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The Importance Of Being Erwin

"Oh no, it isn't !"
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A hilarious Christmas comedy romp from the world of theoretical physics.

The action takes place in a German University in the early part of the 20th Century.

Werner Heisenberg wants a kitten for Christmas. He asks his friend Erwin Schrödinger to get him one. On Christmas Eve, Schrödinger presents Heisenberg with a large, beautifully wrapped box, and tells him that there is a kitten inside, but also a radioactive source, a detector and a bottle of poison. Thus the kitten now exists in a state of quantum uncertainty and may be either alive or dead.

Throughout Christmas night, Werner agonises about opening the box - as long as it is closed, the kitten may be alive.

He falls asleep, and dreams. In his dreams, Werner's kindly Uncle Neils Bohr then explains the Copenhagen Interpretation, finishing with the assertion that we can't prove anything (which is no help at all). Uncle Albert Einstein cannot shed any light on the matter, as he is not a relative of Werner's and therefore not a real Uncle.

On Christmas morning, there is a hilarious heart-warming denouement which reaffirms the Spirit of Christmas and the good side of human nature, but since the box hasn't been opened yet, we can't tell you what it is.

[This idea may receive more than the usual amount of post-posting emendation]

8th of 7, Dec 17 2009


       A handbag?!
Aristotle, Dec 17 2009

       I was nabbed out of a funk by the title. And then I read it. I love it+.
blissmiss, Dec 17 2009

       The radioactivity has caused to kitten to mutate into a beautiful Christmas butterfly?
coprocephalous, Dec 17 2009

       The kitten has a glowing red nose after drinking the contents of the vial?
pocmloc, Dec 17 2009

       [8th of 7] & "heartwarming" - these things do not go together.
lurch, Dec 17 2009

       the thing is if you put off opening the box for too long, the kitten will starve - makes sense to me anyhow.
po, Dec 17 2009

       //hilarious heart-warming denouement   

       The cat is alive on Christmas morning and dies 10 years to the day by climbing back into Werner's box-shaped atomic pile. That crazy cat!
leinypoo13, Dec 17 2009

       The Importance Of Being At Rest?
theircompetitor, Dec 17 2009

       ... Or In Uniform Motion.   

       // these things do not go together //   

       Ooooh, could this be ...... a trap ?
8th of 7, Dec 17 2009

       A Very Erwin Xmas -- where every gift is a mystery gift.
theircompetitor, Dec 17 2009

       If I know 8th, the //heart-warming// will be strictly thermal.
MikeD, Dec 17 2009

       Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without directed-energy weapons .....
8th of 7, Dec 17 2009

       //directed-energy weapons //   

       I prefer those of the kinetic energy variety ... whereas cats are concerned.
MikeD, Dec 17 2009

       Are you referring to the cat-hurling trebuchet? I believe the trigger consists of a radioactive source and a detector...
pocmloc, Dec 17 2009

       + for the title alone...oh yeah and the idea, too+
xandram, Dec 18 2009

       I thought "Rommel" when I first saw the title..   

       "Half-Bakery, the musical", now that I'd pay to see..   

       I think you may be erwin on the side of caution!
4whom, Dec 18 2009

       // I thought "Rommel" //   

       "Gunner who ?"
8th of 7, Dec 18 2009


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