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3798 clicks; posted to Geek » on 05 May 2013 at 1:45 PM (2 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-05-05 01:38:16 PM  
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I wonder how much duct tape is in that thing.
 
2013-05-05 01:53:51 PM  
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2013-05-05 02:02:25 PM  
Those were invented a long time ago.
 
2013-05-05 02:08:31 PM  
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2013-05-05 02:10:12 PM  
Is that a corrugated black plastic drainage pipe?
 
2013-05-05 02:16:56 PM  

Somaticasual: Is that a corrugated black plastic drainage pipe?


yup, and as he's not pressurizing the interior, I'm guessing a fairly low crush depth.
 
2013-05-05 02:21:24 PM  
How much baking soda does it use?
 
2013-05-05 02:37:27 PM  
That's quite an involved plan just to take upskirt photos.
 
2013-05-05 02:38:48 PM  
FTFA:  White ballast tanks fill with air and water, controlling the height in the water.

Erm... "depth"?
 
2013-05-05 02:42:25 PM  
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2013-05-05 02:55:54 PM  
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2013-05-05 03:04:01 PM  
That's nuthin'. My cousin and I built our own interplanetary space rocket.

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Take that, NASA!
 
2013-05-05 03:12:25 PM  
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Very cool.
 
2013-05-05 03:14:16 PM  
Headline: "Teenage Thomas Edison builds submarine for Lake Hopatcong"

In other news, Thomas Edison is now the inventor of the submarine.
 
2013-05-05 03:46:10 PM  

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Does he have plans to upgrade it to nuclear?

MrEricSir: Headline: "Teenage Thomas Edison builds submarine for Lake Hopatcong"

In other news, Thomas Edison is now the inventor of the submarine.


Wouldn't be the first time Thomas Edison was credited with something he didn't do...
 
2013-05-05 04:31:29 PM  
You can't really be called an "inventor" much less a "Thomas Edison" if you're just building something that's existed for over 100 years.
 
2013-05-05 04:46:06 PM  
redsquid:

That is one of favorite books of all time; I even named my coffee maker Richard the Deep Breather.
 
2013-05-05 04:59:22 PM  

Somaticasual: Is that a corrugated black plastic drainage pipe?


That is a corrugated drainage pipe.  I was wondering what his hull was made of.  That's pretty ingenious actually.  As long as you can keep the air in.
 
2013-05-05 05:01:55 PM  

awalkingecho: Wouldn't be the first time Thomas Edison was credited with something he didn't do...


*gasp* What next, are you going to say Benjamin Franklin didn't invent lightning?
 
2013-05-05 05:35:13 PM  
Self-built subs have all the reliability of self-built planes.
 
2013-05-05 05:45:59 PM  

Sgygus: Self-built subs have all the reliability of self-built planes.


Plus they can descend about as quickly, too.
 
2013-05-05 05:46:28 PM  
Alright, so he wasn't a "Thomas Edison," can we at least let the kid be a "Tom Swift"?

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2013-05-05 05:56:24 PM  

GilRuiz1: Alright, so he wasn't a "Thomas Edison," can we at least let the kid be a "Tom Swift"?

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Nice one.
 
2013-05-05 06:42:12 PM  
GilRuiz1: Alright, so he wasn't a "Thomas Edison," can we at least let the kid be a "Tom Swift"?

Came to post 'Tom Swift and His JetMarine', but I see you went with the original.  Well done!
 
2013-05-05 06:46:39 PM  
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"Amateur."
 
2013-05-05 07:06:21 PM  
Something something, teenage seaman.


// Feeling lazy today
 
2013-05-05 07:17:10 PM  
Next project:  the Submacopter.

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2013-05-05 07:53:29 PM  

GilRuiz1: Alright, so he wasn't a "Thomas Edison," can we at least let the kid be a "Tom Swift"?

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My favorite futuristic books as a kid.  Must have had them all.  Only years later did I find out how old they were.
 
2013-05-05 08:19:11 PM  
The article compares him to Edison, yet it doesn't look like he took credit for other people's work.
 
2013-05-05 08:38:56 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Somaticasual: Is that a corrugated black plastic drainage pipe?

That is a corrugated drainage pipe.  I was wondering what his hull was made of.  That's pretty ingenious actually.  As long as you can keep the air in.


You can buy sealant that'll let you submerge to a meter or so at the same hardware store you buy the drainage pipe and the book of common craft projects for kids that the blueprints came from.

//I like how he's "Thomas Edison" for doing some standard craft projects, that's cute.  I guess good on the adults for encouraging him, though, it's a good hobby.
 
2013-05-05 09:13:58 PM  
Headline: "Teenage Thomas Edison builds submarine for Lake Hopatcong"

Future headline: "Teenage Thomas Edison dies in submarine accident in Lake Hopatcong"
 
2013-05-05 09:30:04 PM  

Jim_Callahan: I like how he's "Thomas Edison" for doing some standard craft projects


This is common in your neighborhood? How many people you know have built a working submarine?
 
2013-05-05 09:53:26 PM  
Meh. Columbian drug lords have been doing that for years.

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2013-05-05 10:06:53 PM  
FTA: "Beckerman says the device is pressurized to depths of 30 feet, is motorized, capable of pumping oxygen from the surface and even has an emergency switch with lights and alarms in case the sub starts taking on water."

Well, that'll make it much easier for the authorities to locate your entombed corpse.
 
2013-05-06 01:07:22 PM  

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Mad Scientists Club was the first thing I thought of. I need to buy those books for my kids. I still think about the auction when they bought the sub and started making lower and lower bids. Good stuff.
 
2013-05-06 05:17:47 PM  
If Jerseyans weren't full of derp and did some fact-checking like journalists used to do, they might know that the submarine inventor John Holland lived and worked in NJ.  You can see his two subs at the museum in Paterson.
 
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