In the tiny province of PEI there stands an amusement park. It's name is Sandspit. Two years ago Sandspit had a neighbor. The neighbor was another amusement park called Rainbow Valley. It has since gone out of business but there were some interesting memories I am here to share one with you all.
Today, Mom was reading a book about aeroplanes. Apparently she didn't exactly know how the planes lifted off the ground. In a nutshell, the wing is build in such a way that when it is propelled forward, more air travels underneath the wing then on top. The stronger air pressure underneath lifts the wings which in turn lifts the plane. The jet engines are used just to propel the plane forward so that the air pressure stays consistent. Anyway, Mom didn't know this. The idea that I just explained is called an aerofoil. Professional skiers when going off ramps assume aerofoil shapes so they can maximise their distance.
The book said that too much weight would cause the plane to malfunction. Mom asked me how it would malfunction.
We interrupt this story to go back to the story of Rainbow valley. So there is this ride for kids that involves 4 fake airplanes with iron crosses on them that are attached to a giant motor in the middle. The fake planes are elevated by giant metal poles attached to the motor. Sam and Matt wanted to ride the planes but wanted Mom to ride as well. Mom asked the ride operator and the guy said, "yeah, but don't expect to get very high". We had lots of fun watching Mom trying to get some lift in her German Messerschmidt but to no avail.
We last left the other story when Mom was asking how an overweight plane would malfunction.
I answered, "one of three things could happen. One, the wings would snap off and the passengers would plummet to their deaths below. Two, the plane might get a little bit of lift but not enough to travel. And three, the plane might not lift at all. I findan overweight plane does not go up a this the most likely because if you recall from Rainbow Valley, your plane didn't go up at all.. Mom started laughing. She was laughing so hard that I could only just hear myself saying, "I'll bet that there were some statisticians in Rainbow Valley recording what happens when the weight limit is too high for a plane. Then they came and wrote the book that Mom was reading right now!"