I was often caught staring into space as a schoolkid, much to my teachers' annoyance. Sometimes I was literally pondering the vastness of time itself and sometimes I was just bored rigid in another lesson about Henry the 8th.
Sometimes I would think about some conundrum I'd heard, some cosmic puzzle or scientific fact that just blew me away. They were like mind-worms, which I just couldn't shake off.
Well, I heard another one the other day. I'd probably heard it before but this time it struck home, a mathematical fact so ongoing that I just cannot get it out of my rather literal head!
When two straight lines are parallel and carry on, they will carry on into infinity....and beyond! [Buzz Lightyear added the last two words!]
So, two parallel lines will travel side by side forever and never stop, presumably until the end of time! How mind-boggling is that!
I have spent many a dormant moment since hearing it chewing the fabric of time and space itself. Despite being tasteless, I have enjoyed visions of parallel time travel, parallel drives and Tron-like grids of extending light.
On top of these grandiose daydreams a single boyish thought has, however, emerged:
Are there any circumstances in the universe in which the two parallel lines carrying on forever could actually come together and meet?
In the name of tedium-busting everywhere I leave it with you readers. Send your thoughts in parallel!