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(Cracked)   6 Substances that defy the laws of physics   (cracked.com) divider line 111
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2013-04-04 04:28:49 PM
#7: My penis.
heh, penis.
 
2013-04-04 05:26:07 PM
Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.
 
2013-04-04 05:30:37 PM
Ice 9?
 
2013-04-04 05:32:04 PM

meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.


This
 
2013-04-04 05:35:16 PM
Physics is cool with all of these things.
 
2013-04-04 05:38:15 PM

meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.


I didnt click the link because I expected this to be the case. Worthless Cracked.
 
2013-04-04 05:38:53 PM
This, and the whole "Shaun white defies gravity" makes me weep for American education.

No, Jordan didn't have "Hang Time".
 
2013-04-04 05:39:34 PM
Defy?

/inigomontoya.jpg
 
2013-04-04 05:39:43 PM
the only "things" that defy physics are Metaphysical.

gallium goes into an amalgam with aluminum, mercury also does that.  it's sort of like mixing salt into water.  oooh salt solid, water liquid, now both liquid!

if you DNRTA   there is not reason to as the author just does not understand.
 
2013-04-04 05:40:38 PM
I wonder what Gallium would do to somebody's aluminum rims....

Thankfully, I'm not tempted to try it out, as we don't have anybody nearby noisy enough with their cars.
 
2013-04-04 05:43:09 PM

meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.


/thread
//that's why we call them "laws"
 
2013-04-04 05:43:51 PM
DRTFA, but I'm guessing it's more "6 substances that show cool aspects of physics." on two pages.
/ heads off to read the article, it better damn well have Glorp. (cornstarch and water non-newtonian fluid)
 
2013-04-04 05:46:48 PM
It was fulminate of mercury, not silver.
 
2013-04-04 05:47:53 PM
LesserEvil: I wonder what Gallium would do to somebody's aluminum rims....

I wonder what it would do to a soda can that was still unopened and pressurized.
 
2013-04-04 05:48:07 PM
If nothing else, it was worth clicking just for the video where Kelly Ripa and Neil Patrick Harris inhale sulfur hexafluoride.
 
2013-04-04 05:48:08 PM

id10ts: #7: My penis.
heh, penis.


It's the only penis that gets smaller when erect, right?
 
2013-04-04 05:49:06 PM

Fish in a Barrel: LesserEvil: I wonder what Gallium would do to somebody's aluminum rims....

I wonder what it would do to a soda can that was still unopened and pressurized.


Pop the can open and splatter gallium all over your fume hood. The guy mentions it in the video.

/you do have a fume hood right?
 
2013-04-04 05:51:22 PM
Dammit, no glorp.

It did have Sulfur Hexafluoride though... I have fond memories of being the physics aide in high school and having access to the chemical closet which had tanks of SF6 and helium. One time the physics teacher came in and asked if I had a demonstration ready, and I and the chem aide both nodded wordlessly. As soon as he left the chem aide went Whoo! like a chipmunk while I went Whoo! like James Earl Jones.
 
2013-04-04 05:54:41 PM
It puts the lotion in the basket
 
2013-04-04 05:55:10 PM

meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.


Seriously, this *IS* the laws of physics. What defies the laws of physics are the relentless hopes and fantasies of the crowd that thinks empty vacuum is the future of the human race.
 
2013-04-04 05:55:17 PM
is future featured partner a substance?
 
2013-04-04 05:55:29 PM
Meh, despite the non-defiance, I got a kick out of it.
 
2013-04-04 05:56:26 PM
I need to find out how to make Hot Ice.  My son would love that.
 
2013-04-04 06:00:39 PM

meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.


Take it easy, nerd.
 
2013-04-04 06:01:37 PM

meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.


EXACTLY

Cool list, but none of it defies a farking thing.

Fark Cracked. Subby has to stand in a corner for taking Cracked's word for it that these were "physics defying". I guess this is what happens when everyone gets their science from farking Mythbusters.
 
2013-04-04 06:01:43 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.

Seriously, this *IS* the laws of physics. What defies the laws of physics are the relentless hopes and fantasies of the crowd that thinks empty vacuum is the future of the human race.


We get it, he's black... er I mean you hate manned space exploration.
 
2013-04-04 06:05:32 PM
And I've played with the 'memory metal' before. My wife works for the School of Metallurgy at the University she works at, and they hand this stuff out at High School recruiting drives. I helped set up the cards they handed out last time, and played with this shiat for hours. SOmehow a piece of wire that always returned to its normal shape and did nothing else never got boring.
 
2013-04-04 06:09:04 PM

meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.


But science says bumblebees can't fly! You can't explain that!
 
2013-04-04 06:09:20 PM
What's worse? A Cracked article or a bunch of Fark posters biatching about it because they don't understand the phrase "figure of speech"?
 
2013-04-04 06:09:32 PM

Saiga410: I need to find out how to make Hot Ice.  My son would love that.


userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2013-04-04 06:11:05 PM

Saiga410: I need to find out how to make Hot Ice.  My son would love that.


