Hong Kong’s favorite new resident, a giant inflatable duck, took a turn for the worse on Wednesday, looking less like an oversized lovable plaything and more like an unappetizing fried egg on the water.
The 16.5-meter (54 feet) inflatable sculpture mysteriously lost its mojo overnight, deflated and bobbed lifelessly in Victoria Harbour.
Archive for the 'Silly' Category
If you’re anything like us, you’ve at some point come across supposedly-nerdy valentines and thought to yourself, “A real geek would have used an equation to express that sentiment.” And if so, have we have got just the thing for you!
It’s a Petrie Dish. Get it?
(OK, for you youngsters, that’s a reference to The Dick Van Dyke Show)
I asked both officers if they thought, given Bond supervillian-levels of resources, it would be possible for someone to steal the shuttle.
They made two mistakes in their answers. First mistake was that the first cop told me it was “impossible.” The second mistake was that the other policeman told me “I won’t say impossible.” Now it sounds like a challenge.
Can you put another iPad in there, with carbon paper?
A little doggy slapstick, complete with a really funny elastic collision, followed by more conservation of momentum exercises.
What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?
Lots of physics happens, and then …
Everything within roughly a mile of the park is leveled, and a firestorm engulfs the surrounding city. The baseball diamond is now a sizable crater, centered a few hundred feet behind the former location of the backstop.
A careful reading of official Major League Baseball Rule 6.08(b) suggests that in this situation, the batter would be considered “hit by pitch”, and would be eligible to advance to first base.
Marine biologist-cum-TV personality Luke Tipple attached a 50-milliwatt green laser to a lemon shark off the coast of the Bahamas in late April.
OK, 50 milliWatts isn’t going to melt a city or anything. But it’s a start. (Though wasn’t this accomplished in one of the sequels?)
The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers team smashed its own world record for largest Rube Goldberg machine with a 300-step behemoth that flawlessly accomplished the simple task of blowing up and popping a balloon – setting the new world record for the Largest functional Rube Goldberg machine
They beat the record they set last year
One of my colleagues recently observed that, unlike voting, participating in urinalysis did not come with an accomplishment sticker. He suggested a slogan, to which I added some artwork and then made stickers. For the next time.
(Click on the image to embiggen; I made 2″ stickers but if you want to use this for noncommercial purposes, feel free, and you can go larger if you wish)