Thursday, April 17, 2008

Behold!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very, very impressive.
This weekend, we will be working on a 7th grade science egg-drop project. We must devise a way to protect an egg from breaking when dropped, by the popular science teacher, from the top of the school. The protective device must be built out of materials that can be recycled.
Given your recently proven abilities in the area of school science projects, I seek your ideas, advice and wise counsel.
I eagerly await your response.

crabbydad said...

I'd go the bubble-wrap route -- that's recyclable, no? Or shredded newspaper in a cardboard box? Or put it in a Gatorade bottle that's filled up with water -- that might work. Or better yet, have it ride to the ground on a Maglev train! I know where you can pick one up, cheap.

I know, I am of no help.

Russ said...

Anon: try hollowing out an orange, not all the way, of course, just enough to get the egg inside and fasten closed with some twine.

Lizzy said...

A levitating train? It's a passover miracle.

crabbydad said...

Russ, you're brilliant. Yes, Anon, listen to Russ, not to me. I'm a moron.

And alas, Lizzy, if the Israelites had only had a Maglev train, they could've waited that much longer for the bread to rise, and then zoomed out of Egypt at 260 mph, and we wouldn't all be stuck eating Matzoh today. Oh Maglev train, you are indeed a fickle mistress.

Jasper Mockingbard said...

An orange may be too small. Perhaps a grapefruit would be better, if you want to stick with citrus. But if you're dropping it off the top of a building, fruit is likely to splatter, thereby breaking the egg. But, what if you attach a newspaper/plastic grocery bag parachute to the cushioned fruit, to reduce the velocity upon impact?

Jasper Mockingbard said...

the maglev looks pretty cool... it looked liked like there was one of those swiss balance balls in the shot. were you sitting on it? do you have a set the crabs sit on for dinner? also, your thumb looks unusually long. does it get tangled when you're twiddling it?

crabbydad said...

Thanks, Jasper, let's hope it gets me the A+ I, er, Mr. Z deserves. No Swiss balance balls in the crabshack. Just the regular Michigan balls. And I've never thought of my thumb as unusually long... though the one in the video is the prosthetic one.

matt said...

mag-tastic. I'm going to become a science teacher just so I can give that the A.

I actually remember my egg-drop project being successful with the egg in the middle of layers of paper bags insulated with newspaper (all of which is recyclable.) Put enough paper bags filled with newspaper inside each other and it sould be able to withstand the drop.

Burbanmom said...

Wow. That is the freakin' cat's ass! (a compliment, BTW). Looks nothing like the piece of crap baking-soda-and-vinegar volcano I made in 7th grade.

Innisanimate said...
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Innisanimate said...

Great video. I thought I was watching Cloverfield with the vomit-cam half way through. Ever heard of a frikkin tripod, Crabby? Lucky for Mr.Z the class wasn't learning about image stabilizers. ;)

Just kidding. That was awesome. I hope to see something larger scale next time. Ever made one of them hovercrafts? I think those work by fans, though. Still cool though.

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