“I have to be honest with you, I didn’t go over this problem last night and didn’t pay attention to it in class yesterday. I do not care about this, I don’t even like science. But I do like you and I don’t want to ruin our friendship. Since I do not know this, I have a question for you. I just started texting this girl and I know she thinks I’m cute but I don’t really know how to start a conversation with so I was wondering if you have any ideas. Well that’s all for now Mr. J but we will keep in touch.”
“Impress her by talking about how atmospheric nitrogen can be used to age artifacts. Works for me every time.”
ONE-NIL TO MR. J.
(Cosmic rays striking atmospheric nitrogen convert it into carbon-14, which undergoes radioactive decay to carbon-12 at a fixed and known rate, enabling the age of organic materials to be reliably estimated by meauring the ratio of carbon-14 to carbon-12 in them, fyi.)