Schrödinger's cat is a thought experiment devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. A cat, along with a flask containing poisin, is placed in a sealed box. If an internal Geiger counter detects radiation, the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when we look in the box, we see the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead.
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Big Pink is the nickname locals give the US Bancorp Tower, the second tallest skyscraper in Portland.
The West Hills is another name for the Tualatin Mountains.
Each year as part of the Portland Rose Festival, a Rose Queen is chosen from among the city's young women. The Queen represents Portland and the Rose Festival for one year at appearances throughout the country and abroad.