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The tardis effect


Tardis:  an unexpectantly large space, a room or building that seems to be much larger than it actually is or than it appears to be from the outside.

MSN encarta Dictionary.

My sister and I were laughing at the assumptions that people sometimes make.  The assumptions that people voice that make you want to say something scathing in return to put them back in their ignorant boxes, but you never do.  Those sort of people always end up on my ‘Last day of work’ list, a list of people who I would gladly tell what I think if them on my last day of work.

Take for example my sister’s latest story about gas cylinders.

The poor fellow could not understand how a G-size cylinder which stands about 2 metres tall, can hold up to 50 litres of fluid,  looks much like the ones opposite could hold almost 9m cubed of gas under pressure.  How could that be?  9m cubed is 3m x3m x 3m, a large space if you were to walk around in it.  How could such a volume of gas fit into such a small receptacle?  Of course the secret to this magic is the phrase, under pressure, but our friend could not fathom it no matter how much time my sister spent explaining it.

That’s where the ‘Last day of work’ list comes in.  I said you needed to tell him that it uses the latest in temporal physics theory that allows a much larger mass to fit inside a small space.  The tardis effect, for short.  Of course she couldn’t say that and expect to keep her job that pays our mortgage so it was added to the list.

But this got us thinking, what if the tardis effect was true?  What if the space inside the cylinders was 9m cubed?  These G-size cylinder often come bundled together in lots of 15.  15 x 9m cubed = 135m cubed!  That’s a lot of space, much more than our pokey house in fact.  These bundles cost $2,000 dollars to rent per year.  So for the cost of one months mortgage we could live in a mansion made of gas cylinders!

You think I’m mad, but these things are completely weatherproof and are guaranteed for 10 years.  When the 10 years is up we’d just hand them in for a whole new set, imagine that!  A new house every 10 years for $20,000!

Maybe that guy wasn’t so dumb after all.