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    Hi!
    A couple of days ago I spun an M&M candy on the table. At first it was spinning, as one would expect, with its longest axis in the horizontal plane, but quite rapidly flipped up so that the same axis was now spinning in the vertcial plane.
    It seems like an unnatural behaviour as it increases the potential energy of the spinner, so anybody who has an idea of what's going on isinvited to share their ideas.

    Thanks!


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    when you spin your candy think about centrifugal acceleration and the :


    "center of gravity"


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    What's ypur point? I mentioned the center of mass (I assume that's what you're referring to) in my original post indirectly, my discussing the increased potential energy.
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