A lot of kid questions are silly. Or, like they come from a place that isn’t tethered to reality. But every once and while, for all their ridiculousness, a child’s question sparks a serious debate that none of the adults in the room can stop talking about. So when one little boy recently asked “would the sun melt a ghost?”, his dad couldn’t resist putting the question to Twitter. The answers, as you can imagine, were both diverse and deep.
Can anyone answer my 4yo’s question: would the sun melt a ghost?
— Joe Randazzo (@Randazzoj) September 15, 2018
For starters, it’s only fair to point out that most people will go their whole lives and never ask this particular question. But interestingly, once people got going, everyone seemed to have a theory. A few users suggested that the sun burns a ghost like it does the fog.
I always figured the sun would burn a ghost like it burns fog. https://t.co/yLNMFJH6df
— ???? Former Chip Kelly Defender Dan Putnick ???? (@Danp500) September 16, 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
But a different user was giving ghosts more credit and didn’t suggest that they’d just evaporate into a vapor cloud (though, the collection of your soul and memories getting evaporated into formless whips of vapor sounds a lot like a weird metaphor for dying and becoming a ghost). Instead, they suggested that the sun would expand the ghost into “Big Ghost.”
Since ghosts are vapor under a thin cotton sheet, I imagine exposure to the sun would just cause them to expand, resulting in Big Ghost.
— The Chubby Cryptid (@chubbycryptid) September 15, 2018
User @CucamongaDuke had a theory that was way out in left field, and it involved an extinction level event that could only be avoided by going to “ghost school.” Then there was also the Tweet suggesting that evaporating ghosts is a way to harvest a kind of natural resource from them.
What if it’s actually the opposite? Like if a ghost touches the Sun it absorbs all of its energy and matter which consequently kills all life on earth, causing 5B new ghost births resulting in ghost over population so it’s like the first thing you’re taught in ghost school
— Duke of Cucamonga (@CucamongaDuke) 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
And, of course, it didn’t take long before the philosophy jargon was roped into this whole equation. Unfortunately, the “Mind/Body dualism” angle might be lost on your 4-year-old.
Ghosts are meant to be non-corporeal and would therefore be unaffected by the natural laws of physics. Of course this assumes a kind of Mind/Body dualism as first preposed by DesCartes which has a real dilemma of causal relations. Good luck!
— Thomas R. Wood (@ModernWood) September 15, 2018
Still, at the end of it all, the simplest answer is usually the best. As one tweet put it, “ghosts can only come out at night when the sun is turned off.”
ghosts can only come out at night when the sun is turned off so it's a moot point
— hot, weird, mess, commissions @pinned ???????? (@damnse1fly) September 15, 2018