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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
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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
 
zez [TotalFark]
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  
a66c7b.medialib.glogster.com
 
2013-02-22 11:44:12 PM  

maxheck: 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.


Well, if nothing else you've given the guy a good name for his product. Was the govt really encouraging shelter building? I'm a little too young to know. I always assumed it was just (like you said, "a panache thing"). The 50s must have been a scary farking time to be a kid. But the cars were def. Badass!
 
2013-02-22 11:50:36 PM  

maxheck: 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.


I see where you're coming from. But again...it's not like he's trying to get people to say, "Wow, it's that awesome guy that went over Niagra Falls in a ball he built himself!" He is just testing it out and showing it to the world in a way that people can relate to. Going over Niagra Falls in a barrel has been a thing since I was born, then when I grew up I found out that they don't really let you do that.

I'd be impressed if he did it. I wouldn't buy one for a tsunami, though. I'd buy one to go over Niagra Falls in a ball. Maybe it's a tourist opportunity.

If you disagree with that, I can respect that.
 
2013-02-23 12:02:02 AM  

zez: If he really wants to test it out he should go over the American side, then through the rapids and finally this.

[naturalhighs.net image 600x391]

Then I'll think about it.


Agreed. The chances of hitting anything going over the Canadian side are slim.. Where as the American side is guaranteed.  Tsunamis aren't just a fun ride in water with no debris and obstructions like cars, buildings and houses.

i.imgur.com

/was actually there this past summer
/still in sheer awe everytime I go
/have a pic
 
2013-02-23 12:09:16 AM  
>sighs< It's spelled NIAGARA. And the chance of him getting permission are slim to none, Two countries administer the Falls, and it took a lot to get approval for Wallenda. They've said in the past they wouldn't ever permit another barrel stunt.
 
2013-02-23 12:09:28 AM  
54 post and no Darwin awards comments?  You guys are slipping.
 
2013-02-23 12:14:38 AM  

redlegrick: >sighs< It's spelled NIAGARA. And the chance of him getting permission are slim to none, Two countries administer the Falls, and it took a lot to get approval for Wallenda. They've said in the past they wouldn't ever permit another barrel stunt.


I know its hard to get "permission" to go over, but many have done it anyway. I assume this guy is willing to face charges for illegally going over the falls if he thinks it will sell some happy fun tsunami balls.
 
2013-02-23 12:14:56 AM  
thorthor:

maxheck: 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.

Well, if nothing else you've given the guy a good name for his product. Was the govt really encouraging shelter building? I'm a little too young to know. I always assumed it was just (like you said, "a panache thing"). The 50s must have been a scary farking time to be a kid. But the cars were def. Badass!


If you weren't there, then there is no way in heck I can tell you about it other than to say I hope it doesn't get repeated. Yes, the government recommended digging shelters. Google "Civil Defense Administration."
 
2013-02-23 12:23:39 AM  
thorthor:

maxheck: 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.

Well, if nothing else you've given the guy a good name for his product. Was the govt really encouraging shelter building? I'm a little too young to know. I always assumed it was just (like you said, "a panache thing"). The 50s must have been a scary farking time to be a kid. But the cars were def. Badass!

If you weren't there, then there is no way in heck I can tell you about it other than to say I hope it doesn't get repeated. Yes, the government recommended digging shelters. Google "Civil Defense Administration."

So long as you never, *ever* have to hear those sirens, I don't care what you think. You can yell at me later.
 
2013-02-23 12:26:47 AM  

maxheck: thorthor:

maxheck: 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.

Well, if nothing else you've given the guy a good name for his product. Was the govt really encouraging shelter building? I'm a little too young to know. I always assumed it was just (like you said, "a panache thing"). The 50s must have been a scary farking time to be a kid. But the cars were def. Badass!

If you weren't there, then there is no way in heck I can tell you about it other than to say I hope it doesn't get repeated. Yes, the government recommended digging shelters. Google "Civil Defense Administration."

So long as you never, *ever* have to hear those sirens, I don't care what you think. You can yell at me later.


No, all respect here. I'm glad I never had to hear the sirens or live through that.
 
2013-02-23 12:32:35 AM  
Well I'm sure this will save the 5 or 6 wealthy white people crazy enough to buy one.
 
2013-02-23 12:36:04 AM  
maxheck:

So long as you never, *ever* have to hear those sirens, I don't care what you think. You can yell at me later.

