What Would It Really Be Like If We Could Shrink Ourselves?

Do the movies get it right?

Rick Moranis is one of the most enjoyable actors on the planet, and the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids franchise is irrefutable proof of that. 

For the uninitiated, the movies are about an inventor whose shrink ray, after failing countless tests, is accidentally successful at shrinking his children and the kids next door. Calamity ensues as the kids wind up in the backyard and experience ordinary things like ants, grass, and pollen in very different ways due to their small size. (It's seriously great. Please go watch it.)

There are plenty of other examples of shrinking, like Ant-Man or The Magic School Buswhich really get our imaginations going. But as fun as they are to watch, they don't really tell us what it would really be like to shrink down to such a small size. 

Thankfully, Joe Hanson of It's Okay To Be Smart has come to the rescue.


While the idea of shrinking down to a fraction of an inch might seem extremely silly, it's actually an interesting thought experiment. What would happen to the atoms in our bodies when we shrunk? Would we move through the environment in the same way, or would our incredibly small size make it different?

So many questions, but thankfully, we have the answers.

Check it out here:

Cover image: It's Okay To Be Smart


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