22/x mmxv

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If you drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take you exactly 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the other side.

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5 thoughts on “22/x mmxv

  1. If you drilled a tunnel straight through the Earth and jumped in, it would take you exactly 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the other side.

    Wouldn’t you be going against gravity the second half of the trip? The timing, I must assume, is based on Earth’s diameter vs falling at 32 feet per second, per second, but doesn’t falling UP alter that formula? Would one achieve sufficient velocity during the first half, to take one through the second? Wouldn’t one then lose velocity at the rate of 32 feet per second, per second?

    Douglas Adams once wrote that flying is achieved by throwing yourself at the ground, and missing – falling up would have to be much akin to that. It would be best to dive in head first, otherwise you would come out standing on your head. I should probably wear a cape.

    I can see that I’m going to lose some sleep over this – curse you, Kuba!

  2. Hey, what the hell Arch, let’s just pull out the old post digger, with pipe extensions, and try it out, what do you say?

  3. I’ve got a couple of free days next week, why not?

    But as one exits, something has to be in place to grab hold of, otherwise, you’d fall right back down – I suppose one could spend an entire day just zipping back and forth, the more I think about it, the more fun it sounds. I should probably bring a book —

    Here’s an idea – if I carry a weight down, and release it at the center, I should gain a bit of inertia for the trip back up, by possessing less mass. How much do you weigh?

  4. Now, now, that’d be telling! Are you saying you’d take me down the rabbit hole as your extra weight? Way to go Tarzan: do you also swing from trees? Me could be Jane… But that is an interesting concept: take an extra expendable weight down the gravity well and just as you pass the sign that says “You’re halfway there” you let go and zoom down/up the other end to just barely escape the pull, with your hands clinging to the edge. Is that’s the part where you wish you could speak Mandarin?

  5. Ah so, you are surprised I speak your ranguage – I was educated in your country, at UCLA —
    (Oh, that’s right – forgot you’re not American –)

    BTW, as a teenager, I built a tree-house, with ropes to swing down and everything, so – do you also swing from trees? – yeah.

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