Sunday, August 14, 2005

Western Spaghetti

Sorry for the light blogging lately. I'm currently on vacation and the lead-up to a vacation is always an extremely busy period at work.

To make up for it, I give you, via Prof. Bainbridge, an answer to a question that I know has been vexing you for years: Why does dry spaghetti breaks into more that two pieces when you attempt to snap it to cook smaller strands. See here.

It's worth following the links back to find this one concerning the late Richard Feynman's ruminations on the topic. What's interesting is not the spaghetti issue itself, but the illustration of a curious mind at work.

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