Growing up is all about questions. Big questions, little questions, and, sometimes, questions that no one has ever thought to ask to ask before.
That certainly seemed to be the case for a curious four-year-old who had a question about ghosts. Stumped, Dad turned to Twitter for an answer and unintentionally created the most charming thread ever.
Can anyone answer my 4yo’s question: would the sun melt a ghost?
— Joe Randazzo (@Randazzoj) September 15, 2018
The thread that followed can only be described as adorable, and it seemed to mesmerize everyone who stumbled across it.
Though it was a challenging question, Twitter did its best to find an answer for the inquisitive four-year-old.
Twitter tried tackling the question by getting down to the actual physics of the problem, which all seemed to hinge on what ghosts might be made of.
Melting is defined as transition between solid/liquid or liquid/gas phases. All matter in the universe is made of elements. If ghosts are made of matter, they are made of elements. All elements are gaseous on the sun (including iron!), therefore the sun could melt a ghost.
— Joe ? (@jwduris) September 15, 2018
I know how most people expect me to answer this, but in reality: The Sun would technically *vaporize* a ghost.
— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) September 15, 2018
Okay you know when it’s really foggy in the morning and then it gets warmer and the fog kind of goes away or “burns off”? Could ghosts do that?
— Carolyne (@stinkypeen) September 16, 2018
This is a really insightful question
If the sun CAN melt ghosts, then they’re just ordinary matter, which means they’re a potential natural resource we can exploit
If the sun CAN’T melt a ghost, then we’re all screwed
— Ron? (@TechRonic9876) September 16, 2018
No. The Necrionic particles that constitute spooky ectoplasm are unaffected by heat. The sun's radiation, however, risks making their molecular structure unstable, especially if they wait too long.
— ? The ? Cosmist ? Insurrection ✊ ? (@yungneocon) September 17, 2018
the sun is physical and ghosts are metaphysical so ghosts are unaffected by the sun or other physical things that’s why ghosts can pass through walls also ghosts never die which is why they can haunt people in this realm forever i hope this makes your 4yo feel better
— Laura ? (@WeeLaura) September 16, 2018
No, assuming the ghost is gaseous, the sun would either make it plasma or a very hot gas.
— Definitely Not Banksy (@def_not_banksy) September 15, 2018
Even NASA took a shot at answering the question.
Yes, unless it’s the type of ghost that can withstand 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit! ??
— NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard) September 19, 2018
And soon people found they were unable to tear themselves away from the thread.
I got into reading about 59 tweets when I caught myself. This thread is ridiculously adorable.
— MarwanⓂ️⚖️ (@marwan_isaac) September 16, 2018
That depends if it’s a real ghost or a local sheriff merely dressing up as one to scare people away so he can have full access to an old gold mine. Actually, it’s yes either way.
— Matt Pomroy (@Matt__Pomroy) September 16, 2018
Tell me why I just spent 5 minutes reading this entire thread
— allie dedilectis (@alliedeeds) September 16, 2018
It's 4am so why am I reading this? ?
— XSemperIdem5 (@XSemperIdem5) September 16, 2018
Well I was going to try and sleep tonight… but nope. Now I’m going to be pondering this doozy
— Ash Versus (@ashversus) September 16, 2018
But we still didn’t have an answer, so some experts were brought in to consult.
Asked my 8 year old and he believes it can but only if it's an evil ghost.
— ??Alexandra Mary?? (@SweetTale4u) September 16, 2018
According to my 9yo, “yeah… I mean no, they would just fade away.”
— Alison McHugh (@alisonmchugh1) September 16, 2018
Our 6 yo child says, “Yes, the sun can melt everything!”
Our 9 yo child says, “No, there’s no physical component, everything just goes through it.”
Aaaaand my 43 yo husband says, “Why is there a ghost on the sun?”
So, clearly we’ve just made this worse ?
— Εllen (@EllenWillert) September 16, 2018
My daughter says no, because it's not meltableish.
— Joe Kelly (@joeytwoties) September 16, 2018
Finally after all the searching one Twitter user found an answer.
These would seem to suggest no… pic.twitter.com/ooq6nAA0gV
— Eric Fisher (@celfish99) September 16, 2018
The only question left is will we ever see a thread this adorable again?