Here are some amusing answers given to classroom science or health questions by 3rd and 4th graders. If you want to know the "real scoop," check out the "FACTS" listed below each by clicking on the "Fact" box.
When you breathe, you inspire. When you do not breathe, you expire.
Facts Sounds funny, but it is true. One definition of "inspire " is to "breathe life into." Also, we do "expire" if we don't breathe, because we need oxygen to live.
O is hot water, and CO
is cold water .
Facts The H does not stand for Hot, or C for Cold as it does on water faucets. Water is made up of 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen (H2O). The H stands for Hydrogen and the O for Oxygen. CO2 is carbon dioxide.
To collect fumes of sulphur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube.
Facts You would hold a "beaker," not a "deacon" over a flame. A "deacon" is usually a person in a church who assists the minister. A beaker is a container used in a lab.
When you smell an odorless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide.
Facts Carbon monoxide is "odorless," Therefore, there is no way you could "smell" it. Odorless means "without smell or having no odor."
Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.
Facts The proper spelling is Oxygen and Hydrogen. They are not made of "gin", which is a type of alcoholic drink.
Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, vanes and caterpillars. Facts The proper spelling is "veins." In addition, there are no CATERPILLARS in our bodies. The very small blood vessels that connect arteries and veins are "capillaries."
Blood flows down one leg and up the other leg.
Facts Blood travels in both directions in the legs, arms, and elsewhere in the body. During blood circulation, the arteries carry blood away from the heart. The capillaries connect the arteries to veins. Finally, the veins carry the blood back to the heart. The Human Anatomy -- Online Our circulatory system
Respiration is composed of two acts, first inspiration, and then expectoration.
Facts This is partly true. Although people usually think "inspiration" is a new idea,it is also the act of breathing in. However, they meant to say "expiration" instead of "expectoration." Expiration is breathing out; expectoration usually refers to coughing or spitting something out.
The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is even deader. Facts The moon is not one of the 10 planets in our solar system. It is a natural "satellite" that revolves around our planet. Nothing grows on the moon, but many things grow on the Earth. Space & Earth Science! ("/Rhythmyx/assembler/render?sys_contentid=21448&sys_revision=7&sys_variantid=971&sys_context=0&sys_authtype=0&sys_siteid=&sys_folderid=" sys_dependentvariantid="971" sys_dependentid="21448" inlinetype="rxhyperlink" rxinlineslot="103" sys_dependentid="21448" sys_siteid="" sys_folderid="") The NASA Moon Homepage
Dew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them and makes them perspire.
Facts "Dew" is water droplets condensed from the air, usually at night, onto cool surfaces, (like the leaves of a plant). The plants are not actually perspiring.
A super-saturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.
Facts This is true to some degree. Super-saturation is when a chemical solution is more highly concentrated than normally possible because of certain unique conditions of temperature and pressure.
Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas.
Facts All mushrooms are not shaped like umbrellas, and the umbrella shape is not caused by the need for an umbrella. Fun Facts About Fungi (including mushrooms)
The body consists of three parts...the brainium, the borax and the abominable cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abominable cavity contains the bowels, of which there are five...a, e, i, o, and u.
Facts The body consists of many parts. Three of its main sections include the cranium (skull portion covering the brain), thorax (chest cavity), and abdominal cavity (the area between the thorax and pelvis). The bowels (NOT VOWELS.) are the digestive tract below the stomach.
The Human Anatomy -- Online
The pistol of a flower is
its only protection against insects.
Facts Flowers do NOT have "pistols." They do have "pistils, which are something else entirely." A pistil is the seed-bearing organ of a flower.
The alimentary canal is located in the northern part of Indiana.
Facts The alimentary canal is located in the human body. It is the mucous membrane-lined tube of the digestive system that runs through the body, and includes the pharynx, esophagus, stomach, and intestines.
The skeleton is what is left after the insides have been taken out and the outsides have been taken off. The purpose of the skeleton is something to hitch meat to.
Facts The skeleton is the vertebrate (bone) structure that protects and supports the soft organs, tissues, and parts. Bones in the body provide support, hematopoiesis, mineral protection, locomotion, and hearing. Visit the Human Anatomy Online -- the Skeleton
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