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Skateboard Attack Is a Quantum Mystery

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the subatomic-ollie dept.

Idle 7

NotNormallyNormal writes "It appears that quantum mechanics can't be solved with a skateboard. A court case in San Mateo County has a homeless man on trial for attacking another transient. Apparently a discussion between two homeless men about "quantum mechanics and the splitting of atoms" was rudely ended by a third homeless man who joined the conversation and then ended it by hitting one of the other men with a skateboard. It might be hard for the man to claim innocence with there being two external observers knowing that will collapse the wave function. Maybe he was trying to explain how the skateboard could tunnel through his head?"

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Lesson learned... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28487961)

Never discuss religion, politics or interpretations of quantum physics.

People are so opinionated over these subjects... Sheesh!

That's nothing really... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#28488199)

I once stabbed a guy because he insisted that mollusks belonged in the phylum Chordata. The fool.

Heisenberg (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 4 years ago | (#28491613)

From a followup article:

Deputy District Attorney Sharon Cho said the jury that acquitted Keller of assault and battery charges couldn't sort out the conflicting statements of prosecution witnesses.

"The jury just felt unable to really know what happened out there," Cho said.

He was acquitted due to uncertainty :-)

Re:Heisenberg (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#28511347)

Well, they couldn't tell if he was really there or not, but he was in the general area so it's entirely possible that he was.

Skateboard in picture... (1)

Amphetam1ne (1042020) | more than 4 years ago | (#28502147)

Is there a good reason for the skateboard in the picture being made out of Lego? TFA makes no mention of Lego.

Re:Skateboard in picture... (1)

amnezick (1253408) | more than 4 years ago | (#28508321)

since this is slashdot and most of us don't leave our basements this is the only picture of a skateboard they could find on such short notice.

and the classic: "you must be new here"

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