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Geek Trivia: The Quibble of the Week for Dec. 4, 2007

This week's quibble comes from the November 28 edition of Geek Trivia, "Roller (coaster) derby." My own personal physics fact-checker, <b>Bill Ward</b>, once again nailed me on a slip in Newtonian technobabble.

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This week's quibble comes from the November 28 edition of Geek Trivia, "Roller (coaster) derby." My own personal physics fact-checker, Bill Ward, once again nailed me on a slip in Newtonian technobabble.

"Sorry, Jay, but you've got a mistake in there; by definition, a pure Gravity coaster can't do negative Gs... it can only do >=0 G, unless there are inversions. I can't think of any possible reason that an escape coaster would need an inversion, so your negative G-force comment [about the Orion Emergency Egress System] is incorrect."

I really ought to start running all my articles by Bill first. Yes, I conflated the terms zero-G and negative-G — my mistake. Thanks for the physics lesson, and keep those quibbles coming.

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