A gravity well is a hole dug out in space for frogs to live in. No one knows who put the frogs in there. The well keeps the frogs inside and the frogs have been suspicious of Something Beyond for a while now. They’ve been trying hard to see the Outside. Unfortunately, even the most athletic ones that jump three feet high cannot get out of the well. Some of the more enterprising frogs have been trying to get out of the well using a Froget. A Froget is a two feet cylinder with gunpowder at one end and a brave frog wearing goggles at the other end. Most of the time the Froget has the right end pointed down but sometimes bad things have been known to happen. The goggles are never recovered. The Frogets used The Mighty Wind Law. The earlier attempts that used The Law were rather unpleasant. The Mighty Wind Law says that if you fart hard enough you will move a bit – even in a vacuum. It did not take long for the frogs to realize that Frogets are a lot nicer than farts. This realization was mostly due to the fact that the well was crowded and holding breaths for long wasn’t possible for the fat ones.
(This was originally written as an aside for an article that I never finished. I was looking at it lately and thought it might make a good little ..er..fart for the weekend. Update: Agnes Dettaï kindly points me to The Bromeliad Trilogy by pterry where something similar happens.)