par·a·dox

[ˈperəˌdäks]

NOUN

  • a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true:

 

     That’s the definition of paradox. Seemingly self-contradictory. Seemingly. Like water. Water is a paradox. Don’t know. Let me explain.

 

CHEMISTRY

 

    H2O - That’s the chemical makeup of water. 2 parts hydrogen to one part oxygen. 2 of the most flammable gasses known to us. Yet combined, they will not burn. That’s a paradox. That’s not the only one either. 

    Water is the universal solvent. Meaning it breaks down more other chemicals than any other liquid. This is how it transfers vital nutrients to us. It’s also why fish and other aquatic animals can breathe underwater. It’s also why you get electrocuted. Paradox.

 WEIGHTS

 

  • Liquid - 61.4 lbs. / cubic foot
  • Ice - 56.5 lbs. / cubic foot
  • Gas(steam) - .227 lbs. / cubic foot

So, the same area of water weighs almost 5 lbs. less when frozen. And has almost no weight as steam. Steam is the obvious one, but I bet you guessed wrong on the ice.

Ice contains more oxygen than liquid water. Which means it weighs less. Yet when transferred back to a gaseous state, remember those two flammable gasses, it still won't burn. Though it does contain a large amount of energy as heat. Meaning, it will burn you. Paradox.

ELECTRICITY

 

     Everybody knows water and electricity don’t mix. Pure water, which cannot be found naturally, does not conduct electricity. It’s the other elements in the water that conduct electricity. Paradox.

 

    



AIR PRESSURE

 

    Water actually has a high surface tension. It wants to stay together or in clumps or drops. It clings to itself better than a liquid like alcohol which just spreads out into a thin layer. The surface tension of water is affected by air pressure. It boils quicker at higher air pressure. You can bring water to a boiling point faster at sea level than at a higher elevation. 

     It boils quicker at lower altitudes because there is more air pushing on it. It doesn’t let the gasses diluted in the water to escape, or release energy. So it boils quicker. There is less air at higher altitude. So water is less likely to turn to a gas when there is less gas on the surface of it. Paradox.

 

 

LIFE/DEATH

 

   As humans we can only make it about 3 days without water. Our bodies are almost entirely made of H2O. Roughly 60 percent. We usually need close to a liter a day to keep hydrated.

   However, if you submerge our nose and mouth in H2O we die in minutes. Doesn’t have to cover our entire body, just the air passages. The same passage we swallow water down. Down one pipe we live. Down the other we die. Same substance, different result. Paradox.

 

    So as you can see that ordinary liquid, H2O, isn’t that ordinary when you look a little deeper. There’s a lot of mystery wrapped in water. There’s a lot of mystery all around us. If you look, that is. Problem is most people don't see. Paradox.

You are alive, but are you living? Paradox.