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Episode 77

This is our first episode taking a close look at the physics of the cartoon world of Hanna-Barbera.  Tom & Jerry have had a tumultuous relationship for as long as they have known each other and their uneasy truces quickly dissolve into all out combat.  The physics of that combat is what is really intriguing.  The prick from a pin will send Tom rocketing skyward in pain, completely defying the conventional law of gravity.  Hitting a bowling ball with a bowling pin will cause it to soar through the air like a baseball.  Tom getting hit with a sledgehammer will turn him into a railroad spike.  How is all of this possible?  Listen as we explain it all, and introduce you to a completely new paradigm of cartoon science:  Hanna-Barberian Physics!

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