Does he pitch for the Cubs?
 
2013-04-04 06:11:59 PM
Cool article
 
2013-04-04 06:12:07 PM

skozlaw: What's worse? A Cracked article or a bunch of Fark posters biatching about it because they don't understand the phrase "figure of speech"?


Worse than both are people who come to a website for snark and complain about snark.
 
2013-04-04 06:12:20 PM

madgordy: if you DNRTA   there is not reason to as the author just does not understand.


Well, they're still really cool things to read about, you just need to throw the whole "defies the laws of physics" shiat out the window from the beginning and enjoy the rest of the ride.
 
2013-04-04 06:13:55 PM

skozlaw: What's worse? A Cracked article or a bunch of Fark posters biatching about it because they don't understand the phrase "figure of speech"?


It's not a "figure of speech", and it's not "the English language evolving", it's ignorance and laziness. Cracked is famous for bullshiat like this. Farkers are famous for trying to find excuses for people not understanding how words work. It's a symbiotic relationship.
 
2013-04-04 06:14:36 PM

Saiga410: I need to find out how to make Hot Ice.  My son would love that.


You don't need that 'hot' ice to do that.  You can freeze beer (or other carbonated drinks too) like that as well.  There is an narrow range where you can chill beer down to under freezing, but it remains liquid.  Give it a shock, like the hot ice, and the movement of the bubbles or something allows the water to then crystallize, forming ice.
 
2013-04-04 06:15:07 PM
"Gallium attacks most other metals by diffusing into their metal lattice. Gallium, for example, diffuses into the grain boundaries of Al/Zn alloys[1] or steel,[2] making them very brittle. Gallium easily alloys with many metals, and is used in small quantities as a plutonium-gallium alloy in the plutonium cores of nuclear bombs, to help stabilize the plutonium crystal structure"

According to wiki... It makes me wonder if the military has thought of aerosolizing it, blow a big cloud of that at enemy hardware and suddenly it crumples like that pop can.
 
2013-04-04 06:15:20 PM

Saiga410: I need to find out how to make Hot Ice.  My son would love that.



marc.merlins.org
 
2013-04-04 06:15:46 PM
What the writer never had magic sand growing up as a kid. That stuff was awesome!
 
2013-04-04 06:17:27 PM

LesserEvil: I wonder what Gallium would do to somebody's aluminum rims....


I was thinking something like that. It might make a good CSI episode element. But I'm imagining some real shiatt things you could do with it, things I shouldn't suggest here because I know certain agencies read Fark.

/Agencies on both sides of the good/evil spectrum
 
2013-04-04 06:26:21 PM

wingnut396: We get it, he's black... er I mean you hate manned space exploration.


Nope, since there's nothing happening on that front, and we're "exploring" the universe just fine from the comfort of our computer chairs, there's nothing to hate. But wouldn't you hate it too if people took astrology seriously and built their lives around it and demanded that the rest of the human race just follow along? Because Space Nuttery is about as solid as astrology as far as "reality" goes.
 
2013-04-04 06:27:11 PM

maxheck: Dammit, no glorp.

It did have Sulfur Hexafluoride though... I have fond memories of being the physics aide in high school and having access to the chemical closet which had tanks of SF6 and helium. One time the physics teacher came in and asked if I had a demonstration ready, and I and the chem aide both nodded wordlessly. As soon as he left the chem aide went Whoo! like a chipmunk while I went Whoo! like James Earl Jones.


One of my chemistry profs said he did the same thing as a grad student, but that it took forever to cough the stuff out of their lungs after they were done having fun.  Can you corroborate?
 
2013-04-04 06:35:45 PM
Skip to 08:38 for an example of a hydrophobic coating, Lycopodium powder, as demonstrated by a real wizard.
 
2013-04-04 06:36:29 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.

Seriously, this *IS* the laws of physics. What defies the laws of physics are the relentless hopes and fantasies of the crowd that thinks empty vacuum is the future of the human race.


Give it a farking rest.
 
2013-04-04 06:36:49 PM

DVDave: One of my chemistry profs said he did the same thing as a grad student, but that it took forever to cough the stuff out of their lungs after they were done having fun.  Can you corroborate?


Never had the opportunity to try it, but:

1) You expel a good bit of the total volume of your lungs whenever you exhale deeply. It would only take a few deep breaths to get back up to mostly-air.

2) You could always bend over.
 
2013-04-04 06:42:33 PM

jfarkinB: DVDave: One of my chemistry profs said he did the same thing as a grad student, but that it took forever to cough the stuff out of their lungs after they were done having fun.  Can you corroborate?

Never had the opportunity to try it, but:

1) You expel a good bit of the total volume of your lungs whenever you exhale deeply. It would only take a few deep breaths to get back up to mostly-air.

2) You could always bend over.


Actually that's what he said - the three of them stood on their heads against the wall coughing deeply.
 
