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This will change everything you thought you knew about 'Friends'...

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Moving is stressful for SO many reasons: deposits, packing, hiring a van, and of course actually transporting your stuff to a new place...

And what can make moving even worse? A sofa, bookcase or armchair that just won't fit through the front door.

Cast your mind back to Friends season 5, when Ross treated himself to a sofa for his new flat. To avoid delivery costs, Ross decided to transport the sofa home by himself and force it up the building’s tiny staircase, with help from Rachel and Chandler. Ross shouted "PIVOT!" a LOT, but the situation ended with the sofa jammed in the stairwell, and eventually cut in half to return to the store.

Well: we've got news for you, Ross. Turns out it actually was possible to get the sofa up the stairs after all. How do we know? We called in the experts.

Data Science Consultant, Caroline Zunckel, has analysed the 'PIVOT' scene in depth to create a mathematical solution that proves the impossible actually was possible. See, turns out you should have been paying attention during double maths after all!

Caroline says: "By applying Pythagoras' theorem to the estimated measurements of Ross's sofa in a vertical position, and dimensions of the stairs, I was able to establish that it would have been possible to get the item upstairs. It's quite simple really!"

Check out Caroline's findings in the sketch below and prepare for your mind to be blown.

Our advice for next time? Measure before you move...


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