What do washing machines have to do with rolling a car?

Thursday, October 19th, 2006 at 9:45 pm

Many years ago I remember watching a show on tv titled The Secret Life of Machines. Yesterday, Dan of Dan’s Data fame pointed out that this series is essential viewing AND its creator,Tim Hunkin, is offering them as a free download via torrents. (Tim’s site has them but Dan’s post has better links)

So what do washing machines have to do with rolling a car?

In the washing machine episode in the first season they demonstrate the power of a solenoid valve that enables a car to be rolled over by firing a piece of wood out of the bottom via compressed air. This is just one example of the tangents they go down in order to explain how aspects of the machine work.

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