Thursday, September 29, 2011

Flat: To Be Or Not To Be

That is the question. And we have the answer. A recent conversation resulted with the inescapable conclusion that flat is as a general rule a bad shape for the human brain. Which of course led to a discussion of the many other things which are best when they exist in a state other than flat. Several obvious examples include basketballs and balls of the soccer, football (American), and various other sporting varieties. Tires are also best when not flat; an observation based on extensive experimentation and field testing during the outing my coauthor recounted in her most recent post. And then there are those objects we view as best when flat as a pancake; which is itself a prime example of just such an object. Other objects are not so easily categorized as best flat or best not flat. For instance the earth. While it is commonly held that spherical is the best shape for our little blue planet I'm not so sure that the belief, in a flat earth, held by our predecessors is without merit. If nothing else it offered a much more exciting and imaginative view of what lay beyond the horizon and an incredible possibility for adventure. And who doesn't like a good adventure. Where once there were monsters and an abyss of the unknown; we're now just sailing in circles. So in the interest of science and because the fairy blog mother has indicated a desire for such tomfoolery as the earlier toast experiments, I will be conducting a series of tests to determine scientifically whether certain objects are best when flat or in some other more three dimensional state. So keep an eye out for that. And while we're on the subject I'm just going to say that eyes are best when not flat.

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