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The Ten Laws of Cartoon Physics ...
  1. Any character suspended in air will remain in air until made aware of the situation. For instance, Wil E. Coyote runs off a cliff while chasing Roadrunner. He stops and has time to shrug and wave before accepting his fate. At this point, gravitational force takes over.
  2. Everything falls faster than an anvils, pianos, boulders or anything heavy from ACME. Whoever is falling will always fall faster than whatever heavy object is in their realm. This is because the heavy object will land on them at the exact moment that they think they survived the fall.
  3. Any character in motion will remain in motion until solid matter suddenly intervenes. Friction and deceleration are for wimps. A character will continue on course and at speed until hitting a wall or a pole. On impact, the character will flatten or indent in the form of the obstruction.
  4. Any character passing through a wall will leave a hole exactly conforming to his shape. This law is often exhibited by victims of explosions or by cowards who are so eager to escape that they run directly through the wall.
  5. The time required for a priceless object to fall umpteen stories is greater than the time it takes for whoever knocked the object off the ledge to frantically run down umpteen flights in a desperate attempt to catch it. Since the object is priceless, the catch always fails at the very last moment.
  6. Gravity does not apply to characters who are afraid. Any spooky noise or ghostly vision will produce an upward motion , sometimes into a chandelier or a treetop, or some other obstruction. On impact, the character will flatten or indent in the form of the obstruction.
  7. In battle, cats and dogs can be in several places at once. This phenomenon may be viewed in tooth-and-claw fights, in which both character's heads may be glimpsed emerging from the cloud of battle several times from various places.
  8. Certain people, roadrunners and rabbits can pass through solid walls painted to resemble tunnel entrances; others cannot. Usually whoever paints an entrance on a wall's surface will be able to make a clean get-away while the one pursuing will be flattened running into a painted wall. The exception is the Portable Hole manufactured by ACME which seems to provide an opening for everyone without regard to who placed it.
  9. Cartoon cats exhibit the properties of a noble gas. They expand to assume the shape of their container. They can be diced, sliced, flattened, smashed but, after a few moments of blinking, they will re inflate, elongate, snap back, and turn into full-blown cats again.
  10. For every vengance there is an opposite and slightly higher order re-vengance and that re-vengance becomes the next vengance. Therefore, there is a constant escalation of vengance and re-vengance until someone is driven off the edge of a cliff. (See Item 1)
Thanks to Ray in Texas.

2003.05.05






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