2013-04-04 06:45:10 PM

neongoats: "Gallium attacks most other metals by diffusing into their metal lattice. Gallium, for example, diffuses into the grain boundaries of Al/Zn alloys[1] or steel,[2] making them very brittle. Gallium easily alloys with many metals, and is used in small quantities as a plutonium-gallium alloy in the plutonium cores of nuclear bombs, to help stabilize the plutonium crystal structure"

According to wiki... It makes me wonder if the military has thought of aerosolizing it, blow a big cloud of that at enemy hardware and suddenly it crumples like that pop can.


Funny you should ask that.

Your answer is YES. YES the military has developed it, long ago, actually. I was still in and we had just gotten some new crap to test out, looked like a sort of magic marker, you had different ones for various alloys.

The 'generic aluminum alloy' pen - you could draw a circle on sheet aluminum with it, wait a second, and pop it with your fist, get a nice raggedy hole.

There are many alloys you can destroy with the proper mix. The generic research term for this effect is "liquid metal embrittlement", you use gallium, bismuth and mercury as part of most mixes but there are others as well.
 
2013-04-04 06:54:56 PM
marc.merlins.org

These kids may not be usual, but they will always have a better life than 98% of the U.S. It's kind of hard to give a shiat what farkers think of you when you're snorting coke and drinking champagne partying on your dad's yacht.
 
2013-04-04 07:05:44 PM

Testiclaw: meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.

/thread
//that's why we call them "laws"


"Laws" of physics is an archaic term. They should be called "theories" of physics.
 
2013-04-04 07:07:22 PM
DVDave:

maxheck: Dammit, no glorp.

It did have Sulfur Hexafluoride though... I have fond memories of being the physics aide in high school and having access to the chemical closet which had tanks of SF6 and helium. One time the physics teacher came in and asked if I had a demonstration ready, and I and the chem aide both nodded wordlessly. As soon as he left the chem aide went Whoo! like a chipmunk while I went Whoo! like James Earl Jones.

One of my chemistry profs said he did the same thing as a grad student, but that it took forever to cough the stuff out of their lungs after they were done having fun. Can you corroborate?


True. You're short of breath after like you ran for miles. I was young and nimble enough to do handstands, so that's what I did to get it out. Anymore, I dunno what I'd do... lie head-down on the stairs?

No, you can't just breathe it out if you're standing upright. That does not work.
 
2013-04-04 07:22:52 PM
To Subby's headline: if they're substances...made of the same stuff the rest of everything is made out of, and not products of some alternate universe/etc./etc....then how, pray tell, could they defy the laws of physics? Whatever they did would, necessarily, be entirely in line with the (actual) laws of physics. Right?
 
2013-04-04 07:26:30 PM

Saiga410: I need to find out how to make Hot Ice.  My son would love that.


It is just a super saturated sodium acetate solution.  It looks like you can get it pretty cheaply on amazon.  If you can't find it as a pure ingredient just cut open one of the reusable hand warmers (the ones where you can boil them to recharge).
 
2013-04-04 07:28:48 PM
Weirdest thing about Sulfur Hexaflouride...

Here you are, standing on your head trying to get it out of your lungs...

You can feel it pooling in your nose and pouring out, and can pretty much picture it pouring on the floor.

This is a very strange sensation, especially when you're in the grips of a head rush.
 
2013-04-04 07:34:02 PM
Many of you desperately need pussy
 
2013-04-04 07:34:14 PM
Another great thing about SF6 is that it's the most potent greenhouse gas around. I'm glad we're just huffing and puffing this stuff for shiats and giggles.

/still want some for Barry White-goodness
 
2013-04-04 07:40:06 PM
Contrabulous Flabtraption:

Many of you desperately need pussy

I got more pussy as a high-school physics aide than I get any more as an adult Farker... What does that say?
/ and no, I'm not married.
 
2013-04-04 07:46:05 PM

RogermcAllen: Saiga410: I need to find out how to make Hot Ice.  My son would love that.

It is just a super saturated sodium acetate solution.  It looks like you can get it pretty cheaply on amazon.  If you can't find it as a pure ingredient just cut open one of the reusable hand warmers (the ones where you can boil them to recharge).


It's actually pretty easy to make from scratch, too.

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Sodium-Acetate

I can't recall if that's the precise recipe I used, but it doesn't look much different; mix vinegar and baking soda in a saucepan, boil it for a few hours, and the  moment it starts to crystallize, take it off the heat; you can't come by and check every few minutes when it gets close, you need to be watching it constantly; even a few seconds too long can start it burning, and once it does so, you get impurities that screw the reaction up.  You're basically mixing the vinegar and baking soda so they react to form the sodium acetate, and then boiling off the water, and trying to catch that moment when the water's gone, which is when it crystallizes.

I used this for a demo for a grade 7 science class a couple years ago.  Unlike the other "supercooling" tricks you can do, the nice thing about sodium acetate is that you can simply re-heat it, cool it, and repeat the process.  I was doing this with a hot plate and a bath of ice water, using the same beaker of sodium acetate with each class that came through that day.
 
