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Audio Tape of Bricklayer's Letter (B 8)


Keyword: Gravitational Forces

Demonstration Description:

A bricklayer describes the practical mechanics of an Atwood machine in a very comical fashion. Time: 7 min.

Probably a recording of "The Bricklayer's Lament" tale performed by Gerard Hoffnung at Oxford Union on Dec. 4, 1958. see this site for more on this urban legend. This scenario was featured on Mythbusters (episode 3) on the Discovery Channel... they showed it was at least possible to have happened.

To hear audio click here for [MP3]

The story was also made into a song by Pat Cooksey in 1969 at the Dyer's Arms in Coventry, England called the Sick Note


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