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That's all there is to it. Seems simple, right? Every year at the magical date, newscasters-usually TV weatherpeople, since the date has climatological ramifications-talk on the air about balancing eggs. A lot of schoolrooms, in an effort to perform a scientific experiment, also try to get the little ova upright. Sometimes the newscasters will go to the classroom to show the tykes trying, and after a while, voila! Someone gets an egg to stand! The cameraman is rushed over and the beaming future scientist gets his or her face on TV that night, film at eleven.
PLAIT Bad Astronomy Bad Astronomy Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing "Hoax" PHILIP C. : The Impact of Meteors and Asteroids 133 16 When the Universe Throws You a Curve: Misunderstanding the Beginning of It All 142 PART IV Artificial Intelligence 153 17 Appalled at Apollo: Uncovering the Moon-Landing Hoax 155 18 Worlds in Derision: Velikovsky vs. Modern Science 174 19 In the Beginning: Creationism and Astronomy 187 20 Misidentified Flying Objects: UFOs and Illusions of the Mind and Eye 202 21 Mars Is in the Seventh House, But Venus Has Left the Building: Why Astrology Doesn't Work 212 PART V Beam Me Up 221 22 Hubble Trouble: Hubble Space Telescope Misconceptions 223 23 Star Hustlers: Star Naming for Dummies 236 24 Bad Astronomy Goes Hollywood: The Top-Ten Examples of Bad Astronomy in Major Motion Pictures 245 Recommended Reading 259 Acknowledgments 263 Index 265 INTRODUCTION love bad science fiction shows.
Of course it's all about the equinox, they tell me. Everyone says so. Then they tried it on the day of the equinox for themselves, and it worked! The egg stood! Of course it did, I tell them. It'll stand on any other day as well, which they can prove to themselves if they just try it. They haven't followed through with their experiment, and they convince themselves they are right when the evidence isn't all in. They rely on word of mouth for what they believe, and that isn't a very strong chain of support.