2013-04-04 07:46:51 PM
Looks like they never studied law.
 
2013-04-04 07:47:39 PM
Oh; be warned that boiling down that mixture will stink to high heaven and make everyone else in your house hate you.  It's not poisonous or anything, but it smells pretty horrible.
 
2013-04-04 07:47:53 PM

meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.


know! It's almost like a humor site might use some form of hyperbole in it's headlines, but what sort of sense does that make, especially since Cracked has absolutely no history of using exaggeration for humorous effect.

 It's literally unbelievable that those dorks wouldn't realize that none of those materials actually violate any of the laws of physics. Literally!
 
2013-04-04 08:08:09 PM

maxheck: DVDave:

maxheck: Dammit, no glorp.

It did have Sulfur Hexafluoride though... I have fond memories of being the physics aide in high school and having access to the chemical closet which had tanks of SF6 and helium. One time the physics teacher came in and asked if I had a demonstration ready, and I and the chem aide both nodded wordlessly. As soon as he left the chem aide went Whoo! like a chipmunk while I went Whoo! like James Earl Jones.

One of my chemistry profs said he did the same thing as a grad student, but that it took forever to cough the stuff out of their lungs after they were done having fun. Can you corroborate?

True. You're short of breath after like you ran for miles. I was young and nimble enough to do handstands, so that's what I did to get it out. Anymore, I dunno what I'd do... lie head-down on the stairs?

No, you can't just breathe it out if you're standing upright. That does not work.


I've got a machine that'll take care of that for you...

www.solostocks.com.mx
 
2013-04-04 08:23:02 PM
Mikey1969: Cool list, but none of it defies a farking thing.

To be fair, the cracked article says "laughs in the face of" and subby turned that into "defy".

// can you laugh in the face of physics without defying physics?

HA! HA!, I'm galliumating a soda can.
 
2013-04-04 08:24:36 PM

DVDave: Skip to 08:38 for an example of a hydrophobic coating, Lycopodium powder, as demonstrated by a real wizard.


My favorite show as a kid... :(
 
2013-04-04 08:32:23 PM
Ah, good ol' Cracked.  [number] things that [perfectly normal event] that will BLOW YOUR MIND!  Stretch it to two pages, even when completely unnecessary to double ad revenue, and post it.
 
2013-04-04 08:36:02 PM

INeedAName: meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.

I didnt click the link because I expected this to be the case. Worthless Cracked.


Better than those worthless, comment disabled, sponsored links.
 
2013-04-04 08:58:57 PM

Mikey1969: madgordy: if you DNRTA   there is not reason to as the author just does not understand.

Well, they're still really cool things to read about, you just need to throw the whole "defies the laws of physics" shiat out the window from the beginning and enjoy the rest of the ride.


It's almost as though the guy who wrote the article and the guy who wrote the headline were different people.
 
2013-04-04 09:19:58 PM
Another cool thing you can do with gallium is rub a chunk of indium gently against it. They form a eutectic alloy that's liquid well below room temperature; eventually, you're stirring a puddle. It's an expensive trick, as neither one is cheap, but it's a nice demonstration, and a lot more survivable than doing the same thing with sodium and potassium.
 
2013-04-04 09:27:24 PM

Mikey1969: meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.

EXACTLY

Cool list, but none of it defies a farking thing.

Fark Cracked. Subby has to stand in a corner for taking Cracked's word for it that these were "physics defying". I guess this is what happens when everyone gets their science from farking Mythbusters.


Compared to the garbage Cracked passes off as fact Mythbusters is a farking MIT seminar.
 
2013-04-04 09:35:48 PM
huh -- i had no idea rogue science was still hanging around somewhere... Cool to know.

I had glasses in junior high that were kindof memory metalish. They were titanium or something and glasses were expensive. I got beat up once or twice sure, but i was a normalish growing boy and growing boys are rough on glasses. Those frames saved so much cash. My glasses were always getting sat on or bent in a pocket, or mashed into the ground while playing football.
 
2013-04-04 09:44:56 PM
Some laws of physics I missed the first go around:

Substances cannot have a melting point near 35C.
Substances cannot react with other substances.
No substance can form a gas more dense than air.
Substances  cannot form nonpolar molecules.
Substances STILL cannot react with other substances.
Substances cannot form supersaturated liquids.
Substances cannot undergo phase changes.

That physics! It sure does have a lot of laws!
 
2013-04-04 09:52:11 PM

Flappyhead: Compared to the garbage Cracked passes off as fact Mythbusters is a farking MIT seminar.


It's sad that that is true...

Usually it's worth t least clicking on the Cracked lists though, because occasionally one of two things will happen:

1. It will be something like this. Cool content, even if it was written by a monkey in a straightjacket hitting the keyboard with its head.

2. It will actually be a good list, well written, funny AND informative. This only happens about 5% of the time though.

If I have anything even slightly important to do though, the Cracked lists go out the door, kind of the way Mythbusters did like 5 years ago.
 
2013-04-04 09:58:26 PM
6 Substances that demonstrate laws of physics in interesting ways.
 
