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Streaking through the city of Syracuse: The story of Archimedes may be simpler than you think.
Posted by Angela, Feb 5, 2008. 2026 views. ID = 554

Streaking through the city of Syracuse

Posted by Angela, Feb 5, 2008. 2026 views. ID = 554
This post was written in 11 minutes.
Mmm ran out of time... kind of a simple story, kind of short... saw this prompt up last week but was too busy to type a story... She was at a university lab for 12 hours last weekend and had to deal with school as well.

EDIT: Yes... I do realize that Eureka in Greek means "I've got it" or something close to that and Yes I do realize that he would have been shouting it in English in my story. XD It's just something funny to read.
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A long, long time ago, there was a king named Hiero. He ruled the kingdom of Syracuse. One day, he asked for a local goldsmith to craft for him a crown of gold.

The goldsmith as he was told. He made a beautiful crown and presented it to the king. The king was very happy. However, later, the king had a suspicion that the goldsmith cheated him and the crown was not made entirely of gold.

King Hiero called upon a man, Archimedes to solve the problem.

While he was thinking of a solution, Archimedes went to a public bath to relax. He filld a tub to the brim with water, took off his clothes, and got in. As he sat down, the water from the tub sloshed out. In his mind, he quickly figured out that he could use the same theory of displacing water to find out if the crown was made completely of gold. As he was thinking this process through, he noticed a distinct odor in the air. He turned around and was very surprised to see a family of very unhappy skunks. Apparantly, the water from the tub ahd spilled over and flooded into the skunks' abode. Angry, the skunks lifted their tails at Archimedes.

Immediately, the problem of the crown was pushed to the back of his head as the the poor man leapt out ot the tub, not even bothering to grab his clothes.

He ran out of the bath screaming, "You reek! Ah! ... You reek! Ah!"

The townspeople were too busy staring at the strange sight of a naked man running through the streets to hear him properly.

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This post is part of a writing prompt: Historical Confusion


Feb 5, 2008
Ha! Aside from the technical fact that he wouldn't have been shouting in English, this is quite entertaining! :)
   ~Posted by Douglas, Feb 5, 2008

Josiah T.
Feb 5, 2008
Haha, great! :-)
   ~Posted by Josiah T., Feb 5, 2008

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