Whenever my sister-in-law has a question from her small children she can’t answer, she has a standard answer, “Go ask your Uncle TV.”
Usually I can come up with something, even if totally lame, but it is something. The other day I was stumped. I said I would have to, “think about it.” This roughly translates to pass it on to the “teeming millions.”
Anyway, they were watching the Fox television program about the moon landing and apparently someone in the family equated the fuzzy thinking of the program to those pre-Columbians who thought the world was flat. My nephew and niece immediately wanted to know how anyone could think the world was flat (it got them away from the program at least).
Here’s the question. “Uncle TV, why did they think the water wouldn’t fall off the edge if a a ship on the water could fall off the edge?”
I suggested they probably thought it did, but the water merely came up on the other side of the flat earth. “Then why wouldn’t the ship come up there too?” was the response.
I tried saying they might believe there was a special gravity for the water that didn’t include ships, but that didn’t sell too well either. Finally I said the people were probably extemely religious and they believed the water did go over the edge ships and all, but God just kept making more. Still not a big sell.
The final comment from the kids was, “Those people were probably just really dumb, huh?”