Their Answers Are Getting Colder

| Learning | September 12, 2013

(I am in the 4th grade. My science teacher likes to split us up into teams on occasion and have us play a trivia-style game. We like it because the winning team gets candy at the end.)

Teacher: “All right [my team], here’s your question: Which sort of star burns hotter, a red star, or a blue star?”

Teammate #1: “That’s easy! It must be the red star!”

(The rest of my team agrees, but I speak up.)

Me: “No, no! Wait! It’s the blue star!”

Teammate #1: “Don’t be stupid! Blue means cold!”

Me: “Well, there’s no such thing as a COLD star. And besides, I read my dad’s Scientific American magazines a lot, and—”

Teammate #2: “Show off!”

Me: “I’m not showing off! I’m just saying; I’ve read this stuff before and—”

Teammate #3: “Oh shut up! Girls don’t know anything about science!”

Me: “Come on, think about it. On a candle flame, at the very bottom where it’s hottest, it burns blue!”

Teammate #1: “You’re stupid! Fire is red!” *to teacher* “It’s the red star!”

Teacher: “I’m sorry; that’s incorrect. It’s the blue one.”

Me: “I told you!”

Teammates: “Well, why didn’t you stop us!?”

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