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The Smallest Thing (March 2012)

What's the tiniest thing you've ever spotted? Your newborn baby sister? Strangely-shaped bacteria beneath a micoscope? A picture of Pluto? (Aww, too soon?) And if you could miniaturize anything, what would it be?

Mimi is currently squealing in the corner from the cuteness of it all. 

I would want to miniaturize an elephant. Because honestly, How cute would that be? seriously.

submitted by Catherine G., age 13, Arlington, VA
(March 4, 2012 - 2:51 pm)

I would want to miniturize MUSE so that all the little mini animals and bacteria could read the magazine too!

submitted by Anonymous, age 13, Chicago, IL
(March 5, 2012 - 10:14 pm)

I would minituraize the Earth- how cool would that be! Also I have a ?- for the autobiography contest, do contrations (i.e don't, life's, it's etc) be considered 1 words or 2, because mine has a contraction?

A contraction looks like one word to me! --Ed.

submitted by Anonymous, age 13, Chicago, IL
(March 5, 2012 - 10:24 pm)

Thank you editors! Now I don't have to re-write my entire autobiography! :)

submitted by Anonymous, age 13, Chicago, IL
(March 6, 2012 - 7:13 pm)

Sort of for the contest and sort of not:

My grandma told me a six word story. Think about it. I think it represents the ultimate six word thing, because it implies a lot in just six words.

Baby shoes. For sale. Never worn. 

The famous six-word story "For sale: Baby shoes, never worn" was written by Ernest Hemingway. Not bad, huh? --Ed.

submitted by Rebecca P-H, age 12, Milky Way
(March 6, 2012 - 7:08 pm)

I have a ?- whats the meaning of life?

submitted by Anonymous, age 13, Chicago, IL
(March 7, 2012 - 6:25 pm)

happiness :D

submitted by Frost L.
(March 23, 2012 - 4:36 pm)

To throw pies!!

submitted by nvjnoqeicklas,x, age 498504931, fcmqoklsw
(August 28, 2012 - 4:00 pm)

Well, as stated in The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, the question to life, the universe, and everything is 6x7 and the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42. 

submitted by Nick B., age 10, Florida
(March 29, 2013 - 12:44 pm)

I love your magazine, and Koko!

submitted by Dakota W, age 12, Williamsburg, VA
(March 13, 2012 - 6:08 pm)

If i could miniaturize anything, I would definitely miniaturize myself.  I could go anywhere and no one would notice.  Good for spying and getting into movies and shows for free.

submitted by Erin K., age 14.314159, Apex, NC
(March 22, 2012 - 8:30 pm)

The smallest thing i have seen (recently) is a just- hatched button quail. we incubated them in my class. they hatched today! they are about the size of a dime, and at least 28 have hatched so far. i got to name one and i named it kokopelli :)

Woohoo! Now can you teach it to throw pies?
submitted by Sophie, age 12, San Diego, CA
(March 30, 2012 - 5:25 pm)

The tiniest thing I've ever seen is an onion cell (how's that for cute, Mimi?) below a microscope in biology class. And if I could miniaturize anything, I'd miniaturize an elephant and keep it in my room (I love elephants!!!)

--Greetings from Nowhere! :)

submitted by Emma V., age 13, Nowhere in Particular
(March 30, 2012 - 7:34 pm)

I would miniturize a tree. . .oh, wait.  We already have broccoli.

submitted by Anonymous, age 15, Somewhere
(April 2, 2012 - 1:25 pm)

Iwould minaturize myself to be about 3 inches, how cool could it get! But I really would need my dog about 1.5 centimeters tall, cuz I really would get bored without somone to play with. I might also have to minaturize 7 suitcases,4 bags of dog treats, a leash,14 packs of matches,a tent sleeping bag, all the editions of Muse,and a whole lot of food.Of course, I'd also need 20 packs of batteres for a lot of things.Then I would go on an adventure!

submitted by Cecilia R., age Nine, Washington,DC
(April 5, 2012 - 2:39 pm)

I would miniaturize myself, and then I could explore my backyard, (it is a lot bigger than your average dc backyard) but first, I would have to miniaturize a couple of other things in order to survive. First, I think I would miniaturize my dog, a plastic sword, (you know, those toothpick thingies?) a tent, a sleeping bag, a leash, a couple bags of dog treats, a lot of food, a lot of matches, a whole lot of water, 20 packs of batteries for a miniaturized flashlight, an umbrella, boots, a bow, and a quiver of arrows. Doesn’t it sound like fun?

submitted by Cecilia R., age Nine, Washington,DC
(April 5, 2012 - 3:13 pm)

I'm so sad, because I didn't get the March issue! I guess I can borrow it from my friend Olivia, who reads MUSE. I will say, though, I would like to mini a tiger, so I could have it as a pet. That would be pretty cute, right? I would also mini an army of pink bunnies so they couldn't harm me in any way. Unless they were VAMPIRES! 


Hi Talia! Please email us or have a parent call customer service so you can get your missing magazine! (The info is in the front of the magazine.)

--The Editors 

submitted by Talia K., age 9 1/2, New York, NY
(April 6, 2012 - 7:26 pm)

I would miniaturize a quark because they are the smallest things known to man and them miniature would be way to small to even comprehend.

submitted by Pi, age 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209... , 3rd Planet, 5658687654893450266435 Solar System, Perseus Arm, Milky Way Galaxy (Earth)
(April 9, 2012 - 11:09 am)

I would miniaturize (Yay! I spelled it correctly) a wolf. I like wolves. Or maybe a type of wild cat. Or myself. I would have to pack a some food, although I think just one sandwich would last a week when I am miniaturized. I would miniaturize my friends and have a party in a shoebox, with Muse on the ceiling. And we will read the ceiling. 

submitted by Alliecat
(April 9, 2012 - 3:51 pm)

I really want to miniturize a whale.

submitted by Meghan H, age 1-1000, Neenah, WI
(April 15, 2012 - 2:50 pm)

Assuming I could unminiaturize whatever it is whenever I want, I would definately miniaturize a lot of books so that I could carry a lot of books around with me wherever I go. (More than I already do, I mean.) It'd be like a miniature, portable library!

submitted by anonymouse, age meh., Somewhere, America
(May 16, 2012 - 9:46 pm)

Well i saw those dollhouse rooms in Chicago a while ago. What are they called? I think they're called the Thorne Miniature rooms. They are models of what rooms all over the world looked  like from the late thirteenth century to the 1930s. I would like to shrink myself so I could explore them and actually be in the rooms at the same time.

submitted by Traveller, age 11, Who Knows?
(June 28, 2012 - 2:17 pm)

I know! I've always wanted to live in a dollhouse! When we went to Cape Cod a few weeks ago, there was an AWESOME dollhouse display in Truro. There was even a ballerina's room with tiny pointe shoes hanging off the edge of the bed! I dance ballet, and I was like I TOTALLY WANT TO LIVE THERE!!!

submitted by Emma V., age 13, Bogotá, Colombia
(September 1, 2012 - 12:20 pm)

I would miniaturize a computer so I could attach it to something like a hat or visor.


submitted by Nick B., age 10, Florida
(March 29, 2013 - 12:41 pm)