I keep running into this same information and decided that I love to learn new things, so I’m going to share it with you.
It began yesterday, with the Word of the Day email. They tend to separate the words into themes, so each week are themed words. Last week, it was words that derived from animal names, this week, it is 18-letter words. 18 letters because yesterday marked the 18th anniversary of their first issue (March 14, 1994). To celebrate the octodecennary – that’s a real word that means group of 18, which is pretty cool in and of itself – they are running 18 letter words all week long. Yesterday’s word was:
which means “an experiment carried out in imagination, only”.
The site goes on to give examples of the word in actual usage. In this case, they touched upon one of the most famous gedankenexperiments, Galileo dropping items from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is believed that Galileo did not actually do this experiement, he just used it as an example to prove his hypothesis. Prior to Galileo’s time, the major brain of the world was Aristotle, it was Aristotle who surmised that two objects, falling, do not travel at the same speed, the heavier one falls faster. In theory, it sounds correct, but Galileo’s thought experiment showed it false. The classic example is if you drop a feather and a hammer off a building, they will hit the ground at the same time, regardless of the fact that a hammer is much heavier.
Now, of course, this must be under specific conditions, as air resistance will slow down a falling feather, having much less effect on a solid and smooth hammer.
Well, that was interesting enough, and I read it all and moved on. Then, this morning, I was looking something up on The Straight Dope, a website dedicated to giving answers to random questions, a site which I adore. After learning whatever brought me there, I decided to click on the “read a random question” link, just to see what else I could learn. The first thing that came up was about spiders, which creeped me out. I clicked the link to move on and the next thing that came up was this post, entitled, “If a hammer and a feather are dropped together, won’t the hammer hit the ground first?”
What are the odds?
Pretty good if you’re the Mistress of the Universe, I suppose.
It’s another clear cut case of synchronicity, which always just tickles me. Then, that post by the Straight Dope went on to explain that this had been scientifically proven true, in an experiment done on the moon, by the Apollo 15 mission.
That’s the video of the actual experiment. It was pretty cool. It’s awesome when learning just comes upon me so easily, must be birthday week! (Tomorrow’s the big day, people, are you so excited!?!?!?!)
Hope you enjoyed your birthday week rendition of TYNKYNK.