In order to empirically derive a constant for The Graduated Hostility of Things, assemble a series of objects in relation to their 'value' to you and drop pieces of toast and jam onto them, mechanically and from height of more than four feet. Record the frequency of Jam to Nonjam contact in order to derive a ratio of hostility in the universe. Obviously, this expe riment can (and should) be performed in many ways, using many types of materials. Comparisons of general numerical trend will yield a number equivalent to the value of oppression in the universe relative to human beings.