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(Sydney Morning Herald)   Man builds giant Tesla coil in his backyard in preparation for his future darwin award (with awesome pic)   (smh.com.au) divider line 34
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2008-12-18 03:05:16 AM
users.rcn.com

/giant Tesla
 
2008-12-18 03:54:06 AM
i219.photobucket.com

Approves.
 
2008-12-18 05:09:48 AM
Dr. Megavolt addresses the crowd, a teeming, sweating, stinking mass of bodies, some of whom are nude, others, costumed. All of them crowding close to the body of the flatbed trailer, chanting "Mega-VOLT! Mega-VOLT! Mega-VOLT!"

Megavolt, clad in a silver suit, raises his hand to shush the revelers, and shouts "Who wants to see me do a VCR?"

"VCR! VCR! VCR!" The crowd replies, its throbbing refrain drowned by the sudden, chest-thumping sound of the generator. We can hear nothing but the whirr for several minutes, as Megavolt zips on his silver hood, peeps out of the purple window at the people, all of them drunk and drunker on the incredible sound of the machine and the strange smell. Tiny purple lightning bolts lick around the thing, which resembles a huge roll of wire, the height of two men.

He raises a VCR to the sky, and abruptly, a snapping, rapping, BRAP!-ing bolt of lightning shoots out of the coil, melting the VCR down the good doctor's arm.

"Mega-VOLT! Mega-VOLT! Mega-VOLT!"
 
2008-12-18 05:22:35 AM
Why aren't the plans posted with the story...

/want
 
2008-12-18 06:20:34 AM
I bet it's stressful, firing up that machine every single day and not knowing if he's going to end up the guy in the tank, or live to do the trick another day.
 
2008-12-18 06:31:12 AM
FTA : "This needs a good understanding of the physics involved and a certain amount of faith, balls of steel, or simple stupidity."

I'm thinking balls of steel and a giant tesla coil aren't the best combination for a pain free future
 
2008-12-18 06:36:41 AM
www.smh.com.au /hawt
 
2008-12-18 07:09:08 AM
i.thisislondon.co.uk
 
2008-12-18 07:33:09 AM
ra.afraid.org

Approves
 
2008-12-18 07:34:56 AM
ohhhh i was checking out his site i like his other experiments.
 
2008-12-18 07:54:31 AM
Rubber shoes in motion
 
2008-12-18 08:19:44 AM
"The thrill of being next to something that is potentially lethal, incredibly noisy ... that's the stuff I like - control and power - just like kids like playing with blasters,"

Kids play with blasters? No wonder Luke could shoot so well.
 
2008-12-18 09:04:39 AM
NeuroticRocker

I loved that movie. People who didn't were pretty much too slow to keep up.
 
2008-12-18 09:31:45 AM
star_topology: NeuroticRocker

I loved that movie. People who didn't were pretty much too slow to keep up.


not to toot my own horn, but i have a youtube video on it because i have a question about the ending:

Toot (new window)
 
2008-12-18 09:39:24 AM
FROM THE HEADLIE: "..for his future darwin award".
FTFA: " Terren, a 52-year-old father of three"

Way to use a cliche', INCORRECTLY, subtard.
 
2008-12-18 09:41:43 AM
NeuroticRocker: star_topology: NeuroticRocker

I loved that movie. People who didn't were pretty much too slow to keep up.

not to toot my own horn, but i have a youtube video on it because i have a question about the ending:

Toot (new window)


Dude, how drunk were you when you shot that? Better question, how drunk were you when you saw the movie?
 
2008-12-18 09:44:53 AM
star_topology: NeuroticRocker

I loved that movie. People who didn't were pretty much too slow to keep up.


This. The book is better, though.
 
2008-12-18 09:50:58 AM
brigid_fitch: NeuroticRocker: star_topology: NeuroticRocker

I loved that movie. People who didn't were pretty much too slow to keep up.

not to toot my own horn, but i have a youtube video on it because i have a question about the ending:

Toot (new window)

Dude, how drunk were you when you shot that? Better question, how drunk were you when you saw the movie?


