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Touch But Can't See

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Puzzle ID:#4408
Fun:*** (2.47)
Difficulty:** (1.91)
Submitted By:LungTungBeng****
Corrected By:Palsha




What is solid and not translucent which you can touch with your finger but you can't see it in broad daylight, even through a mirror?

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Jun 12, 2002

That's very clever =)
Jun 19, 2002

Sight is the reflection of photons off of a surface into your eye. If the mirror reflects light, even if it appears to be something else, you are actually 'seeing' the mirror. :-)
Jun 20, 2002

i would have said glass but glass is a liquid
Jun 26, 2002

Jun 27, 2002

Jun 29, 2002

Look at the mirror at a flat angle and you can see the suface.
Jul 10, 2002

Soooo Easy but good job!!
Sep 10, 2002

My guess was the back of my head. It can't be seen with "a mirror".
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Oct 03, 2002

Sorry about this, but how about "something deep inside your nostril"?
Aug 22, 2003

actually, glass is neither solid nor liquid. it's actually classified as an amorphous solid. but not a solid or a liquid.
Nov 12, 2003

That's not what I was taught cattleman. Glass is a supercooled liquid. It flows. Look at very old window panes and the glass has flowed downwards due to gravity making the bottom of the panes thicker than the top.
Dec 30, 2003

Cattleman is right, glass is an amorphous solid, (I've taken a whole course on materials, so I know what I am talking about.) A liquid is an incompressible substance that flows due to shear stress. An amorphous solid is just a solid with no crystaline structure. Your are right that glass will flow very slowly due to gravity but it also breaks if too high of a pressure is applied. That is why it is a solid, liquids don't break.
Jul 03, 2005

Forget all this amorphous stuff, lets agree its a good riddle okaY?
Aug 12, 2008

jimbo, I learned the same thing about glass flowing over time. However, I recently learned that it's not really true as stated.

The scientific premise regarding amorphous solids is correct, but for glass the time frame is something like 10^32 years. The historical glass panes have imperfections because of the manufacturing proccess.

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