Physics and the ONION

The Onion ran a great “story” about physics recently that got me thinking.  If you don’t know about the Onion it is a very funny (potentially offensive) fake newspaper. They actually run several physics related fake stories a year.

Side personal note: I’d love to be a writer for something like the Onion.

Anyway, the reason why the Onion story is so funny is also why physics is such an exciting enterprise.  Here is the story from the ONION:

World’s Physicists Complete Study Of Physics
January 14, 2010
HARIMA, JAPAN—Saying that there was no more knowledge to acquire about the physical nature of the universe, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics announced Monday that it had concluded the scientific study of matter, energy, force, and motion. “Yeah, that about does it for physics,” said IUPAP member Sukekatsu Ushioda, powering down Japan’s Super Photon ring particle accelerator. “All done. Math can pretty much take it from here.” The world’s top physicists also announced that they would celebrate the conclusion of physics by meeting at PJ’s Pub later tonight for drinks.

So why is the story so funny?  Leave me a comment.

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  1. Jenna says:

    It’s hilarious because physics will never be figured out. no amount of willpower or brain power will ever be able to “conclude” the study of physics. and what does “conclude” mean anyways? because ending the investigation of physics would end the era of technology…we might as well go back to life like the Flinstones. Oh and if the physicists decided to be done…leaving the chemists in charge would probably be better than leaving the mathematicians to deal with it. 🙂

    Oh and physics can be implemented into everyday things like sledding down the front dell. For instance…one should always remember Newton’s First Law. One should remember that while sliding down an inclined plane with a very low coefficient of friction, it will be very difficult to change courses once a force is applied to obtain an initial velocity. An object in motion tends to stay in motion while objects at rest tend to stay at rest. aka the trees won’t move to get out of your way. watch out for the trees!