This incident happened when I was in school. Our school was around a mile from my house, and on my way to school, I used to go to my friend, Manikandan’s house, from where we both will go together to school.
One day while coming back from school(as usual tired!), we saw a lorry on the road leading to manikandan’s house, and it was about to start. Since the road we regularly used was a sparingly used one, there was not much people also on the road. Just a quick glance at each other, and we jumped to the back of the lorry and clung there, when the lorry started.. We were enjoying the journey clinging to the lorry’s iron bars in the back, but soon we realized, the lorry driver had no intention to stop when he reached manikandan’s house!! Ofcourse he had not seen us, else who would allow two small brats to cling to the back of their lorry.
Manikandan’s house passed and since we had no choice, but to leave the lorry, which was in high speed now and fall in the road, but we both were waiting for the other to drop first.. Well, Manikandan, I knew will never drop off the lorry unless I did, so I did that, and in flash of second I was lying in the middle of road flat, and the lorry zooming out of my eyes, with manikandan clung on to it!!
I was sure, he will also follow suit, and by the time he came after “falling” from the lorry, My knees were gushing blood and also the skin of my palms had sort-of come-off. But Interestingly I found out that Manikandan had less bruises and I was wondering why. Anyway we agreed to keep this adventure with ourselves, lest we(especially manikandan) would’ve to go trough another adventure with our parents..
While walking home from manikandan’s house, where I got my first aid(yes, we lied about the bruises), I was pondering why manikandan had less bruises than me.. Well, thanks to the physics lessons we had at school I didnt need much time to figure out..
- Manikandan was lean and I was healthy(nooo. I was not fat!! :-D hence I had more mass than manikandan, and I had more impact
- When I jumped off the lorry, the lorry’s speed was more, and hence the impact was more.
- When Manikandan jumped off, the lorry was approaching a corner and hence the lorry driver slowed, slowing manikandan’s body’s velocity.
and so on..
By the time I reached home, with aching bruises, I had somewhat re-invented Newtons laws of motion.,