
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tiny purple ballLime is a green-tasting rock.

tiny purple ballMany dead animals of the past changed to fossils while
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tiny purple ballA fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more
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tiny purple ballGenetics explain why you look like your father and if you
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tiny purple ballVacuums are nothings. We only mention them to let them
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tiny purple ballSome oxygen molecules help fires burn while others help
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tiny purple ballsun
Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun. But I have never been able to make out the numbers.

tiny purple ballCharles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the organ of the
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tiny purple ballBenjamin Franklin produced electricity by rubbing cats
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tiny purple ballTo prevent conception when having intercourse, the male
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tiny purple ballWe say the cause of perfume disappearing is evaporation.
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tiny purple ballTo most people solutions mean finding the answers. But to
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tiny purple ballI am not sure how clouds get formed. But the clouds know
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tiny purple ballClouds just keep circling the Earth around and around. And
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tiny purple ballWater vapor gets together in a cloud. When it is big enough
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tiny purple ballWhen there is fog, you might as well not mind looking at it.

tiny purple ballHumidity is the experience of looking for air and finding
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tiny purple ballWe keep track of the humidity in the air so we won't drown
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tiny purple ballrain
In making rain water, it takes everything from H to O.

tiny purple ballWhen rainwater strikes forest fires, it heckstingwishes
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tiny purple ballRain is often spoken of as soft water, oppositely known as
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tiny purple ballwindshield wipers Rain is saved up in cloud banks.

tiny purple ballIn some rocks you can find the fossil footprints of fishes.

tiny purple ballCyanide is so poisonous that one drop of it on a dog's tongue
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tiny purple ballA blizzard is when it snows sideways.

tiny purple ballhurricane A hurricane is a breeze of a bigly size.

tiny purple ball A monsoon is a French gentleman.

tiny purple ballstorm A thunderstorm is like a shower, only more so.

tiny purple ballrain Thunder is a rich source of loudness.

tiny purple ballIsotherms and isobars are even more important than their
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tiny purple ballIt is so hot in some parts of the world that the people there
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tiny purple ballThe wind is like the air, only pushier.

tiny purple ballDew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them
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tiny purple ballQuestion: In what ways are we dependent on the sun?
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tiny purple balltornado
Until it is decided whether tornadoes are typhoons or hurricanes, we must continue to call them tornadoes.

tiny purple ballIn looking at a drop of water under a microscope, we find
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tiny purple ballWater is composed of two gins,
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tiny purple ballHydrogin is gin and water.

tiny purple ballWhen you breath, you inspire. When you do not breath,
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tiny purple ballH2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water.


tiny purple ballTo collect fumes of sulfur, hold a deacon over a flame in a
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tiny purple ballWhen you smell an odorless gas, it is probably carbon
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tiny purple ballNitrogen is not found in Ireland because it is not found in a
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tiny purple ballThree kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes, and
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tiny purple ballBlood flows down one leg and up the other.

tiny purple ballmoon
The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is  even deader.

tiny purple ballArtificial insemination is when the farmer does it to the cow
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tiny purple ballA super-saturated solution is one that holds more than it can
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tiny purple ballMushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like
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tiny purple ballThe body consists of three parts-the brainium, the borax
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tiny purple ballThe pistol of a flower is its only protection against insects.

tiny purple ballglobe

The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana.

tiny purple ballThe skeleton is what is left after the insides have been
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tiny purple ballThe cuckoo bird does not lay his own eggs.

tiny purple ballA permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight
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tiny purple ballThe tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All
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tiny purple ballEquator: A managerie lion running around the Earth through
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tiny purple ballGerminate: To become a naturalized German.

tiny purple ballLiter: A nest of young puppies.

tiny purple ballmagnet
Magnet: Something you find crawling all over a dead cat.

tiny purple ballMomentum: What you give a person when they are going
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tiny purple ballPlanet: A body of Earth surrounded by sky.

tiny purple ballRhubarb: A kind of celery gone bloodshot.

tiny purple ballVacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.

tiny purple ballBefore giving a blood transfusion, find out if the blood is
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tiny purple ballTo remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the
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tiny purple ballFor a nosebleed: Put the nose much lower then the body until
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tiny purple ballFor drowning: Climb on top of the person and move up and
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tiny purple ballFor fainting: Rub the person's chest or, if a lady, rub her
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tiny purple ballFor dog bite: put the dog away for several days. If he has
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tiny purple ballFor asphyxiation: Apply artificial respiration until the
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tiny purple ballTo prevent contraception: wear a condominium.

tiny purple ballFor head cold: use an agonizer to spray the nose until it
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tiny purple ballcow butt
To keep milk from turning sour: keep it in the cow.

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