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Asked by: Glenn Hawkins
Subject: It is all so tricky
I once laid out rows of round pencils and placed a thin piece of Styrofoam on top of the pencils. On one end of the Styrofoam plate I added a little Styrofoam vertical wall attached with hot melt glue.

I placed a Supper precession gyroscope with pedestal on the Styrofoam plate. When the gyroscope precessed into the wall, the whole contraption twisted around with a jerk, but remained in the same space.

With the same set up, I sat the pedestal on a ruler suspended in air and quite separated from the Styrofoam plate. When this gyroscope precessed into the little vertical wall attached to the Styrofoam plate, the plate was shoved quickly and solidly down the row of pencils for over one foot to the end of the row of pencils.

If you try these two experiments and your results are the same as mine, what will you make of it?

Date: 23 January 2017
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