Tantalus's Cup

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“Whenever liquid reaches the bottom of the short leg on the siphon inside the cup, the liquid is discharged out of the bottom of the siphon. Discharge continues until the liquid level drops below the short leg of the siphon.” —Quackenbos 1859


G. P. Quackenbos A.M. A Natural Philosophy: Embracing the Most Recent Discoveries in the Various Branches of Physics, and Exhibiting the Application of Scientific Principles in Every-day Life (New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1859) 186


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