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by phlip
Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0162: "Angular Momentum"
Replies: 103
Views: 58066

Well, in answer to the caption, lessee... Assuming for now that there's no air resistance or anything like that... she just starts spinning at the start of the night, slowing the Earth, and then stops spinning at the end, speeding the Earth back up again. This is probably not even remotely like what...
by phlip
Mon Sep 25, 2006 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0162: "Angular Momentum"
Replies: 103
Views: 58066

This is incorrect? Each turn wouldn't rob the planet of angular momentum. Starting turning would rob the planet, but then the only thing that would allow additional turns to rob the planet of more angular momentum would be drag with the air (and this effect would also plateau). As long as you're tu...
by phlip
Mon Sep 25, 2006 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0162: "Angular Momentum"
Replies: 103
Views: 58066

Silly northern hemisphere and your silly backwards directions... everyone knows that you spin clockwise to slow the planet down. At least, in the real hemisphere. This is almost as mad as claiming Christmas belongs in the winter...
by phlip
Mon Sep 25, 2006 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A very interesting Mathematical Paradox
Replies: 387
Views: 153357

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