———- from Jerry Goldstein of Charleston SC
You must win back fire’s trust. Oh sure, it was easy to be fire’s friend when all it was doing was dancing for you, but now that you’re jabbing it with a stick, displaced feelings of aggression come into play, and you project onto the fire the very feelings you’re acting out. You say you’re from Missouri. That could be the key to solving this dilemma. Go somewhere where people use gas for heating and cooking. Get to know one of those uniform, predictable blue flames. Then, when you’re comfortable around fire, go back to Missouri, hunker down round the fire with Lem, Abner and all the gang, and see if you can take that sense of trust back to Hooterville, or wherever.
If you put a cat in a sound-proof, non-transparent, cubic container that also housed a shotgun, and then you allowed a photon to pass through this container at a vertical vector, causing the shotgun to discharge, what would happen to the cat?
———- from Jerry Goldstein of Charleston, SC
She would disassociate, going into a mild sort of catatonic shock that characterizes much of the known world today. Only after you attempted to form an intimate relationship with the cat would you discover that there’s really no one home. If the cat were a veteran, we might call it PTSD; if the cat were a female with literary ambition, we might say she possessed multiple personalities or ‘alters’; if she were a psychic, we would say she was channeling. In any case, that will be one angry cat.
———- from Master Mind of West Los Angeles, CA
I’d call it Hugh Downs. The man who’s spent more time in front of a TV camera than any other human on earth, Mr. Downs is often voted ‘The person most often mistaken for Durwood Kirby,’ yet he appears weekly with Barbara Walters and doesn’t seem to mind the fact that she’s not Gary Moore. I guess I’m just showing my age by tossing off these references to television’s dark past, but time means nothing to Hugh Downs, who received his doctorate in Gerontology just a few years back. Heck, if you’re going to be broadcasting’s oldest functioning work horse, you might as well study the science of aging in your spare time.
———- from Jingde Chu of Perth, Australia
As ocean depth increases, temperature decreases. The speed of sound decreases to a certain depth, then increases, offsetting the temperature decrease, until equilibrium is established and nothing has changed. In this way, ocean depth is much like political or economic progress. Much changes for a while, but in the long run, everything is the same and you’re in a little deeper. Unfortunately, it’s harder to get back to where you started, where everything’s the same, only different.
What can be done to block UV rays besides cloth and sun screen? Is there a gaseous substance that could be generated here on earth that would protect us from our depleted ozone layer?
———- from David Troness of Chandler, AZ