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    The most played song on US radio stations during the 20th century was "You've Lost That Loving Feeling." It was played over 8 million times, or about 45 years played back to back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scifan57 View Post
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    If you drilled a tunnel straight through the earth at the poles and jumped in, it would take you exactly 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the other side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Rob
    The term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W.II fighter pilots in the South Pacific. When arming their airplanes on the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got "the whole 9 yards."
    Probably not.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_whole_nine_yards

    I looked it up because I'd heard the cement mixer theory, which also turns out to be unlikely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twerppoet

    Probably not.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_whole_nine_yards

    I looked it up because I'd heard the cement mixer theory, which also turns out to be unlikely.
    Yes... I must concede to that after reading the wiki entry twerppoet. Head bowed, slinking away from the thread....... oh what the heck...... try this one.... 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

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    Quote Originally Posted by The OB View Post
    If you drilled a tunnel straight through the earth at the poles and jumped in, it would take you exactly 42 minutes and 12 seconds to get to the other side.
    Would you even get to the other side? You would initially start falling, when you jump in (Newton's first law?), due to gravity. However, gravity's effect would diminish as you approach the center of the earth (Newton's second law?). As you pass the earth's core gravity would begin so slow you down due to it pulling in the opposite direction. At what point would you stop falling in your current direction, begin falling in the opposite direction and end up simply bouncing back and forth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ardchoille
    Would you even get to the other side? You would initially start falling, when you jump in (Newton's first law?), due to gravity. However, gravity's effect would diminish as you approach the center of the earth (Newton's second law?). As you pass the earth's core gravity would begin so slow you down due to it pulling in the opposite direction. At what point would you stop falling in your current direction, begin falling in the opposite direction and end up simply bouncing back and forth?

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    I think that the ashes would stop around the centre of the molten core..... Yourself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Rob View Post
    I think that the ashes would stop around the centre of the molten core..... Yourself?
    I'm not sure. I would think that wind resistance, and lack of gravity, near the earth's core would result in your fall being slowed to almost nothing. But I could be completely wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ardchoille

    I'm not sure. I would think that wind resistance, and lack of gravity, near the earth's core would result in your fall being slowed to almost nothing. But I could be completely wrong.
    In theory the body would slow as it nears the centre but as the temperature would be over 4,000C the remaining ash would become stationery. Also there would be air resistance to begin with.

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