2013-04-04 10:17:10 PM
I used to make nitrogen triiodide, in small batches. That stuff was crazy unstable. just a few degrees temperature change would set it off (hence the small batches).
Still fun to play with. Very easy to make.
 
2013-04-04 10:18:11 PM
7.  mAGNETS.
 
2013-04-04 10:18:49 PM
oh hell i had the cockslap on
 
2013-04-04 10:38:46 PM

Ed Grubermann: Quantum Apostrophe: meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.

Seriously, this *IS* the laws of physics. What defies the laws of physics are the relentless hopes and fantasies of the crowd that thinks empty vacuum is the future of the human race.

Give it a farking rest.


As soon as you stop fantasizing about nonsense and calling it science.
 
2013-04-04 11:06:10 PM

dogboy360: I used to make nitrogen triiodide, in small batches. That stuff was crazy unstable. just a few degrees temperature change would set it off (hence the small batches).
Still fun to play with. Very easy to make.


in HS our chem teacher made a big batch with the senior class -- The glassware was put under the fume hood at the back of the class and we came in to do a midterm. Halfway through while everyone was scribbling away the sinks start to explode. Big BOOMs' puntuating the quiet and a little purple smoke wafting from the drain. We thought it was pretty funny. Till all the glassware under the fume hood just exploded everywhere. like there was glass and crap scattered all over the back half of that room. Lucky we were all at the desks in the front of the class and nobody was hurt.

The seniors would get to make some each year and then they would paint little bits on the floor of the hall so when kids walked by at the end of class their steps would make little firecracker pops.
 
2013-04-04 11:14:07 PM
you can't explain spitty slurpee now can you, Professor?!
 
2013-04-04 11:18:15 PM

Mikey1969: meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.

EXACTLY

Cool list, but none of it defies a farking thing.

Fark Cracked. Subby has to stand in a corner for taking Cracked's word for it that these were "physics defying". I guess this is what happens when everyone gets their science from farking Mythbusters.


FTA:

6 Mind-Blowing Substances That Laugh in the Face of Physics
We can laugh at our ancestors who thought gunpowder was sorcery, or rappers who don't understand what magnets are. But we're telling you right now, there are materials created by science that absolutely look like farking witchcraft. These materials are often hard to get and/or incredibly dangerous, but they're worth it for the cool factor alone.


fark subby for trying to make Cracked look worse than it is.
fark tarded fark readers with an obsessive grudge against Cracked too.
 
2013-04-04 11:18:53 PM
NPH huffing the SF6 saying "Put the lotion in the basket" made me lol. Wasn't expecting that.
 
2013-04-04 11:22:29 PM

Mikey1969: And I've played with the 'memory metal' before. My wife works for the School of Metallurgy at the University she works at, and they hand this stuff out at High School recruiting drives. I helped set up the cards they handed out last time, and played with this shiat for hours. SOmehow a piece of wire that always returned to its normal shape and did nothing else never got boring.


How would you even make anything out of it. Wouldn't it just always return to the shape of a spool of wire or whatever?
 
2013-04-04 11:38:44 PM

omeganuepsilon: Mikey1969: meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.

EXACTLY

Cool list, but none of it defies a farking thing.

Fark Cracked. Subby has to stand in a corner for taking Cracked's word for it that these were "physics defying". I guess this is what happens when everyone gets their science from farking Mythbusters.

FTA:

6 Mind-Blowing Substances That Laugh in the Face of Physics
We can laugh at our ancestors who thought gunpowder was sorcery, or rappers who don't understand what magnets are. But we're telling you right now, there are materials created by science that absolutely look like farking witchcraft. These materials are often hard to get and/or incredibly dangerous, but they're worth it for the cool factor alone.

fark subby for trying to make Cracked look worse than it is.
fark tarded fark readers with an obsessive grudge against Cracked too.


Cracked still loses, these don't "Laugh in the Face of..." anything. Physics is how people know why they work. Just because you work there, it doesn't mean that you get to be right. If Cracked doesn't want to be a laughing stock, then they need to make these lists better, it's that simple.

And no, it's not an "obsessive grudge", it's people tired of the bullshiat, and one of the most consistent bullshiat generators out there is your beloved Cracked. When they can learn what words mean, when they can put out consistent quality, and when they stop abusing adjectives like "insanely" and phrases like "blow your mind", maybe people will quit pointing and laughing.
 
2013-04-04 11:44:42 PM

Chevello: How would you even make anything out of it. Wouldn't it just always return to the shape of a spool of wire or whatever?


