has one of the oddest monuments. It's called the Gravity Stone, it's the size and shape of regular modern tombstone
, and its inscription is as follows:
THIS MONUMENT HAS BEEN
ERECTED BY THE
GRAVITY RESEARCH FOUNDATION
ROGER W. BABSON FOUNDER
IT IS TO REMIND STUDENTS OF
THE BLESSINGS FORTHCOMING
WHEN A SEMI-INSULATOR IS
DISCOVERED IN ORDER TO HARNESS
GRAVITY AS A FREE POWER
AND REDUCE AIRPLANE ACCIDENTS
, who also founded Babson College
, achieved fame for his statistical and financial analysis abilities (he predicted the crash of 1929.) He had lost a sister and grandson by drowning and was very interested in the study and, hopefully, ultimate mastery of gravity
. He donated money to Tufts with caveat that it be used towards research in this insulator, and also that this monument be placed.
(Babson has another stone
in New Boston
, New Hampshire
, calling attention to that city's role in "active research for anti-gravity
and a partial gravity insulator.")
This is a very odd thing to have on your campus
back in the day a popular prank was to assist the Gravity Stone in
', leaving it to rest in a tree or anywhere up high. The
story goes on to say they finally bolted or cemented it down
so now its floating days would appear to be over.
...Man. I love this thing. It's such a retrofuture
viewpoint... they're proposing a (probably breaking the laws of physics
) technical breakthrough that would change so much
in society-- I mean, who knows what forms of travel, on Earth and otherwise, would be possible-- and this stone is looking for a reduction in airplane accidents.
I'm glad it's a part of my life.