Concerns the application of the laws of physics to analyze common situations encountered in everyday life.

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Can kicking a falling phone save it from shattering?

So I saw this tip but I don't think this is true, it would be that your leg or shoe is more flexible than a hard floor so the momentum change would be slower right?
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Flakes of Ice in Frozen Milk and Orange Juice

When I was a kid, my family used to put our gallon jugs of milk and orange juice into the freezer when we'd go away on vacation so that they would keep longer. As I remember it, if we were gone for a ...
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How can I estimate the cooking time of a roast?

I never remember what worked before, or to write it down someplace. In any case the size and starting temperature will vary. The instructions I learned from refuse to give a time at all, and the ...
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What is the fastest way to heat my car?

During the winter months I often have to drive in a cold car and I want to warm up as fast as possible. What is the best setting to put the air on in order to warm up the entire cabin in the least ...
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Weird phenomenon on aluminum laptop casing [duplicate]

A couple of days ago I observed a phenomenon which I'm not sure I understand correctly. My brother-in-law has recently bought an ASUS gaming laptop in an aluminum casing. When the power supply is ...
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Why does a pitcher with lemon juice have foam, while one with pure water does not?

Whenever I pour water into lemon juice (pouring directly from the tap into the pitcher, not quietly along its edge) I get a foam on top: The same pitcher with water (same water tap, pitcher, time ...
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What happens if you remove the polarization filter from a computer monitor?

Have a look at this youtube video (and some extra footage here). Here I will post a gif showing in short what it is about: It shows that if you remove the polarizing filter from a pc's monitor and ...
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Is there a commonly used unit of measure (other than temperature units) that is not absolute? [closed]

I live in a country where we use Degree-Celsius(°C) to measure the temperature. Sometimes from one day to the other, the temperature rises from 10°C to 20°C and I hear people say, "Wow! Today is twice ...
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Thermodynamics and ice cream

The outdoor temperature is about -30 -40 degree but it does not prevent me to eat ice cream. But I don't know what is the ice cream in thermodynamic point of view. It is not liquid.It is not solid. ...
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Why is concrete dry around cracks?

On a warm and partly cloudy day this summer, I was sitting in my office and suddenly heard rain on the roof. I went outside to shut my car windows. By the time I did that and was walking back into ...
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Why (and how) do foods stick to a pan?

We all (sooner or later) have noticed that foods relatively high in protein (especially those low in fat) are very prone to sticking to a pan, or in general to any non-specially-coated metal surface. ...
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Loud, low-frequency “booming” sound in car [duplicate]

I drive a Scion XD, and I've noticed that whenever I drive at about 40mi/hr or so with just the back windows rolled down, I get a loud "booming" effect at roughly 10Hz. What causes this? I assume it ...
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Why Do Clouds Precipitate Rather than Fall From the Sky?

After spending some time watching clouds, it occurred to me how interesting it is that clouds have more structure than just being homogenous, really humid layers in the sky. I see that a similar ...
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Does a rotating DC motor near a TV affects the signals coming in the TV?

In my TV cable the signals were quite noisy so i cut the wire and hanged both the wire parallel to each other. Then the signals became very clear and everything was going alright. Once I was ...
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Why does the water rise upwards when the bottle fall down with accleretion $>>g$?

When a medium-sized bottle filled with water quarterly falls from a height with acceleration $g$, the water remains calm. But when it falls with acceleration $>>g$, the water abruptly rises up ...
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Why can a person in a noisy room not hear someone outside the room, yet the the outsider can hear the person in the room?

If I'm in a noisy room (radio on, babies splashing in bath, etc.) I struggle to hear someone shouting to me from outside the room. Yet to them, my voice comes through quite clearly. What causes this ...
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Why are we using water pipe instead of air pipe to warm our houses? [closed]

In France, most of the houses are using water pipes. I wonder why this choice was originally done.
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Why does air feel cooler when blown through a small hole and warm through a big one? (for example from a mouth) [duplicate]

I hope the question is clear enough and I'm sure that you can try this thing quite easily yourself. When I blow air from my mouth to my palm through a small opening, I feel cool in my palm, but its ...
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Emptying a bottle faster by swirl

A moment ago, I was emptying bottles filled with water (2 liters) that are on the terrace of my house. As I did so I remembered something I saw on TV a some time ago (I don't remember when or where or ...
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When passed, why does my car 'rock' on the highway when I'm stopped, but not when I'm moving?

I am the blue car in this scenario. If I am stopped on the highway and am passed by a car going fast (about 65 mph), I feel my car rock in the left/right direction. I think I understand why this ...
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How does a bowl of hot water move by itself?

I think everyone should have seen a bowl of hot water moving by itself on a flat surface such as glass(seems like it is moving by itself but maybe there are some external force applied to it when it ...
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Why do the ends of tubelight blink for a considerable time even after the switch is off?

When I switch off the tube-lights , their ends blink for a considerable time. I thought as they were old, there might be some problem. But to my utter surprise, when a new tubelight was switched off, ...
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Why do some objects tend to change their axis of rotation while rotating?

This question struck me a few minutes back, I was at a table with a pear. It was more narrow than round.I proceeded to rotate this pear in one swift movement. It rotated for a few seconds, and ...
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Why does penne pasta go into rigatoni during cooking?

I was boiling penne and rigatoni pasta in the same pot (both are hollow cylindrical pasta of approximately the same length, but rigatoni has a noticeably larger diameter) and almost all of the penne ...
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Why is signal bad in a tunnel?

