Sunday, December 23, 2012

Gone fishing

"It is said that Charles II., wishing to make sport with the Royal Society, at its first establishment, proposed to the Members to inquire the reason why a dead fish was so much heavier than the same fish when alive just before. Many learned essays were immediately written to prove that the thing was a matter of course, and showing the reasons why it was so; but at length it occurred to one of the disputants to verify the fact, and he soon found that the dead fish and the living one were both of the same weight!"

-Mechanics' Magazine - Vol. XV, No. 395, March 5, 1831

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