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runrig (3385)


Just another perl hacker somewhere near Disneyland

I have this homenode [] of little consequence on Perl Monks [] that you probably have no interest in whatsoever.

I also have some modules [] on CPAN [] some of which are marginally [] more [] useful [] than others.

Journal of runrig (3385)

Monday July 12, 2004
10:19 PM

Kids say/do the darndest things

[ #19813 ]

Me: Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are...

(nearly 5 year old)Son: I know what stars are, they're big gas balls, like the sun.

Me (obviously baiting son): But why is the sun so big?

Son: Because the stars are nocturnal.

No, it doesn't make sense, except maybe to a 5 year old, but darn if that wasn't a good comeback :-)

And later, having a discussion with the wife over the electric bill, and what the units are that we actually pay for which went something like:

Me: You pay for kilowatt-hours, not kilowatts. watts & kilowatts are rates, like miles per hour, or miles per gallon.

SO: But what are you paying for per what?

Me: Well, there's no 'per' (like a boat going 40 knots (although that's actually nautical miles per hour)), but I guess you could call it kilowatt-hours per hour...(me sees that its not going well).

SO: So how long does it take for a 60 watt bulb to use up 1000 watts?

Around the 10th cycle of this conversation, my daughter comes in, with a calculator, and has the impression that it's a heated argument instead of a discussion (well, there may have been some frustration building).

D: I can't sleep. Maybe this will help. Do you divide the 1000 (watts) by 60? (divides)'s 16.66666. Is that right?

Later, we find a note in the hallway and the living room with "60 watts is 16 2/3 hours" (and "$2.75" because we may have mentioned how much a kilowatt-hour costs), and then a similar one on the bed, and another on the nightstand, and another written in a paper airplane that I missed.

So there you have it. 60 watts takes 16 2/3 hours to make 1000 watts (or somethings). I'm not gonna argue it any more :)

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