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27th-Oct-2005 08:34 am
With Harriet Miers withdrawal as a Supreme Court nominee, all I hear on the news is people talking about a litmus test. I have to wonder, how many Americans actually know what a literal litmus test actually is?

I'm interested in hearing what YOU think it is. Guesses are allowed. Please leave a comment with your answer, but don't look at the other comments first.

Yes, I'm too lazy to come up with bogus answers to do a poll =)
27th-Oct-2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Litmus is a paper. I think the test is acid/base.

I'm surprised by the number of folks that can't spell Zeus and even more by those who don't who he is.
27th-Oct-2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
You mean Dr. Zeus, who wrote the Cat in the Hat?

(..... just kidding <smirk>)
27th-Oct-2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
oh common. testing the pH of a solution using little strips that don't really tell you much except which side of 7 you're on!
27th-Oct-2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
a "litmus test" is the use of litmus paper (an inert paper treated with reactive chemicals) used to detect the ph of a liquid. Litmus paper can come in varying types, each more sensitive to specific ph ranges in order to a more accurate reading.

A "litmus test" is an analogy for detecting if someone leans more to one side or the other of an issue, similar to the Litmus paper will detect if a chemical is more basic or acidic.

Do I get my know-it-all award now? ;)
27th-Oct-2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
You stick litmus paper in a chemical to determine whether it is acidic or basic: if the paper turns red, it's acidic, if it turns blue, it's a supreme court justice... I mean, it's basic.
28th-Oct-2005 02:32 am (UTC)
Cute little piece of paper that tells you if you're from a red state or a blue state.... er, I mean acid or a base.
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