"I fought the law, and the law won" has been the lament of many a criminal but very few scientists. However, one American physicist and engineer named Roger Babson dedicated his life to fighting the law -- the law of gravity, that is. After witnessing a childhood friend drown in the late 19th century, he decided that gravity was to blame for this tragedy along with many others. His logic seemed impeccable:
Who can take a weak swimmer and make them sink into the murky depths of the sea?
Who can take what goes up, and always make sure it comes down?
and, Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two?
Well, that's the Candy Man, but the Candy Man could do even more if gravity wasn't around.
Babson ensured that his gravitational grudge would be pursued in perpetuity by setting up grants for anti-gravity research. Some institutions found his instructions to defeat and kill gravity where it sleeps in the mass of every object difficult to actually implement in practice, but Tufts University in Massachusetts has put some of his money to good use. Its Institute of Cosmology has even set up a ceremony upon graduation where students are plunked on the head with an apple as a reminder to be ever vigilant in their battle against this fearsome and forceful foe.
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