The smallest thing

What is the smallest thing near you? Write a paragraph about it.

Wow, Press way to get all philosophical on me! But we are going to start simply, OK…there were two objects near to me that were in contention for smallest object. A wine cork and a lighter…and the award goes to…

the wine cork! (applause)

It’s a pretty big lighter, and a remarkably old one, to boot. It’s a Djeep, the French kind, and it’s covered in leather (probably fake) & has Kokopeli playing his flute carved in that (fake) leather.

It also has little pockmarks from all the times I have used it for a thimble.

But this wine cork is much smaller! It is from a bottle of port, whose portrait appears in an earlier post. The one bottle of wine that has most diligently lived beside my bed – which, I believe, most people would take as a bad sign…

 

Bonus: Use your imagination – are elements the smallest thing? atoms? quarks? How do you feel about the fact we keep finding smaller and smaller things inside of things that are already quite small?

I will spare you any commentary on the chemistry of the actual cork itself – as well as the atomic construction therein. However the side of said cork reads:

JUST SEE

JUST TASTE

JUST EXPERIENCE

JUST LEARN

JUST KNOW

JUST TEACH

JUST JUSTIN

JUST CALL 1-800-726-0049

So why don’t ‘cha?

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