What Do We Really Need to Know?

A quote from the comic strip Funky Winkerbean by Tom Batiuk back in 1985 pretty much sums it up. A new student with lots of curly hair, squinty eyes, and a frown on their face is reading the Student Handbook under physics:

"Physics deals with concepts of mechanics, heat and light, electricity, and magnetism! These kinds of things will drive you crazy if you think about them too much!

Let's face it ... if you're content to gaze up at the night sky, secure in the knowledge that you won't fall off the earth and that none of the stars above will land on your head, then how much more do you really need to know?"

Consider a serious top-10 list of what an editor for the journal Science News thinks everyone should know about science.