Charles Addams Skier

Single-panel gag cartoons, like Irish bulls, are often based on outrageous logical or physical impossibilities. Lewis Carroll liked to tell about a man who had such big feet that he had to put his pants on over his head. Almost the same kind of impossibility is the basis of a famous New Yorker cartoon by Charles Addams of a woman skier going down a slope. Behind her you see her parallel ski tracks approaching a tree, going around the tree with a track on each side and then becoming parallel again.

Suppose you came on a pair of such ski tracks on a snowy slope, going around a tree exactly as in Addams' cartoon. Assume that they are, in truth, tracks made by skis. Can you think of at least six explanations that are physically possible?

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