Is Water Wet?

Recently, there has been a major controversy surrounding something that was once thought to be obvious. On social media websites like Twitter and Facebook, people have been posting something that was once considered blasphemous. Some people now believe that water is not wet, that it only makes other objects wet. They believe that water itself is not wet, that wet is what we describe our experience with water.

When most people initially heard about this theory, they were surprised. The argument for the side that believes water is wet is that it makes other objects wet so that itself is a wet substance. They believe that when an object is submerged in water that it is not wet until it comes out of the water. However, there are questions that can argue against this statement. When you step in a puddle of water, your shoe becomes wet while you are stepping in the puddle, and after you step outside of the puddle. So there is nothing else, other than the water that could have made your shoe wet, so water is wet. However, according to Google, water is not wet. Google states that wetness is just a description of the way we interpret water. Those that say water is wet state that they are simply appealing to logic, not the scientific argument.

This controversy has caused a major divide among students at Clarksville High School. Both sides of the argument believes that the other is ignorant and unreasonable for their stance. A poll was conducted about this vital issue. Out of the 50 students polled, 27 said water is wet and 23 said water is not wet. During the administration of this poll tensions ran high, arguments struck up between opposing sides with some students becoming offended.

Surprisingly, students have very strong opinions on this topic. Some students are so distraught by this significant question that it is difficult to even take a side. Sophomore Richard Wheatley said “Water is sometimes wet, and sometimes it isn’t. It depends on the surface that the water is on. In general however, I’m going to go with yes, water is wet. After you get out of the shower, your hair and body is wet. When you use a towel to dry off, the towel becomes damp. So the only thing that could make the towel wet would be the water.”

The fact is that this will continue to be an ongoing discussion in our nation and school for a long time to come. It appears that neither side is willing to change their opinion nor listen to reason, no matter what science or logic says. There are also many other questions that have been struck up that are similar to this that are also causing question. Including “Is air dry?” and “Is there one or two holes in a straw?” are questions that are also beginning causing conflict. It seems that these questions will never have an answer that people can agree on.

So readers, what do you think? Leave your comments and add to the social media conversation. Comments should be school appropriate.