Lead and Rubber DropScience brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.
You're standing on the edge of an ocean with a high powered rifle and a small rubber ball. The ocean is smooth and there is no wind. Holding the rifle level with the ground six feet high, you fire a bullet out to sea. The very instant the bullet leaves the barrel you drop the small rubber ball from the same height as the rifle. Which will hit the water first, the bullet or the ball?
AnswerThe small rubber ball will hit first. The curvature of the earth will cause the bullet to travel farther down, even though they both drop at the same rate of speed.
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