I have what may be considered a rudimentary question, but one which I've actually never asked and have always wondered about. Many people have posed the question as to whether or not a very long, rigid object could be "pushed" on one end and instantaneously transfer information across a vast distance by moving on its opposite end. I know that this will not work, but I have always wondered about the OPPOSITE scenario. Picure a very long cord attached to two objects, one of which is spinning and exerting a tension on the cord, causing the other to move in a circular path around the central object. If this cord were cut, it seems intuitive that the object circling would HAVE to continue its perfect orbit until information had time to reach it. How would this happen, considering that the side cutting the cord would immediately witness its release, and this disconnected end would assume some of the "orbiting" ends velocity and beginning moving away from the central object?