Friction, good people, is a wonderfully powerful force. It crops up in the automotive word all the time, be it associated with tires, brakes and engine internals, or even the micro-tug of a rubberized surface against the tips of your fingers. And the video seen here is certainly all about friction – and it involves a vehicle – but not in any of the straightforward ways we've just dashed off.

No, the friction that makes this video so wild is that which is created by thousands of very thin sheets of paper from a telephone book, intentionally interwoven, when a force is used to try to pull them apart. You might guess that this trick is hard to do with your own two hands, but when you start to understand that this video involves a car (a Rover 45), a pretty large crane and a set of phone books, well... you should watch.

By the way, if you're as up on your geek-culture as we are, you'll certainly recognize the bones of this trick from an episode of MythBusters. Check out the second bonus video for another great set of friction demonstrations. Science, man!





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      Hajime1990 #follow
      • 2 Years Ago
      interesting
      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bro, do you even lift?
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Echelon Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      What a waste of a car that seemed to be in decent shape. Makes me sad to see this needless destruction. Could have just lowered the car again, point proven.
        Jobu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Echelon Bob
        Did you ever see a video of a "Cash for Clunkers" car getting destroyed by sodium silicate. Even more senseless......
        Mike Pulsifer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Echelon Bob
        What if it was a Morris Marina?
        56Jalopy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Echelon Bob
        That car had issues. They pushed it into position, had lug nut missing on front wheel, owner got his revenge. Probably would have cost more to repair and get mot than it was worth.
        xspeedy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Echelon Bob
        But it was a Rover.
        Fredd Ffish
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Echelon Bob
        2002 Rover is worth little, £500 or less if it's a runner so it doesn't take much for the car be worth more to scrap than to fix. Used cars are much cheaper in the UK, I was shocked by what they cost here in California. On top of that Rover is a dead company so parts can be an issue (I know at least one person who fitted a rather ugly after-market front bumper to his 45 MG when he couldn't source an original) and the cars were never great quality anyway. Good riddance.
      Zippswitch
      • 2 Years Ago
      pretty cool
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why did MythBusters use two tanks? Why not just one tank and a firm anchor to a strong wall or the ground? Did they just happen to have two tanks laying around?
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      I suspect the pages of the phone books act as a finger-trap. The harder you pull, the tighter they are squeezed which increases the friction between the pages.
      canuckcharlie
      • 2 Years Ago
      An interesting science experiment ended with a pointless entertainment for the dumb
      CiDirkona
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bro, do you even lift?
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