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While doing some recreational research at the Library of Congress I was looking at: Sanderson, Ivan Terence. Investigating the Unexplained; A Compendium of Disquieting Mysteries of the Natural World. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1972. [LOC#: AG243 .S245 / 78-157765]. In it he made reference to a phenomena of "burrowing hoses". I have replicated the original references below: Farbstein, Dr. W. E. "All right, Mr. Scientist - Answer This One". Fate. Issue No. 25, Volume 5, Number 1. Evanston, Illinois: Clark Publishing Company, January 1952. Page 28. In Ann Arbor, Mich., recently, a man wishing to water a willow tree in his yard, poked the nozzle of the garden hose into the soft soil. As he turned the faucet the hose suddenly squirmed and burrowed into the ground for several feet -- and no amount of pulling could bring it up. Husky friends and neighbors tugged at it for days before it finally let go. Nobody could explain this unique phenomena. "Report from the Readers". Fate. Issue No. 30, Volume 5, Number 6. Evanston, Illinois: Clark Publishing Company, September 1952. Page 128. Squirming Hose I was interested in the article on Page 28 of your February March issue by Dr. W. E. Farbstein about the experience at Ann Arbor with the squirming hose. Two little tenant boys got to playing with my garden hose. When I came to the garden many feet of the hose were already buried. I tried to pull it out and could not. It crept deeper. Then I turned the water off. But still the hose couldn't be pulled out. I have seen pipe sunk into the ground by hydraulic pressure, and when the water is turned off the hose or pipe stops creeping. I had to dig a deep hole beside the hose and keep filling it with water before it was released. -- Jennie Betteridge, Fresno, Calif. Presumably there is some physical explanation for this which is nonobvious to me. Can you explain it to me? @#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@# Scott W. Langill Arbeit mach das leben suesse, firstname.lastname@example.org aber faulheit staerkt die gliederung. @#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#!*@#
Re: What causes burrowing hoses?
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