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Old 11-18-2012, 09:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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91% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:10 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Those ketchup cups you use at McDonald's are expandable. Maybe most people know this, but I only found this out recently. I do know that I've yet to see someone actually expand the cup before filling it with ketchup. They have the potential of holding so much more than the assumed 15 fries worth. (That's my standard use of ketchup, not that of the average fry consummer.)
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:13 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Try it! Identical trays, different water temps, same spot in the freezer. When I first heard it, I didn't believe it either. A couple of times it was a bit faster, most time it was hard to tell, but it was never slower. (I was judging by if I could see liquid water move inside the cube) It was more obvious in a bigger container than an ice cube tray.
Great minds and all. I'm 20 minutes into it right now.

I have a working theory...
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Great minds and all. I'm 20 minutes into it right now.

I have a working theory...
Aaaaaaaaand, we're done. After 30 minutes, the water that started out as cold tap water had a rim of ice and the water that started out as hot tap water did not.

What's interesting is that although the two cups of water started out at approx 120* and 50*, by the time the experiment was terminated they were both at 0* within the error limits of my shitty thermometer. This is not surprising since how fast a body loses heat is dependant on the difference in temp between the item and the environment. As the two cups of water cooled to the temp of the freezer, the hotter cup would have lost heat a lot faster initially. I'm sure that varying the temp of the freezer and the initial temps of the two cups of water would affect the cooling curves. Things could also be affected by (for instance) the fact that water from the water heater tends to have more particulates and dissolved salts than water that just comes straight in from the street.

Anyway, if I really wanted to go all reductio ad absurdum on this thing, I'd refill the partly frozen cup of water with freshly boiled water and stick it in with the almost-ready-to-freeze water. By the logic of the Effect, the boiling water should freeze first....


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When I tried the hot water freezing thing, I was a firm skeptic with beers riding on it. While I never paid up following successful arguments about "warm spots in the freezer" and the relative merits of frost as an insulator, I was privately shocked that it wasn't freakin' obvious that hot water freezes slower.

Obviously if you put 1 degree water in one tray and boiling water in the other, it won't work. Put if you put cool water from the tap in one and "hot shower" type temp in the other, it does.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Sorry. Still not getting it. I've looked at clouds and seen them move. I'm not 1000 years old. QED.

Is there a punch line? Is this one of those "no cat has 8 tails" aphorisms?
I have no idea I just copied and pasted it as fact

I'll see can I find a few more for you to ponder over...
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Recently found out that all flour has wee beasties in it that if you don't seal the bag right, will hatch and grow. I'd love if you could disprove this one Donutz, freaky little bastards!
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A few more..

New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote.

When they are in the sky they are meteors, when they hit earth they become meteorites.

The Sun is gradually getting hotter over time. In about 100 million years or so it will be hot enough on Earth for the oceans to boil away, followed by Earth's atmosphere. I'm guessing that will kind of put an end to snowboarding!

The Declaration of Independence was written on Hemp paper.
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Those ketchup cups you use at McDonald's are expandable. Maybe most people know this, but I only found this out recently. I do know that I've yet to see someone actually expand the cup before filling it with ketchup. They have the potential of holding so much more than the assumed 15 fries worth. (That's my standard use of ketchup, not that of the average fry consummer.)
My son showed me this too. Only there not meant to be expanded. If you do "expand" them they become like a flat saucer. Could you do this so that you could hold more ketchup? Sure. Is that what they were designed to do? Nope.
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Okay so apparently there is a method to this trick. Had to search good'ol you tube. Still don't believe that they were designed with this in mind.

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