Today I have a question for the readers. A challenge of sorts, I guess one could say. Don’t worry; I’m soliciting your mind, not your wallet.
On New Year’s Day, while watching Benjamin draw and color things on a portable dry-erase board, I said, “What do you see in that ladder?”
“What?” he said.
“What makes up that ladder you just drew?”
“I don’t know.”
“A stack of H’s. See?” I said.
“Yes, I see. That’s cool.”
Then I wondered what else one could build from letters, and right away the letter “A” came to mind. The A-frame house is the most famous, used throughout history. It also is seen in the simple and common sawhorse.
What other English letters are good for structural support? The letter “D” is pretty good turned 90 degrees counter-clockwise, thanks to the resulting arch. The “B” would suit fine, too, for the same reason. It’s always good to mount a “Z” on a swinging gate.
I know I have at least one physicist reading this, and at least one civil engineer.
Today’s question is this: what letter of the English alphabet is the best for structural support? Uppercase or lowercase. You may turn it but not contort it, you may use it in combination with other letters, and you may give examples of types of structures that would benefit from one letter shape over another. I’m merely asking that you send letters of support.