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Manhattan Project - Dr NucleusDear Dr. Nucleus,
Since you have written so much about nuclear power, I was wondering whether you could answer a history question for me? The development of the first atomic bombs in the US was called "The Manhattan Project." Why did they call it that?
As you must know, Dr. Nucleus is a source for Scientific and Scientific History answers. I would be happy to help.
Most laymen believe that "Manhattan" was chosen as a clever pun: Man-hat-tan. This would refer to J. Robert Oppenhiemer who always wore a hat and had a splendid tan (mostly from his work with beta emitting nuclides). Oppenhiemer was the Scientist in charge of the Manhattan Project until hats went out of fashion as men's wearing apparel in the mid-50s.
Dr. Des Z. Arnez has a seminal work on hat wearing vs. career advancement in the entertainment industry. Do not confuse his work to that of his brother, Dr. James Arnez, whose publication only bears reading if you are interested in the freezer shelf l
Boogers - Dr. NucleusDear Dr. Nucleus,
My ten year old son, who seems so nice otherwise, has a disgusting habit of picking his nose and eating his boogers. Why does he do that and what, if anything, can I do about it?
Grossed out in Grover
What we know as boogers have been found to have important neuro-physiological functionalities. Although early Scientists believed that neurons once severed never repaired themselves, modern Science shows this to be too pessimistic. Brain Offering Organic-Genetic Reconstitution (Boogers) are the way brain cells reproduce or spawn. This "grey matter" seeks to repair the damage done by countless hours exposure to singing purple dinosaurs, cola commercials, and video games. The core brain may be damaged and the peripheral brain is the only portion capable of repair. The obvious route is through the closest portals, the nostrils, through the gastro-intestinal tract, into the blood stream, and back up to the core brain.
As many mothers have observed, when the child st
Take Off Your ClothesArrived breathless
baggy-clothed: no elastic
marks. Just foundation,
use my eyeshadow, dark green
and gold like jungle cat.
Wheres your ID? My God,
she looks twelve! Heres the release.
Sign the release. Witness the release.
Watch her making up, a few snaps.
She looks timeless now. Mesmerizing
power of woman being a woman.
Safety briefing, fire extinguisher,
wheres her water? Cell phones off.
Music on: Enigma, Dead Can Dance, Natasha Atlas, Blacq Audio,
blue grass, AFI, something to get the ice to melt.
Light check, one last one. Banishing
those who should be gone.
Bring out the mask box, the fabric box,
the prop box. Explain we are going to
play dressup, have no idea what we are going
to do, move in slow motion,
take thousands of photos, expect the model
to come up with ideas too, have
fun. No more hesitation:
Makeup is perfect; take off your clothes, I say.
Flushing - Dr. NucleusDear Doctor Nucleus,
I understand that water goes down the sink or toilet in a counterclockwise direction in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern. What I want to know is which direction does the water flow in toilets at the equator?
A new fan,
Do not be ashamed of not knowing the answer to this question. Scientists from all over the world have wondered about this for years to no avail until just recently. Hang-on to your thinking cap 'cause here we go.
Toilet is a French term which has evolved from TOY (something to play with) and LET (which is the diminutive form); thus, "toilet" means "something little with which to play." Just shows you where those French have their minds. Alternatively, the Canadian French use the term "latrine" which comes from LA (the French word meaning "the") and TRINE (the French word for "trainee"); voila! Latrine means "the trainee." French schools must be very disturbing.
Sink, on the other hand, comes from the German ZINC,
Paper Plates - Dr. NucleusDear Dr. Nucleus,
Why do paper plates always tilt to the left when I try to use them as Frisbees?
That is a good observation and one worth commenting upon.
Paper plates are artifacts of a once grand but now vanished civilization. Their sole function is to emulate the Frisbees that some folks are too cheap to buy. Any attempt at using them to hold things, such as beans and potato salad, immediately draws their wrath and they will dump them on the nearest lap.
What then of Frisbees? These "Yarmulkes of the Gods" are the Scientific equivalent of the Tibetan prayer wheels. Crafted by Frisbeterians, who believe that when you die your soul gets stuck on the roof and no one can get it down, and bought by a worldwide group of worshippers, these disks symbolize the spinning of the electrons around the atom. A Greyline tour saucer guide from Tau Ceti gave this secret to ancient man. Ever since then, the Frisbeterians have kept the secret alive though hidden from the uni
Death - Dr. NucleusDear Dr. Nucleus,
Some physicians say that death is just a symptom. What do you think?
Dear Mr. Rion,
Physicians, those erstwhile "doctors," should tend to their pill-pushing and leave Science to the Scientists. Meddling in matters of life and death is the domain of those of us with Master's Degrees in Science and laboratories well equipped with Tesla coils.
Death is not a symptom as much as it is a state, much the same as Texas. Death is Nature telling us that where we are (such as stirring up fuming nitric acid with potassium cyanide in the open air of our laboratory) is not where we should be (like Waco,Texas). Death also warns our brains that our subcellular components would like a holiday, maybe drinking reagent grade ethanol and eating BBQ'd SPAM (Scientifically Produced Animal Matter).
The so-called "brain death" occurs when the brain is exposed to non-scientific reading matter such as religious tracts, newspapers, or copies of so-called men's magazines. These publicat
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