February 17, 2005

Simple Science for Senators

From Wizbang, this excerpt describing 9th grade science:

We started the fall semester with an introduction to the metric system
and the scientific method. We were required to keep a journal of all our
observations about the lessons in class. One homework assignment was
that we had to read the newspaper or watch the TV weatherman everyday
and record the times for sunrise and sunset. Then we had to calculate
the amount of daylight and dark for everyday.

After we had a few weeks of data we were required to graph it and "draw
a conclusion" about our findings.

Everyone came up with the same "inescapable conclusion".... We were
"losing" about 3 minutes of sunlight a day and by mid-July, the earth
would be plunged into 24 hour darkness. As we did the graphs, all but
one of us got the joke. (One guy really thought we were doomed.)

After giving us a few minutes to admire our graphs and chuckle, the
teacher slammed us with the power of that lesson. Just when you think
you have things all figured out, there is another force of nature
waiting to impale your finding.

That guy who didn't get it is surely a politician now...the sky is falling, the sky is falling!

Posted by answerguru at February 17, 2005 08:40 AM
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