Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist by Peter Martel

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Part 7:
In The Beginning:
As the winter wore on, the packet steamer left more and more clumps of ice near the harbour wharf and the game consisted of jumping from one ice block ( a “clamper”) to another in a competitive sport appropriately called “hop-wetting”. Since each block was too small to float a boy’s weight it was necessary to move fast to reach a sufficiently large clamper that each participant had designated as his end point.

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