Adventure #5 : Crash Course on Size and Gravity
On a beautiful sunny day, Papoe decides to take a walk and enjoys the sun. As an adventurous little turtle, Papoe always sees the view around him with intense curiosity. He marvels at the beauty of the place he lives in. Swallows in the beauty of the surrounding, he almost ignores a little green beetle sitting solemnly on a piece of rock.
The Beetle sees Papoe and asks him to come closer, “Well, Hello little turtle, I assume you are still a kid even though you are much bigger than the old me.”
“Hello Mr Beetle,” answers Papoe politely. “Yes I am still a kid but I am much too small for my age.”
“Ah, you should be happy you’re still small, it allows you to have superpower ability.”
“Well, not exactly a power, it’s just that the smaller you are, the harder it is to break your bones when you fall from high places.”
Papoe looks confused. Mr. Beetle smiles upon seeing Papoe’s confused face. “Well, I will try to simplify this for you. You know that everything will fall down to earth. When you stand on the edge of a rock then you slips, you will definitely fall down instead of floating in the air. The one that causes you to fall is called the gravity, the weak force from the earth. Can you follow me so far?”
“Yeah, sort of,” answers Papoe.
“Well, the smaller you are the less the gravity will pull you down. If the small you is being dropped from, say 2 meter high, together with another turtle ten times bigger than you, the result will be different. You will get a bit stunned and then walk normally after a few second but the other turtle will have, probably, broken shell or bone. If that’s not a bit like superpower, what else can you call that,” Mr. Bug gives Papoe a wink.
“How do you know all this stuff, Mr. Beetle?”
“Well, I was fortunate enough to get stuck in Professor Cox’s bag when he was filming Wonders of Life. I absorbs all his knowledge.”
I have just finished reading Professor Cox’s book (Wonders of Life), so I wanted to share a bit from the book..just a tiny bit because I always want to keep Papoe’s imaginary adventure as something light.
Hope you enjoy it