# Something to debate....

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1. ### ThunderZRegistered Member

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I have posted this on a few other boards and it has never failed to generate some interesting, sometimes heated debate.
Hypothetically speaking. If a car could travel at the speed of light, then turned on its headlights.......would any light escape\be seen?

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Hmmm, ya didn't say there was anyone driving, just that the CAR turned on it's lights.....at the speed of light....

If you were standing in front of the car when it decided to do that, then....

the last thing you would see is probably your tail......lights.

So, I guess the answer is.....YES!

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hmmmmm....that was one argument that I had yet to hear. Will now have to add that into my "cyphering" as I try to reach the definative answer to this question.

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The light would probably scatter into the atmosphere too fast for you to see it. However, something else may see that light and remark "Hey! Cool! Lights but no vehicle, call the UFO detection squad!"

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For what it's worth - I believe the traditional answer is that the speed of light being constant (leastways within the terms of this argument) means that regardless of the speed of the vehicle - light still travels at the same speed. So that, if for this debate, we accept that a physical mass could travel at speeds of light, it shouldn't affect the properties of the light from the headlights. In short the speed of light is not a cumulative thing, it doesn't depend on, nor is it affected by the source - be it static or moving.

Now if someone could just tell me how I put 2 socks in the washing machine, but only 1 comes out - I'd be a happy bean.

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This is simple. One sock shrunk and became a wad of cotton and eventually merged into the other sock.

Or perhaps the sock is stuck in there somewhere.

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"Don't worry,it will turn up in the wash"-old mothers saying.

To the fella in the car that turns the light on it appears to him as going away at the normal speed.

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Aha...e-o,

Keep yore eyes open sos yoo can hear what I have to say. In light of the conundrum in yore last queerie I can offer the perfeck solooshun. I got one of deez fer Chiser on his last Birfday and he has been properly socked ever since.

Sockeyed in Salmon, Shiner ed

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OK, once you get the light-speed headlights figured out (or at least something resembling a consensus), here's another one. It's often raised, sometimes in the context of sci-fi stories, by writers with a great deal of knowledge in the field.

Imagine you're inside a very large perfect sphere (at the center, to be precise), and its inside surface is a perfect mirror. You turn on a powerful flashlight (no light can get in from outside) -- what do you see?

And don't ask me for an answer -- as I understand it, the greatest minds in the universe still can't agree on it.

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How rong yoo r,

Chise an mee just had a meeting of the minds and we decided to fish instead of cutting de-bait! As we fergot to put batteries in de flashlite we cuddent see nuthin! We both agreed it was time to take a nap!!

"A mind is a terrible thing", How great I art ed

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You are so right there Mio Compadre Edmeister.....the quandary is a Mind-field and a field full of minds can make you think.....

As the Bible says...Quote.....He that hath no batteries in his lamp shall never see the light...........

Gerald Einstein always had an answer to any question regarding the speed of light and it's relevance to electrical speed and diversity......he always said "Watt".........and there you have it....no matter which way the Usher shines the torch when finding your seats in the Cinema you will always fall down the last step..........proving that the speed of light is slower than a step in the dark.........

My comprehensive book on the subject can be bought from anyone who looks as though his light was never switched on.......

Cochise, Groping in Grosvenor Square.......

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I'm more worried about whether Buck's Birthday Party
will break the sound barrier....sounds like an awful lot of party go-ers
will be FULL OF BEANS........

Anyone wanna shed some light on that one?

Any speed is OK, as long as it's BEFORE the Birthday party-

Is there a speed of smell?
Just curious.......

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Hmmmmmm Beans = gas
Birthday cake = candles

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14. ### MarjaHonestly, I'm not a bot!!

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LOL!
I SHOULD HAVE REALIZED THAT MYSELF!!

THANKS FOR ...ER...THE THOUGHT!?!?

YIKES!!

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Don't wurry yore purty leetle ead my leetle chick-a-dee,

The "Chise" has entered the bldg. an everthing will be explaned. Seeing as Thunder Shorts has stole Nattie from under me noze....meet me at the shed out back an we'll split a keg of Margarita Ritas an I'll bring yoo up to speed.

Jest remember...curiosity grilled the cat, Enlightened ed

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ROFL.... thats nose...err...I mean news ta me. Dose she know?

Been called a lot of things in my life....but that is a first. Dot even own a pair. Dot have the legs for it.

17. ### MarjaHonestly, I'm not a bot!!

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Sorry, FedNed, NOT interested in anything
behind a shed -at the speed of light- no less.....

Have fun back around there.....

for the nth second it will take.....

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But...but...Marj,

The moniker thrust upon me, Fast Eddie, wuz referrin to how quickly the beans were digested, not that I am diabolically challenged.

Asides.....I gots lottsa margaritas!! Yoo know....one tequila...two tequila

Shedding all the rumours, Saintly ed

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NO butts either, ShedNed!!!

Spare me that -pleeze!

I am thinkin' you have been listening to 'Chise's new song too long!

"Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off"-NOT!!

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How can yoo doubt mee after all we bean throo together. Throo thick an thick, heck an high water, side by side we fought for truth and justice and a fair milkshake for one and all. Yea...all of this an then some even whilst getting pelted w/big rocks by yoo no hoo! Jest cause the "Hoorah Brigade" lost every battle to the Blackspearian Forces that's no reason to cast asspersions on my butt!

Butt...let bygones begone.....Cocktails at 1700 hrs. an medals fer everbody!!

Sides...my name is not Tequila, Blushing ed

21. ### MarjaHonestly, I'm not a bot!!

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MEDALS! YOU PROMISING ME MEDALS!!

The last time ya gave me and the Brigade medals, ya took them back and used them for yer suspenders!!

As far as the battles with the BlackSpearian Brigrade and the Rox guy, don't think they are even around anymore......

So, we won! Yea!

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Oops...yore rite MM

All the reel winners are way down hear in 10F...an yes...it wuz us wun...them twenteen.

I allus wuz a big spender...so...a couple more rounds!