Wednesday, March 31, 2004

How Gyroscopic Flop Works... 

Aha! Between Andy and Captain Yo, I understand how it works.

It actually makes perfect sense, since I was somewhat aware of gyroscropic precession. So in the trick, the strings are next to each other on the axle and pulled from opposite sides, which trys to turn the yo-yo, but the fact that it is spinning makes it tilt instead.

This is actually behind the "string twist" method of long sleepers as well. Twisting the string makes the yo-yo want to rotate, but instead it tilts to the position you want it at, keeping the string away from the sides of the yo-yo.

Cool stuff.. :)

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