Can You Solve This Physics Brain Teaser of the Bullet-Block Experiment? [Video]

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The science video blog Veritasium offers this nifty little puzzle. Does a wooden block, when shot by a vertically aimed rifle, go higher when it’s hit dead center or off-center? In the latter case, the bullet causes the block to spin. Several science communicators are asked the question in this set-up video:

Did you pick an outcome? If not, don’t worry—here’s the result of the experiment:

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