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Horny_Toad
590 Posts
13 years, 9 months ago
Why, if you spin a rugby ball, american football, m&m or anything ovoid on it's widest part, will it always end up spinning on it's tip?

Hmmm?
    SchwinnGirl
    350 Posts
    13 years, 9 months ago
    Are talking about original M&Ms or Peanut ones? They're shaped quite differently, and will impact my answer.
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    Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.
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      Horny_Toad
      590 Posts
      13 years, 9 months ago
      Peanut ones.
        SchwinnGirl
        350 Posts
        13 years, 9 months ago
        It is all an orchestrated phenom to do with inertia, rotational energy, angular momentum and static and dynamic balance. I think centrifugal force and gravitational impact may have bearing as well.

        My definitive answer? Magic.
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          Horny_Toad
          590 Posts
          13 years, 9 months ago
          SchwinnGirl
          It is all an orchestrated phenom to do with inertia, rotational energy, angular momentum and static and dynamic balance. I think centrifugal force and gravitational impact may have bearing as well.

          My definitive answer? Magic.


          Those are the mechanics, yes, but WHY?

          Me fick.
            Jason43
            1494 Posts
            13 years, 9 months ago
            I think the same rules of physics that determine which way the water will spin when you flush your toilet also apply here. In fact, I suggest you flush a football down your toilet as a field test. Let us know the results.
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              13 years, 9 months ago
              I believe it has something to do with why Australians flush their toilets backwards.

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