Saturday, 22 November 2008

Perpetual Motion Invention

I think I may have accidentally invented a perpetual motion machine.

I was testing the veracity of various rules of Sod's Law, specifically the contentions that cats always land on their feet and that toast always lands buttered side down.

Experiment to test Sod's First and Second Laws of Motion

1 Take a slice of buttered toast.

2 Take a cat (male or female).

3 Strap the toast, buttered side up, to the back of the cat.

4 Drop the cat from a two-metre height.

The opposing Sod's Law forces suspended the cat and toast one metre from the ground in perpetual rotation.

Now, all I have to do is find a way of harnessing the energy created and I'm quids in. I suspect after they read this, Exxon, BP and Shell will be getting into the cat and toast market. This may push the price of thick-sliced bread and cat food up a bit, but you can't have everything.


Jed Clampett said...

Dammit, but that's good physics! I know a guy whose name sounds a bit like Martian Rugby who has invented a perpetual dead stop machine (yeah, what IS the opposite of motion?)

Dr Seuss said...

Schrodinger worked on this idea, of course, back in the 1900s.
The problem was getting the toast into the box before Noel Edmonds could open it, as I recall.

Alison Gow said...

If a tree falls in the forest, and there's no one around to hear it, does it also land butter-side down?
And do you channel Mr Charters when you compose your lovely posts?

stormywhether said...

Can I say what an overwhelming delight it has been to get out of Strangeways. You were number 2 on my list of things to do. Number one was eat a pie.