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I'm not a red dwarf

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A globe I am, who flies through empty space

Attractive forces pull me to retain

A dim red star that's here to light your face

While traveling back toward the cosmic plane

My time is marked in neither days nor years

But cataclysms hardly ever missed

Just listen, and its echos you can hear

(Oh yes, in fact it's true, you physicist)

My orbit brings a cyclic agony

And boredom is a curse that leaves me damned

Should I continue suff'ring from the tree?

My fate is held within your very hand

If only I could break this dreadful bond

Perhaps string theory could help me abscond

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Two very polar ideas come to mind: Apple, and a comet/shooting star.

A globe I am, who flies through empty space

Attractive forces pull me to retain

A dim red star that's here to light your face

While traveling back toward the cosmic plane

My time is marked in neither days nor years

But cataclysms hardly ever missed

Just listen, and its echos you can hear

(Oh yes, in fact it's true, you physicist)

My orbit brings a cyclic agony

And boredom is a curse that leaves me damned

Should I continue suff'ring from the tree?

My fate is held within your very hand

If only I could break this dreadful bond

Perhaps string theory could help me abscond

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Sir Isaac Newton's apple?

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Supernova?

Not sure if you are looking for the name of a star/cosmic phenomenon or somthing totaly differant.

The first part sounds like redshift.

The second appears to be the background radiation from the Big Bang.

Third part about "My fate held within your very hand" Sounds like Carl Segans qoute "we are all star stuff" referring to the elements in our bodies being created in the cores of massive stars during a supernova.

Again not sure about this one.

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Sir Isaac Newton's apple?

Ooh, intriguing.

Sir Isaac Newton's "apple which falls from the tree?" Yes, this makes more sense than my answer. I was a little confused about the "little red light in the sky," or however it was worded.

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Hmmm, it seems the "apple" guesses were coming from the eighth line.

Correct interpretation of that clue requires a scientific factoid.

Sound can't travel through outer space.

Edit: and I'm not sure how an apple would fit with the cataclysms and cyclic agony and a few other clues

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It's a paddleball. Wooden paddle with a red rubber ball, on an elastic string. Used to play with them as a kid (when I was bored.)

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yes, now I see that makes perfect sense. Reminds me of "Blazing Saddles" when the Gov wanted to give them to all his constituents!

It's a paddleball. Wooden paddle with a red rubber ball, on an elastic string. Used to play with them as a kid (when I was bored.)
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Sneffels got this one, welcome to Brainden! One of the customs on the forum is to hide answers with spoilers (using the "Insert: Spoiler" box on the left of the editor). Not one that I'm particularly concerned about, but some people prefer to have the answer hidden if they're reading the riddle for the first time.

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yes, now I see that makes perfect sense. Reminds me of "Blazing Saddles" when the Gov wanted to give them to all his constituents!

I just set up an account and was hoping to hazard a guess. I was going to say a "tether ball"...or whatever that game is with a volley-ball sized ball on a string and a pole that's played by two people. Looking forward to future riddles.

Mike

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I just set up an account and was hoping to hazard a guess. I was going to say a "tether ball"...or whatever that game is with a volley-ball sized ball on a string and a pole that's played by two people. Looking forward to future riddles.

Mike

Wow, good answer. I used to love that game. Though I could never win.

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I just set up an account and was hoping to hazard a guess. I was going to say a "tether ball"...or whatever that game is with a volley-ball sized ball on a string and a pole that's played by two people. Looking forward to future riddles.

Mike

That is a really good answer. The "cosmic plane" clue pointing towards paddle ball instead isn't a very strong one, so if you had gotten that answer in first I would probably have just lied and said "that's it!" ^_^ So tough to make sure the answers are unique.

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That is a really good answer. The "cosmic plane" clue pointing towards paddle ball instead isn't a very strong one, so if you had gotten that answer in first I would probably have just lied and said "that's it!" ^_^ So tough to make sure the answers are unique.

I know what you mean, plasmid. People answer your riddles (like my current one) with brilliant thoughts that you never foresaw were exactly perfect with your riddle. And you wonder how you didn't see it.

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