Escape velocity a necessity?

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Re: Escape velocity a necessity?

Postby admin » Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:06 am

Why is a mouse that spins?

The higher the fewer.

This "riddle" is more than 100 years old, and is still popular, God knows why.
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Re: Escape velocity a necessity?

Postby HAL Jr » Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:49 am

You've lost me Rick!
Would you like a stress pill Dave?
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Re: Escape velocity a necessity?

Postby admin » Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:00 am

"Why is a mouse that spins?" is probably a nonsense riddle, like "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" from Alice in Wonderland. That is, it's funny because it isn't funny. The answer is also nonsense, "The higher the fewer."

There is another theory. According to this theory, the "mouse" is the governer on a steam engine. As it rises, it slows the rpms of the engine, thus the higher the mouse the fewer the rpms. I don't know if this is a real explanation, or an after-the-fact rationalization, like the one about "notes" of ravens and writing desks.
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