Woolsthorpe Manor welcomes Kern the Gnome

Colsterworth school kids and John Walters weighing a knome at Woolsthorpe Manor. 453C
Colsterworth school kids and John Walters weighing a knome at Woolsthorpe Manor. 453C
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KERN the Gnome has visited Woolsthorpe Manor during a round-the-world trip to prove a scientific theory.

The theory is that an object weighs heavier in the South Pole than in the UK, and so Kern has travelled to various locations around the world to jump on the scales.

Experiment co-ordinator Tommy Fimpel said: “Most people don’t realise Earth’s gravity actually varies slightly. One of the main causes is variations in the shape of the planet. Believe it or not, the Earth is actually slightly potato shaped, so you’ll weigh up to 0.5 per cent more or less, depending on where you go.”

No such experiment would be complete without a visit to Woolsthorpe Manor, the birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, the man who discovered gravity. Here, Kern met pupils of Colsterworth Primary School and took part in experiments.