shells (see above)

August 18, 2007

A well-known scientist (some say it was the philosopher Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the Earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the centre of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy.

At the end of the lecture, a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said: “What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.”

The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, “What is the tortoise standing on?”

“You’re very clever, young man, very clever,” said the old lady. “But it’s turtles all the way down!”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turtles_all_the_way_down

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2 Responses to “shells (see above)”

  1. great story! thanks for passing it along.

  2. Quennie said

    what a charming story. 🙂

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