The following ideas about science were obtained from essays, exams and classroom discussions of 5th and 6th graders.
They illustrate Mark Twain’s contention that the “most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.”
- A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.
- A vibration is a motion that cannot make up its mind which way it wants to go.
- In spring, the salmon swim upstream to spoon.
- Marie Curie did her research at the Sore Buns Institute in France.
- One on the main causes of dust is janitors.
- Rhubarb: A kind of celery gone bloodshot.
- Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun. But I have never been able to make out the numbers.
- The four seasons are salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.
- The general direction of the Alps is straight up.
- To keep milk from turning sour: Keep it in the cow.
- Vacuum: A large, empty space where the pope lives.
- Wind is like the air, only pushier.
- Humidity is the experience of looking for air and finding water.
- Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes and caterpillars.
- Mushrooms always grow in damp places so they look like umbrellas.