It's temperature sensitive. Heating it returns it to its original shape, whatever shape that had been. The stuff from my wife's work was on a big spool, but the stuff in the article is a spring. You could heal springs, you could use it in a thermostat(Similar to what's already in analog thermostats, except that they use 2 dissimilar metals that expand and shrink at different rates). Anyway, here's a link about the stuff... LIke I said, it was just cool to bend it, heat it, and re-bend it. This may be the material the eyeglasses were made of about 10 years ago that you could bend out of shape, and they'd return to the original form.

http://todaysmachiningworld.com/how-it-works-developing-a-good-memor yn itinol-shape-memory-alloy/
 
2013-04-04 11:51:45 PM

Mikey1969: And no, it's not an "obsessive grudge", it's people tired of the bullshiat, and one of the most consistent bullshiat generators out there is your beloved Cracked. When they can learn what words mean, when they can put out consistent quality, and when they stop abusing adjectives like "insanely" and phrases like "blow your mind", maybe people will quit pointing and laughing.


Either you have no sense of humor, or you want others to have no sense of humor.

I can't figure out which.
 
2013-04-04 11:52:05 PM

Mikey1969: Cracked still loses, these don't "Laugh in the Face of..." anything.


Except that you're wrong.  unless you're going to say, "they're just chemicals they don't laugh, der her"

They do fly in the face of more common substances, and hence why they are interesting.  Water to metals they all share similar properties.  sure, they could have worded it better, "Laugh in the face of our common understanding of physics." or something, but it's not all that bad.

But no, you're right.  A somewhat comedy based website is on the internet, it should be all serious business.

I like Cracked.  They bring a lot of trivia and interesting factoids to the table an a lighthearted manner.  If you really can't stand it, don't read it?  You do know the internet isn't there for just you, right?

It's here for everyone.  Find what you like and read that.  Is that too hard of a concept to grasp?

Mikey1969: Just because you work there, it doesn't mean that you get to be right. If Cracked doesn't want to be a laughing stock, then they need to make these lists better, it's that simple.


1. I work there?  Wow, that's giving the old Jump to Conclusions MatTM a good workout.
2. They're not a scientific paper to be held up to peer review.  They're a laughing stock only to people who feel the need to pretend that's the case so that they can feel superior about themselves.

Go back to your lab and stop crying.
 
2013-04-04 11:53:09 PM

RedVentrue: Either you have no sense of humor, or you want others to have no sense of humor.

I can't figure out which.


My wager would be, "Both".

/what do I win?
 
2013-04-05 01:23:54 AM
This article reminded me of some hydrophobic sand play-kit thing that I used to play with in the 80s. It came with a few different colours and I loved playing with that stuff.
 
2013-04-05 01:30:27 AM

omeganuepsilon: Mikey1969: Cracked still loses, these don't "Laugh in the Face of..." anything.

Except that you're wrong.  unless you're going to say, "they're just chemicals they don't laugh, der her"

They do fly in the face of more common substances, and hence why they are interesting.  Water to metals they all share similar properties.  sure, they could have worded it better, "Laugh in the face of our common understanding of physics." or something, but it's not all that bad.

But no, you're right.  A somewhat comedy based website is on the internet, it should be all serious business.

I like Cracked.  They bring a lot of trivia and interesting factoids to the table an a lighthearted manner.  If you really can't stand it, don't read it?  You do know the internet isn't there for just you, right?

It's here for everyone.  Find what you like and read that.  Is that too hard of a concept to grasp?

Mikey1969: Just because you work there, it doesn't mean that you get to be right. If Cracked doesn't want to be a laughing stock, then they need to make these lists better, it's that simple.

1. I work there?  Wow, that's giving the old Jump to Conclusions MatTM a good workout.
2. They're not a scientific paper to be held up to peer review.  They're a laughing stock only to people who feel the need to pretend that's the case so that they can feel superior about themselves.

Go back to your lab and stop crying.


They still don't "Laugh in The Face of Physics" because there's nothing about them that even bruises a law of physics, let alone "breaks" one, as has been stated, it's PHYSICS that explains why every one of these things works the way that they do. If you don't understand even the basic fundamentals of science, you shouldn't be defending the it when people misuse it.

Look, if they're going to start using terms like "physics" and "science", they need to know what they're talking about, otherwise people are going to assume that they don't know what they're talking about. It's that simple.

Of course, we're in an era where the guys on Mythbusters use the term science, and parents smaile at their choice of TV for the little ones and pat each other one the back while the show is actually only fleetingly acquainted with the actual concept of science, so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised about this.

Cracked is mildly entertaining, about 40% of their lists are actually good, and out of the remaining 60%, maybe a third of those are still tolerable , while the rest is absolute garbage. "15 True Movie Facts That Will Blow Your Mind" turns out to be one interesting fact, about 4 more that are either common knowledge or just mildly entertaining, and 10 that are such bombshells as 'The truck on the poster for Varsity Blues was NEVER in the movie!'. Wow, really? THAT is supposed to blow my mind? Hel, the clothes they wore on the poster probably don't appear in the movie either. Everything is supposed to be "Shocking" or "Mind Blowing", sometimes even "Awesome", but is still just mildly entertaining. They have some good ones, I'll grant you that, but people have a legitimate beef with the site. A lot of their shiat sucks.

Keep in mind, that I'm more of a suporter than most people here.

