Monday, July 04, 2005

The Michelson-Morley Awards

I posted my silly physics question Physics questions and recieved two excellent answers that didn't answer the question at all. David, had a wonderful answer that didn't even come close, and Rocky, managed to turn the answer into a totally different question involving pyrotechnics and collision effects.
This got me to thinking, what if there was a contest to answer (or not answer) actual questions. Creativity would be rewarded, and snarky answers encouraged.
So, I came up with the first Michelson-Morley awards. In case you don't know who they are, these two gentlemen set out to prove that there was an ether in space which would transmit light. They set out to test their theory, and failed miserably. It wasn't too long after that when Einstein came up with his theory of Relativity, which destroyed the concept of ether forever as a medium for the transmission of light.
The rules are simple:
1. Incorrect answers only. If you have the right answer and post it, you will be disqualified.
2. Creativity is a must. We always try to use creativity to solve problems, now use it to make a bigger mess of a problem.
3. Not answering the question is also acceptable.

Without further ado, here is this weeks question:
A bumblebee is aerodynamically incapable of flight. If you examine the mass of the insect, wing size, wing speed, it just cannot be done. So, how does it fly?

Answers will be collected until the 11th, and evaluated by our esteemed panel of judges, (me). Be the first on your block to get the magic Michelson-Morley award, amaze your friends, brag at a bar, and have fun!
I will also be accepting proposed future questions at my e-mail:

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