Tuesday, March 6

Can a penny dropped from a skyscraper kill you?

According to Scientific American, it cannot. A coin is a very light and flat shaped object, which is much delayed by collisions with air molecules, preventing it to reach a high speed, despite the acceleration of gravity. But this excellent magazine does not disappoint those who rely on it to find ways to commit murder. In the same article in which we learn pennys are good for nothing, we learn pens have an almost guaranteed success, for they are heavier and sharp. Of course you can make the penny heavier and sharp, for instance, by throwing yourself along with it, but we must warn you that you will be killing yourself.


Madeline said...

Isn't something about haze part of the reason they didn't spot the iceberg in the first place? What a tangled web we weave, especially if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Frederico Rogeiro said...

That's strange, no doubt about it! I guess that iceberg was a fast one, almost like a penny coming from the top of a skyscraper!