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(Cracked)   6 Substances that defy the laws of physics   (cracked.com) divider line 111
    More: Cool, chemicals, physics, gallium, laws of physics, liquid metal, room temperatures  
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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.
 
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