Sound Ideas: Hot Fudge

by Carl Strang

Fermilab, for a long time the world’s top place for particle physics studies (and continuing to do ground-breaking work) is less than 2 miles from my house. Riding my bike through there in summer, I find several things going through my head: the singing insects I am hearing, the research that goes on there, a zillion neutrinos…  Today’s song came out of contemplations of science and spirituality (one product, the Winter Campfire series in this blog). I hope you enjoy it.

Hot fudge sundae

Hot fudge sundae

Hot Fudge by Carl Strang copyright © 2003

Thanks to physics we all know that matter’s mostly empty space.

If an atom were to grow to fill a ten-floor building’s place,

Its nucleus would still be smaller than a grain of salt right in its center and

Electrons whizzing all around would each be like a speck of dust.

Nothing solid to be found in all that atom’s outer crust.

I don’t want this to scare or cause you fear. There are advantages that you should hear:

Oh, hot fudge sundaes are mostly empty space. Hot fudge sundaes you can eat without disgrace.

Are calories imaginary? Mark this in bold face: hot fudge sundaes are mostly empty space.

Both air guitars and real guitars are hardly even there, you know.

This concept’s getting so bizarre it’s hard to see where it will go.

Reality becomes unreal when we think we know, then take a look again.

Our clothing’s really nothing, too, and so we’re naked by and large.

But, then again, both me and you have bodies made of electric charges.

This is not a reason to despair. Remember as you seize your silverware:

Oh, hot fudge sundaes are mostly empty space. Hot fudge sundaes you can eat without disgrace.

Are calories imaginary? Mark this in bold face: hot fudge sundaes are mostly empty space.

Now Albert Einstein was the man who gave us relativity

(The general and special plans for time and space activity).

But few have realized that there could be an “extra-special” relativity

Which says that hot fudge sundaes tend to act in such a way

That all their matter will unbend, unfold expand and splay.

How inconvenient! I must take back my words about my favorite ice cream snack.

Though hot fudge sundaes are mostly empty space, so are we, too, it’s a catch we can’t replace.

It’s back to guilty pleasure, but what a dream to chase! Hot fudge sundaes are mostly empty space.

Air hot fudge sundae

Air hot fudge sundae

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