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People have tied a lot of tricks to get out of traffic tickets, but for a University of California physicist, a four page explanation of why he was not guilty of running a stop sign did the trick. The judge dismissed the ticket after Dmitri Krioukov submitted a paper entitled, “Proof of Innocence.” In his dissertation, the physicist used mathematic equations, and colorful graphs to prove his ticket was the result of the officer being fooled by an optical illusion. Krioukov outlined three possible scenarios in which an officer could perceive a car as not having stopped when it actually had. He also claimed he had sneezed as he was applying the brakes, which made him step on the pedal harder and stop very quickly.

Krioukov said the officer was approximating his angular velocity rather than his linear velocity. He compared it to the way an approaching train appears to moving slowly when far away, but appears much faster as it speeds past. He said despite the observations, the train’s speed never changed. Krioukov said he understood the officer’s dilema. He wrote, “This mistake is fully justified. The O’s perception of reality did not properly reflect reality.”

--Dmitri Krioukov, Physicist, Writes Four Page Paper To Avoid Paying Traffic Ticket,|main5|dl2|sec1_lnk3&pLid=152572 ; April 16, 2012, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.

1 Corinthians 2:13 (GW) We don't speak about these things using teachings that are based on intellectual arguments like people do. Instead, we use the Spirit's teachings. We explain spiritual things to those who have the Spirit.

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