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## tiles their side

### stephani stephenson on mon 16 jan 12

I think the main reason on end might be better then flat in certain situati=
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ons isn't so much about strength as it is ..drag
I know the following is entirely goofy, but it popped into my head to illus=
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trate:

This is an experiment you can do , and this will prove inconclusively, in t=
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he halls of weird and imaginary anthropomorphic science, that=3DA0 large ti=
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s especially, will dry=3DA0 and fire just fine on their edges.

Stand up tall and balanced, feet=3DA0 about hip width apart. Lets say you a=
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5' 6" inches tall, 66 inches, tall.=3D20
visualize yourself shrinking almost 10%, shrinking about 6 inches in height=
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ahhh. still standing!!! (Unless of course you were pitched=3DA0 over at an =
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arming unsupportable=3DA0 angle to begin with.) Visualize yourself shrinkin=
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in girth a little bit, each foot might shrink=3DA0 about=3DA0 1/2 - 3/4 inc=
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length. Still no problem Still standing. The only resistance you met=3DA0 =
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s the resistance of the air as you shrunk.

now lay on the floor and visualize the same thing. Visualize yourself shrrr=
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innnkkking.
=3DA0OW!=3DA0 is that your butt dragging along the ground as you=3DA0 shrin=
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d your=3D0A shoulder blade just get caught on that piece of floor that stic=
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up a bit? Are you=3DA0 buckling, tearing or lifting up off the ground in p=
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Darn , now you may=3DA0 need=3DA0 to devise a smoother floor, a slipsheet, =
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le ball bearings or rollers that will let you shrink without snagging or dr=
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agging.

OK ,I know that was=3DA0 silly, but it WAS kind of fun. I better leave befo=
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you visualize putting=3DA0=3DA0 me through the pugmill.=3D20

Cheers, Stephani

### Jeanie Silver on tue 17 jan 12

Stephani
Great thought experiment...can I ripitoff and use it in my teaching?
Jeanie