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Someone please figger this out!
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Cindi    Posted 07-30-2003 at 07:22:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I saw this on another forum...does anyone know the answer?

A farmer asks a neighbor for some help cutting firewood one Saturday. The neighbor has nothing else to do that day, and figures he can get a load of firewood out of it, so he agrees.

On Saturday morning, the two jump in the farmer's old Jeep and go about a half mile out from the barn to a stand of trees.

The farmer backs the Jeep up to a big circular saw on a stand, and proceeds to connect a leather belt from the saw to the belt pulley driven by the PTO on the Jeep. (Remember those?)

At this point the farmer says to the neighbor, "I forgot my big wrecking bar. We'll need it. Would you mind going back to the barn to get it?"

The neighbor hikes all the way back to the barn, finds the heavy steel bar, and lugs it back to the Jeep.

The farmer thanks him, leans the bar up against the side of the Jeep, and starts the saw.

A few hours later, they have a nice pile of firewood, and call it a day. As they are about to jump back in the Jeep, the farmer picks up the wrecking bar from where it is still leaning against the Jeep.

The neighbor says, "Why did you send me all the way back to the barn to lug that heavy thing out here, when we never used it?"

The farmer replies, "Oh, no! We've been using it all day!"

What did he mean?


Reddee    Posted 07-30-2003 at 20:53:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Geez ya'll are so smart...I'd never have figured that out!! Guess I would have been knocked on my keister!!! LOL Redd


MattCT    Posted 07-30-2003 at 08:56:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I knew i heard that question somewhere before, on NPRs radio show Car Talk it was their weekly puzzler so here is the answer from their website

"What was the crowbar for? There was this hint: "My neighbor said he'd forgotten to bring the crowbar once, and he would never make that mistake again." In fact, there were lots of hints. The dry autumn air, the power takeoff, the saw, the leather belt. The Jeep is insulated from the ground by rubber tires, and would pick up a static charge from the spinning leather belt.

If not discharged through crowbar, the Jeep would get so charged up with electricity that when you touched it you'd get knocked on your keister by 50 or 100 or 150 thousand volts of static electricity. So, the crowbar was essential. And, it just so happened by sticking it into the ground and leaning it against the jeep, which is metal, he had unknowingly put it exactly where it had to be."


Beat ya by 3 min ;-)    Posted 07-30-2003 at 08:59:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
See my post below titled 'Ayuh...'

Salmoneye



MattCT    Posted 07-30-2003 at 09:22:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, i saw it right after i posted mine.


jake    Posted 07-30-2003 at 07:49:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
One possibility is that the belt built up static electricity with the jeep being insulated by the tires the bar would provide a ground connection eliminating shocks. Just a thought.


Michael In PA    Posted 07-30-2003 at 07:46:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
The leather belt creates a lot of static electricity as it turns the saw blade. The wreaking bar provides a path for the charge to flow into the ground. Otherwise, the farmer would get shocked.


Sven    Posted 07-30-2003 at 07:51:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I think you are right.


Ayuh...    Posted 07-30-2003 at 08:53:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
This was the 'Puzzler' on 'Car Talk' on NPR a few eeks back...

That is the answer...

Salmoneye


sHan    Posted 07-30-2003 at 07:37:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
the only thing i can come up with is the old theroy that if you dont have somthing with you you will need it. thus by bringing it along you wontneed it. therefore its presence(sp) of being there is USING it. just my look at it...

now go do somthing...HE HE HE


Cindi    Posted 07-30-2003 at 13:57:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks ya'll for all the answers


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