Reply by krw April 18, 20162016-04-18
On Sun, 17 Apr 2016 22:56:34 -0700 (PDT), Bill Beaty
<billb@eskimo.com> wrote:

>On Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:17:25 AM UTC-7, krw wrote: > >> >> Then there's the whole disappearing sock-in-the-laundry thing. > >We need resistive load-cells measuring the washer/dryer weight. Then look for few-gram sudden losses. Or, will monitoring the socks' existence cause the disappearances to halt? If it does, how about if we don't watch, and also destroy the record, will that make existing socks suddenly vanish?
If Shroedinger is right, just leave the box open and they'll stop disappearing - problem solved!
>I notice that for every ~10 missing socks, a couple of strange socks appear.
Mens? Perhaps you wife...
>Well, maybe it's cats. Someday we'll find many KG of catpee-soaked socks packed into a big baseboard slot down in the cellar.
I think you'd notice even one cat-pee-soaked sock hidden anywhere in the house.
Reply by Bill Beaty April 18, 20162016-04-18
On Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:46:11 AM UTC-7, John Larkin wrote:

> If all your socks are exactly the same, it doesn't matter.
Mine are all black stretch socks with individual texture patterns, so I'm never lacking, but also I'm very aware of any gone missing. I notice occasional socks with a holes in the heel, where half the sock has tried disappearing into the hole. A failed Klein bottle attempt? one which never went fully 4-Dee.
Reply by Bill Beaty April 18, 20162016-04-18
On Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:17:25 AM UTC-7, krw wrote:

> > Then there's the whole disappearing sock-in-the-laundry thing.
We need resistive load-cells measuring the washer/dryer weight. Then look for few-gram sudden losses. Or, will monitoring the socks' existence cause the disappearances to halt? If it does, how about if we don't watch, and also destroy the record, will that make existing socks suddenly vanish? I notice that for every ~10 missing socks, a couple of strange socks appear. Well, maybe it's cats. Someday we'll find many KG of catpee-soaked socks packed into a big baseboard slot down in the cellar.
Reply by DaveC April 16, 20162016-04-16
> Perhaps during the spin... a worm-hole between two machines > opens and a sock falls through, creating an odd sock in both > machines, and about half the time, no-one recognises the odd > one.
They all go here: https://foursquare.com/v/the-missing-sock- laundry/457eef76f964a520483f1fe3?openPhotoId=52dc7b8f11d20acbd065c56a
Reply by Michael A. Terrell April 16, 20162016-04-16
Bill Beaty wrote:
> > Oh, also, Alfred Bester's "The Stars My Destination" is based on something similar: humans teleporting themselves a few feet to escape certain death.
First published as 'Tiger! Tiger!' in 1956. Some of his books are floating around the net. --- This email has been checked for viruses by Avast antivirus software. https://www.avast.com/antivirus
Reply by John Larkin April 16, 20162016-04-16
On Fri, 15 Apr 2016 21:38:27 GMT, mzenier@eskimo.com (Mark Zenier)
wrote:

>In article <570d9368$0$19985$c3e8da3$1cbc7475@news.astraweb.com>, >Clifford Heath <no.spam@please.net> wrote: >>On 13/04/16 03:24, Cursitor Doom wrote: >>> On Mon, 11 Apr 2016 18:12:56 -0500, gray_wolf wrote: >>> >>>> Yes... Apport. It's real. A few years ago I was putting together an >>>> external harddrive for my sister. It uses a short IDE cable inside the >>>> case. >>>> >>>> Somewhere between my kitchen table and my computer desk, in the next >>>> room, the cable disappeared never ever to be seen again. There is no >>>> rational explanation of where it went. >>> >>> Yes, it definitely happens. Some years ago my mother had some other >>> woman's wedding (or engagement; I can't recall now) ring pop into her >>> universe when she was wiping down the kitchen worktop one day. Heard a >>> tinkling sound, looked behind her and there it was on the floor still >>> rocking to and fro! Never happens that way around for me, though. I only >>> ever lose stuff. :( >>> Be fascinating to know what causes it, though. >> >>Something like the same as what happens during the sock wash. >> >>Perhaps during the spin... a worm-hole between two machines >>opens and a sock falls through, creating an odd sock in both >>machines, and about half the time, no-one recognises the odd >>one. >> >>This is my theory. > >Every dryer I've used had an electrostatic hypertime deflector blade >attched to the drum inside. It grabs up some random sock and pushes it >forward in time so that it comes out two or three loads later, but >conceals the missing sock in between time, no matter how throughly you >grope the inside after every load. > >Mark Zenier mzenier@eskimo.com >Googleproofaddress(account:mzenier provider:eskimo domain:com)
If all your socks are exactly the same, it doesn't matter. -- John Larkin Highland Technology, Inc lunatic fringe electronics
Reply by krw April 14, 20162016-04-14
On Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:11:48 -0700 (PDT), Bill Beaty
<billb@eskimo.com> wrote:

>On Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11:49:10 PM UTC-7, bitrex wrote: > >> Then I end up hunting around on my hands and knees with a flashlight for >> that screw I heard fall to the floor...and I never find it. You'd think >> if you heard it hit the ground, it would be easy to find...but dropped >> things apparently just vanish into another dimension. > > >How about the ARCHIVE OF VANISHING OBJECTS, >http://amasci.com/unusual/objs.html > >Around our shop, the "Vanishing To3 transistor" is legendary. It went "clank" once when dropped in front of a group of three techs, but then it apparently never bounced twice. There was no place for it to hide. We've still never found it. But in that case, nobody was looking directly at it as it fell. > >I once had a coffee stir-stick wink out of existence while I was in the process of stirring coffee.
A friend had a carpenter's square wink out when he turned is back - never to be seen again. That's the largest thing I've heard disappear, other than David Copperfield's 747. Then there's the whole disappearing sock-in-the-laundry thing.
Reply by Jeff Liebermann April 14, 20162016-04-14
On Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:11:48 -0700 (PDT), Bill Beaty
<billb@eskimo.com> wrote:

>On Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11:49:10 PM UTC-7, bitrex wrote: > >> Then I end up hunting around on my hands and knees with a flashlight for >> that screw I heard fall to the floor...and I never find it. You'd think >> if you heard it hit the ground, it would be easy to find...but dropped >> things apparently just vanish into another dimension. > > >How about the ARCHIVE OF VANISHING OBJECTS, >http://amasci.com/unusual/objs.html
Nice. I can demonstrate that chocolate evaporates. Whenever I leave a jar of assorted chocolate candies and Holloween leftovers in the office, the contents will slowly disappear. Since nobody present will ever admit that they took some, I can only conclude that it had evaporated. -- Jeff Liebermann jeffl@cruzio.com 150 Felker St #D http://www.LearnByDestroying.com Santa Cruz CA 95060 http://802.11junk.com Skype: JeffLiebermann AE6KS 831-336-2558
Reply by DecadentLinuxUserNumeroUno April 14, 20162016-04-14
On Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:11:48 -0700 (PDT), Bill Beaty <billb@eskimo.com>
Gave us:

>How about the ARCHIVE OF VANISHING OBJECTS,
Or vanishing top secret hard drives which later show up behind drinking fountains.
Reply by DecadentLinuxUserNumeroUno April 14, 20162016-04-14
On Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:18:32 +1000, Chris <c@b.a> Gave us:

>Looney Tunes had it first (1954):
Holey moley, that was a holey terror.. Somebody throw one down in front of Donald Trump.