Things I Just Don't Get
Trains go 60, 95, 150mph, depending. The flanges on their wheels, designed to keep them on the tracks, are only an inch or so wide. So they are barreling along, bouncing through switches, 90mph, still staying on the rails. I don’t get it; those flanges aren’t that big. How do they ever stay on the tracks?
I’m a broadcast engineer; been one for many years. But when I pass a radio tower, I still marvel at how there are invisible waves coming out of it and spreading out all over the place with music and voices on them. I can’t see them, I can’t hear them, I can’t feel them (unless I touch the tower); I just have to believe they are there.
It’s hard for me to believe the aspirin knows where to go. Which tooth hurts? How can it cure a headache rather than keep me from having a heart attack?
I’ve always wondered what would happen if I suddenly woke up and I was really 18. Everything in the past 50 years had been nothing but a dream. How do we know what’s reality and what’s a dream? They are so realistic when we are in the middle of them and how can I prove this isn’t one?