Imagine a rope that surrounds the equator, precisely. An exact snug fit. Now add 60 feet to the length of the rope.
There will now be space between the surface of the earth and the rope.
How much slack will you get? How far off the surface of the earth will the rope now stand?
a) 60 feet
b) 10 feet
c) 1 inch
d) .oo2 millimeters
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I would like to thank all of you who took a shot at answering this riddle, and congrats to Fred for getting the correct answer. The reason I posted this little diversion is because it demonstrates an important truth.
At first glance most of would think that the answer to this riddle cannot be “10 feet”, but it is. This demonstrates that our confidence in our understanding of reality is no gauge of accuracy. If we want to be honest with ourselves we can never shut our minds, but instead we should always keep our minds open to correction.