The town I grew up in as a kid used to test the air raid sirens every day at noon which is apparently what a lot of towns did to test their siren. It doubled as the lunch bell. I used to always wonder as a kid what would happen if the Russians waited until noon to attack us.
 
2013-02-23 12:43:51 AM  
Ghastly:

maxheck:

So long as you never, *ever* have to hear those sirens, I don't care what you think. You can yell at me later.

The town I grew up in as a kid used to test the air raid sirens every day at noon which is apparently what a lot of towns did to test their siren. It doubled as the lunch bell. I used to always wonder as a kid what would happen if the Russians waited until noon to attack us.


"Your sandwich, Comrade. We would like to know this.. 'Peanut Butter and Jelly.'"

Seriously. I don't want anyone to ever have to hear those sirens again. That was despair like no one could express. I was a dumbass kid and I realized that much.
 
2013-02-23 12:46:36 AM  

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


Happy you're not buried alive under rubble.
 
2013-02-23 12:51:31 AM  
OK...new plan...this thing needs a fridge and microwave. In case you get stuck out at sea.

Add a pedal-powered alternator/generator.
 
2013-02-23 12:57:45 AM  

jaylectricity: OK...new plan...this thing needs a fridge and microwave. In case you get stuck out at sea.

Add a pedal-powered alternator/generator.


And a Bimini top.
 
2013-02-23 01:19:28 AM  
"the impact will be similar to being rear ended by a car at about 20 mph."

I'm no engineer, but I don't think striking a rock at the bottom of the falls is similar to a 20 mph fender bender.
 
2013-02-23 01:30:45 AM  
ChrisDe:

"the impact will be similar to being rear ended by a car at about 20 mph."

I'm no engineer, but I don't think striking a rock at the bottom of the falls is similar to a 20 mph fender bender.


Mack truck, Ford Pinto... It's all the same.
 
2013-02-23 01:33:34 AM  

ChrisDe: "the impact will be similar to being rear ended by a car at about 20 mph."

I'm no engineer, but I don't think striking a rock at the bottom of the falls is similar to a 20 mph fender bender.


The water will slow you down a bit. Of course there's always that chance that everything comes perfectly together to wreck you. But I mean...if you're jumping off a bridge  can you truly have have an expectation of safety?
 
2013-02-23 01:37:27 AM  

12349876: 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?


Obviously, it's only for key government officials and business people.
 
2013-02-23 02:03:28 AM  
If you're soooooooo paranoid about a tsunami you would buy one of these things, and able to get one, you're also able to move five miles inland so a tsunami wouldn't be a problem.

And realistically speaking, tsunamis rarely strike so out of the blue that you don't have time to get out of the way. There's always an earthquake first someplace. What killed all those people in the Boxing Day tsunami wasn't that it came out of nowhere but that the authorities didn't want to warn anyone for fear it would hurt the tourist trade. And in those rare occasions where one does appear with no warning--you won't have time to get into your happy tsunami fun ball before you drown.
 
2013-02-23 02:11:08 AM  
Wonder how much air is in that thing?

Found out recently that most of those masks that come down in front of you while in an airplane only have about 12 minutes of oxygen in the canisters.  The theory is the pilot should be able to get down to a level where they can vent air into the plane.
 
2013-02-23 02:19:35 AM  
And then that little bubble is wedged under debris and you can't get out and eventually you asphyxiate.
 
2013-02-23 02:43:51 AM  
Tsar_Bomba:

That thing?

Found out recently that most of those masks that come down in front of you while in an airplane only have about 12 minutes of oxygen in the canisters. The theory is the pilot should be able to get down to a level where they can vent air into the plane.


And how many minutes from the ground are you if things are going that badly that the oxygen masks drop?

I'm going to guess a bit less than 12.
 
2013-02-23 03:06:04 AM  

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

???


Mr. Hands was a Boeing employee/Engineer. Google his name if you don't recognize it. ;)
 
2013-02-23 03:11:36 AM  

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

???

Mr. Hands was a Boeing employee/Engineer. Google his name if you don't recognize it. ;)


Neigh... not gonna go there.
 
2013-02-23 05:56:49 AM  
I think it`s great that the capsule will survive a tsunami and falling off niagara falls. Do you think it will take long to clean the red smear from the inside?
 
2013-02-23 08:03:00 AM  
Living near Niagara Falls, I'm getting a kick out of this. Don't do it bud, the cops will be all over you and then it will be on the news all week.
 
