November 6, 2010

Sherlock Holmes

An entertaining story I read at the end of the astronomy section of a science book:

Sherlock Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson go on a camping trip. They find a beautiful spot and set up their tent. After a full day of enjoying nature, they go into their tent and fall asleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes Dr. Watson and says, "Look up at the sky and tell me what you see." Watson was awestruck. After a moment, he says, "I see countless stars." Mr. Holmes replies, "What does that tell you?" Watson considers for a moment and says, "It tells me that the universe is vast, and it will probably take us several lifetimes to gain even a small amount of understanding as to how it functions and what our place is in it." Mr. Holmes asks, "Anything else?" Mr. Watson thinks for a moment and says, "Based on the position of the stars, I would say it is approximately two o'clock in the morning." Once again, Mr. Holmes asks, "Anything else?" Desperate now, Watson replies, "Because the sky is so clear, we will probably have a beautiful day tomorrow." Once again, Mr. Holmes asks, "Anything else?" Frustrated, Mr. Watson says, "I can't think of anything else. What does it tell you?" Holmes is silent for a moment and then says, "Elementary, my dear Watson. Someone has stolen our tent."


- Exploring Creation with Physical Science, Dr. Jay Wile

10 comments:

Eagles Wings said...

*cracks up* That's awesome... I'm doing that same science book also!

Squeaks said...

Lol! I didn't even see that coming XD

Squeaks.

Vrenith said...

*laughs* Thats funny... None of my school books are very humorous. lol.

The Director said...

HAHAHA! I have that same science book LOL and I have been telling that joke to everyone.... well, not *everyone*, but you know..... :)

whisper said...

@Eagles - Cool! I like those science books...

@Squeaks - Nor did I. :)

@Vrenith - Most of mine are not either; this story was a rare find. :|

@The Director - you too? o.0 I didn't know these books were so well known.... heh, I told the joke to all my family after I'd read it, too.

Jake said...

ROFL! I am doing that science this year... >_> Which module is that in?

Anonymous said...

Umm.... (sorry for the long delay in replying) I am not sure which model. It was at the end of one about planets and stars and whatnot......

-whisper

Brianna said...

Lke. :)

Millard of Swiftstorm said...

Ok..I admit I definitely didn't see that one coming. ROFL!!!!!

Is that an Apologia book?

Jake said...

Aye, Millard.

@Whisper
Aye, tis at the end of the book. >_> So does that mean ye are finishing Physical Science early or late in the year? Or ye just pulled that up out of the past to share? ;)

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