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(Mother Nature Network)   Some of the most wasteful traditions in college football include releasing balloons after the first touchdown of each game, burning cleats, and forcing USC to spend one Saturday every season playing Notre Dame   (mnn.com ) divider line
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2012-09-07 09:06:41 AM  
The helium issue is the only real one. Helium used to be close to useless, and was priced as such. It's also finite, has unique physical properties, and short of a nuclear reactor you aren't making any more of it. (And with a nuclear reactor, you aren't making enough to matter.) And because we piss it away at a ridiculous rate, the price has jumped 10% in the last year, and is only going up.

There are certain scientific and engineering processes that need helium in quantity, notably superconducting magnets and electronics manufacturing. Think MRIs cost too much now? Wait a bit. And researchers, especially physicists, churn through the stuff. Quantum computing, superconductivity, Bose-Einstein condensates, ultra-sensitive detectors, etc. all came out of experiments using liquid helium.

It would be one thing if we were using helium to keep the American semiconductor manufacturing industry afloat, or something like that. But one of the biggest uses of helium is still... stupid farking balloons. (The balloon thing is also obnoxious because those hunks of plastic come back down sooner or later.)
 
2012-09-07 09:57:53 AM  

chimp_ninja: [valid facts redacted].)


But, FOOTBALL.
 
2012-09-07 10:24:22 AM  

vudukungfu: chimp_ninja: [valid facts redacted].)

But, FOOTBALL.


eh, nebraska is phasing the tradition out. iirc one of the big reasons that the price of helium is only now starting to rise to match the scarcity is because for the last decade or so the US government has been selling off a massive helium reserve that it had collected over the years.
 
2012-09-07 10:50:01 AM  

chimp_ninja: The helium issue is the only real one. Helium used to be close to useless, and was priced as such.


Well, other than thousands of pieces of non-degradable rubber being released into the air then falling to the ground all over the place.
 
2012-09-07 11:02:30 AM  
...the traditional alcohol enduced stomach pumping at LSU.
 
2012-09-07 11:22:04 AM  
Ridiculous geographic set ups for conferences that force teams and fans to travel across the country? Of course a Texas team should be in the Big East.
 
2012-09-07 11:23:03 AM  

PogoStick Jesus: ...the traditional alcohol enduced stomach pumping at LSU.


The selling of memorabilia by an Ohio State student
 
2012-09-07 11:36:28 AM  

thecpt: Ridiculous geographic set ups for conferences that force teams and fans to travel across the country? Of course a Texas team should be in the Big East.


and forces the tennis, track, cross country, soccer, swimming teams to travel cross county by non-charter missing days of classes...don't forget that fact.

/at least the toomers corner problem was solved by that noted environmentalist updyke.
//that was farked up.
 
2012-09-07 11:39:59 AM  
I seriously read that as "releasing babboons after the first touchdown..."

That would be the greatest thing you could ever possibly see on television,
 
2012-09-07 11:43:39 AM  

A Fark Handle: and forces the tennis, track, cross country, soccer, swimming teams to travel cross county by non-charter missing days of classes...don't forget that fact.


I truly hope that fact kills off conference realignment. I'd love for it to be true. I don't care what the hell that jackass Marinatto thought, there is no way you can justify a team that plays practically within farking sight of the PACIFIC belongs in the Big East in any sport.
 
2012-09-07 12:04:39 PM  

strangeguitar: I seriously read that as "releasing babboons after the first touchdown..."

That would be the greatest thing you could ever possibly see on television,


I'll try to do that at our next homegame.
 
2012-09-07 01:00:44 PM  
Notre Dame leads 43-34-5

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-09-07 01:07:43 PM  
I'm pretty sure that fire is the safest way to dispose of a couch that has been used by West Virginians. You don't want all that buttsweat and tobacco juice just leeching into the groundwater.
 
2012-09-07 01:11:14 PM  

PogoStick Jesus: ...the traditional alcohol enduced induced stomach pumping at LSU.


Actually when I was at LSU, students would throw their drinks in the air. Very rowdy.
 
2012-09-07 01:17:39 PM  

strangeguitar: I seriously read that as "releasing babboons after the first touchdown..."

That would be the greatest thing you could ever possibly see on television,


I think releasing the babboons in the middle of a NASCAR event would be far more entertaining.

Then I might actually watch a race.
 
