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Patricia,

This site has rules against personal attacks.  You can express yourself without attacking others. 

All I said Susan was that the stars don't actually get their light from helium fusion!  Unless they're in a special stage of the star's life. 

Jumping all over me for saying that, is what ruined the joke. Not my observation. 

If it were my joke I would edit it, that's all.  Take out the part that's wrong and come up with something that is true.

The Star of Bethlehem might have gotten a lot of its light from helium fusion, for example. 

Yes, I know what you said.  Believe it or not their others here that can read.  And yes, by correcting the joke you ruined it.  You are just too pig headed to admit that you were wrong about something.  You also seem to think we should have thicker skin against against things people say but, that doesn't apply to you.

Susan,

Normally it's considered a good thing to give true information.  There's nothing wrong with pointing out that the stars (usually) don't run on helium. 

People getting all insulting about it - including you - does ruin things.  And AGAIN, there are rules against personal attacks on this site. 

I have often posted things and not gotten the response I wanted.  That can always happen if you post in a public forum.  Sometimes jokes can get a response you weren't looking for. 

I don't believe in attacking people personally.  You and others have been doing that. 

I thought it was helium.

Thanks for the laugh! It was leading me along until the end.

(And I won't quibble about the thermonuclear fusion inside stars.)

Hey ... thermonuclear fusion works quite well with helium ... just NOT in OUR STAR!

Yes, at the end of our sun's lifespan, it's supposed to make heavier elements including carbon - "metals" to astronomers :)  It's heavier stars that make the really heavy metals etc. 

Most of the stars' energy comes from hydrogen to helium fusion though.

Unless you count the gravitational collapse of black holes, maybe that kind of energy outweighs fusion energy. 

Cool it, Booklover. 

Look - this site has a rule about not making personal attacks.  You have been attacking me all over the place.  How dare I correct misinformation - how terribly offensive of me ...

I actually regard it as a favor to correct misinformation and to tell the truth.  The truth is important.  Truths about stars are important too.  And this is not fundamentally offensive, though it pissed you off. 

Luara, you need to learn what teachable moment means

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