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Airplane vs. Treadmill

If you haven’t heard of it, this was a meme a while ago, whose best solution is here. Right now, I’m just reading through some of the archived debates, laughing at idiots. The funniest are the people who almost understand what’s going on:

The plane will TAKE OFF. But there’s no guarantee of it FLYING. Once it reaches a speed fast enough to overcome friction of the conveyor belt the engine has to be powerful enough to generate lift against air rather than the ground. If the plane were in a vacuum (no air) it would not fly. That’s my stab at it any way.

January 31, 2008 at 12:50 AM

There should be a word for what I’m doing. Something related to schadenfreude, but meaning “pleasure derived from the idiocy of others.”

A word other than “trolling.” That one implies an active participation in the conversation.

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