Homeless Stare

Does this guy know
quantum physics? Totally!

Mama and I were walking past a couple of homeless guys today and they approached us excitedly and asked us to clarify a debate they were having.  Since this was a welcome change to being harassed for money, we both agreed.  They surprisingly had an American history question: Which country burned down the White House during the War of 1812?  One homeless guy debated that it was the British, the other that it was the French.

Mama and I both didn’t know the answer off the top of our heads, but we suspected it was the Britsh since the French were busy with the Napoleonic Wars in Europe, not in the U.S.  In order to settle the debate definitively, I busted out my BlackBerry to get the answer from the Internets.  Sure enough, a quick Google search found that it was the British that burned down many public buildings in Washington, DC, including the White House, near the end of the War of 1812.

The homeless exclaimed, "God bless the Internet!"  Indeed.  All in all, the interaction was quite refreshing and informative for all involved.  I really had no idea that the homeless were interested in these types of academic pursuits.  So I have to ask, do the homeless in other cities debate politics, science and quantum mechanics?  I wonder.

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