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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Biofriction

The room of learning.
One of my favourite classes in high school was Biology.
We did exciting things in Biology.
Dissected worms.
Hid the teachers notes.
Dissected deer eyes.
Checked each other's blood pressure.
Dissected frogs.
Typed each other's blood.
Gassed a bat and then drowned it, mistakenly thinking it was already dead. (One of the more traumatic days in Biology.)
Watched our teacher try to blow up the lab.
Slept through informative movies.
Watched our newly-engaged teacher try to remember what he was supposed to be teaching.
Dissected rats.
Grew weird things in petrie dishes.
We had fun.
And we were a good class.
Didn't cause too much trouble.
I will admit that we had a 'lost and found' board in our Biology lab.
But I'm sure that everyone has at least one of those.
Where else would you tack the frog tongues, frog legs, rat tails, and other things guaranteed to gross out the more squeamish members of the classroom?
But there is one thing that I remember vividly from all of my years in biology.
And only because of the unfortunate way in which my teacher chose to say it.
Maybe I should explain . . .
We were studying something very pithy: friction.
Did you know that friction is responsible for a lots of things?
Traction, for one.
Gripping.
Stopping.
In fact if it weren't for friction, we would simply slip and slide around everywhere.
I know that sounds like fun, but it's really not.
Our teacher explained it very well.
And yes, this was the teacher who was newly-engaged and only visited our planet for very short periods of time.
He told us, and I quote, “Friction is caused by two bodies rubbing together.”
Did you know that?
We didn't.
But you can be sure that we, and especially the boys in the classroom, never, ever, forgot it.
After that, not a day went past without someone making the selfless offer to help someone else study friction.
True story.
Biology class.
What would school life be like without it?

13 comments:

  1. The things we remember from school.

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    1. Why can't I remember the important stuff?!

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  2. I wonder how red the teacher's face was when he realized what he'd just said? Or maybe he meant to say it!

    I'm also afraid I'd be among those squeamish members of class. Did you know that now kids can do dissection using an interactive computer program? No harm is done to living, sentient beings.

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    1. His face was red through the entire course!
      Wow! Our bulletin board would be so bare!

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  3. LOVE the idea that dissection no longer needs to involve mulitiple deaths.
    Our biology teacher taught us about personal space - by severely crowding ours. And enjoying it. I really didn't like that woman.

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    1. So many important lessons from the same class! :)

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  4. My takeaway from two biology classes---I'm really good at drawing and labeling amoebae and paramecium.

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    1. I can't even spell Amoe . . . whatever it is . . .

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  5. You had a much more interesting biology class than I remember having. I only remember one dissection and I had to share the dead frog with two other people which meant that I never touched it. I still don't touch amphibians . Now, friction is another thing.

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