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(Opposing Views)   An engineer has come up with a tsunami survival capsule that will allow him to survive a test trip down Niagara Falls. He hopes   (opposingviews.com) divider line 94
    More: Cool, Niagara Falls, Julian Sharpe, space capsules, tsunami survival, Superstorm, aerospace engineering, tsunamis  
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2013-02-22 08:11:49 PM  
NIAGRA FALLS?
i2.cdn.turner.com

"NIAGARA FALLS, slowly I turned, and step by step, inch by inch, I walked up to him, I smashed him, I hit him, I bonked him, I bopped him, I  socked him and I mashed his face and I knocked him down."


 
2013-02-22 08:25:28 PM  
That's a neat idea, but I doubt it'll catch on as a tsunami escape hatch.
 
2013-02-22 08:41:23 PM  
What the hell does Niagara Falls have to do with trains?
 
2013-02-22 09:19:35 PM  
Is there some reason we couldn't have linked directly to the Daily Fail article with the photo?
 
2013-02-22 09:20:07 PM  
I'd use some more duct tape just to be sure.

Your dad.
 
2013-02-22 09:22:41 PM  
That little thing is going to hold six people?
 
2013-02-22 09:23:32 PM  
so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?
 
2013-02-22 09:25:18 PM  

strangeluck: That little thing is going to hold six people?


Once it rolls around a bit and liquifies everyone it'll have plenty of space.
 
2013-02-22 09:25:40 PM  
Here's a photo of his son testing the first prototype.

emmanuellibrary.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-22 09:25:46 PM  

PacificaFitz: so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?


or trapped under a fallen building
 
2013-02-22 09:26:28 PM  
Much like that stewie sequence - I vaguely remember seeing a few films that suggest this..might not be that good of an idea.
 
2013-02-22 09:28:01 PM  
I'm pretty sure any grade-school geek who managed to do the egg drop challenge could do pretty well. People have been doing Niagra Falls since 1901 for much cheaper if not with less AWing.
 
2013-02-22 09:28:32 PM  

PacificaFitz: so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?


Put a radio beacon in it?
 
2013-02-22 09:28:36 PM  
I have seen better designs than this go over the falls and the people inside suffered serious injuries (eg. broken bones) in every case.
 
2013-02-22 09:30:38 PM  
If this is the same guy, I saw a show were he was competing to have his model bought by investors. When they tested it on some rapids, one of the complaints was that it was too small and it felt like a hammer was going through your skull if it hit a rock.
 
2013-02-22 09:30:45 PM  
motimeme.com
 
2013-02-22 09:30:48 PM  

Trafficguy2000: PacificaFitz: so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?

or trapped under a fallen building


The daily fail article doesn't mention it, but "maybe" it'll have a transponder or some kind of beacon?

it's a neat idea, but where you gonna park this damn thing when not in use?
 
2013-02-22 09:34:13 PM  
There have been a bunch of jump off the Brooklyn Bridge to promote my career types.  It's nutty but I'm totally into this level of nutbaggery.  People are farked up and fascinating.  Human desperation is a horrifying and glorious thing.
 
2013-02-22 09:37:58 PM  

maxheck: I'm pretty sure any grade-school geek who managed to do the egg drop challenge could do pretty well. People have been doing Niagra Falls since 1901 for much cheaper if not with less AWing.


He's not attention-whoring. He's proving that it can handle water and high wind speeds. There's no other way to prove it works without waiting for a tsunami.
 
2013-02-22 09:40:39 PM  
It's 2013...we should be able to go over Niagra Falls in a thing.
 
2013-02-22 09:44:08 PM  
Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.
 
2013-02-22 09:44:16 PM  
I have not RTFA ... but has no one mentioned that its kinda the debris ... not the water that kills most people who are IN the water?
 
2013-02-22 09:47:31 PM  

Shadow Blasko: I have not RTFA ... but has no one mentioned that its kinda the debris ... not the water that kills most people who are IN the water?


Perhaps you should RTFA.
 
2013-02-22 09:48:46 PM  

sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.


I've seen some Brazilian videos that I'd rather not talk about but yes Virginia, a horse actually CAN fit into a human body.
 
2013-02-22 09:51:16 PM  

brap: There have been a bunch of jump off the Brooklyn Bridge to promote my career types.  It's nutty but I'm totally into this level of nutbaggery.  People are farked up and fascinating.  Human desperation is a horrifying and glorious thing.


i have no idea of what you're talking about but i totally dig it.
 
2013-02-22 09:52:11 PM  

TheOtherMisterP: Shadow Blasko: I have not RTFA ... but has no one mentioned that its kinda the debris ... not the water that kills most people who are IN the water?

Perhaps you should RTFA.


He does not have to read the article.  Blasko doesn't need to know the fancy words contained in the article in order to have an opinion or some insight on the matter.  This is not Hitler's Fark, he won't get gassed if he deems the article unworthy of reading.
 
2013-02-22 09:54:14 PM  

brap: sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.

I've seen some Brazilian videos that I'd rather not talk about but yes Virginia, a horse actually CAN fit into a human body.


Not male.
 
2013-02-22 09:56:26 PM  
jaylectricity:

maxheck: I'm pretty sure any grade-school geek who managed to do the egg drop challenge could do pretty well. People have been doing Niagra Falls since 1901 for much cheaper if not with less AWing.

He's not attention-whoring. He's proving that it can handle water and high wind speeds. There's no other way to prove it works without waiting for a tsunami.


It's a fine line between marketing and AWing, especially in a product that is of no use to anyone. There are plenty of places with strong surf and currents. There might even be a few near his home country.
 