Consider this: you are driving through a tunnel listening to your AM radio and a GPS, all of the sudden AM radio has nothing but statics and your GPS says "reconnecting - please hold". You say to ...
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Would using a fan cause an air conditioning system to think it's cold?

Recently my office manager said this, after I requested a desk fan: ...using a fan causes a draught, which then leads the air conditioning to believe it’s cooler than it is and it then blows out ...
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How come milk pours smoothly from a bag?

I have seen the commercial about the new beer can where it is vented by puncturing a whole on the can (air behind water). If you just pour normally with normal cans it will get bottle necked and the ...
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Why do my hairs get stuck to my cathode-ray TV screen after it is switched off?

My dad's old TV! When I switch it off after watching and get my hands closer, my hands' hairs get attached to the screen. And they stick for sometimes! Now, I know how a cathode ray oscilloscope ...
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Why are dishwasher washed glasses “squeaky clean”?

They seem to have increased friction after going through a dishwasher. The unpleasant (to me) squeaky feel is probably slip-stick friction exciting resonance in the glassware. But why? What has ...
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Why does a cooling car engine crackle?

Why does a cooling car engine crackle? What determines the frequency of the crackles?
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Can a car steer on a frictionless surface?

Do the front tires of a car act like gyroscopes, such that a car could steer on a frictionless surface?
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Why do car wheels seem to roll backwards [duplicate]

For many years i have been wondering about this. When a car stars moving the wheels seem to work normally but as the car speeds up, the wheels seem to roll backwards. Of course that does not happen in ...
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Hourglass on the Moon

Someone asked me this, and I was surprised to find I couldn't answer it: suppose I have an hourglass / egg timer that times two minutes in Earth's gravity. If I used it on the Moon, how long would it ...
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Is there any advantage to using simple syrup over just dissolving sugar and waiting a minute?

When making coffee, I want to sweeten it with sugar. Many coffee shops offer simple syrup which is essentially just a solution of water saturated with sugar. Obviously, this has the advantage that ...
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How do blankets keep you warm?

I heard a famous physicist (was it Feynman?) argue that blankets do not keep you warm by trapping heat but by trapping air next to the body. Is this true?
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What's Optimal About Six Legs According to Physical Laws? [closed]

In many respects the insects can be regarded as the most successful class of animals in evolutionary terms. And one of the most common features of insects is that they (mostly) all have six legs. Not ...
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Why is the required tire pressure inversely proportional to the volume/size of the tire?

I once noticed a tire pressure table on a farm recommended a tire pressure of around 1.0 bar (I don't remember the exact number, but it was definitely below 1.9) for the rear tire of farm tractors. ...
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How does the Triboelectric effect work? [duplicate]

The general description for the Triboelectric effect (the main cause of static electricity in everyday life) is that when two certain materials come into contact, electrons are transferred between ...
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Why Does Angular Velocity Increase as Radius Decrease?

Suppose a child were to ask you why a tetherball (picture below) seems to speed up as it wraps around the pole. How would you explain this to them? Certainly you wouldn't say something like, "Angular ...
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Dying question: Tractor wheels — large vs small

This question has stumped me for over a month now: Why is it that a tractor has large wheels at the back and small wheels in the front? Current ideas: small wheel in front --> lower center of ...
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Why does water appear still near the shore

Often when there's a light wind I notice this behaviour on lakes that there appears to be a very distinct line between the water with waves and the calm water. I don't know how well it comes through ...
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Why is a bow always arch-shaped and not of other shape?

Everytime I see a bow , one thing is greatly noticable- its arch shape. I have never seen bow other than this shape. But what is the cause for taking this shape for the bow? What is the physics behind ...
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Why does my jam often “fall up”?

I often get my jam out of the refrigerator, and it looks like this: That is, all the jam has gone to the top, looking as if the jar has been sitting upside down. However, this happens fairly ...
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Can physicist estimate is it safe to walk/drive on ice? [closed]

I'm curious about the following: Suppose that I know the the weather forecasts of a given place. How can I compute from that data whether or not it is secure to walk or drive by a car to an island.
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Kitchen floor dries faster with lights on?

My mother used to leave the lights on in the kitchen after washing the floor, saying that it would dry faster. Does this really happen, or is it just a superstition? If true, how substantial is the ...
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How does varying temperature affect the accuracy of grandma's pendulum clock?

I have an antique pendulum clock(my granny's!) . If I detail it, This clock is approximately 5 feet tall and enclosed by wood and below it its glorious pendulum oscillates . It gave more or less ...
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Why are a motorcycle's front brakes more effective than back?

I've noticed that when I apply the front brakes on my bike it stops quite quickly. If I apply the back brakes at the same speed, it skids rather than stopping quickly. Why?
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Why is shifter necessary in cars? [closed]

Electric cars do not have shifter, while gasoline cars do (manual or automatic, it doesn't matter). Why?
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Most efficient way to cool a two story house with two fans?

Suppose I have two fans in my two story house, one in an upstairs window and another in a downstairs window. I want to cool my whole house; it is cooler outside than inside. Is it more efficient for ...
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How different sizes of water bubbles behaves in space

I watched a YouTube video of Chris Hadfield talking about different preventive measure for spills in space station. He is using water to demonstrate spills in space station. At 0.24sec the initially ...