Sunday, December 9, 2007

Institute for Silly Research

This Internet thing can be fun and educational, too! Today on my normal Sunday morning search for things mundane I learned that "Space Aliens" probably wrote the nursery rhymes that we learned as children. Here is a brief excerpt:

Hickory, dickory, dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down;
Hickory, dickory, dock.

Clearly this seemingly nonsense verse only becomes meaningful when we realize that it is nothing less than the principles of special relativity being explained in a form people a thousand years ago could understand: we can see a clear description of the 'mouse'-- obviously a small type of space probe of a type used by Mother Goose's alien race--moving 'up and down the clock' as it maneuvers at speeds approaching that of light between the time it leaves and returns to its dock.
To learn more go to the Institute for Silly Research link.


Gwen said...


Captain Crab said...

I hope that you read the entire article, because it's fantastic!

Flenker said...

damn, captain, it's a good thing we didn't start discussing relativity while we were drunk. Cause then I really wouldn't have ever shut up, and would have just ended up scaring the cute girls away. Of course, maybe we wouldn't have had that last damn drink. . .