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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Why was Voltaire exiled? 

According to the TigerHawk son, on a friggin' history test: "Because he fought the Power."

True, and hilarious in its own way, but powerful evidence that we need to ease the comedy out of the taking of tests.

2 Comments:

By Blogger Rob, at Thu Oct 14, 10:45:00 PM:

Voltaire was exiled? By Marat?

Did you know Voltaire's mistress (she was married herself, no I'm not sure if she can qualify as a mistress in today's lexicon -- paramour?) did the basic scientific work by which folks realized that the energy of an object is proportion to its velocity squared? Much as Leise Meitner, a Czech female scientist, made the discovery that led physicists to conclude an atom bomb was more than a hypothetical possibility...  

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