Ninja vs. Navy SEAL
Seven-year-old Walker Greentree can’t decide if he’d rather be a Navy SEAL when he grows up, or a ninja. He’s keeping his options open.
In the meantime, this summer, while he was playing in his yard—loudly—with a friend, his mother scolded him and told him he need to be “quiet, like a SEAL.” His friend promptly came back with, “Ninjas are quieter than SEALS.” And so began a debate that the two boys decided only an expert could resolve.
So, Walker wrote a letter to Admiral William H. McRaven, the US Navy admiral in charge of United States Special Operations Command. Now, Admiral McRaven is a busy guy, but when he received Walker’s letter, he knew he needed to set record straight.
Admiral McRaven wrote back: “To answer your questions: I think ninjas are probably quieter than SEALs, but we are better swimmers, and also better with guns and blowing things up.”
There you have it.
Did You Know?
Albert Einstein loved to sail and he sailed his whole life.
Renowned as one of the greatest mathematicians and physicists of all time, by most accounts Einstein was also a terrible sailor! Making a boat go in a particular direction is a very interesting bit of science, so you wouldn’t think he would have had any trouble with it—but you’d be wrong.
What’s the secret to sailing any place you want to go, no matter which way the wind is blowing?