Quantum raindrops and Manchester United supporters

Quantum physics tells us that all the atoms in an object could jump a quarter of an inch to the right in a uniform fashion, almost like a short range teleport, but it’s extremely unlikely.

Have you ever noticed when driving in rain that you swear you felt a drop of rain hit you, so much that you look for an open window? Of course the windows are closed so there is no way the rain could have come in but you still look and you wonder if there is a leaky seal or the rain has somehow come through one of the vents, presumably via an extremely twisty route.

Now raindrops are extremely difficult to keep track of and they are very, very numerous, as are grains of sand, snowflakes and Manchester United supporters. So how are we to know that raindrops are not making such quantum leaps all the time? We just don’t know enough about their position and movement to be able to detect such goings on and occasionally one jumps from one side of the glass to the other.

Perhaps, in such complex environments where there are millions or billions of entities,  such as with raindrops, snowflakes and Manchester United supporters, they are making these tiny quarter of an inch movements and nobody has ever noticed.

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