2013-02-22 09:59:45 PM  
home.roadrunner.com

Been done.
/hot
 
2013-02-22 10:09:22 PM  
Greetings from Wonderfalls!

media.tumblr.com
 
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2013-02-22 10:18:28 PM  
If he really wants to test it out he should go over the American side, then through the rapids and finally this.

naturalhighs.net

Then I'll think about it.
 
2013-02-22 10:24:39 PM  

sloshed_again: brap: sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.

I've seen some Brazilian videos that I'd rather not talk about but yes Virginia, a horse actually CAN fit into a human body.

Not male.


Don't be so sure.
 
2013-02-22 10:25:34 PM  

Abox: It's 2013...we should be able to go over Niagra Falls in a thing.


What, like a Volkswagen Thing?
static.cargurus.com
 
2013-02-22 10:28:41 PM  
If he makes it over the falls, and gets the thing into production, I bet he'll sell some units. Fear is a great motivation. I wonder if there are tunes/food inside? Could be a long wait till someone finds you/digs you out.

Btw, does "DNRTA" piss anybody else off?
 
2013-02-22 10:29:01 PM  
No, he said a Thing. Here it is in action:

img580.imageshack.us
 
2013-02-22 10:29:23 PM  
Still not sure how this helps for tsunamis.  Are we supposed to have thousands of these in coastal towns? Where do they go?  Wouldn't it just be easier to run for the hills or the high floors of a sturdy building?  And if it's too late for that wouldn't it be too late to finagle yourself into the capsule and seal it shut?
 
2013-02-22 10:33:42 PM  
thorthor:

If he makes it over the falls, and gets the thing into production, I bet he'll sell some units. Fear is a great motivation. I wonder if there are tunes/food inside? Could be a long wait till someone finds you/digs you out.

This is even less useful than the family bomb shelter of the Cold War, and it doesn't even have the government marketing it for you.

You're at work. The sirens go off... You....

Well, you kiss your ass goodbye, because the chances of your reaching your orange tsunami ball in time are pretty much nil.

/ cynical child of duck-and-cover. Yertle LIED!
 
2013-02-22 10:36:54 PM  
Based on the size I see it as something you tuck away somewhere in your condo/house/etc.  So when you wake up at 3 am on your 15th floor condo with the warnings screaming at a tsunami is 10 minutes away, you hop into this and wait for the all clear.  You already have the high ground and you can't get anywhere better, so this is just the insurance policy for the rich or paranoid.
 
2013-02-22 10:41:01 PM  
"Do a backflip!"
 
2013-02-22 10:46:20 PM  

sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.


??
 
2013-02-22 11:01:45 PM  

maxheck: thorthor:

If he makes it over the falls, and gets the thing into production, I bet he'll sell some units. Fear is a great motivation. I wonder if there are tunes/food inside? Could be a long wait till someone finds you/digs you out.

This is even less useful than the family bomb shelter of the Cold War, and it doesn't even have the government marketing it for you.

You're at work. The sirens go off... You....

Well, you kiss your ass goodbye, because the chances of your reaching your orange tsunami ball in time are pretty much nil.

/ cynical child of duck-and-cover. Yertle LIED!


Put it on some legs and use it as an office chair.
 
2013-02-22 11:02:10 PM  
maxheck

thorthor:

If he makes it over the falls, and gets the thing into production, I bet he'll sell some units. Fear is a great motivation. I wonder if there are tunes/food inside? Could be a long wait till someone finds you/digs you out.

This is even less useful than the family bomb shelter of the Cold War, and it doesn't even have the government marketing it for you.

You're at work. The sirens go off... Your buddy gets into your little orange ball and, snickering, rides off into the tsunami sunset.

Yeah, you'exactly right, but I still think people would buy, just like they dug up their yards in the 50's.
 
2013-02-22 11:02:12 PM  

Gyrfalcon: sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.

??


Two batteries have a problem and ground a fleet and every out of work engineer wants their 15 minutes of armchair engineering superiority fame.
 
2013-02-22 11:05:52 PM  
The Yes Men have the answer:
i265.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-22 11:12:09 PM  

sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.


???
 
2013-02-22 11:15:57 PM  

davidphogan: PacificaFitz: so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?

Put a radio beacon in it?


No one would bother until everyone else was saved. At least they have they're own coffin though!

/multitasker
//capsule of safety and death
 
2013-02-22 11:17:19 PM  
FTA: "If all goes to plan, Sharpe and his business partners are hoping to sell different models of the capsule for between 650 and 3,250 pounds. "

The 650 pounds is made out of cardboard.
 
2013-02-22 11:21:42 PM  

PacificaFitz: so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?


You bend down, put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye.
 
2013-02-22 11:21:52 PM  
thorthor:

maxheck

thorthor:

If he makes it over the falls, and gets the thing into production, I bet he'll sell some units. Fear is a great motivation. I wonder if there are tunes/food inside? Could be a long wait till someone finds you/digs you out.

This is even less useful than the family bomb shelter of the Cold War, and it doesn't even have the government marketing it for you.

You're at work. The sirens go off... Your buddy gets into your little orange ball and, snickering, rides off into the tsunami sunset.

Yeah, you'exactly right, but I still think people would buy, just like they dug up their yards in the 50's.


Yeah, but for the longest time the government was telling everyone to dig a shelter, it was fashionable in it own way, and if nothing else had a Cold-Warrior panache to be able to tell people "Yes, I have a shelter."

I'm not seeing that happening with Happy-Fun Tsunami Ball.
 
2013-02-22 11:31:19 PM  
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