simple truths

“I’m telling you it wouldn’t.”

“And I’m telling you that can’t be right.  Why would the movies lie?

“For cinematic effect, of course.  People like to hear and see explosions.  That’s why they hand over their hard earned money week after week.  But, there is no air, and therefore no sounds in space.”

Jared, the younger of the two arguing brothers, bit his lip and furrowed his brow as he worked through the new information.  “But, what if something does blow up and the shrapnel hits your space ship, wouldn’t that make a sound.”

“Nope, because there is still no air for the sound waves to travel through,” Mike responded with a shake of his head.

Jared dug his foot into the ground and turned his head away.  Explosions had to make noise.  That was a truth of the world.  To hear otherwise, to learn, to believe, changed everything.  He trusted his older brother, though.

Then the answer came to him and he excitedly whipped his head back up, “But, there is air in the space ship right?”

Jared nodded affirmatively and raised an eyebrow, trying to catch up to his sibling’s train of thought.

“So, the people inside the ship could hear the objects hitting the outside with the vibrations carrying through to the inside!”

Mike considered Jared’s hypothesis for a moment and then agreed,” Outside, no sound.  Inside, sound, yes.”

Jared enthusiastically skipped away from the movie theater and Mike had to race to catch up to him.  Eventually Mike would have to tell Jared that if there was no air in space there was no way there could be fire, and without fire there could be no explosions.  But, he knew his little brother wasn’t quite ready for that truth.

“Wait up!  You know mom will kill me if I let you out of my sight!”

The brothers laughed and ran the whole way home, both of them a little wiser about the ways of the world.


Word Count: 330

This bit of silliness and knowledge brought to you in response to this week’s Inspiration Monday writing challenge:


The Rules

There are none. Read the prompts, get inspired, write something. No word count minimum or maximum. You don’t have to include the exact prompt in your piece, and you can interpret the prompt(s) any way you like.


No really; I need rules!

Okay; write 200-500 words on the prompt of your choice. You may either use the prompt as the title of your piece or work it into the body of your piece. You must complete it before 6 pm CST on the Monday following this post.

The Prompts:


Where were you the first time you realized the movie you were watching was unrealistic?  What movie was it?  What happened?

42 thoughts on “simple truths

    • It seemed like they were going to do that with Gravity and that is one of the reasons I’m excited to watch it. I think I’ll have to wait until DVD at this point, but it is on my list to get to eventually.

      • If you do get a chance to see it on a big screen, it’s very worth it.
        The visuals were stunning. (I actually found some of them breathtaking.)

      • Hmm… okay. Thanks… Maybe we can find a babysitter for the Little Prince for a couple hours and go on a date to the theater… people do that sort of thing, right? Why shouldn’t we?!

      • Well, I don’t know what you childed people do, but my wife and I made a fun post work evening of it.
        Dinner at a small noodle shop, and a great movie.

      • He’s a bit too young for any movie… he can’t sit still for more than 5 seconds… and we only get those five seconds when he is cramming food into his mouth.

      • Crike man. Gravity is the movie of the year. It was so bloody good that I nearly lost my… well, I lost some stuff. Fantastic movie. I showed it to my kids (not necessarily a great idea), they were terrified.

      • I’m pretty sure the Little Prince would be indifferent to it at the moment. Though, he’d definitely have no problem filling the silent moments with plenty of noise.

      • Little Prince is what, a couple of years old? Forgive me for not knowing right off the bat. My 7-year-old was freaked, but the 4-year-old was like, meh.

      • Oh geez… way too young I would say, as aware enough to watch but likely would be passively disturbed by the images. Anyway, great flick, I even wrote a movie review on my blog about it, I was so moved… let me know what you think when you see it. I think Guap said it too: if you can see it on the big screen, in 3D, definitely do it. It’s a visual treat.

      • Can’t do the 3D movies, unfortunately… they make me dizzy and take away from the experience rather than improve it.
        But, I will try to get to this one in the theater. Too many people have said good things about it not to at least try.

  1. I’m reminded of an episode of Babylon 5 where two of the cleaning/maintenance crew are followed for the episode, and they watch a fight through a window, and one asks the other about why when “our” ships explode, the fire is red, but when the enemy ships explode, the fire is green, and the response is about the atmosphere inside said ship.

  2. I loved the interactions with the brothers. This is exactly like any one of a million conversations I had as a kid with my older, wider and adored older brother!

  3. I often find errors in movies about medical information. I studied Anatomy & Physiology, so I have some ideas on how the body works & some of the treatments for various diseases, etc. So I often guess the illness before it’s revealed (by symptoms) or know the treatment being offered is totally wrong for the disease, etc.

    • Wow. That’s very cool… or, maybe sad? Because then you know what’s going on before you are supposed to in the story line?
      My dad used to point out issues in movies around his area of expertise too. My brother and I would just roll our eyes.

  4. I have had this exact conversation!…with myself…in my head. It makes me all the more impressed by the movies/shows that get it right. This was a fun read, as always. : )

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