Cooking With Potential Energy

Oldie but goodie: cooking a turkey with “potential energy” (i.e., throwing it repeatedly out of a tall building):

http://www.ohio.edu/mechanical/thermo/Intro/Chapt.1_6/energy/CookingPE.pdf

This comes to us from the “science” journal, “The Journal of Irreproducible Results”, which I first encountered circa 1989 when I was working in the periodicals binding unit of the library at Virginia Tech. The journal isn’t what it once was — there was an ugly schism in the mid-1990s that led to the creation of the “Annals of Improbable Research”. But if you can find a copy of “The Best Of The Journal of Irreproducible Results,” a bound edition of some of the greatest articles, it’s worth buying. My all-time favorite article was “National Geographic: The Doomsday Machine”, which posited that the weight of decades of accumulated National Geographic back issues would stockpiled in attics and spare rooms across the nation would cause a devastating earthquake.

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One Response to Cooking With Potential Energy

  1. silver price says:

    The guy has the right to be a homophobe and bigot. And if A&E wants to drop him from the show, that’s their right. Those of you who say “But what about his freedom of speech!!!” are sort of missing the point — he’s entitled to say whatever he wants and the government can’t restrict that under the First Amendment, but a private entity like A&E is not required to give him a platform.

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