Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Does it hail at night?
Weather Channel did a Leno-type interview feature. Some questions people got wrong: Which happens first, lightning or thunder? Can it hail at night? What meteorological invention is attributed to Ben Franklin? Does the Sun cool at night, if so, how much?
Folks, the correct answers to these are not in dispute. Lightning creates thunder. If you see lightning after a thunder clap, it's a new lightning bolt & you didn't see the one that created the thunder. Of course it can hail at night. Probably hails less at night because conditions that create hail-forming storm cells tend to diminish at night. But as long as there are cumulonimbi clouds & tornadoes at night, so will there be hail produced by many of those storm cells. The lightning rod may have originally been invented in South Asia, but Franklin didn't know it so as far as we're concerned it's his idea. Yes, some people said the Sun cools at night & one person said about 40 degrees cooler.
Ignorance, gross superstition that infects the rational discussion of civil law & policy, the habitual twisting of basic historical & scientific fact because the person dispensing the misinformation can't be bothered to fact-check & believes it doesn't matter anyway - these are no hindrance to presidential ambitions. A lot of Americans love an apparently intelligent candidate who is willfully ignorant. Such a candidate is a reassuring mirror to supporters.
It was better to be a child in a poor two parent slave household than a child in a poor one parent free household. If Bachmann believes this, she should apply it to all families & use it to advocate criminalizing divorce & out-of-wedlock birth. (Bachmann now claims she didn't sign this portion of the "Family Leader Pledge," which has since been removed from document as "misconstrued." A lot of that misconstruing stuff over on the right. They routinely push the most radical, outrageous positions & then withdraw them when even other Republicans object.)
Labels: THE election
My favorite stupid question/answer from Leno years ago was "how many moons orbit the earth?" To which, the reply was "um two?"
Really now ...