So we had this massive ice storm about ten days ago and much of the city (and environs) was without power for days after including the Gauss household.
One of the lesser tragedies of the disaster was that the roast that we were going to cook that night. Or was it? I figured there was nothing to lose . . . I would place the beef in the oven and . . . wait. With a little luck, and a bit of patience, I thought it just might spontaneously cook itself.
I mean, is it not the case there is a non-zero likelihood that all the molecules of the roast beast (or enough of them) will spontaneously acquire the needed thermal energy? Worth a try, no? I knew it was a long shot but, hey, as I said, what was there to lose. I had all day.
Well, to tell the truth, I am beginning to harbour some doubts about the very notion of ‘spontaneous acquisition of energy’. It’s been ten days now and the damn thing isn’t even warm to the touch.
How much longer do you think I’ll need to wait? I have to be back at work soon.
You’ll probably need to know that it’s a 5 kg roast (we do things in a big way up here). And, I’d say the ambient temperature inside is around 20 degrees celsius (yup, power’s back but I want to see my experiment through to the [del]heat death of the Universe[/del] end)