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Archimedes Cup
Archimedes Cup
Archimedes Cup
Archimedes Cup

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Stephen Hill

Archimedes Cup

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A Pythagorean Cup

4"h x 3.25"w

Pythagoras of Samos was a philosopher and mathematician of the 6th Century BCE. Among other accomplishments, he is widely credited with proving the Pythagorean theorem (though it may well have been the work of his students). He is also given credit for the creation of this ancient practical joke device that likewise bears his name.

The cup itself looks ordinary except for its central column. A hidden pipe runs from a void in the bottom of the stem up into the vessel, coiling back on itself in the process. This twist is the key.

When the cup is filled too high, liquid tips into the central pipe and, per Pascal’s principle of communicating vessels, the entire contents of the cup begin to drain. Gravity and pressure take over and the rest, as they say, is history — the vessel then empties itself entirely. If filled to just below that point, however, a user can drink from the vessel normally.

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