"Dead man's float"

Christopher Philippo toff at MAC.COM
Mon Jun 2 19:55:53 UTC 2014

On Jun 2, 2014, at 3:44 PM, Spanbock/Svoboda-Spanbock <spanbocks at VERIZON.NET> wrote:
> if you drop a toothpick into a bowl of water point down, it will rise to a horizontal position, i.e. presumably the most naturally efficient position for floatation, which I presume is what we mean by most buoyant.

The most buoyant position for a toothpick, sure.  If a toothpick had muscle, fat, bone, lungs, joints, limbs, etc. that might complicate things.

Chris Philippo

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