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A Complete Theory of the Comb


The Krest Effect


When you run the comb through your hair, it converts your relative rotational mass into relative kinetic energy. Therefore, relative to your surrounding environment, you are able to move very quickly. However, since the effect is relative, the relative rotational mass of your surrounding environment increases and its relative kinetic energy decreases. For this reason it seems to move very slowly.

Since objects in your surrounding environment have the same relative inertial mass that they originally did, they are not particularly difficult to move around. However, they are virtually impossible to rotate. For this reason it would have been very difficult for Joe to rotate Harold’s fingers to take the wallet or to tip Harold over. However, it would not have been difficult for Harold to take the cash from the register. Removing the cash from the register would have required motion, but very little rotation.

Air can move around without rotation, so it would be easy to move through air. Water cannot move around without rotation, so it would not be possible to move through water. In fact, it should be possible to walk on top of water.

The effect of the comb extends to any object that the user is attached to rotationally. For this reason, Joe was able to swing the shovel and move around in his clothing.
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Re: A Complete Theory of the Comb


That actually makes a lot of sense. The more mass an object has in your environment, the more difficult it is to bring it up to your relative velocity (unless you were in contact with it when you use the Comb.)

Good theory.
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Re: A Complete Theory of the Comb


Thank you. I think this is my best theory to date.

My hope is that we can eventually find purely mechanical models for all the objects. Maybe we can ultimately do for all of TLR what M-theory has done for physics.
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Re: A Complete Theory of the Comb


Guys, I'm drinking with friends and showed them our cabal. My friend Ken has this to say about the comb:

Since mass is the same as energy (see e=mc^2), it doesn't make sense to posit that "your relative rotational mass [converts] into relative kinetic energy." It already is energy. When one approaches the speed of light, one's mass decreases and his or her total energy remains the same. Furthermore, "relative inertial mass" makes no sense. "Inertial mass" is a misnomer. There are only two types of mass: rest mass and mass as an object approaches the speed of light (which is not called the relative inertial mass). Besides, as one approaches the speed of light, the rest of the world gets longer, an effect that never happens in The Lost Room. Time slows down when the comb is used (one consequence of the General Theory of Relativity), but nothing increases in size when the comb is used (another consequence of the General Theory of Relativity).
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Re: A Complete Theory of the Comb


hurts my brain.


going to bed.

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You mean a comb that stops time is impossible? emoticon

If your friend is a physicist, he should be able to find the correct variables. Tell him I want a theory by next Friday!
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I will let him know!
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Re: A Complete Theory of the Comb


Aren't bills in cash registers under spring clips?

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Good point.

I have worked with cash registers, and they do not always have clips. Also, they would not have to rotate very much to slide the cash out. Possibly, also, they had already been flipped up.
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hmm...I suppose if it's an old cash register, the springs on the clips could be really worn out...therefore, not really holding the cash down.

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