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Lead Hopping happens today!

I've been waiting ages for this!  The last time it happened was in 1976!

As you guys know, I got my MA in Creative Writing at Newcastle University in the north east of England.  While there, I did some research for one of my classes, "Using Science To Enrich Your Writing" and I came across this story:
During the first Hopping, in 1976, British astronomer Patrick Moore announced on BBC radio 2 that at 9:47 a.m. the planet Pluto would pass behind Jupiter, temporarily causing a gravitational alignment that lessens the Earth's own gravity.  There was a whole seven seconds that when anyone jumped into the air, they'd jump, on average, a whole three feet higher than they normally could!  
There was even a contest where people jumped up ten times and their heights were recorded and then during those seven seconds a crowd of over 100 people in the Eldon Square mall in the Newcastle City Centre watched as Basil Swinton, who was in training for the summer olympics standing high jump competition, smashed the current record held by American Ray Ewry (he set the 1.65 meter record way back on July 16, 1900) by jumping straight up over seven and a half feet!

So anyway, this time instead of Pluto passing behind Jupiter, Mars passes in front of Jupiter today at 1:29 p.m., creating what scientists are calling "Lead hopping" when all the lead in #2 pencils will leap simultaneously one foot to the left!

They're even saying that if you can balance pencils on their erasers in a row exactly six inches apart, the pencils will leap frog each other for the seven seconds that Mars is directly in front of Jupiter!

Imagine if you don't know about it and you're sitting there writing longhand in a notebook!  Be sure to spread the word!  We wouldn't want any writers being poked in the eye!

I've got my pencils all set up (took forever, Mollie kept trying to eat them) and am looking forward to it!

Oh, and Happy April Fools Day!


Ann Marie Wraight | 1 April 2010 17:30

REALLY? - I was born in Newcastle...not saying when though!
Did you like the Geordies and their amazingly heavy accent? I don't have the accent and can't even fake it but I love to hear it!

Are you sure the pencils have to be that far apart....cause I'm sitting watching mine and nothings happenend...and I've been waiting 6 hours...Huh???

CrysRich | 1 April 2010 20:09

Wow. I totally believed this when I read it earlier. I just came back and realized it was an April Fools joke. I'm kind of slow! :o)

Karen Amanda Hooper | 1 April 2010 21:07

Nope. Didn't fall for that one. lol

C.A. Marshall | 1 April 2010 22:45

Ann Marie, I LOVE the Geordie accent... It makes me melt everytime!

CrysRich--I'm glad I got someone! That's never happened before! I totally thought it was too "over the top" to believe!

Karen, :)

Nicole | 11 April 2010 09:27

Ahahahahaha!!!! I was thinking...when did she ever research science stuff for her writing!! I'm sorry to say, you totally got me!