Follow-up Flag tricks
georgw at galis.org
Wed Nov 13 07:18:18 PST 2002
On Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 10:02:06PM -0800, Carl Lowenstein wrote:
>> Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2002 16:07:25 -0800
>> From: Lan Barnes <lbarnes at san.rr.com>
>> To: kplug-list at kernel-panic.org
>> Subject: Re: Follow-up Flag tricks
>> In-Reply-To: <1037145603.19439.4.camel at pslgregory>; from gkade at bigbrother.net on Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 04:00:02PM -0800
>> On Tue, Nov 12, 2002 at 04:00:02PM -0800, Gregory Ade wrote:
>> > On Tue, 2002-11-12 at 15:52, Lan Barnes wrote:
>> > >
>> > > Although I agree with sentences 1 and 2, I must posit that if a pink
>> > > elephant fell from the sky, I believe I would notice it.
>> > Well, sure, you may notice "Hey, there's a pink elephant here that just
>> > FELL FROM THE SKY!"
>> > But, that doesn't imply that you understand at all why the hell a pink
>> > elephant just fell from the sky, let alone why it didn't splat and make
>> > a grotesque mess when it landed.
>> > (Are elephants like cats, when dropped
>> > from a sufficient altitude? I.e., do they always land on their feet?)
>> I have no direct experience with elephant dropping (or droppings FWIW)
>> but I suspect that they are very unlike cats. Cats are semi-arboreal
>> carnivores who drop, pounce, and leap. Elephants ... they stomp.
> "To the mouse and any smaller animal [gravity] presents practically
> no dangers. You can drop a mouse down a thousand-yard mine shaft;
> and, on arriving at the bottom, it gets a slight shock and walks
> away. A rat is killed, a man is broken, a horse splashes."
> J.B.S. Haldane _On Being the Right Size_
For the resistance presented to movement by the air is proportional
to the surface of the moving object. Divide an animal's length,
breadth, and height each by ten; its weight is reduced to a
thousandth, but its surface only to a hundredth. So the resistance
to falling in the case of the small animal is relatively ten times
greater than the driving force.
Interesting read... I'm adding it to my virtual library....
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