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(Short List)   Roald Dahl's estimate on how many seagulls could lift James's Giant Peach: 501. Science's estimate: 2,425,907   (shortlist.com) divider line 22
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2013-01-03 08:28:20 AM
Were they African or European seagulls?
 
2013-01-03 08:43:14 AM

ElvisThroop: Were they African or European seagulls?


Dammit!
 
2013-01-03 08:45:03 AM

ElvisThroop: Were they African or European seagulls?


African seagulls are non migratory.
 
2013-01-03 08:54:32 AM
They could grip it by the husk.
 
2013-01-03 08:55:12 AM
It's not a question of where he grips it! It's a simple question of weight ratios!
 
2013-01-03 09:30:28 AM
"Roald Dahl. You're writing was wonderful but your physics was woeful"

How can you mess up "you're" vs "your" in a sentence then have it correct later in the same sentence?
 
2013-01-03 09:34:59 AM
I thought for a second the headline was calling out the guy from the Sword of Truth books. And I was confused. But then I remembered how much the series started to suck and figured, eh, it's possible.
 
2013-01-03 09:38:24 AM
Lifted by a seagull? You've got two halves of a Welsh brain and you're banging them together.
 
2013-01-03 09:54:32 AM
Where's the fact checking on the talking grasshopper, lady bug, spider, and silk worm of unusual size?
 
2013-01-03 10:17:56 AM

ElvisThroop: Were they African or European seagulls?


Motherf...

/Gotta start getting up earlier...
 
2013-01-03 10:24:36 AM
*swears and walks out of the thread*
 
2013-01-03 10:25:38 AM
So the Spider is gonna wind up with prolapsed silk glands?
 
2013-01-03 10:42:12 AM
Did they factor in the weight and drag of the huge amount of string it would take to tether all of those gulls to the peach and the weight and drag of the contraption that would be needed to space out the points where the string is tied so the gulls don't interfere with each other?

Did they calculate the effect that the ever-increasing pile of bird-shiate on top of the peach would have? Sure, the seagulls get lighter, and x% of the shiate will miss the peach and fall to the ocean, but what will the overall effect be? Could it end up being like dimples on a golf ball? Could the lumps of shiate act as turbulators?

Get back to work, turds. Your work has only just begun.
 
2013-01-03 10:45:11 AM
Silk, not string, yeah.

And as Gypsy Joker pointed out: poor spider.
 
2013-01-03 11:05:02 AM
Thanks, science.

/my cancer hurts.
 
2013-01-03 11:37:35 AM
But Dahl invented the sperm bank!

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2013-01-03 02:19:46 PM
What next, a band of midgets couldn't really run a magical chocolate factory?
 
2013-01-03 02:31:19 PM

MrEricSir: What next, a band of midgets couldn't really run a magical chocolate factory?


you shut your whore mouth!
 
2013-01-03 02:54:15 PM
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I count 13. Giddyap!
 
2013-01-03 03:09:43 PM

ElvisThroop: Were they African or European seagulls?


Obvious one-and-done is obvious, and one-and-done.
 
2013-01-03 04:05:04 PM

MrEricSir: What next, a band of midgets couldn't really run a magical chocolate factory?


No, the Physics of My Little Pony
 
2013-01-03 07:46:31 PM
THE PEACH IS HOLLOW. DUH.
 
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