It looks like I messed up the link above. Try this instead.As far as I can tell, this particular problem was posted in '04 and '07. A slightly different problem sparked a 2008 discussion in which wileysw linked to anarticle about several versions of the problem. The version posted above was subtle enough for Martin Gardner and a textbook to get it wrong.I like the question of how does spaghetti break in reality. My 11yo daughter raised that question, as I mention in the blog post. From outrun's link I learned that physicists have worked on it, earning them an Ig Nobel prize.Will have to see if Ultraviolet's hack works on rice pasta.