I saw a British movie once. This movie had a scene in it where British agents were
trying to stop some smugglers. In order to do this, they had to pile all of the rice from a
Chinease ship onto the dock. In for effect, the director had about Five hundred pounds of
white rice boiled before having it poured into a single pile.
The thing about a piled of boiled rice; it isn't a static structure. It roils and wiggles
with internal heat. The preassure from the top presses down, and creates heat at the
bottom. Some grains may fall from the top occasionally and roll a short way down the
side, but for the most part the grains keep there place.
What a much more pleasant and stable thing it would be,
it the rice were laid out flat.