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1. ## Thread: Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

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### Re: Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

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Ha. That's super-scary interesting. (Tip: watch parts of the video on YouTube at 0.25 speed, to better see what's happening.)

I'd love to see a version where the earth's...
2. ## Thread: Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

by Bill Ryan
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### Re: Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

Why?

The earth is not a single wing nut/object rotating in space, so I'm guessing/hopping the effect will not apply to the earth and moon combined.
We will not flip because of this effect (I...
3. ## Thread: Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

by Bill Ryan
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### Re: Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

Yes, I can, too. They freaked out because

They didn't initially understand it. And then when they did understand it,
They started to ask [good!] questions about the stability of the earth,...
4. ## Thread: Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

by Bill Ryan
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### Re: Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

This has been giving me a headache. :bigsmile:

Here's my best shot at an intuitive simple explanation. ( :P —> Feynmann)

Any object, particularly semi-symmetrical ones (like wingnuts), can...
5. ## Thread: Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

by Bill Ryan
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### Re: Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

Richard Feynman would be rotating in his grave. But on which axis?
:)

I confess, I'm a mathematician (or, was one!). But I still don't understand how come the...
6. ## Thread: Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

by Bill Ryan
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### Why the Russians classified a rotating weightless wingnut: they thought the Earth might flip

Yes, you read that right! Watch this, and be amazed. :)