June 20, 2012 6:15 pm at 6:15 pm #603840bekitzurParticipant
… Never tried to slam a revolving door
… Never tried stapling water to a tree
… Never tried to dribble a football
… Never tried to fly a helicopter upside down
… Never tried to eat water
Any more?June 20, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm #990692moishyParticipant
True, true!!June 21, 2012 2:06 am at 2:06 am #990693HaLeiViParticipant
Well, you can slam a revolving door against your friend ahead of you, or if it is locked (not while it is revolving, though).
You definitely can staple some water to a tree. In fact, you can even send it in the mail. Just make sure you seal it well.
The football I never tried, but a hellicopter? Why not? Just pitch the blades the other way.June 21, 2012 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm #990694WolfishMusingsParticipant
Only fools say “nothing is impossible.” There are very good reasons why some things are impossible.
Some things are impossible because of a definition.
A triangle with four sides is impossible because the very definition of a triangle is a figure with three sides.
Some things are impossible because of a logic. For example, an irresistible force and an immovable object cannot logically exist in the same universe.
Some things are impossible because of a causal paradox. The most famous example is going back in time and killing your grandfather before your father was conceived.
In short, there are plenty of things that are impossible.
The WolfJune 22, 2012 2:21 pm at 2:21 pm #990695TheMusicManParticipant
Whoever said that was quite right.
For instance, it is quite easy to slap a revolving door if you call the state of being stationary revolving . Thus, a four-sided triangle is possible if triangle means four-sided shape.June 22, 2012 3:03 pm at 3:03 pm #990696WolfishMusingsParticipant
Thus, a four-sided triangle is possible if triangle means four-sided shape.
Except that it does not.
And if you re-define “triangle” to mean “four sided shape” then it becomes logically impossible to have a three sided triangle.
The WolfJune 24, 2012 9:18 pm at 9:18 pm #990697TheMusicManParticipant
Yet again, if we redefine triangle as anything it then becomes possible. In order to truly make everything possible, we would need to define everything as being everything else, which renders language utterly useless. As a result, the above is impractical, so the way to make something impossible is to state that “it is impossible for this particular object-that-I-am-pointing-to-with-my-finger be anything else”.
However, due to the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and quantum physics, the above is not entirely correct. There is a tiny probability that the object will mysteriously morph into something else, or that it will vanish and appear on a distant planet. However, this is not practical either, since the equations show that one would need to wait longer the the lifetime of a universe for that to occur.June 25, 2012 1:45 am at 1:45 am #990698JustHavingFunParticipant
If you warp that triangle through another dimension and do a tesseract, combine it with the G-d particle, and pepper it with Higgs bosons, it is possible that enough theoretical physicists will define the triangle in terms of strings and provide other shapes for your idle consideration, such as a 2-sided Mobius strip, a square sphere, and the inside of a donut.
By the way, what is the sound of one hand clapping?September 1, 2012 6:28 pm at 6:28 pm #990699Shopping613 🌠Participant
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They actually have helicopters that can fly upside down.September 2, 2012 6:59 am at 6:59 am #990701🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
I have a friend who can clap with one hand. It sounds kind of like someone clapping.September 2, 2012 5:51 pm at 5:51 pm #990702zaidy78Participant
Whoever said “Nothing Is Impossible” is lying. I’ve been doing it for years!September 3, 2012 5:01 am at 5:01 am #990703Sam2Participant
JHF: The word god in “god particle” has no Kedusha whatsoever and should not be capitalized. In fact, capitalizing it gives attributes of HKBH to a physical (pun slightly intended) object and borders on Avodah Zarah.September 3, 2012 3:13 pm at 3:13 pm #990704Shopping613 🌠Participant
The founder of SUC, The Awarder of SUC, The head of operations of SUCNovember 26, 2013 6:04 am at 6:04 am #990705
Nothing is truly impossible. how do you know the laws of nature even exist? Maybe they get turned on and off by a switch to which you alone are denied access.November 26, 2013 6:23 am at 6:23 am #990706peacefullMember
Nothing can go [beyond] (without) the will of Hashem.November 29, 2013 2:34 pm at 2:34 pm #990707
Including nature.November 29, 2013 2:57 pm at 2:57 pm #990708RedlegParticipant
Nothing is impossible to the person who doesn’t have to do it himself.November 29, 2013 4:29 pm at 4:29 pm #990709Little FroggieMember
I actually once did the impossible. I once made fire come out of a glass of water!November 30, 2013 8:29 pm at 8:29 pm #990710
JHF – the sound of one hand clapping is the CL. The other hand makes the AP. As quoted from the Gaon Terry Pratchett.December 1, 2013 5:22 am at 5:22 am #990711SaysMeMember
my brother claps with one hand. looks gross to me but works! palm against armDecember 1, 2013 9:51 am at 9:51 am #990712
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? I’d say that was pretty impossible.December 1, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am #990713
I think I’ve done that.December 1, 2013 2:48 pm at 2:48 pm #990714SaysMeMember
notasheep- 🙂 and how do you keep a wave upon the sand?December 1, 2013 5:05 pm at 5:05 pm #990715✡onegoal™Participant
By accepting the laws of nature as true, you are pushing away any hope for defying it. If you truly believe that you can defy nature at Hashems will, then you will be capable of it. There is a story about a great person (the name slips me at the moment) who need to cross a river and had no way of doing so. He saw a small leaf floating by and got on it and sailed across. If you truly believe Hashem controls everything, then what is the difference between floating and sinking aside from what we are used to?December 1, 2013 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm #990716nem621Member
He who told oil to burn will tell vinager to burn taanis the the third perk i would assume somewhere around chaf chei amud alephDecember 2, 2013 7:37 pm at 7:37 pm #990717ChchamMember
Whoever said nothing was impossible never tried to invent a new colorDecember 2, 2013 7:45 pm at 7:45 pm #990718
It’s not that it can’t happen, it just doesn’t.December 3, 2013 1:29 pm at 1:29 pm #990719
Chacham, people invent new colours all the time. They say that it’s a slightly different shade to this other colour and then give it a name.December 3, 2013 4:45 pm at 4:45 pm #990720dotnetterMember
Whoever said nothing was impossible never tried to please my boss.
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