# What would happen if one tried to lift an object that wrapped around the Equator?

Imagine a man-made object, let's say a dumbell, that was so long it wrapped around the Equator. Never mind the extreme difficulty of manufacturing such an object, let's assume it could be done. Let's also pretend that there is someone who could actually lift that much weight. If she tried, what would happen? By the way, this hypothetical person is so strong that she can continue to lift the dumbell even once the other end hits the Earth's core.

• Given all your hypotheticals, the dumbbell would not be lifted. Her feet would sink into the Earth instead. Oct 14 '19 at 13:34
• What does "lift" mean when you are talking about an object that completely encircles the Earth? Are you talking about a rigid motion? In that case, moving one side of it further from the center of the Earth would mean moving the opposite side closer to the center of the Earth. Are you talking about stretching the object so that every part of it could simultaneously be moved further from the center? In that case, it's hard to imagine how a single person standing in just one spot could achieve it. Oct 14 '19 at 13:52
• Hi K Man. This question is better than the version you posted on Astronomy, but it still has room for improvement. Why does one end of the dumbbell hit the Earth's core? Why posit an impossibly strong person to lift it, rather than a machine of some sort? Such a machine could have a broad base, so that the pressure on the ground isn't focused onto a tiny area. Oct 14 '19 at 14:21
• @Solomon Slow I mean that as you lift the object "up" on one side of the planet, it is going "down" on the other side. Oct 14 '19 at 15:59