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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 3:38 p.m. PST

"There are a lot of soft things out there: cats, infants, expertly-laundered sweaters. If there was some kind of omniscient softness guide, ranking every item in the universe in order of softness, these three items would for sure land towards the top. Of course, such a guide would be very difficult to assemble: as softness is at least partly subjective, you'd need teams of volunteer softness-assessors to handle each item, and some fair/statistically sound way of averaging all their reactions. And at some point, one of these softness-assessors would surely ask why exactly they're doing any of this in the first place, lowering morale and jeopardizing the whole project. Which is why, for this week's Giz Asks, we're keeping things simple: four materials scientists, representing no one but themselves, weighing in on their choice for the absolute softest thing…."
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Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2020 6:12 p.m. PST

I vote for the softness of your brain the first time you see a baby platypus.

Or possibly Robert McNamara's brain all the time.


Oberlindes Sol LIC23 Mar 2020 7:44 p.m. PST

Didn't Robert Louis Stevenson
write a poem in which
the narrator
a-hiking in the highlands
asserted that a glass of The Glenbooglie
after a long hike on hard stony paths
in harsh cold weather
was the softest thing in the world
after a baby's bottom and your lover's breast
but then the narrator
came into a pub from his hike
and was offered a glass of the "wee heavy"
otherwise unidentified
bit with a good head on top
and he concluded
that that was at least as soft
as a baby's bottom
thus upsetting the entire hardness scale
from diamonds to your lover's breast
and winning the narrator a medal
from the Royal Society?

Zephyr123 Mar 2020 8:35 p.m. PST

Move your open hand through the air and fell the softness. There you go… ;-)

Jeffers24 Mar 2020 3:28 a.m. PST

Tread on a hamster. That's soft.

Robert le Diable24 Mar 2020 4:22 a.m. PST

At first, yes, but it very quickly becomes sharp and crunchy.

I write from logic rather than experience.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 12:12 p.m. PST



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