LOL. i wasnt drunk. i was farking tired. like...3 days no sleep. but, seriously.

i stand by my interpretation. cue the ITS TRUE TO ME, DAMMIT guy.

its just that saying "psst, its his brother" halfway through and having THAT be the ta-da ending, when it was already revealed was very anti climatic.

having it be his clone is brilliant. and it makes sense...he even tells his girl that the world isnt ready for his trick...magic always has some stupid explanation for their tricks: mirrors, a double, a robot, etc. but HIS FARKING CLONE....brilliant.

i didnt read the book, and i want to, but i wanted to keep them as seperate entities.
 
2008-12-18 09:52:23 AM
"They are all your hat"
 
2008-12-18 09:57:08 AM
what future Darwin award subby? Tesla coils are perfectly safe as long as you don't say "here, hold my beer" before firing it up...
 
2008-12-18 09:59:15 AM
Approves

api.ning.com
 
2008-12-18 10:13:26 AM
I built one for an 8th grade science fair in 1970 from plans in Popular Science magazine. (It was only 4 ft tall and I didn't have to dress like the geek in this article) Still scary cool.
 
2008-12-18 10:35:58 AM
TheRussianFunk: Rubber shoes in motion

Gah, I heard that in a corny Russian accent...

That game was fun. Too bad the AI was so dumb.
 
2008-12-18 10:46:31 AM
What does the climate have to do with climactic?
Anybody that is anti climate is a Commie....
 
2008-12-18 10:54:23 AM
Sparks my interest
 
2008-12-18 11:53:41 AM
Clicked the link just to make sure the guy wasn't my neighbor. Carry on.
 
2008-12-18 12:11:30 PM
content.answers.com

Approves

/You better watch out you bad boys!
 
2008-12-18 12:23:18 PM
27feet: FTA : "This needs a good understanding of the physics involved and a certain amount of faith, balls of steel, or simple stupidity."

I'm thinking balls of steel and a giant tesla coil aren't the best combination for a pain free future


Balls of steel

Soon to see the Darwin Award
 
2008-12-18 12:42:03 PM
Whoa... three kilojoule capacitor bank. Give this guy's neighbors an award for tolerance.

/carbide cannon man myself
//neighbors complained when we got to the five-gallon paint pail level
 
2008-12-18 01:54:30 PM
NeuroticRocker: star_topology: NeuroticRocker

I loved that movie. People who didn't were pretty much too slow to keep up.

not to toot my own horn, but i have a youtube video on it because i have a question about the ending:

Toot (new window)


I agree, it was an amazing movie, though as to your video, I see one flaw, Tesla didn't know/expect it to work the way it did, he was expecting to to transport the hat/cat to somewhere else, not copy it, and furthermore, Michael Caine doesn't say it's his brother, he says he uses a double, which was common in that trick, especially when you're using it on a raised stage. I like where you were going with that though, if you'd like to continue this conversation/discourse though, EIP.

/threadjack end

Back to the article at hand, people just don't know the difference between volts and amperes, 500,000 volts won't kill you if there are no amps backing it up.
 
2008-12-18 03:48:55 PM
The Allies don't stand a chance.
 
2008-12-18 04:58:06 PM
NeuroticRocker: brigid_fitch: NeuroticRocker: star_topology: NeuroticRocker

I loved that movie. People who didn't were pretty much too slow to keep up.

not to toot my own horn, but i have a youtube video on it because i have a question about the ending:

Toot (new window)

Dude, how drunk were you when you shot that? Better question, how drunk were you when you saw the movie?

LOL. i wasnt drunk. i was farking tired. like...3 days no sleep. but, seriously.

i stand by my interpretation. cue the ITS TRUE TO ME, DAMMIT guy.

its just that saying "psst, its his brother" halfway through and having THAT be the ta-da ending, when it was already revealed was very anti climatic.

having it be his clone is brilliant. and it makes sense...he even tells his girl that the world isnt ready for his trick...magic always has some stupid explanation for their tricks: mirrors, a double, a robot, etc. but HIS FARKING CLONE....brilliant.

i didnt read the book, and i want to, but i wanted to keep them as seperate entities.


I just figured he didn't grow up in the city, and when he got there the brothers started the whole one guy act. He wouldn't have had enough money at the start of the movie to commission a michine like that.

Of course I only saw it once so I could be wrong.
 
2008-12-19 02:53:56 AM
We photoshoped this a while ago.
 
2008-12-19 08:41:30 AM
New Construction Options.
 
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