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March 08, 2005

Prove gravity exists, make a quick $100,000!

A generous fellow is offering $100,000 "to the first person to deliver a full mathematical, engineering proof of how the impact and/or fires caused any of the WTC buildings to collapse the way the government claims!" These claims are to be reviewed by a team headed by Jeff King, "engineer and doctor educated at MIT."

The site isn't all that clearly written, to be honest, so if you're looking to collect, you may need to spend a while figuring out exactly what kind of proof is required. One of the proofs sought is an explanation of the source of the "energy needed to crush concrete into fine powder [and the] force needed to sheer bolts and rivets." I've never heard of sheer bolts and rivets; I suppose those are what holds together Wonder Woman's invisible jet. Wait — you don't suppose he means "shear," do you? An MIT-educated engineer wouldn't make a piker mistake like that.

An MIT-educated engineer would probably be aware that extremely heavy objects falling from a great height have a tendency to sustain severe damage. It's esoteric, true, but an MIT-educated engineer would have heard of this obscure phenomenon, known to physicists as "the force of gravity". Apparently he feels that this "gravity" thing wouldn't have caused the buildings to destroy themselves with their own weight as they fell. He's the MIT-educated engineer, so he would know.

On the other hand, perhaps he's actually asking for "mathematical, engineering proof" that gravity exists. How do we know that the phenomenon of objects falling to earth with a force commensurate with their weight isn't just the Vengeful Sky God pushing down, or the Greedy Earth God pulling everything towards himself? Prove it! There's a hundred grand in it for you if you can. (I ask only for a modest 5% referral fee.)

Posted by EtherPundit at March 8, 2005 12:23 AM   Category: Moonbats

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Maybe the "engineer and doctor" was educated at MIT by Gnome Chimpsky over in Linguistics. If I send the guy a copy of Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, do you think he'll cough up the $100,000?

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