Jan/Feb 2000

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I Carried Bill Bradley's Water
I grew up in Crystal City, a mere six blocks from where Bill Bradley lived. During the early sixties, this small town situated on the western bank of the Mississippi River about thirty miles south of St. Louis, was gripped with a sports spirit of biblical proportions. The whole populace conformed to the cause in an unconscious yearning for excellence, a craving for notoriety so strong and so insistent that with tsunami zeal every man, woman and child in the city was swept along in its current.
Coultas W. Kemp


Five Gravity Experiments You Can Do in a Strange Hotel
There is one determination you could make rather quickly, with only a Foucault pendulum (essentially a swinging weight suspended by a wire). Due to the Earth's rotation, the pendulum's plane of swing would appear to turn clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere. Thus, in only a few minutes, you could narrow the possibilities to half the planet.
Dennis Kaplan


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