Have you ever wondered what would happen if you placed a washing machine on a trampoline, put a brick into it, and turned it on? Me neither. But somebody thought it might be a good idea and the video below shows what happens. In general, my distaste of waste and wanton destruction of perfectly good appliances makes me reluctant to endorse this kind of thing. But I have to admit to being fascinated by the video because it made me think about the physics that was driving it.
It turns out that these people have carried out a whole series of experiments with bricks in washing machines.
Oddly enough, I felt a sense of sympathy for the washing machine. It seemed almost human in the way it struggled to eject objects that it clearly was not meant to have to deal with. What impressed me was the amount of beating it could take and still have the basic function keep going.