Why do flip flops go flip flop?
July 4, 2008 1:55 PM Subscribe
Why do flip flops go flip flop? As opposed to flip flip or even flop flop?
posted by IndigoJones to Science & Nature (28 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I can only think that the sandal acts as a sound board and there's enough difference in every pair (to say nothing of the effect of each unique foot wedded to each sandal) that they make distinct sounds. But I have to wonder, by the law of averages would not some pairs have to be the same, thus sound the same? If one put a pair of flip flops into lab conditions and gave them fake feet with identical surface contact to each sandal and put them through their paces, would they sound the same then? Anyone ever try it? I'm guessing it would be a good high school science project for a really clever science child.
Extra points for the clip clop of horses, and even regular shoes.