4 March 2022

Published March 2, 2022 by rochellewisoff

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Last week the photo leaned. Sorry for all the stiff necks and vertigo this might have caused. πŸ˜‰ This week this famous structure really is leaning. Study the prompt and come out writing. πŸ˜€

Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100


β€œWhat do you think, Signor Viviani?” Galileo’s eyes twinkled. β€œThe ball in my right hand weighs less than the one in my left. Which will hit the ground first?”

Vincenzo looked over the railing to the street below. The lean of the tower made him dizzy. β€œI believe the heavier ball.”

β€œIt’s one thing to believe something is true. But has anyone proved it?”

Careful not to strike an unsuspecting pedestrian; Galileo released the balls. Vincenzo marveled. β€œThey hit simultaneously, Maestro.”

Galileo flashed a triumphant smile. β€œAs I suspected. Another question, my young discepoloβ€”what shall we eat for lunch?”

Vincenzo Viviani

84 comments on “4 March 2022

  • I don’t know about then, but now (23 years ago πŸ˜‰ ) there was a place that sold some of the world’s best gelato within a very short walk… Maybe not lunch, but has my vote for desert πŸ˜‰
    btw, did you ever see this? https://youtu.be/maI53H4Zbrs The entire movie was funny showing that the line between genius and stupidity is a very narrow one…

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  • All it takes is a little effort in practice. Then it all ended in a mundane ordinary meal. As La Signora Galilei once told him, ‘Study hard and apply yourself, young man, and one day you may even be referred to incessantly in an obnoxious overrated song.’

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    • Dear Bill,

      At least we know their lunch wasn’t loaded with preservatives or GMO. πŸ˜‰ I’ll keep my feet on the ground unless I’m in the water and then I enjoy zero gravity. (Sort of, at least it’s as close as I’ll come. πŸ˜‰ ) thank you.



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          • I ‘only’ do 1K yards, freestyle and backstroke, no flip turns. I swim 3 or 4 times a week (I walk on alternating days). πŸ™‚
            If I were to try 2650, I’d need the lane for the day. πŸ™‚ (and mucho Tylenol)

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            • And I thought I was slow at 70+ minutes. πŸ˜‰ On alternate days or days I can’t get out I do three miles on my elliptical. (gotta keep the old bones strong). And I do dumbbell exercises. At any rate, 1K yards isn’t anything to be ashamed of.

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              • No shame, Rochelle.
                That’s 20 laps, a good 45 minute cardio the average bear of my generation cannot do. It keeps me and my medical team happy.
                Your 1.5 miles is awesome (as I’m sure you know) and I’ll take a pass on most elliptical experiences. Ditto tread mills and all forms of bikes. I should do strength training but lack the discipline.
                Perfection has alluded me all my years. πŸ™‚ (I may use that line soon.) πŸ™‚


    • Querida Isadora,

      It’s my hope that he looked before he dropped the balls. πŸ˜‰ That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. πŸ˜€ We all eat, don’t we? Gracias mi amiga para sus palabras.

      Shalom y abrazos,


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  • Well told. It took us such a long time to make those first steps towards understanding how the world works, and I’m constantly amazed at how rapidly new discoveries are made today. I just sat in on a talk this morning about new research into how nerves connected to the hairs in the inner ear function and saw some amazing slides revealing these tiny structures. Scientists – both ancient and modern – are heroes.

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  • Hi Rochelle,
    Been awhile since I had a science lesson. Like directions, physics isn’t my thing but a great story and I appreciated visiting the leaning Tower of Pisa via Google Earth to get idea for my story.
    Best wishes,

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