... investigating Ohm's Law
While learning about an electrical circuit,
I became confused on just how to work it.
"Teach" drew on the board, a "real cool" schematic,
But it only grew worse as I stared and stared at it.
Transformer, coil, condenser or fuse!
I couldn't imagine which one to use.
And then in my mind, as I sat there yawning,
The answer arose like the sun in the morning.
Leave out the resistors; those parts are confusing
And then, by gosh, I'd know what he was using!
So I threw out each one, and connected each wire
And the value of "I" grew higher and higher.
And then the fuse melted right out of the socket.
So I slipped in a penny I had in my pocket.
The paint on the trainer was melting like tar,
But the circuit was growing much simpler by far.
And then as I connected the very last wire
Somebody yelled, "Look out for the fire!"
And just as he said it, there was a bright flash;
Followed at once by a very loud crash!
The last I remember was smoke filling the room
And I thought to myself, "This looks like my doom!"
But my life was spared, and for this I thank God.
But I woke up next week in a hospital ward.
So the moral of this most unusual instance
Is, "When fooling with circuits, don't leave out resistance."
Lowery Air Force Base, Technical Training School
June 4, 2004