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Feb. 1st, 2016 @ 06:03 pm Are they learning anything? Anything at all?
The scientific literacy of the average fanfic writer is beginning to appall me. For what seems the hundredth time I've just spotted a story where the protagonist learns that one of the characters lives in a hollow tree and assumes there must be "some sort of magic" involved to keep the tree alive.

Except that living hollow trees exist in the real world. Animals live in them. Actual trees only have a narrow band of living tissue between the bark and the inner wood of the tree, where the xylem and phloem (the circulatory paths of the plant) exist; so long as you don't cut through that all the way around, the tree will live. This was once basic education in elementary science; how plants grow. I have known this since grade school.

Yet alleged high school and college age children-- you know, the ones who rant and rave about saving the trees-- are completely ignorant of how trees grow.

Forget grammar and sentence structure: basic vocabulary eludes many of them. If I had a dime for every time I have seen "leered" used in place of "glared...."
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 2nd, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure how old I was when I first knew for sure that hollow trees could survive -- 19 at most -- but the matter never really crossed my mind, so at least I wouldn't have insisted that it couldn't happen without magic. (This does not mean that my elementary school never covered the matter; I paid little attention in science class then.)

I have yet to see or hear "leer" in reference to anything but a lewd look.
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From:rhjunior
Date:February 3rd, 2016 02:02 am (UTC)
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Just read a fanfic where the protagonists routinely hung out on worlds with gravity of thirty to forty gees.

Gravity at the surface of the sun is 28 gees.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:February 3rd, 2016 05:48 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that's one way to parade lazy ignorance.
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From:rhjunior
Date:February 3rd, 2016 07:21 am (UTC)
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Pointed this out to the author....
Issue was ignored and some prat sneered about me being a "young earth creationist" talking about scientific accuracy.
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From:crazyredemu
Date:February 6th, 2016 07:07 am (UTC)
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I only know this because it was in an episode of X-files...
From:von_davidicus
Date:June 4th, 2016 10:08 am (UTC)
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Heck, in Australia, there's the Boab Prison Tree.

That's right, the hollow trunk was used as a PRISON. And it's still alive.