And no, they're not a "peer reviewed journal" either, but the least they could do is get their shiat right if they want me to come back to their website. The internet is getting filled with these "list" sites that concentrate so hard on making lists that they stop caring if the lists have good material, if they're complete, or even if they're accurate. Half the time, they have 3 or 4 really good parts and 6 or 7 that were obviously thrown in just to round out the "10 Things That You Didn't Know Lived in Your Body Crevices". If you don't mind your time being wasted with bullshiat, more power to you though.

As for working there, it's the only thing that would explain why you are so adamantly defending them, unless you have a share in the company...

Demand a little bit of quality in your entertainment, or eventually all we're going to have is reality TV and infomercials. We might still have channels like Discovery  but they stopped having any substance years ago, any of their "science" shows will either be blatant speculation passed off as fact, reality TV(Again), or shows that are more commercial than learning.
 
2013-04-05 01:59:56 AM

meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.


Also, "Substances" should not be capitalized!
This is an outrage
 
2013-04-05 02:10:24 AM
Not that anyone cares at this point, but the Cracked article didn't say shiat about defying the laws of physics, that's all subby's fault.
 
2013-04-05 02:19:40 AM
They do not defy the laws of physics, dumbass.
 
2013-04-05 02:28:56 AM
The author of TFA:

imageshack.us
 
2013-04-05 02:29:43 AM

Fish in a Barrel: It was fulminate of mercury, not silver.


What was?
 
2013-04-05 02:51:41 AM

wingnut396: <b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7683271/83426420#c83426420" target="_blank">Saiga410</a>:</b> <i>I need to find out how to make Hot Ice.  My son would love that.</i>

You don't need that 'hot' ice to do that.  You can freeze beer (or other carbonated drinks too) like that as well.  There is an narrow range where you can chill beer down to under freezing, but it remains liquid.  Give it a shock, like the hot ice, and the movement of the bubbles or something allows the water to then crystallize, forming ice.


I wish my dad gave me some beer to play with.
 
2013-04-05 02:55:40 AM

Mikey1969: They still don't "Laugh in The Face of Physics" because there's nothing about them that even bruises a law of physics, let alone "breaks" one, as has been stated, it's PHYSICS that explains why every one of these things works the way that they do.


Again, article doesn't even say "breaks".  Even if they did use "defy" it doesn't amount to that.

I'm all for a vaudville/circus headline[Ie "Death defying stunts!" even though the practitioners are under very little risk].  That's part of what makes it fun and exciting, not the spreadsheets and tables. The more people exposed, even if it's just a tiny bit of science, the better.  You want people to be fascinated and learn why, you've got to present it, at least at first, in a fun way.

As far as the state of the populace goes, I'd rather them read Cracked and watch Mythbusters than 2 and a half Men, Jersey Shore, or playing Farmville.
 
2013-04-05 03:03:38 AM

maxheck: No, you can't just breathe it out if you're standing upright. That does not work.


This is a myth. The mixing of gasses in your lungs is extremely thorough and in no way will viscosity permit SF6 to separate out in the fraction of a second it takes you to exhale. Your lungs are a gas exchange membrane with the surface area of a tennis court. After inhaling it, they simultaneously pumped your blood full of SF6 and more importantly sucked one whole lungful of oxygen out in order to match partial pressures - that's why you suddenly feel terribly winded.

It's also why large leaks of any inert gas (but especially nitrogen because it has almost no tendency to rise or fall) are extremely dangerous. Inhale, gas sucks another lungful of oxygen out of your blood, your brain stem happily notes that CO2 was successfully expelled, rinse and repeat. You'll suffer brain death long before a heart attack or choking victim because breathing is actively depriving you of oxygen.
 
2013-04-05 03:14:20 AM
erik-k:

maxheck: No, you can't just breathe it out if you're standing upright. That does not work.

This is a myth. The mixing of gasses in your lungs is extremely thorough and in no way will viscosity permit SF6 to separate out in the fraction of a second it takes you to exhale. Your lungs are a gas exchange membrane with the surface area of a tennis court. After inhaling it, they simultaneously pumped your blood full of SF6 and more importantly sucked one whole lungful of oxygen out in order to match partial pressures - that's why you suddenly feel terribly winded.

It's also why large leaks of any inert gas (but especially nitrogen because it has almost no tendency to rise or fall) are extremely dangerous. Inhale, gas sucks another lungful of oxygen out of your blood, your brain stem happily notes that CO2 was successfully expelled, rinse and repeat. You'll suffer brain death long before a heart attack or choking victim because breathing is actively depriving you of oxygen.


I'll take your word for that, I do know that there are only so many times in one's life where you feel better after standing on your head, and that was one. :)
 
2013-04-05 05:17:32 AM

spentshells: It puts the lotion in the basket


Hilarious, that video made rtfa worth it.
 
2013-04-05 06:01:41 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: Ed Grubermann: Quantum Apostrophe: meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.

Seriously, this *IS* the laws of physics. What defies the laws of physics are the relentless hopes and fantasies of the crowd that thinks empty vacuum is the future of the human race.

