Riddle Me This...

porta - riddle me this...


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    This is a useless question to ask about portals, with no practical application. A better riddle is would using it to do this to yourself make you gay?:

    1 - riddle me this...

    • Ruleb
    • April 21, 2010, 12:21 am
    technically its masterbation
    - dowen01 December 11, 2010, 3:56 pm
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  • 11

    You know what screw this X/0 .... oh shi-

    blackhole lg - riddle me this...

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  • 6

    It's very much like the original post, is it straight or not...

    • Ruleb
    • April 21, 2010, 3:04 am
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  • 4

    There is no spoon...

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  • 3

    the answer is simple: there is no line or circle , there is only the Matrix....... are you there Neo ?

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  • 3

    It's whatever Chuck Norris wishes it to be.

    • Ertrov
    • April 21, 2010, 4:33 pm
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  • 2

    Nah mate, it's straight.

    The rope is taut because of the equal amount of force from both portals, and if you take that in mind then yes, an infinite amount of force is exerted on both sides, making it straight.

    And I don't even know why you brought gravity into this, because if you're going to examine the gravitaional force on the rope and claim it's not making it straight then you may aswell talk about how the bump of the knot is stopping it from being straight, which is all completely invalid anyway because that was not the point in the question. The question is not asking if it is PERFECTLY straight, because nothing is perfectly straight, its just asking if it is going in a straight line rather than going in a circle.

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    haha well, reading over these comments I am now just confused. So I reckon I'll abandon my debate back there.

    So good day to you good sir!

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    White holes aren't weaker than black holes : ). And they expel instead of suck. That is why they are known as white- because you can see the light that is ejected from them. It is actually theoretically impossible to pass into a white hole.

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  • 2

    its a triangle!

    • Disco
    • December 11, 2010, 4:43 pm
    makes sense to me +1 lol
    - Jabori December 11, 2010, 4:50 pm
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  • 1

    straight line

    • 720Z
    • April 20, 2010, 6:26 pm
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  • 1

    clearly a straight line cause there two diff portals

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    a circle works though as this never ends.

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    line it never ends because the blue portal goes to the orange portal and the orange portal goes to the blue portal

    • imcool
    • April 20, 2010, 8:21 pm
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    Assuming this is an accurate representation, and the rope is in fact horizontal/being affected by gravity? Neither, both are impossible. This is because, in order to make a rope taut (as long as downward force is being exerted on the center), and by taut I mean perfectly taut, an infinite amount of force must be applied to each side of the rope. The F exerted by gravitational effect on the middle of the rope/not will make a slight dip in the path of the rope.

    Thus, neither a true circle or line is created, considering both shapes are 2D Planar, whereas the depicted rope is truly 3D.

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    Damn you Portal!

    • SuDoku
    • April 20, 2010, 11:18 pm
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  • 1

    I got a question in regards to the topic, how longs a piece of string? (i know it is a rope but think of it as string)

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    Yes. Very much so.

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    OMG someone has far to much time on their hands. It's just like who came first, the chicken or the egg (still its a fab post so +3 from me)

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  • 1

    It's straight but it's a circle too. Physics are very funny…

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    You're only gay if you like it…

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  • 1

    there is a not in the rope so it cant be straight circle

    • msl912
    • April 21, 2010, 4:59 am
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    Not quite right Ukulaling.

    The tension equation is: 2Tcos(theta)=mg
    So...

    Tcos(theta)=mg/2
    T=(mg/2)/cos(theta) where theta= the angle each side of the rope forms, measured from the line perpendicular to the midpoint of the rope.

    As T (tension) increases, theta approaches 90 degrees. The perfectly straight rope would have a theta of 90 degrees, causing a division by 0 because cos(90)=0. The only way to mathematically counteract the division of 0 in this cause would have to be having T= infinity.

    Now, there is no physical type of "portal" known that could exert an infinite amount of force on the rope in this way. While the forces are sure equal, that has no bearing on their magnitude, and whether that magnitude happens to be infinite.

    The bump has nothing really to do with it, and that would certainly be ridiculous to bring into question, but I feel as if as long as we are going to be talking about this ridonculous hypothetical scenario, we might as well bring in as much physics as we possibly can : ).

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  • 1

    You've made a physical impossibility... There is nothing holding those ropes/that rope up.

    • Dannyl
    • April 21, 2010, 5:37 am
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    what if you rotated it 90 degrees, you would have gravity keeping it there? :P

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    I see what you're saying, but you're taking it too literal, you're proving that the rope could never be perfectly straight in this scenario, but the question here isn't asking if it's perfectly straight, it's asking whether it goes in a continuous line or a circle. In which case as long as there is at least a slight equal force on both sides, then yes it goes in a continuous line.

    As for this:
    "Now, there is no physical type of "portal" known that could exert an infinite amount of force on the rope in this way."

    Is there ANY physical portal even known to man, not taking into account different black hole theories? If there is I would be genuinly interested in reading about it.

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    The answer is simple. The rope is circular in 4D. The 3d space is bended in fourth dimension.

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  • 1

    Devide it by zero?

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    Way to divide by Zero!

    • Dawn
    • April 21, 2010, 1:26 pm
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    It cant be a circle...simply by definition it cant be a circle.

    why? simply because of the knot

    • Mizuno
    • April 21, 2010, 1:38 pm
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    well in my predictions is see that it is 2 white holes (weaker than black holes) and the rope is being sucked by 2 equal forces but prevented from going in either 1 because its tied together and the knot only gets tighter so the rope cant go anywhere unless it breaks

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    when in dout divide by 0

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    I was, in fact, referring to the various solutions to Einstein's famous equations.

    White holes, black holes, naked singularities, worm holes, etc etc. Why discount them? : P.

    And I think taking it as literally as possible is the most entertaining way to assess it for me : ). Thus I will continue to do so!

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  • 1

    its both and neither because its a paradox

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    loving the division by zero!

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  • 1

    You have made a lircle or a cine

    • peace
    • April 22, 2010, 12:03 pm
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  • 1

    ummm how about gray hole

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    I play the spoons...wanna play?

    • dogggy
    • April 23, 2010, 7:02 pm
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  • 1

    You've made the true definition of a line. If you were to travel the rope it wouldn't curve, and it's perpetual both ways.

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  • 1

    now grap the knot and pull. and the run run has fast has you can...
    or you can put one portol in another.

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  • 1

    wouldnt it just fall to the floor the rope

    • BEASTY
    • January 2, 2011, 5:08 am
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    Well, the definition of a circle is "the set of all points equidistant from a given center point."

    There is no single point anywhere from which all points along that line are even roughly equally distant, which means it can't be a circle.

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  • 1

    We should ask Chuck Norris. He will make it whatever he wants it to be

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    Im gonna get a pair of scissors and cut the rope

    • alucard
    • January 14, 2011, 5:03 pm
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