2013-02-23 08:25:02 AM  
God save me and watch over you all.

/78 comments
//no reference
///must be obscure
 
2013-02-23 08:58:29 AM  
Are tsunamis common at Niagara Falls? If not, then it's not a good test.
 
2013-02-23 09:44:34 AM  
bangengineering.com
 
2013-02-23 09:48:00 AM  

traylor: Are tsunamis common at Niagara Falls? If not, then it's not a good test.


Agreed. He might as well strap in and roll out onto the 101 or 405 Fwy. Come to think of it that might actually be a much more accurate test. Those wacky drivers in L.A. would be gunning for him though.
 
2013-02-23 10:40:42 AM  
             Let There Be Film At Eleven!

stuartwest.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-23 10:51:30 AM  
Should work fine, everyone knows hope floats.
 
2013-02-23 11:28:22 AM  
"An engineer has come up with a tsunami survival capsule that will allow him to survive a test trip down Niagara Falls."

Well, there's your first mistake.
 
2013-02-23 01:19:56 PM  
The Niagara Falls police department would like to remind people that going over the falls in barrel is illegal - and really REALLY f**kin' stupid.
 
2013-02-23 02:14:10 PM  

Gyrfalcon: If you're soooooooo paranoid about a tsunami you would buy one of these things, and able to get one, you're also able to move five miles inland so a tsunami wouldn't be a problem.

And realistically speaking, tsunamis rarely strike so out of the blue that you don't have time to get out of the way. There's always an earthquake first someplace. What killed all those people in the Boxing Day tsunami wasn't that it came out of nowhere but that the authorities didn't want to warn anyone for fear it would hurt the tourist trade. And in those rare occasions where one does appear with no warning--you won't have time to get into your happy tsunami fun ball before you drown.


Here on the north coast of CA, a rupture of the Cascadia subduction zone at the  Mendocino Triple Junction can have a large wave washing ashore in very short order. I believe it's around fifteen minutes. For that reason, I wouldn't want to live out there, but I love hanging out on the beach, and the river bottoms in close proximity.

I think the rule of thumb is, if the ground shakes for more than fifteen seconds, start heading inland and for high ground immediately.
 
2013-02-23 03:31:43 PM  
Hmmm, it's the "Old Artilleryman" in me that thinks; I can make a mortar tube that would launch them several thousand meters.

Maybe I can make a couple to sell as add-ons.

Parachutes would be extra.

/buy one that holds as many people as possible
//use them for cushioning
///and as food
 
2013-02-23 05:28:21 PM  
I can only assume it comes with a scuba tank or two, or maybe a weighted bottom and small top hatch that can be opened and closed whenever you are not fully underwater, and a way to tell if you are submerged or not.  Otherwise, all you've got is somewhere between an hour to maybe a few hours worth of air, depending on how panicked you are, followed by asphyxiation and sweet, sweet death.  I suppose a few minutes to hours worth of "safety" is better than drowning immediately, but there's no way to steer or even tell where you are.
Without a weighted bottom or some other way of keeping upright, your last few minutes/hours might be very, very unpleasant.   Like, kitty in a clothes dryer unpleasant.
 
2013-02-23 06:21:40 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


Uh, you don't do either of those things. You wait for rescue.
 
2013-02-23 06:25:27 PM  

zez: If he really wants to test it out he should go over the American side, then through the rapids and finally this.

[naturalhighs.net image 600x391]

Then I'll think about it.


The American falls are almost steep super-rapids at this point.
 
2013-02-23 08:32:09 PM  
So you buy your $20k coffin, and climb inside as soon as you hear the 15min tsunami warning.  Then when the all clear is given, you realize your wife pranked your stupid ass and super glued your door shut before leaving to file for divorce?
 
2013-02-24 03:28:57 AM  
Instead of a sphere, I would want a dodecahedron and I'd put numbers 1 through 12 on the sides.
 
2013-02-24 05:16:21 AM  

Befuddled: Instead of a sphere, I would want a dodecahedron and I'd put numbers 1 through 12 on the sides.


And it would be awesome.
 
2013-02-25 07:02:56 PM  
All credibility that this was anything significant was lost at - "Sharpe believes that if his disaster-proof pod can survive tornadoes, hurricanes, tidal waves, earthquakes and super storms than it surely should be able to survive one little trip over the infamous waterfall."
 
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