Why is the grass green? Why is the sky blue? Do fish drink water? Why don’t dogs talk? And so on, and so on, ad infinitum.
If you’ve ever spent time around children you know that as they get older the questions only get more complex. If you’re feeling stuck at home, and aren’t we all lately?, the following videos will give you and your kids something to watch and explore together. Plus, the answers are all in the videos so no need to panic if you don’t know how big infinity is or how small an atom.
Even if you don’t have kids I think they are still pretty cool. Watching them made me think about how many new pieces of information we run into in a day. We think about traffic and what to eat, what to wear, who sang that song we heard on the way to work, why the boy in the crosswalk is wearing his pants so low, and a million other things. Some are funny, some are sad, some are monotonous, some are annoying. Some are about work, some are about our personal lives, and some are a mix of all of the above.
I’m not sure if it is because of Covid or not, but it feels like there has been a lot to think about lately and it’s not all light and breezy. Sometimes it almost feels like it’s more than a person can handle. When I stop and think about all the information, from charts of infection rates, to graphs of international numbers of deaths, to reports of unemployment claims, to statistics about the post office, and all of the other things that fill our days it is overwhelming.
So sometimes I like to stop thinking instead of stopping to think about those kinds of things and watch some TED talks and learn something inconsequential and easy on my brain.