Friday, September 30, 2005

Experiment of the Day

Fill a large steel pot with a few bricks so it weighs twenty pounds or so, then put it on a grill composed of two hundred wires from wire coat hangers. Have 160 of the wires on the outside but have 40 wires on the interior also supporting the grill. Put a wire and asbestos pad on top of the wires to act as a floor. Now, cut twenty of the outside wires on one side, ten on the inside on the same side and build a pyre out of sticks and newspaper under the pot, soak it with some kerosene then light it. Now see what happens.

Will the pot--

a) suddenly fall stright down as the all wires heat up, weaken and give way at once?

b) will some of the wires weaken and the grill will sag on one side and then slowly droop down into the fire?

c) will the wires hold the weight of the pot just fine until the fire burns out?

I am guessing that it will be (c) or maybe (b), but (a) seems very doubtful.

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