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I remember very well my junior high school bookstore. I worked there twice a week during my lunch period. I enjoyed doing that a lot. I credit that experience as crucial to my formation as the Captain of Industry that I am now.

And they had some cool protractors, too.
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On Apr 17, 2015, Starrpower wrote:
Te coolest thing fro me was finally bringing my baby daughter home from the hospital after having to see her in an incubator every day for way too long (7 weeks premature)!

As for book stores in schools, we have always had them, John. They were not always formal structures, but every school I attended or worked at at least had a room or even a closet out of which they dispensed pencils, notebooks, and such. We always referred to them as "bookstores".

Y'know, I was thinking of all sorts of things, full-sized T.A.R.D.I.S., my first professional magic show, my first appearance on stage (not the same thing) but you're right. My second child was six weeks premature and bringing him home after watching over him at the ICU for preemies (and seeing some of the other babies there :sad:) is definately the coolest thing ever.
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Yes, Ed, it was very sad. I often think of those babies, knowing that some did not make it. Our NICU used to have reunions, and many of those children had obvious hearing, sight, and physical disabilities. I am so thankful for our hospital and the great care those workers provided. It's very cool to have those people in the world!
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I'll recycle a post I made in an earlier thread:

My first year of college, I was a physics major at UNLV. A group of students went on a field trip to the test site to see a bunch of sciency stuff, a lot of which had nothing to do with nuclear weapons or energy. But we did take a trip to walk around a crater formed by a below ground nuclear detonation. It was terrifying and awe inspiring. The reason the crater exists is because when the blast goes off under ground, a certain amount of earth is literally vaporized. Then the rest of it falls in, so the volume of the crater is more or less equal to the amount of vaporized dirt. And... it was a LOT of vaporized dirt. It's staggering to contemplate the energies involved.

We also went to a little "test city," in which architects and engineers tested the strength of building designs. The city we walked around was about 1 mile from ground zero for a 50 kiloton above ground detonation. (50 kT is about 2-3 times the energy of the WWII bombs). It was strange to see the damage. At that distance, the radiation and heat doesn't pose a significant threat to structures. Instead, the thing that does the damage is the compression shockwave. The bomb creates an ultra-dense curtain of air that expands outward. For this blast, and at that distance, the peak air densities were something like 10,000 times the density of steel, in a layer that was 2-3 meters thick and expanding outward at about the speed of sound.


Needless to say, buildings didn't fare well. However, structures that were "aerodynamic" and were oriented perpendicular to the wavefront managed to come out okay. But the damage was surreal. Re-bar, columns, or other structural support members were sort of frozen in time, looking like blades of grass blowing in the wind.

Anyways, it remains one of the most awe-inspiring and terrifying experiences I've been through. I can't help but feel a swell of pride, as a then-aspiring physicist, in mankind's ingenuity to create and direct so much energy. But of course, the downer is that it was all done in the name of obliterating our fellow man.
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Being at the game when the Detroit Tigers won the 1984 World Series and going on the field after.
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After reading the posts above, I can't say that I can put my finger on one coolest thing ever, but definitely up there on the short list was my visit to the Mercury mission control room at the Kennedy Space Center. I was working at a scenic studio in NY around 1998 or so, and the Center was looking for someone to design a new exhibit that would include the control room. So several design firms went down for a tour which included a long ride in a van, out to the middle of nowhere, to the control room itself. We went all through the building, the control room, the mechanical space behind that huge display board, the whole nine yards.

For a kid who grew up glued to the TV every time a Mercury mission went up, and watching the display in that room, that visit was like a religious experience.
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The Great Wall of China. Driving up to it and seeing it follow the mountain ridge line for as far as the eye can see was the coolest thing ever.
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My kid being born ranks up there, doesn't it have something to do with sex?
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