2012-09-07 01:27:27 PM  
I'd think 100,000+ people, media crews, caterers and athletes showing up to a purpose built coliseum 8 times a year to watch a game of pushy catchy is pretty wasteful, when you really think hard about it.

The balloons don't make much of a difference in the grand scheme of things.
 
2012-09-07 01:33:39 PM  
Why is there a Clemson logo painted at Toomer's Corner???
 
2012-09-07 01:37:33 PM  

greenbowlpacker: Notre Dame leads 43-34-5

[upload.wikimedia.org image 500x375]


so you're really dreading 2021 when that series lead will be gone for good?
 
2012-09-07 01:41:14 PM  
also, couldn't nebraska just switch to hydrogen filled ballons? there's an endless supply of hydrogen, and what's the worst that could happen?
 
2012-09-07 01:52:17 PM  

A Fark Handle: greenbowlpacker: Notre Dame leads 43-34-5

[upload.wikimedia.org image 500x375]

so you're really dreading 2021 when that series lead will be gone for good?


They won in Southern cal two years ago.
 
2012-09-07 02:25:28 PM  

greenbowlpacker: They won in Southern cal two years ago.


Every time USC gets hit with sanctions, ND will have a chance.
 
2012-09-07 02:40:03 PM  

greenbowlpacker: Notre Dame leads 43-34-5


You sound like a Michigan fan, clinging to those victories from the 1890's, without regard to current realities.
 
2012-09-07 03:23:05 PM  
Mizzou used to pelt the field with oranges on the first touchdown of the season because 'woo hoo' we were going to the Orange Bowl.

.
 
2012-09-07 04:17:01 PM  

IAmRight: greenbowlpacker: They won in Southern cal two years ago.

Every time USC gets hit with sanctions, ND will have a chance.


So, they will have a chance every 2-3 years ?
 
2012-09-07 04:17:50 PM  

chimp_ninja: The helium issue is the only real one. Helium used to be close to useless, and was priced as such. It's also finite, has unique physical properties, and short of a nuclear reactor you aren't making any more of it. (And with a nuclear reactor, you aren't making enough to matter.) And because we piss it away at a ridiculous rate, the price has jumped 10% in the last year, and is only going up.

There are certain scientific and engineering processes that need helium in quantity, notably superconducting magnets and electronics manufacturing. Think MRIs cost too much now? Wait a bit. And researchers, especially physicists, churn through the stuff. Quantum computing, superconductivity, Bose-Einstein condensates, ultra-sensitive detectors, etc. all came out of experiments using liquid helium.

It would be one thing if we were using helium to keep the American semiconductor manufacturing industry afloat, or something like that. But one of the biggest uses of helium is still... stupid farking balloons. (The balloon thing is also obnoxious because those hunks of plastic come back down sooner or later.)


Thanks for that report, chimp_ninja. Looks like we all got something new to be afraid of. And now here's Bill with the weather.
 
2012-09-07 04:19:39 PM  

buckeyebrain: greenbowlpacker: Notre Dame leads 43-34-5

You sound like a Michigan fan, clinging to those victories from the 1890's, without regard to current realities.


You sound like an osu fan getting ready for the big toledo, Miami of oh, or akron game.
 
2012-09-07 04:55:44 PM  

strangeguitar: I seriously read that as "releasing babboons after the first touchdown..."

That would be the greatest thing you could ever possibly see on television,


You think that's bad? I clicked through to TFA and read "couch torching" as "coach torching." Seems like sustainability wouldn't be the biggest complaint with that practice.
 
2012-09-07 05:42:44 PM  

chimp_ninja: The helium issue is the only real one. Helium used to be close to useless, and was priced as such. It's also finite, has unique physical properties, and short of a nuclear reactor you aren't making any more of it. (And with a nuclear reactor, you aren't making enough to matter.) And because we piss it away at a ridiculous rate, the price has jumped 10% in the last year, and is only going up.

There are certain scientific and engineering processes that need helium in quantity, notably superconducting magnets and electronics manufacturing. Think MRIs cost too much now? Wait a bit. And researchers, especially physicists, churn through the stuff. Quantum computing, superconductivity, Bose-Einstein condensates, ultra-sensitive detectors, etc. all came out of experiments using liquid helium.

It would be one thing if we were using helium to keep the American semiconductor manufacturing industry afloat, or something like that. But one of the biggest uses of helium is still... stupid farking balloons. (The balloon thing is also obnoxious because those hunks of plastic come back down sooner or later.)


Fill the balloons with hydrogen. Problem solved/created.
 
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