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There is this charming story about peer review (courtesy of Spuunbenda):
Evidence on www.snopes.com and elsewhere suggests this story is probably a 1958 fabrication by one Alexander Calandra rather than an actual anecdote about Niels Bohr as related by Ernest Rutherford. It is nevertheless amusing and instructive, and an excellent answer to the question posed by the node title.
According to the legend, Bohr took a physics-degree exam at the University of Copenhagen which had the following question: "Describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a barometer."

Bohr replied: "You tie a long piece of string to the neck of the barometer, then lower the barometer from the roof of the skyscraper to the ground. The length of the string plus the length of the barometer will equal the height of the building."

This highly original answer so incensed the examiner that Bohr was failed immediately. He appealed on the grounds that his answer was indisputably correct, and the university appointed an independent arbiter to decide the case. The arbiter judged that the answer was indeed correct, but did not display any noticeable knowledge of physics. To resolve the problem it was decided to call the student in and allow him six minutes in which to provide a verbal answer which showed at least a minimal familiarity with the basic principles of physics.

For five minutes the student sat in silence, forehead creased in thought. The arbiter reminded him that time was running out, to which Bohr replied that he had several extremely relevant answers, but couldn't make up his mind which to use. On being advised to hurry up, he replied as follows:

"First, you could take the barometer up to the roof of the skyscraper, drop it over the edge, and measure the time it takes to reach the ground. The height of the building can then be worked out from the formula H = 0.5gt2. But bad luck on the barometer.

"Or if the sun is shining you could measure the height of the barometer, then set it on end and measure the length of its shadow. Then you measure the length of the skyscraper's shadow, and thereafter it is a simple matter of proportional arithmetic to work out the height of the skyscraper.

"But if you wanted to be highly scientific about it, you could tie a short piece of string to the barometer and swing it like a pendulum, first at ground level and then on the roof of the skyscraper. The height is worked out by the difference in the gravitational restoring force T = 2π√(l / g).

"Or if the skyscraper has an outside emergency staircase, it would be easier to walk up it and mark off the height of the skyscraper in barometer lengths, then add them up.

"If you merely wanted to be boring and orthodox about it, of course, you could use the barometer to measure the air pressure on the roof of the skyscraper and on the ground, and convert the difference in millibars into feet to give the height of the building. But since we are constantly being exhorted to exercise independence of mind and apply scientific methods, undoubtedly the best way would be to knock on the janitor's door and say to him 'If you would like a nice new barometer, I will give you this one if you tell me the height of this skyscraper'."

That is thinking outside the box from a Nobel Prize-winner. 

"What's the secret of success? Right decisions.
How do you make right decisions? Experience.
How do you gain experience? Wrong decisions."

(Posted by Slaughterteddy  and demmers)
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We are passionate artists and art lovers with wide ranging tastes and interests. Our long range project is the creation of 'aegian' as an aesthetic hermaphrodite, trying to express the many facets of their being.

While his better half prefers to remain mysterious until she has decided how to start our journal, Mr A admits to having a London degree in Botany & Zoology and owning a succession of film and digital cameras. I am the man behind the lens, so there may not be many images of me submitted. We love beauty and I search for it amongst the mundane backgrounds of everyday reality as well as at fabulous gardens like the ones seen in some gallery pictures.

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:iconyfyeung:
YFYeung Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
nice gallery
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:icondeterfart:
DeterFArt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
thanx4favandcomment
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morgondotter Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
I have just used your Angry bird
in my journal

thank you
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funeral-cry Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for the fave!
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Vrinda-the-Wistful Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the llama!    =^_^=
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Itoshigo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the llama!
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DarkFitsune Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  New member
thank you for the llama
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AmazingPopsicle Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  New member Student Digital Artist
Thank you for the wonderful llama! La la la la 
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octone-berri Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for the llama. :)
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cricketumpire Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Aegiandyad, thank you very much  for faving the playful otters  Otter Bounce OMG LOOOK 
Really glad you liked them   Want the Flower? 
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