The Life-Sized Entanglement Hypothesis

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The hollow thudding of bodies being dragged down stairs echoed throughout the house.  Mr. Jameson cracked a smile.  The thrill of the kill had finally gone to his head.  This sensation was not a new one to him, by any means; in fact, he was surprised that he still felt anything at all by his thirteenth murder.  Regardless, his excitement grew for the impending show.
Mr. Jameson was not the most popular physics teacher.  Although he received his PhD in only four years, he was unable to attain his dream job as a world-renowned physicist.  Instead, he was forced to settle for teaching remedial physics at a high school for less-gifted students.  Mr. Jameson loathed students of his who did not understand his favorite subject: the quantum physics property of entanglement.  In this property, two entities (like electrons, for example) can become entangled.  This means that the fates of the two separate units are intertwined, regardless of their physical locations. Until one of them is pinpointed, they can both essentially be thought of as being everywhere in their orbit all the time.   The Pauli exclusion principle, however, states that no two electrons can be in the same state at the same time.  Thus, as soon as one of the electrons is located, the function of the other one immediately collapses.  The concept of entanglement became Mr. Jameson’s passion; he went so far as to vow that every one of his students would understand it by the end of his course.  Those who did not, Mr. Jameson believed, had to be eliminated.
Mr. Jameson dug up his trusted chainsaw from the backyard of the old, abandoned home.  His anticipation grew steadily as he methodically carved two holes – one in the kitchen, one in the guest room.  The teacher proceeded to go back to the basement and check on the bodies.  He took out the notebook he kept in his pocket, quickly scribbled a few words, and continued his experiment.  Mr. Jameson felt great pleasure that his plan, once again, was working out just as he had envisioned that it would.
Two students in Mr. Jameson’s class that year, Sam and Julie, made no effort to understand any quantum physics properties.  No matter how hard Mr. Jameson tried to force the ideas into these students’ heads, he simply could not do it.  The last straw came in the form of the entanglement quiz.  Sam and Julie not only failed, but they protested and disrespected the all-important exam. The washed-up physicist was at the end of his wits and filled with rage; he could not possibly teach these students.  They would never understand entanglement.  Mr. Jameson knew exactly what he had to do.
The final chapter began.  Mr. Jameson had buried the bodies in the two holes he made so that they were each underneath the floorboards, but in different rooms.  A knock sounded at the front door.  Mr. Jameson swiftly ripped out a page from his notebook, dropped it on the floor of the living room, and hid in his usual spot behind the one-way mirror to watch his vision unfold.  Two policemen entered the home.  They had been given an anonymous tip that morning that a murder had occurred at this address, and that the body was hidden somewhere in the house.  They began to look around when they happened upon a small note on the floor, written on the same type of paper as the anonymous tip.  It read, “Experiment No. 13, 11AM: Both alive until further measurement.”  From this, the policemen realized that not one, but two people were buried in the house – and these people were currently alive.  The police commenced their frantic search, repeatedly putting their heads to the ground to listen for the sound of a heartbeat.  Mr. Jameson grinned in his hiding place.  With growing excitement, he thought, “The electrons can both be thought of as everywhere, until…
Suddenly, one of the policemen called to his partner that he had located a living teenaged girl.  As heavily drugged as she was, the men were elated to have found her before it was too late.  They carefully picked her up out of the hole in the kitchen floorboards and cleaned her off.  The police had an air of relief and complacency about them as they began to search for the other person.
Mr. Jameson waited patiently for the policemen to realize that, in locating the body that was alive, they had caused the death of the unfortunate, unfound victim.  Unbeknownst to the police, Mr. Jameson had entangled the two lives of the high school students as he buried them; therefore, measuring the life of the found girl actually killed the unfound boy.  Mr. Jameson thought of the horror the cops would experience after they discovered what they had inadvertently done.  This, unfailingly, was his favorite part of the experiment. 
Under his breath, Mr. Jameson muttered, “Sam and Julie must understand, now.”  He took out his notepad and flipped to the page entitled, “The Life-Sized Entanglement Hypothesis”.  He scribbled his findings, pocketed the notepad, and calmly slipped out of the house.  

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I am a student at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Canada, California.

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