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Two Big Apple Circus contortionists squeeze themselves into a very small cubic

box about 50 cm on a side. This seems amazing! Can they really able to achieve this? Or is there a trick (like a false panel in the bottom of the box)?


People are about the same density as water. Use your weight and the density of water to estimate your volume. If you were completely flexible (an octopus rather than a person), how small a cube could you fit yourself into? Do you consider that the trick is probably legitimate or a fake? Be sure to clearly state your assumptions and how you came to the numbers you estimated, since grading on this problem will be mostly based on your reasoning, not on your answer.

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