A turkey crosses the road at such and such a speed and blah blah... if the turkey has a radius of... calculate.... The turkey's a flippin' sphere... Now, i'm hardly complaing, i happen to prefer shperical turkeys as opposed to the funny shaped ones with the feathers that stand out in the middle of the road on the way to school (gotta love Nh) especially when it comes to the math stuff, but, it seems silly to bother calling a sphere a turkey. Do kids need to have turkey's in a problem in order to understand? what i'm really asking i guess is about physics textbooks. I'm a math person, so to me, things are straighforward for the most part and a sphere is just a sphere even if it gobbles. Why do textbooks need to have little stories about dick and jane... er... Jaun and Chang Lo, (since it needs to be politically correct too,) instead of more straighforwardness? has physics always been that way? and, who write this stuff?