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end of the world

lets bring it??
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lets walk and bring this world to an end. How? If everyone walks to east, sooner or later world is gonna stop rotating.

But wait until i die 8<P

BALIKEKMEK, Jul 19 2001

If all Chinese jumped at once, would cataclysm result? http://www.straight...lassics/a1_155.html
For Guy Fox. [StarChaser, Jul 19 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

It's Here!! http://www.morningl...ot-july-29/1388433/
Uh [whatrock, Dec 26 2016]

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       Cough... conserveration of momentum... cough... splutter.
st3f, Jul 19 2001
  

       No we use energy to walk and that stop the earth producing heat, momentum is conserved when there is no force applied on the system
BALIKEKMEK, Jul 19 2001
  

       i think he's had one too many fish sandwiches...
mihali, Jul 19 2001
  

       one day you will understand haha (go and check your physics again)
BALIKEKMEK, Jul 19 2001
  

       Surely a far more practical option is to have everyone in China jump off of a footstool simultaneously? If *practical* is the right word.
Guy Fox, Jul 19 2001
  

       Fingerprints Of The Gods was a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading some years ago. Covers the 'ages' that have existed and are yet to come. Earth shifts, Pyramids, Atlantis and more are covered in this very interesting and thought-provoking weave.
thumbwax, Jul 19 2001
  

       Other than altering the length of the day, what would slowing the earths rotation actualy do?
RobertKidney, Jul 19 2001
  

       The earth actually does slow it's rotation a second every year or two, because of wind blowing on mountainsides (I read this in the book "Faster" by James Gleick). Apparently, the people in charge of keeping time just tack an extra second on the clock.
nathandrea, Jul 19 2001
  

       I think a tanker ship sized atomic weapon would be a more spectacular idea. Actually halfbaked during the Cold War.
mrkillboy, Jul 19 2001
  

       Since we're doing Ten Impossible Things Before Breakfast, I vote we switch rotational direction on a weekly basis and also move the north geomagnetic pole to Ethiopia. Ha! That'll put a spoke in their wheel, whoever 'they' are!
Dog Ed, Jul 20 2001
  

       Robert one of the conditions of existence of life is a suitable lenght of day according to the living organisms. If this rotation slow in a considerably high rate, the difference in the temperatures of day and night would rise. Human race can only adopt this if this change takes very very long time.   

       And the guy who answered the question of jumping china could simply say that world and the things on it is a system and this system can only change its normal route if only a part of this system seperates from it. I guess nobody in china can jump so high. Think simple.
BALIKEKMEK, Jul 20 2001
  

       <google search think simple copy/paste>Hold her steady, tiller is balanced...NICE PRESSURE... Trim...TRIM!... If you can't pay attention, we'll get someone ELSE!!!... Now we're feeling fast... Lower and FASTER... boy, that new chute looks fine... There's the mark... we're almost making it on this jibe, and we've got a lane of clear air... Those boats on the other jibe are sailing away from the mark, and they're JIBING...I HEAR YOU... No, we're NOT at two boatlengths yet... All RIGHT! You've got it... Listen to that guy to leeward. He's LOSING it... DAMN it, that's three boats we've lost on this run. Must have been out of phase... One down, two to go, hold it steady... </google search think simple copy/paste>
thumbwax, Jul 20 2001
  

       ...but I don't want the world to stop. Just the voices in my head.
DrBob, Jul 20 2001
  

       I think what UnaBubba meant to say is that weather patterns generally move west to east, so even if wind on the mountains could have a measurable effect, it would be to accelerate the earth's rotation, not to slow it down.
beauxeault, Jul 20 2001
  

       can you wait till morning?
po, Jul 26 2005
  

       *ahem* a couple of points, which I have numbered 1 to 3 for clarity:
(1) if everyone walks east, they will only have an effect on the earth's rotation at the moment they *start* walking. Once we're all moving, we will have no additional effect (ie, the earth will slow a fraction at the start, but it won't keep on slowing).

(B) When we stop walking, we will have the opposite effect, and the earth's rotation will be restored to its former value. It is highly likely that most people will, in fact, want to stop walking as soon as they hit a coast.

(iii) Even so, we can figure out what would happen when we all start walking. The angular momentum of the earth is, by my calculation, 7.1 x 10^33 kgm^2/s (this assumes, for simplicity, that the earth is of uniform density). The angular momentum of a 70kg person walking at 1m/s on the earth's surface is 4.5x10^8 kgm^2/s. Assuming that there are 6 billion people and they all start walking east along the equator, then their total angular momentum will be 2.7x10^18 kgm^2/s. Hence, the earth's rotation will slow by about 1 part in 2.6 million billion. Hence, the earth's day will increase by about 0.000000000033 seconds.
Basepair, Jul 26 2005
  

       [thumbwax] that just sounds so horribly familiar...
moomintroll, Jul 26 2005
  

       [Basepair] you rock. That's why I love the HB. Even though it's a complete waste of your time to do so, you've done a few sums to show us the lunacy of the argument. I applaud you (very quietly so as to not lose energy to sound through hand clapping).
neilp, Jul 27 2005
  

       [neilp] - I am flattered :-) thank you.
Basepair, Jul 27 2005
  

       I also like the idea that humans cannot live in an evironment with a drastically changing climate from day to night.
You underestimate your race.
KaGe2021, Jul 27 2005
  

       I also like the idea that humans cannot live in an evironment with a drastically changing climate from day to night.
You underestimate us.
KaGe2021, Jul 27 2005
  

       Besides, even if it stopped spinning that wouldn't be the end of the world, just all (or most) of the life inhabiting it.
pooduck, Jul 27 2005
  

       FLASH: Here it (finally) is, the End Of The World! [link]   

       All Bakers are hereby encouraged to post all your as-yet unposted ideas. This way, the next society to rise on Earth will view our efforts en masse and give our organization the respect it is due.
whatrock, Dec 26 2016
  

       I always thought the end of the world happened about 4.53 billion years ago. The other end, of course, is less certain.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 27 2016
  

       // view our efforts en masse and give our organization the respect it is due //   

       You need to take a bit more water with it, old boy ...
8th of 7, Dec 27 2016
  

       it's the full on caps that worries me!
po, Dec 27 2016
  

       it's the full on caps that worries me!
po, Dec 27 2016
  

       Any massive change in global zietgeist is the end of the world as humanity knows it.
wjt, Jan 01 2017
  

       We will bet a dollar you don't actually know what "zeitgeist" means, [wjt]. It's just a term you've heard, and you've been waiting desperately for a chance to use it in what you hope is a vaguely appropriate context.   

       It would be funny, if it wasn't so sad and pathetic. You need to get out more and meet people your own age. Or just people of any age. Or just homiothermic eukaryotes would be a start ... if you can't cope with that, what about trees? You could start by trying to make friends with a tree ... tgeir expectations are very low ...
8th of 7, Jan 01 2017
  

       //tgeir   

       Ahh, the wine gums...
not_morrison_rm, Jan 01 2017
  

       He didn't say "zeitgeist", he said "zietgeist" - a natural misspelling of the Dutch "zietgeest", which would be something like "a spirit which sees".   

       Pass the wine gums.
pertinax, Jan 01 2017
  
      
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