Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Goldilocks and the Three Laws of Thermodynamics

Most parents eventually come across a beloved fairy tale that now offends their adult sensibilities. Mine was Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
     Yes, the story correctly posits that, given three servings of porridge at the same initial temperature, those portions, being of various size, will indeed cool at different rates. And yes, after an allotted time, the largest might still be too hot; but if the medium bowl is now too cold, the smallest couldn’t possibly be just right, because that would violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
     And I really don’t think children should be reading stuff like that.
Photo by James W. Blinn. Bowls by Certified International. Oatmeal by Quaker.

16 comments:

  1. You are right ! I have never thought of it like this. Thanks for this eye opener ! ;)
    Wil, ABCW Team.

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  2. Oddly enough, I HAD thought of this. The mama's bowl should be just right, and the baby's too cold. Or both parents' too hot, and the baby's just right.

    ROG, ABCW

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  3. Of course! But then, I don't know anything about the laws of thermodynamics! LOL

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  4. Oh ha ha ha! Now, I will never read Goldilocks' quite the same way again. Thanks for ruining it for me ;) Hilarious Post. Popping over from the ABCW grid.

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  5. Never had I thought of this one... interesting thought :-D.

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  6. Good one. :)
    Never looked at the story from this point of view.

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  7. And don't you think it odd she was wandering through the woods by herself and thought it was okay to enter a strange house uninvited and help herself to their stuff? :-)

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  8. Most Fairy Tales when disected are pretty crazy.
    Never thought about the temps. of the porridge being against thermodynamics...(:0)

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  9. Just goes to show how simple my brain works...

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  10. I always remember a scene on "The Simpsons" where they spoofed this. Bart was making his way through the bowls, and when he came to the last one, you think he'll take it, but hi simply poured the cold one into the hot one :D

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  11. All I ever considered when reading it was, what was going to happen to her when the family returned.
    Ann

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  12. I would never think of that, lol Good point. :)

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  13. I never thought of this! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. This pre-supposes that they were all served at the same time into bowls of the same temperature. What actually happened was that Mother Bear served hers first into the coolest bowl on the top of the pile. When she saw it she realised that it still too thin for Father Bear (a notoriously fussy eater) so she left his and baby bear's to cook for longer before serving them out into the warmer bowls...

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  15. Thank you - almost lost faith in humanity for a second. I always thought it was just how they wanted it. Momma bears was near the window to cool faster. poppa bear's stayed on the heat because he liked it hot and baby bear's was on the table to remain not too hot/cold. Not too hard to imagine - or so I thought...

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