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  1. Mick Mouse
    Born in Ireland in 1884, child prodigy William Thomson was enrolled in Glasgow University at the age of ten. He became an accomplished mathematician, astronomer, chemist, and physicist who made a significant contribution to the laying of the transatlantic cable in 1858. His distinguished scientific career was confirmed when he was elected to the Royal Society where he served as its president. He is also known as the First Baron Kelvin of Largs.

    William Thomson or Lord Kelvin, whichever you wish to call him, wrote over 600 papers on a variety of scientific subjects. Bu8t as smart as he was, there is at least one thingLord Kelvin said that I am certain he would take back if he could. This outstanding, well-educated scientist, mathematician, chem,ist and physicist declared that "heavier than air flying machines are impossible." He was convinced that the only way man could ever fly was in hot air ballons.

    Evidently the Wright brothers never read mush of Lord Kelvins stuff, especially his expert opinion on heavier than air flying machines. On December 14 1903, four years before Lord Kelvin died, Wilber and Orville Wright settled his "impossible" claim when they flew the Wright Flyer for 52 seconds and covered 852 feet. On a short field in Kitty Hawk North Carolina, a couple of bicycle shop owners did what trained scientists said was impossible.

    Lord Kelvin was neither the first nor the last really smart person to use that word "impossible." You must be careful of it, for it sneaks easily and quickly into your daily conversation. And every time it is used it dashes the daring dreams on idealists, inventors, visionaries, and people just like you. Every time it is used, it shuts down creativity, stifles inventiveness, and suffocates the imagination.

    like Orville and Wilber, there are many things that you can accomplish if you do not consider them impossible. The dreams you have are worth pursuing. The problems you face have a solution. The pain you are in has a relief. The life you are living can be changed for the better. There is no such thing as an imossible situation or an unsolvable problem. there is no reason for you or me or anyone else to be perpetually stuck in the mud.

    But to get unstuck, you must delete the word "impossible" from your vocabulary and start to think "possibilities." When you do this, you will open up dynamic creative forces from within your own mind, you will find unique, previously unseen solutions to your problems, you will get relief from your pain, and you will find hope for the future.

    Think possibilities, and you will make failure the only thing impossible.


    ****NOTE**** Yes, I know the Wright Bros were NOT the first ones to actually fly, it was that French dude!

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  1. Budgetadvisoryservice
    No it wasn't. It was a kiwi by the name of Richard Pearse. He didn't like too much media attention, but there was an article in a local paper at the time and plenty of witnesses to the fact that he flew weeks before the Wright Brothers.
  2. Calliope
    There is another amusing Scottish connection: What may have been the very first real attempt at human-powered flight was conducted from the ramparts of Stirling Castle in September of 1507 by John Damian the Alchemist in the court of James IV of Scotland. Damian flung himself off the ramparts wearing a set of wings he had fashioned out of feathers, declaring he would make it to Paris quicker than the French ambassador(s) who had just left the court! While Damian didn't make it far, the fact that he only broke his thighbone and didn't die is testament to how close he came to succeeding in doing what Kelvin so rashly declared impossible lol!! (Stirling Castle has freaking high ramparts, from which a non-suicidal person would not want to fling themselves...)

    Maybe Lord Kelvin learned of the failed Damian attempt in his education in Glasgow. I expect he wouldn't have agreed with Damian that the problem was the inclusion of hens feathers (attracted to the ground, dontcha know!) rather than just the eagle feathers he had really wanted to use to make his wings (attracted to the heavens!), but his skepticism and claim of impossibility wasn't just hasty in the light of more recent successes of mechanical flight!
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