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A molecule of water is composed of an atom of oxygen and two atoms of hydrogen (H2O). An atom of oxygen is composed of eight electrons (negative charge), eight protons (positive charge), and can have varying number (creating isotopes) of neutrons (neutral charge).

The electrons orbit the nucleus of the atom. The nucleus is composed of a cluster of protons and neutrons. The protons and neutrons are composed of quarks. A quark is a fundamental particle, which possesses both electric charge and 'strong' charge. They combine in groups of two or three to form composite objects (called mesons and baryons, respectively), held together by the strong force.

Protons and neutrons are both are made up of three quarks. The quarks come in six different species, each of which have a unique mass. The two lightest, unimaginatively called 'up' and 'down' quarks, combine to form protons and neutrons.

I can hear everybody wonder why the hell I posted that info here. Because I can, and there is nothing wrong with learning some new things. For that same reason I'm reading a book about how language evolved, and how sarcasm works.

After all, in many cases sarcasm is saying A while actually meaning B, and in most cases A and B are opposites. Yet most people 'feel' what the correct interpretation of the sentence is.

I've only read a few pages so far, and it does require a rather high level of concentration, yet I think it's pretty interesting. Even if I only understand 10 percent of all the content, I'll have learned a lot of new things.


Piffles, the only thing in that post I didn't know was that you were reading a new book :-P (yes, I'm a smug bitch)

hey man, just want to say hi

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