If you are a big fan of physics (who isn’t?), you’ve heard of Shrodinger’s Cat.
Ok, but seriously, if you watch the Big Bang Theory, you are also familiar with Schrodinger’s Cat.
For anyone not familiar, Shrodinger’s Cat is a physics thought experiment, surprisingly enough developed by a guy named Schrodinger. Imagine that there is a box containing a cat. Also in the box is a vial of poison that, if broken, will cause the cat to die immediately. The vial is rigged to a device that will break it at a completely random moment. The device is separated from the cat, so the cat can’t influence it. The box is sealed. According to the thought experiment, the cat is both alive AND dead until the box is opened.
With me so far?
I would like to point out here that no cats were harmed in the making of this thought experiment. Well, except for the theoretical cat, which was, of course, killed. Except for a while it was both dead and alive, so the theoretical cat is also a zombie. For some reason, that never made it into the original version. I think the students would have paid more attention if it had.
Recently, I’d heard this thought experiment applied to cell phones. For example: you drop your smart phone on the ground, it lands screen down. Until you pick it up the screen is both broken and not broken. Or – if someone, let’s call him my husband, washes his iPod in the laundry. Its both toast and fine until we try to use it again. Except it wasn’t fine, it was broken, and now we have to replace it because someone doesn’t check his pockets. Theoretically.
I got thinking about other Schroedinger stuff laying around.
A baby makes a loud noise out of his rear-end. That diaper is both clean and disgusting until you check. Of course, as soon as you check he’ll poop anyways. Then he’ll smile at you.
The text message you accidentally sent your boss after a few adult beverages? Yep – you’re both fine and fired until you get a response.
Right now, I am in possession of Schrodinger’s Lottery Ticket. You see, I have not yet checked to see if the numbers won, so according to my theory (ok, Schrodinger’s theory – sort of), my ticket is BOTH a big winner and a total loser. I’m not a total loser (the self-esteem seminar said so). The ticket.
I’m enjoying life as a lottery winner. I so appreciate all those individuals who say they still plan to work. I’m not one of them, but I appreciate them. I will mostly hang out in my new treehouse, as soon as Pete Nelson gets done building it. I want one of those with a bathroom in it (oh Pete Nelson, you and your composting toilets – you are a card). And a secret room with a secret entrance known only to me. Well, me and Pete Nelson.
Just for kicks, I think I’ll have that crazy British guy come and design me a pool. He seems like he’d be fun. He always compares the clarity of the water to gin – which makes me think he’s had rather extensive gin experience.
Life will be good. I’ll have a lot more time for blogging and writing. I’ll put Carl and Raylene on the permanent payroll so they can keep traveling. I will probably spend too much time in sweatpants – but they whisper that its ok. So far, no one has called to ask for money – but maybe that tips the Schrodinger scale. I will just go ahead and start a publishing company myself. Maybe I’ll call it Schrodinger Publishing. Yeah, no. Q & L Publishing does have a good ring to it though. I will soon be taking resumes and applications.
Oh – and I am going to get someone to clean my house. I actually don’t really mind cleaning – but if I don’t HAVE to do it, I’m sure not going to.
For now, I’m going to kick back and enjoy the life of leisure. At least until I check the ticket numbers.
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