Zack and I have a famous argument about what would happen if you tried to drive a car onto a moving trailer.
Here are the stances, as simply as I can state them:
Zack: if you drive a car going 63 miles an hour onto a trailer traveling at 60 miles an hour, the car will be able to stop on the trailer because as soon as it is on the trailer, it will only be going 3 miles an hour. (He is correct, as proven by the laws of inertia and, also, Mythbusters and Night Rider.)
Sarah: if you drive a car going 63 miles an hour onto a trailer going 60 miles an hour, it would ROCKET OFF the front of the trailer because 60+63=123! My theory was based on the fact that the cars wheels were spinning at 63 mph and the trailer would be the relative new ground and it all made sense to me. In my mind. Where the laws of physics simply do not compute.
Zack and I used to fight about this subject very passionately. Finally, we found the Mythbusters video and the argument was laid to rest. I knew he was right, but there was still a teeny part of me that was holding out hope that my way was possible, too.
I spent a lot of time in my car alone today. While I was pondering the intricacies of life and other things, the real truth about the car/trailer problem finally settled on my shoulders. I relinquished my dream of cars rocketing off of moving trailers when I realized that if there truly was a way to instantaneously make a car go 60 miles an hour faster, we would have turned that into a sport by now. Zack was pleased with my findings, saying he was glad that if science couldn’t convince me, at least capitalism could.