|What's at the center of the Earth?
||[Nov. 13th, 2019|09:56 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
The most pressing question is whether the core is hard rubber or liquid. For a while when I was a kid, if you found a golf ball somewhere you could cut the hard plastic covering off of it and there would be almost infinite layers of rubber band material that would proceed to unwrap and unravel in fits and starts that would almost make it seem alive. After all of the rubberbandy stuff was gone, there would be an extremely hard rubber ball about 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the original golf ball. This inner "super ball" would bounce like nobody's business. You could throw it at the pavement and it would bounce dozens of feet in the air, invariably getting lost in the process. It was, however, a great way to spend a summer afternoon.
But before I completely grew out of my fascination with dissected golf balls, they started making them with a little bladder of liquid rubber goo in the middle instead of the hard rubber super ball. The liquid centers were like eighth inch-thick water balloons filled with salad oil. When thrown at the pavement they would do pretty much nothing, not even break open. So, if the earth's core is a hard rubber super ball, we can all be proud to live here. If it has a liquid center, I'm going to consider becoming a Flat Earther.