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Tuesday, 13 April 2010

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I'm watching you

The 3.172nd Lythom St Annies scout troop, flush from success at disproving Newton and proving Einstein are hot on the trail of some of the world's most tenacious myths.

This week, they have been running an experiment to see whether or not a watched pot never boils.

Scout leader, Arthur "Clover" Garlic got twenty of his most patient scouts together in the scout hut, just by the red light district in Lythom. The experiment was fiendishly simple.

"It's a fiendishly simple experiment," said Garlic. "Each scout has a pot of water and the equipment to make a fire. Ten of the scouts already have their fire making badge, whilst ten do not. Four in each group will watch their pot whilst it is on the fire, and four will wear blindfolds. Yes, we do have parental permission for the scouts to wear blindfolds. The remaining two in each group are controls and will glance at the pot in a normal fashion. As the pot boils the scout will stand up."

As expected, nobody in the group without fire saw there water boil, whilst all six of those who were able to see the pot, stood up as it boiled. Surprisingly, all those in blindfolds had no idea that their pot was boiling, and did not stand up.

"I think this is conclusive," Garlic announced while bandaging scouts. "A watched pot does boil, but an unwatched pot will boil over and scald you."

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