The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

August 6, 2009

Should I Be Concerned?

Filed under: Random Stuff — Tags: — Brian Lutz @ 11:54 pm

The last time I checked, the Laws of Physics seemed to be a pretty much immutable thing.  Sure, you might get some random scientist here or there meddling with things they don’t understand and creating some anomaly that last about sixteen femtoseconds, give or take a few attoseconds (which is also about how long it takes a peer-reviewed scientific journal to dismiss the results of the experiment as miscellaneous crackpottery) but for the most part, all the various things that we might deal with on a regular basis tend to hold pretty steadfastly to the Laws of Physics as we know them.  Thus it has never really occurred to me to figure out what I would do if I were to encounter a situation where this wasn’t the case.  For example:

What the heck am I supposed to do about this?  This particular roll of toilet paper (presumably a common item found in nuclear physics labs, albeit for a completely different reason than what’s shown here) has stubbornly decided to remain where it was placed prior to the removal of the roll underneath it. 

Although some would dispute my findings, it is my opinion that this particular roll is clearly in violation of the Law of Gravity.  So far, it’s been up there for at least two days now as of the time I’m writing this, and seems to show little inclination toward coming down from its current position.  I’m not sure what exactly the penalties are for violating the laws of physics, but I’m guessing I really don’t want to find out.  Would I have to bring a lawyer or a mathematician with me to the trial?  What would be the consequences if the case made it all the way through the system to the point that the Supreme Court was to declare the Law of Gravity unconstitutional?  Is there anything in my lease that would prevent me from turning my apartment into a roadside tourist trap?  I suppose I could just pull the thing down and be done with it (I’m not sure what the Statute of Limitations on that type of thing would be though,) but I’m actually kind of curious to see just how long the thing would stay up there for.  Maybe if I ever start to really run out of ideas for Blog posts I’ll post updates on the thing.

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3 Comments »

  1. How goes it with the errant role?

    Comment by Gail — August 20, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

    • …er, roll.

      Comment by Gail — August 20, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

  2. Yeah, it’s still floating up there, looking as ominous as ever. If the thing’s still there in a week, I’m going to start selling T-shirts…

    Comment by Brian Lutz — August 20, 2009 @ 8:58 pm


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