Take the 2-minute tour ×
Physics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of physics. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Hello I have a bracelet in my hand with a clip that holds it connected. The bracelete can not slip off my wrist, it is not loose. However while I was standing, it felt from my hand and I found it still connected on the floor.

I don't believe in magic and I am not making any fun out of this. I am a physics/mechanics enthusiast and I am trying to think of a possible logical reason, how this can happen.

Thank you.

this is how the connector is

this is how the connector is

share|improve this question

closed as off topic by dmckee Jan 13 '13 at 0:23

Questions on Physics Stack Exchange are expected to relate to physics within the scope defined by the community. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about reopening questions here.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

    
This does not seem to be a physics question. –  dmckee Jan 13 '13 at 0:23
    
Look closely at the chain. One of the links is probably broken and has a C shape instead of that of a closed O. The chain opened and fell from your arm. But there was a tiny probability that that link engaged itself with the next one by chance when the chain touched the ground. It won't happen again. –  Eduardo Guerras Valera Jan 13 '13 at 1:30
    
If you observe the same phenomenon a second time, then it is time to quit smoking marijuana. –  Eduardo Guerras Valera Jan 13 '13 at 1:37
    
No, miracles happen. Believe me. –  Xalloumokkelos Jan 13 '13 at 3:45
    
If things like this happen to you usually, it could be the beginning of a brain disorder, and the best you can do is going to a psychriatist as soon as possible, and this time I am not joking. Please don't ignore this. Many times they can help very much. Good luck, friend. –  Eduardo Guerras Valera Jan 13 '13 at 8:02

1 Answer 1

up vote 2 down vote accepted

Clearly it can slip from your wrist :)

There's no special physics that would make the bracelet do something weird. (I'm assuming your hand wasn't stuck in an oven at the time, which might cause the metal to expand.)

When testing if it would fall off, try wriggling it more, and try changing the shape of your hand. Just because your fingers are spread too wide for it to fall off in one configuration doesn't mean it can't do so in another. The fact that the human brain is not necessarily good at imagining possible reconfigurings that allow objects to separate is precisely the reason tavern puzzles can be challenging.

share|improve this answer
    
Thank you for your answer. I have tried several times, many many combinations but as I said, the bracelet is not loose to my wrist. I hope that you will reply, and do not get it as a funny post. The easy way to me is to say that "things happen" but because I do not belive in "this things" I bet on a physicist opinion. –  Xalloumokkelos Jan 12 '13 at 22:53

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.