Mathematician Reveals How Ross Could've Got The Sofa Up The Stairs In 'Friends'

The 'pivot' scene in Friends is arguably the funniest of them all. It's better than when Ross got into the tanning machine way too many times or when Joey did lunges and couldn't BE wearing any more clothes.

It's because it was just so god damn relatable. We've all moved into a new place and the bed won't fit upstairs or the washing machine isn't budging through the front door. And there's no worse feeling that the thought of an inanimate object taking the ultimate piss out of you.

If you can't remember what led to the struggle - we'll remind you. Ross treated himself to a new sofa for his flat but refused to pay for the delivery costs - which is one of the reasons we love his character. Well, that, and the fact he takes every single thing out of a hotel room on departure.

You just never know when you're light bulb's going to go do you?

Anyway, with the help of Rachel and Chandler, Ross tried to force the sofa upstairs to no avail. Which apparently was a load of bullshit. And now the once hilarious moment has been well and truly debunked, thanks to a maths expert.

Credit: Friends/Bright Kauffman Crane Productions/Warner Bros. Pictures
Credit: Friends/Bright Kauffman Crane Productions/Warner Bros. Pictures

According to SpareRoom, Data Science Consultant Caroline Zunckel has analysed the 'PIVOT' scene in depth to create a mathematical solution that proves the impossible actually was possible. Why you spoiling things for us, Caroline?

She said: "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!"

Yes, really simple...

So basically, Ross should have spent less time worrying about the pivot and more time focusing on the tilt of the sofa.

And definitely shouldn't have sawed it in half.

And he also should have factored in this equation - angle of vertical tilt (T) = 44.15064 -11.94274xWS (Width of the Stairwell) + 8.69119xWC (Width of the Couch) + 3.65961xLC (Length of the Couch).

Here's a cute infographic.Credit: SpareRoom
Credit: SpareRoom
Ross Geller was a smart guy - but next time you move house, make sure you ring the removals people. And a mathematician.

Featured Image Credit: Friends/Bright Kauffman Crane Productions/Warner Bros. Pictures

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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