Over the past few days I’ve been wondering whether it’s possible for the earth to develop an unbalanced load on spin cycle.
Let me explain.
When a top-opening washing machine is in the post-rinse spin stage, ridding the load of water, it can become unbalanced. This unbalance is caused by too much laundry sitting in one spot, rather than being spaced evenly around the basin. I find that washing blankets, big beach towels and similarly large items run a greater risk of developing this problem. The problem typically reveals itself with a loud “thump, thump, thump” as the spinning wash basin revolves off-center, shaking the entire washing machine.
So, can the earth develop this same problem? For example, could the Andes Mountains in South American grow so tall, so wide, and so massive that they cause the earth to become unbalanced? I shudder to think what the practical results of such a phenomenon might be.