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# Physics fun

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My freshman physics prof drew these on the board one morning.

He asked, if the thing on the left is a centimeter, what is the thing on the right?

Your turn (spoilers please.)

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Not Rats

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Urgh.  I mean Erg.  Ha ha.  That's a good one bn.

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Exameter?

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a dead bug

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distant relative

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diameter

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wentameter - or beentameter

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Schrodinger's Cat

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Kick-O-Meter? Legs are still moving!

(I really like Plainglaized's diameter!)

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In the Afrikaans language a bug is called a tor. The bug on the right therefore looks like a faktor (English = factor). But in an abstract sense! Not being rude in any way!

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... the "a" in faktor sounds like "u" as in stuff and the "o" as in or.

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plainglazed is closest so far (but I can’t say which of his guesses). Remember it’s a physics question.

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Maybe far out, but still something to consider ...

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"Centimeter" has an anagram: REMITTENCE.

Using this word in the sense of "temporary abatement without actual cessation" (to abate meaning "to cause to cease"). The picture on the right indicates that the bug appears dead, but the legs are still moving! So only temporarily declined/subsided/dead.

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Four feet in the air ...

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Tetrameter (four metrical feet in poetry)? But not dimeter (two metrical feet)

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Pedometer?

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OK a clue ( and it was plainglazed third answer that's close )

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it has to do with death or, more precisely, near death.

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voltmeter?  shockmeter?  decimeter/decimator?  Probably that one.

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Final clue

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Answer has three letters

Repeating an earlier comment,

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plainglazed's third guess is like a phonetic clue.

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Lytic.?....

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Parameter?

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had thought perhaps

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kilometer - since also measure of distance but not fitting the clues

then perhaps

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dyne - assume from some unknown force but now one too many letters.  or the bug's obvious lack of energy could be the result of a foot pound.

rats, still thinking

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lie

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... or merely die

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10 hours ago, plainglazed said:

had thought perhaps

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then perhaps

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rats, still thinking

Sizzling. Now finish it.

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hie (= go quickly)

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dud?

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