This was a conversation that occurred during rounds on my GYN-onc rotation:
Attending: "If you have a tumor in the colon, what destroys those tumor cells to keep it from growing?"
Attending: "I'm a logical person. I like to think in logical steps. So let's go through this logically."
Attending: "What's the strongest force in the world?"
Me: (thinking) "Love?"
Intern: "I was going to say electromagnetism..."
Chief Resident: "Is it gravity?"
Senior Resident: "Is it gas?"
Attending: "No. Look at it this way, if someone dropped a nuclear bomb on Mt. Everest, how much of it would be destroyed?"
Chief: "Maybe half."
Attending: "Yeah, if that much. But if you dropped rain on that mountain continuously for eighty years, would that destroy the mountain?"
Attending: "Water is a huge destructive force. It might be slower, but it does a lot of damage. And it's the water in the colon that destroys those tumor cells."
Except isn't force a function of time? What's that whole meters per second per second business? Moving something 10 km (the height of Everest) in 80 years isn't that great a force. I think dropping nuclear bombs on Mt. Everest is going to destroy it a hell of a lot faster than some heavy rain.
I hate it when people pontificate on stuff they know nothing about and make me lose all respect for them.