very small rocks
January 30, 2009
Do you know what floats? I mean besides a duck?
Not very small rocks. And, turns out, not paper clips.
Holden (10) is working on his science project for the 5th grade science fair. This is not optional, and so we treat this stuff like Masters students treat their thesis–as something to get the hell done.
Holden hypothesizes that objects float “better” in salt water than in regular tap water. To test this out, he filled two cups with water, added a ton of table salt to one of the cups and stirred it up, and then started looking around for stuff to float.
“Hey, how about paper clips!” he exclaimed.
Kim, who was at the kitchen table, and I tried very hard to restrain ourselves. We succeeded insofar as we only smiled, very broadly.
“What?” demanded Holden.
“Um. Nuthin. Do we have any paperclips?”
“WHAT?” he demanded again.
Ignoring him, I opened the junk drawer and fished out a couple paper clips.
Turns out, like very small rocks, paper clips don’t float.
But other stuff does:
Holden knew something was up. When I started taking pictures he said “Hey! Don’t put me on your blog!”
After I explained to him that my blog has entries where I confess to pooping my pants, he decided this wasn’t so bad.
Which, of course, is totally true.