Just a quick comment…
Today in Boy #1’s science class he made a model of the atom (oxygen, in this case) using red grapes for protons, green grapes for neutrons, and green peas for electrons. (For those who enjoy more physics detail, plastic wrap served as the strong force, and toothpicks served as the electromagnetic force. Sort of.) When he brought it to show me, we were able to discuss what makes an atom a particular kind of atom (as in, what makes this an oxygen atom), and what keeps the protons and electrons together.
I’ve always been a sucker for physics and atomic structure, so I enjoyed it.
But it also brought to mind the old WKRP episode in which the Venus Flytrap character teaches the gang member son of the building’s cleaning lady about the basic structure of the atom in a bid to keep him from quitting school. Remember that one? If not (or even if so), here is the Wikipedia summary.
Of course it is not an endorsement of the series as a whole, but I must say that I really enjoyed that program when I was a young lad. Again, no endorsement–just a true confession! 🙂