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|What is under us?
Bedrock is under the dirt that is under us—including the historic town of Bedrock, which archaeologists have determined was a vast city with proto-cars, record players, and a mine whose purpose eludes us. Why were these cavemen digging up rocks? To keep up with the ceaseless demands for wheels and brightly-colored cereals, likely.
Who studies rocks?
Is the Earth a rock?
The Earth’s crispy, delicious crust is made of rock. The Earth’s mantle (above the earth’s fireplace—no, for reals!) is made of rock. The core of the Earth is liquid iron, nickel, and/or heavy metals. Scientists have determined the contents of the core using the scientific method of “guesstimation.” Still, their (boring) sciency guesses are likely more accurate than the (awesome) science fiction made about the Earth’s core. (See: The Core (2003); Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959, or, God-forbid, the 1967 animated television show based thereupon.)
Are other planets rock-based?
In our solar system, Mercury, Venus, and Mars (as well as Earth) are terrestrials (rock planets). We don’t know about extrasolar (now with more sun!) planets, but scientists are guessing that they might be gas giants or some entirely different type, like an ammonia giant or a carbon planet. (Again, these guesses are better than the science fiction about other solar systems, i.e., The Phantom Planet (1961))
A stone is a rock of a certain size (that being stone-sized).
Are gems rocks? Why do we call them “rocks”?
Gemstones are shiny rocks that people collect and put in jewelry. The gems they used to call “precious”, they now call “cardinal.” They are diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. These are the ones that fill in the blank in the Shane Company ads. To wit: “Now you have a friend in the (insert name of cardinal gem here) business.”
Most of the time, when someone refers to a gemstone as a “rock”, that person is referring to an engagement ring. This is meant to be complimentary, but it is also a statement of fact. That is a literal rock in the ring.
Why is a pet rock funny?
The “joke” is that we project onto our pets, like when we think that our dog loves us or that our cat is put off by our affection, and that it becomes more obviously absurd when we arbitrarily deem an inanimate object a pet.
Humans are more closely related to other primates than to rocks. Human beings are carbon-based life forms. Some rocks are carbon-based, such as coal, graphite, and diamonds. These rocks, however, are inanimate.
What makes a rock inanimate or a human animate?