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A question of Science

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I was drinking tea on the train this afternoon from a cup which was mostly square, but with rounded edges.

Is this merely Virgin Trains trying to be stylish, or does the angular nature of the cup help to prevent spillages when the train shoogles about a bit?
21st Feb 2007, 00:13   | tags:,

did you spill more or less than normal?

21st Feb 2007, 01:44

Malky says:

Thought I'd let you know that I've just wasted twenty minutes on that question.

21st Feb 2007, 21:30

teflon says:

So what's your answer, dammit?!

21st Feb 2007, 21:31

Helen says:

You have to pay $99 for the answer.

22nd Feb 2007, 07:42

teflon says:

That's extorsion! AQA only costs a quid!

23rd Feb 2007, 10:20

Malky says:

My answer would be a big fat eeeemmm, I dunno. Although the square shape would certainly lower the risk of a 'swirl' building up, spilling hot tea into your train-going lap.

Here's another science-related puzzler though: the other day I witnessed Morven pouring exactly one mugs worth of water into an empty kettle, on the basis that she wouldn't be wasting electricity boiling water that would just be left to cool. However, I reckon that the water would heat quicker if a strong convection current was allowed to develop in the kettle, which would require a larger amount of water. Hmm. She thought I had too much free time on my hands. Am I right? Opinions?

And did you know that hot water freezes faster than cold water?

What a long post... I'll just get back to doing something useful now.

25th Feb 2007, 14:54