Give it a farking rest.

As soon as you stop fantasizing about nonsense and calling it science.


Like you have with life extension? I`ve noticed that has slipped down your agenda...
 
2013-04-05 06:14:08 AM
6 Substances that defy illustrate the laws of physics

Fixed that for you subster
 
2013-04-05 07:17:55 AM

wingnut396: Saiga410: I need to find out how to make Hot Ice.  My son would love that.

You don't need that 'hot' ice to do that.  You can freeze beer (or other carbonated drinks too) like that as well.  There is an narrow range where you can chill beer down to under freezing, but it remains liquid.  Give it a shock, like the hot ice, and the movement of the bubbles or something allows the water to then crystallize, forming ice.


Water will also do it.

Its to do with the availability of nucleation sites int he liquid and the ability to form crystals.

Fizzy substances generally do this because the pressure inside the bottle is kept high (and therefore the freezing temperature of the liquid is lower than the current temperature of the liquid), when you open them up, the pressure in the container drops, the freezing point of the liquid jumps up and meets the current temperature of the liquid which starts to freeze, in addition, the bubble create nucleation sites.
 
2013-04-05 08:01:21 AM
Came for pics of gravity-defying breasts. Is this the Geek tab or what?
 
2013-04-05 09:16:33 AM

madgordy: the only "things" that defy physics are Metaphysical.

gallium goes into an amalgam with aluminum, mercury also does that.  it's sort of like mixing salt into water.  oooh salt solid, water liquid, now both liquid!

if you DNRTA   there is not reason to as the author just does not understand.


Yeah, I went straight to the thread, b/c I figured it would be more entertaining than a list that Cracked doesn't understand.
 
2013-04-05 09:29:23 AM
Yeah, i know, nothing in here defies physics!  It just shows of uncommon properties that are different than what most people would expect!

And you have you guys been to magic shows? Total bullshiat.  No magic at all!
 
2013-04-05 10:17:05 AM

madgordy: the only "things" that defy physics are Metaphysical.

gallium goes into an amalgam with aluminum, mercury also does that.  it's sort of like mixing salt into water.  oooh salt solid, water liquid, now both liquid!

if you DNRTA   there is not reason to as the author just does not understand.


Metaphysics is a branch of knowledge concerned with how we create frameworks for our knowledge of the physical world. Laws of physics, for example, are metaphysical. Magical sky fairies, ghosts, and other nonsense are 'super-natural.' Or imaginary, if you're not an idiot (or get a kick out of stuff like Jumbo-Shrimp and other Handy'isms, like me).
 
2013-04-05 01:24:45 PM
Wow, some of you just must be a blast at parties.

Quantum Apostrophe must corner people individually throughout the evening, twisting whatever conversation might be going on into an anti-space screed. While Mike1969 is constantly biatching about semantics, and demanding higher quality repartee, lest people accidentally laugh at something stupid/silly.
 
2013-04-05 02:03:32 PM

H31N0US: Ice 9?


That's it. It's "The Hook" for you.
 
2013-04-05 02:29:42 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: But wouldn't you hate it too if people took astrology seriously and built their lives around it and demanded that the rest of the human race just follow along?


People do, they're called astrologers. No one is demanding that you dedicate your life to space exploration, we just wish you'd shut the fark up and leave it to people who can get over their obsessive fear of hair loss long enough to do the science.
 
2013-04-05 04:49:29 PM

omeganuepsilon: RedVentrue: Either you have no sense of humor, or you want others to have no sense of humor.

I can't figure out which.

My wager would be, "Both".

/what do I win?


You WIN THE GRAND PRIZE!

What ever that is today, you are one of life's winners! :)
 
2013-04-05 07:22:19 PM

RedVentrue: omeganuepsilon: RedVentrue: Either you have no sense of humor, or you want others to have no sense of humor.

I can't figure out which.

My wager would be, "Both".

/what do I win?

You WIN THE GRAND PRIZE!

What ever that is today, you are one of life's winners! :)


I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my parents who always supported me, my friends, family, and agents. I'd also like to thank Sally Field.
 
2013-04-06 06:40:35 PM

omeganuepsilon: Mikey1969: meat0918: Goddamn it, none of that stuff defies physics.

EXACTLY

Cool list, but none of it defies a farking thing.

Fark Cracked. Subby has to stand in a corner for taking Cracked's word for it that these were "physics defying". I guess this is what happens when everyone gets their science from farking Mythbusters.

FTA:

6 Mind-Blowing Substances That Laugh in the Face of Physics
We can laugh at our ancestors who thought gunpowder was sorcery, or rappers who don't understand what magnets are. But we're telling you right now, there are materials created by science that absolutely look like farking witchcraft. These materials are often hard to get and/or incredibly dangerous, but they're worth it for the cool factor alone.

fark subby for trying to make Cracked look worse than it is.
fark tarded fark readers with an obsessive grudge against Cracked too.


When we don't get Cracked articles we typically get Den of Fail or something even worse to fill in.
 
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