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Tetrahedron marble top

This incredible marble top, when spun on its base as shown below (fig. A), will tip itself over automatically and continue spinning on its "stem" (fig. B) -- a behaviour caused by sliding friction effects with the ground.

How to make a tetrahedron marble top
Take 4 standard marbles and glue them together with a strong quick-setting glue by assembling them into a two layer tetrahedron (kind of pyramid, as illustrated below). It's all.

spinning tetrahedron
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How to spin your tetrahedron marble top
Grap one marble between your thumb and forefinger and... spin!

 

 

grab the top

 

 

spinning marble top
 

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