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Never blow in a cat's ear because if you do, usually after three or four
times, they will bite your lips! And they don't let go for at least a
--Lisa Coburn, age 9
Don't think life is easy, because when you get older it is hard work. I used
to think life was easy, now I have to do the dishes every other day. --
Nick Coleman, age 9
Take risks. I mean, if you like this person and you don't know if they like
you, ask them out and see what happens. I liked this girl and I asked her
out. She said no and she hates me now, but I took that risk. -- Bruce
Wagner, age 13
A realist is more correct about things in life than an optimist. But the
optimist seems to have more friends and much more fun. -- Megan, age 14
The following ideas about science were gleaned from essays, exams, and
discussions from 5th and 6th graders:
Question: What is one horsepower? Answer: One horsepower is the amount of
energy it takes to drag a horse 500 feet in one second.
You can listen to thunder after lightening and tell how close you came to
getting hit. If you don't hear it, you got hit, so never mind.
Talc is found on rocks and on babies.
The law of gravity says no fair jumping up without coming back down.
When they broke open molecules, they found they were only stuffed with
atoms. But when they broke open atoms, they found them stuffed with
When people run around and around in circles we say they are crazy. When
planets do it we say they are orbiting.
Rainbows are just to look at, not to really understand.
Someday we may discover how to make magnets that can point in any direction.
South America has cold summers and hot winters, but somehow they still
Most books now say our sun is a star. But it still knows how to change back
into a sun in the daytime.
Water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees. There are 180 degrees
between freezing and boiling because there are 180 degrees between north and
A vibration is a motion that cannot make up its mind which way it wants to
There are 26 vitamins in all, but some of the letters are yet to be
Finding them all means living forever.
There is a tremendous weight pushing down on the center of the Earth because
of so much population stomping around up here these days.
Lime is a green-tasting rock.
Many dead animals in the past changed to fossils while others preferred to
Genetics explain why you look like your father and if you don't why you
Vacuums are nothings. We only mention them to let them know we know they're
Some oxygen molecules help fires burn while others help make water, so
it's brother against brother.
Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun. But I have never
been able to make out the numbers.
We say the cause of perfume disappearing is evaporation. Evaporation gets
for a lot of things people forget to put the top on.
To most people, solutions mean finding the answers. But to chemists
solutions are things that are still all mixed up.
In looking at a drop of water under a microscope, we find there are twice as
many H's as O's.
Clouds are high flying fogs.
I am not sure how clouds get formed. But the clouds know how to do it, and
that is the important thing.
Clouds just keep circling the earth around and around. And around. There is
not much else to do.
Cyanide is so poisonous that one drop of it on a dog's tongue will kill the
A blizzard is when it snows sideways.
A monsoon is a French gentleman.
Thunder is a rich source of loudness.
Isotherms and isobars are even more important than their names sound.
It is so hot in some places that the people there have to live in other
The wind is like the air, only pushier.