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Schrödinger’s Washing Machine

For those scienty types that don’t want to let cats concern them.
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Same as the cat thing, except that we now use the universally accepted phenomenon that if you put an even number of socks in a washing machine, you get an odd number out. Hence, any given sock can be considered to be entangled during the spin cycle.
Ian Tindale, May 15 2011

Socks. Cats. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socks_(cat)
[mouseposture, May 15 2011]

BERTLMANN'S SOCKS AND THE NATURE OF REALITY http://hal.archives...fr/jpa-00220688/en/
Click on the pdf linked there. [sqeaketh the wheel, May 15 2011]


       That's brilliant, [Ian T]!   

       (Although, I couldn't help wondering... if it works with socks, why NOT cats?)   

Grogster, May 15 2011

       //why NOT cats// Well, the problem is that, if you put no cats at all into the machine, you would get at least one out.
mouseposture, May 15 2011

       [mp]'s got it; you'd usually end up with more cats than when you started... thus of course cats are made out of socks.
FlyingToaster, May 15 2011

       Spontaneous launderation.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 15 2011

       When we are in power, and the secret files are opened, the truth about Socks <link> will be known at last.
mouseposture, May 15 2011

       A catalyser lyses cats, reducing them to an homogeneous soup*. Essentially, a catabolic process.   

       *a gemisch, or cat-soup.
mouseposture, May 15 2011

       // more cats //   

       Very bad. Very, very bad.   

       #include <EOSSACR.H>   

       [+] for attempting to address the Washing Machine Sock Wormhole problem.
8th of 7, May 15 2011

       8th seems to be stuck in a time-paradox...
RayfordSteele, May 15 2011

       Maybe, but it's better than being stuck on the Nothern Line.
8th of 7, May 15 2011

       Baked by one of the greatest theoretical physicists of all time - John S. Bell - in a paper titled "BERTLMANN'S SOCKS AND THE NATURE OF REALITY," in Journal de Physique Colloques 42, C2 (1981). See link. Clicking on the pdf linked there is a must; then you can see Bell's drawing of professor Bertlmann wearing one pink sock and one not-pink sock. Bell posits that the socks' color are entangled. I suppose you are going to claim he got them out of Schrödinger’s Washing Machine.   

       Still [+]. There is no shame in being scooped by John Bell.
sqeaketh the wheel, May 15 2011

       This doesn't explain where bras go, after they're put in the washing machine.
infidel, May 16 2011

       That's because bras don't go in the wash machine, bonehead.
blissmiss, May 16 2011

       I'm uncertain about this, but I think [infidel] was making a joke about bras and kets. (a la Dirac)
sqeaketh the wheel, May 16 2011

       A potential problem with this quantum wash machine is: What happens if the commutator gets broken?
sqeaketh the wheel, May 16 2011

       If there was a dish washer version of this, you could put one in, then get two coffee cups out. Clearly a better idea.
xenzag, May 16 2011

       If I choose the model that's powered by a flux capacitor would I get back any of my favourite socks that went missing in past launderings?
Canuck, May 16 2011

       I'm pretty certain my wife washes her bras in the machine?
RayfordSteele, May 16 2011

       You should ask her where she washes yours, then.
8th of 7, May 16 2011

       My wife washes her brassieres in the machine, [bliss].   

       I'm just confused as to where the [cket] end up when you try to wash a pair of entheses.
infidel, May 17 2011

       I've just checked and found that it's actually our housekeeper who washes them in the machine. My wife washes them by hand, when she does them.   

       Apparently the machine eats them, if it gets a chance. The housekeeper now has instructions to use a lingerie bag, if she's going to use the machine.
infidel, May 17 2011

       //I'm just confused as to where the [cket] end up when you try to wash a pair of entheses.//   

       In the Hilbert Space of course. I think they have a lost and found there.
sqeaketh the wheel, May 17 2011

       I once found one buried in a Digbert Space but assumed it was put there by a two-dimensional talking dog.
infidel, May 17 2011

       This idea has caused some men to check with their spouses to inquire about brassiere laundering techniques. I will vote it up for that reason alone.
tatterdemalion, May 17 2011

       We find your motive disquieting.
8th of 7, May 17 2011

       Well, if you're going to wear something on your head, it might as well be clean.
RayfordSteele, May 17 2011

       I infer from this socks then behave as a particle and a wave. This explains how when I was a kid my socks, like a wave, would flow to the toe of my gumboots
fried dwight, May 17 2011

       //my socks, like a wave, would flow to the toe of my gumboots//   

       [+], but if your socks are true quantum entities, they will be fermions or bosons. If bosons, then you will always find both socks together in the toe of one or the other gumboot. It is said that bosons undergo "bunching."
sqeaketh the wheel, May 17 2011

       [+] (someone put their fishbones in there and then only one came out!)
xandram, May 18 2011

       The state of one sock is easily determined by quantum entanglement with the other. When one is dirty and lost, the other is folded, clean, and in the drawer, and vice- versa.
RayfordSteele, Nov 08 2016


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