|Andrey Rogozin | IST|
4 year old daughter: "Can I have more?" [after devouring her first helping... a rarity at any dinner]
Dad: "When mercury attacks." [handing over a large slice of lox]
4 year old daughter: "Daddy, Mercury can't attack. Its a planet."
Dad: "Why not?"
4 year old daughter: "Because planets just spin in space. They're not alive. Silly Daddy." [giggles ensue like only a 4 year old girl can do]
Now, as a marine biologist, I'm a bit irked that she didn't know yet about bio-accumulation of mercury in fish. As a scientist, I'm thrilled by her thought process and her knowledge about planets. I guess I shouldn't be too sad about bio-accumulation as I have taught undergrads who didn't get it.