“Dr. Naik,” shouted little Wendy Tanah, a hyper-inquisitive child who had a knack for showing up in places she wished had not ventured.
“Curious one, Ms. Tanah,” Dr. Naik called down from his ever higher hot-air balloon. “What can I aide you with this day?” The doctor enjoyed the children of his quaint village and their natural sense of wonder. Their excitement and interest in his experiments enhanced the joy of his pursuit of science.
“What are you doing up there?” Wendy shouted again.
“Take a seat on the hill, young one, and observe the scientific method in process!” Dr. Naik cackled with glee as the hot air balloon reached the ideal altitude for his experiment.
With the push of a button mechanical clunking and clanking rang out from the wicker basket. A bright brass metal arm straightened its elbow and reached nearly a meter away from where the good doctor stood, pressing buttons. Another joint at the tip of the arm bent and with it the largest magnifying glass either Wendy or Dr. Naik had ever encountered reached skyward before coming to a 45 degree angle with the ground below. The machine hissed, steam billowed from the basket and once again Dr. Naik laughed with joy while wafting away a fine cloud of mist. The first part of the experiment had gone off without a hitch.
“Dr. Naik, what do you plan to do with that?” Wendy yelled, looking up with a hand over her brow to block the sun.
“Watch as the sun’s rays are caught and centralized into one focused beam. I can direct the magnifying glass to take the beam all the way over to that enormous ant hill right outside the doorway leading from my kitchen to the yard,” Dr. Naik said as he guided a bright light closer and closer to his home.
“And what hypothesis are you trying to prove today, Dr. Naik?” Wendy asked.
“My hypothesis is that if I burn the ever living daylights out of that ant hill, I’ll stop finding six legged monsters in my sugar bowl.”
And that’s how that started.
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