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CERN bustin some proton-liscous moves with its Large Hadron Collider.


CERN Rap from Will Barras on Vimeo.

My older kids watched this and both said "WE WANT TO BE PHYSICISTS, TOO!"

Thank you Kate McAlpine.

Thank you Vimeo.

Most of all, thank you Schoolly D.

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By the way...this morning, I was watching the video and my 9 year old walked up behind me and said, "What are you watching?"

Me: It's about CERN and the Large Hadron Collider.

9yo: Oh yeah. That.

Me: You've heard of this?

9yo: Yeah. It's that particle accelerator underground in Switzerland that they are building to find out about how the universe was made. You know...quarks, atoms.

Me:

Me:

Me: Uh...how did you know that?

9yo: Duh. It was in that book you bought me.

Me: Spiderwick Chronicles?

9yo: No. Pick Me Up.

Me: Oh. Uh...what else exactly is in that book?

9yo: Nothing. Is there any tubing and lead in the basement?

Me: Wait...what IS that book?

9yo: (walking away) I'll need a big magnet, too.


Okay, she's not really building a particle accelerator in her room. But she did know in stunning detail exactly what this thing was...is. She's also quoted interesting and fascinatingly odd factoids about Freud, aliens, and global warming as gleaned from this book.

I think you should get your kid this book, too.

Really. It's great.

And then we can commiserate.

24 comments:

cIII said...

That shit was the Mad Note, yo.
Physics al up in the Hooouuusse!
Mensa represent!
-word.

Mama Dawg said...

When I heard this on NPR this morning, I totally wanted to be all nerdy and scientific, too!

scargosun said...

I am still glad there are scientists that are excited about waht they do.

MereCat said...

The rap was hilarious! And very informative, too. Your kid sounds way smart to be so attentive to such detail minded subjects. As my 18 month old daughter says, "Wow. Coooool."

Mr Farty said...

Riiiiiiiight...so what's a small hadron?

Michael Plank said...

Huh huh, hardon accelerator.

Oh.

Never mind.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It sounds like a must have for my future classroom. I'm glad someone understands this stuff!

Variations On A Theme said...

I'm buying it from Amazon right now....because I want to know about all that stuff. Your kid's brilliant, you know...

dianeinjapan said...

Thanks! This book is now officially on my wishlist. It will be soooo up my ten-year-old's alley. He and his dad were just talking about that hadron whatsit yesterday.

Heinous said...

Oh no, my son is already a know-it-all. I can't go giving him more ammunition. He can already ID all the Pennsylvanian snakes and is well on his way to becoming the first six-year old paleontologist.

Krista said...

Where, oh where on earth do you FIND this shit??!!
It's too cool for school. My son would have to idea what the hell this is so I think I gotta get that book!
Thanks for the educational science lesson!

apathy lounge said...

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

I am definitely not smarter than a 9 year old.

mommypie said...

How awesome is that?? Scientists gettin' down and your daughter the brainiac?

I can close the laptop and go to bed satisfied.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

I love reading children.

preTzel said...

Middle talked to me about this. My eyes crossed, my brain smoked, and my ass cried because I didn't understand a word he was saying until he asked "Does this mean the world is going to end?" Uhm, I don't know. Maybe.

Variations On A Theme said...

I just watched the video for the first time and I am laughing with great colliding force in my computer chair!

I think if I watched it about two hundred more times, I might understand about a fourth of what they're talking about. I DO feel like I understand at least a small particle of something, though. Maybe that little particle of understanding will take me to another dimension.

You rock!!!!

readsalot said...

Wow, you have a mini genius in the house.

Angela said...

That has to be some book

betty said...

No way! I will not give my children books that will in anyway make them sound smarter than me! The other day my 5 year old asked me what color something was, a clear set up if you know my kid. I told her then she lectured me about the fact that it was not that color but that it was actually a reflection and on and on and on I had to listen to this little twirp explain this crud to me.

However that's pretty cool and I might get that book for myself... must arm myself against Miss Smarty pants in the house

Anonymous said...

Pick Me Up... thanks that will be perfect for Oldest DS's bday. He's going to flip a quark and stuff. Word to your mother. ;)

MommyTime said...

LOVE this post and your brilliant daughter. Perhaps I can get her to tutor mine? :)

Kristin said...

I am hoping "White Lab Coat" and "Pocket Protector" are on the Christmas wish list...

g said...

Amazing, huh? My brother was a particle physicist, if you can believe that; he quit to go work for the phone company.

But for a while there, it was pretty cool to think he was working at CERN.

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