Inertia - Tablecloth Trick
To dramatically demonstrate inertia of rest.◙
Tablecloth with table setting, as photographed.
The table setting rests on a silk tablecloth. Rapidly yanking the tablecloth out from under the setting pieces leaves the table setting unchanged.
Joseph Perez, The tablecloth pull, TPT 15, 242, (1977). H. T. Hudson, There's more to it than inertia, TPT 23, 163, (1985). Haber-Schaim and Dodge, There's More to it than Friction, TPT 29, 56-57, (1991).