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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Stultus

Apparently no one warned him of the adverse effects of stupidity, either.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Irony

Would it be true irony if there were a typographical or formatting error in The Chicago Manual of Style that did not agree with The Chicago Manual of Style?

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Boys and Girls

I could imagine if I had a girls' chemistry class, they would ask questions like "What exactly does baking power do and how does it work? Why do my cookies spread when I use margarine instead of butter? Why doesn't plain water take out stains on clothes? Why does pre-treating actually work?" and other household-related questions. Kitchen chemistry has always fascinated me. For instance, the browning when you sear food (called the Maillard effect) at high temperatures provides such delicious, sweet, instense flavor is a chemical process that baffles scientists. No one can explain why it happens or what happens to provide such a wonderful flavor.

However, I have a class made up entirely of boys. So instead of those nice, gentle questions, I get questions like "Will this melt a frog if I dropped it on him? If I mixed this entire can of X, how hot would it get? How much would it take to burn the skin off my hand? Would it be a permanent scar? Would I survive if I drank this container of (a) hydrochloric acid (b) sodium hydroxide?" And I get experiments like licking battery contacts.

Boys are definitely, well, boys.

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