Sunday, March 15, 2009

Why Roche Limit?

Why the name Roche Limit?
I have always secretly loved space and the idea of astronomy. I enjoy a good Sci-Fi book or movie every once in a while and I could sit and stare at the stars for hours letting my mind wander. That being said I also hate going to the dentist.
So I was at the dentist, sipping some tea, waiting for my turn to get 2 infected wisdom teeth pulled (it was a holistic dentist so they serve tea first), flipping through a Astronomy dictionary and came across the definition of Roche Limit. I liked what it meant and I liked how it sounded.

Roche Limit: the distance within which a celestial body, held together only by its own gravity, will disintegrate due to a second celestial body's tidal forces exceeding the first body's gravitational self-attraction

I started considering this more as my teeth were being yanked from my mouth. There was a loud cracking sound, the taste of blood, and the dentist said "Fuck". My tooth had broken off at the root. This gave me more time to contemplate "Roche Limit", and how it could translate into everyday life in regards to people being easily influenced by bigger and better things or people.
It made sense to me at the time, and it could be in part due to the slight anesthetic effects of whatever herbal extract capsule the dentist made me take but... long story short Roche Limit stuck.

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