Once upon a time a king had a beautiful daughter. The Princess had a problem (Don’t they all?).Everything she touched melted. Everything…, metal, wood, stone…., everything. Men were afraid to go near her, and she feared she would never get married. The king was desperate for an heir, so he consulted the best wizards and magicians he could find. One wizard told the king, “If your daughter touches one thing that does not melt in her hands, she will be cured.” Desperate enough to try anything, the King held a competition. Any man that could bring his daughter an object that would not melt when the princess touched it would marry the princess and inherit the kingdom. Two princes and, surprisingly, one young vulcanologist, took up the challenge. The first prince brought a sword made from the world’s finest steel. (Not too bright, this one, see “everything” above.) Naturally, when the princess touched it, it melted. The second prince (a little brighter) brought a cube of the metal Wolfram (Tungsten in the vulgar tongue) whose melting point of 3,422° Celsius is the highest of any single element; surely the cube would withstand the princess’s touch. It did not. The King was almost inconsolable (What would become of his kingdom?) as the young vulcanologist stepped up; he was covered head to toe in volcanic ash (though good looking for all that). The princess hesitated, but the king urged her forward and she approached him. “Put your hand in my pocket, Princess, and grab that which is in there” he said. Unenthusiastically, very unenthusiastically, the princess did what he asked of her. Her face was the colour of molten lava as she put her hand in his pocket and felt something hard. She held it in her hand. It did not melt!! The king jumped for joy! The princess was cured! The kingdom was saved! The vulcanologist married the princess and they lived happily ever after.
Oh, you want to know what was in the Vulcanologist’s pocket. Well, you shouldn’t need me to give you the answer because: Everyone knows that an M & M melts in your mouth and not in your hand.
Dec 11, 2015
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