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Hold a slipper by its toe end. throw it into the air so it does a somersault, and catch it by the toe again. Why does it rotate through 180 degrees at right angles to the axis of spin whilst it undergoes the 360 degrees flip
Perhaps its just me, but I don't think you can apply Newton's laws to tossing a slipper in the air. I'm sure any competent juggler would be able to throw the slipper up and make it do exactly what they want it to do simply by holding and throwing it in a particular way, just as they can with a skittle, sword, axe and all the other things they perform with, regular or irregular shaped.