Wednesday, September 17th — Phonebooks

September 18, 2008

Today I Learned…

…that it takes approximately 8,000 pounds of force to pull apart two 400-page phonebooks whose pages have been interlaced.  Thanks, Mythbusters!  I’d heard that it was really difficult to pull two phonebooks apart like that, but I didn’t realize that it required that much force.  For some perspective, you could hang two full-sized sedans from those two phonebooks and they wouldn’t go anywhere.  It took Adam and Jamie two authentic military tanks to pull them apart.

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