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2013-05-13 05:03:41 PM  
6. Could you survive on a desert island by drinking your own urine? - 17%

www.livefortheoutdoors.com
 
2013-05-13 05:34:02 PM  

scottydoesntknow: 6. Could you survive on a desert island by drinking your own urine? - 17%

[www.livefortheoutdoors.com image 583x320]


And I can't recall the Mythbusters covering that one.
 
2013-05-13 05:54:07 PM  
Who would win in a fight, Godzilla or Superman?
 
2013-05-13 05:57:25 PM  
1. Can a coin falling from the top of the Empire State Building kill you?

That doesn't seem like a bizarre question, and why do chillies burn also seems like a reasonable question...
 
2013-05-13 05:57:38 PM  
The research also revealed the interesting science facts which Britons find the most intriguing, including the fact that during World War II when blood supplies were running low, doctors discovered that the liquid inside young coconuts could be used as a substitute for blood plasma.

I sort of really want to know how this was discovered.
 
2013-05-13 06:00:04 PM  

ProfessorOhki: The research also revealed the interesting science facts which Britons find the most intriguing, including the fact that during World War II when blood supplies were running low, doctors discovered that the liquid inside young coconuts could be used as a substitute for blood plasma.

I sort of really want to know how this was discovered.


It all started with some dude who was woozy from bloodloss singing "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts", and some doctor looked at the chow tent and figured "hey, what the hell!".
 
2013-05-13 06:02:40 PM  
if the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?
 
2013-05-13 06:03:23 PM  

johnny_stingray: if the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?


besides your mom, I mean
 
2013-05-13 06:04:40 PM  
tl;dr.  How many have already been done by what-if.xkcd.com?
 
2013-05-13 06:07:17 PM  
There's a lot of "Yeah, but..." in those answers.

Like drinking your own urine. Could you survive on a desert island buy drinking your own urine? Not indefinitely, certainly. But I've read that doing it could extend your life for a day or two, which might make the difference between being found alive or found dead by search and rescue.
 
2013-05-13 06:08:59 PM  
I don't like how they equate terminal velocity to the mass of the penny.
 
2013-05-13 06:10:34 PM  

DemDave: There's a lot of "Yeah, but..." in those answers.

Like drinking your own urine. Could you survive on a desert island buy drinking your own urine? Not indefinitely, certainly. But I've read that doing it could extend your life for a day or two, which might make the difference between being found alive or found dead by search and rescue.


Straight from the tap? Shouldn't there be some settling or boiling or something besides a youporn video? This info may come in handy this summer.
 
2013-05-13 06:17:37 PM  

studs up: DemDave: There's a lot of "Yeah, but..." in those answers.

Like drinking your own urine. Could you survive on a desert island buy drinking your own urine? Not indefinitely, certainly. But I've read that doing it could extend your life for a day or two, which might make the difference between being found alive or found dead by search and rescue.

Straight from the tap? Shouldn't there be some settling or boiling or something besides a youporn video? This info may come in handy this summer.


The real survivalist TV guy uses a still with his urine.
 
2013-05-13 06:33:46 PM  

DemDave: There's a lot of "Yeah, but..." in those answers.

Like drinking your own urine. Could you survive on a desert island buy drinking your own urine? Not indefinitely, certainly. But I've read that doing it could extend your life for a day or two, which might make the difference between being found alive or found dead by search and rescue.


Urine is a diuretic. Drinking any urine is worse than drinking none.
 
2013-05-13 06:35:39 PM  

Firemarshalbill: I don't like how they equate terminal velocity to the mass of the penny.


Terminal velocity is a function of the air resistance and mass of the object. Objects with low mass and high air resistance have low terminal velocity - like a feather. Objects with high mass and low air resistance have a higher terminal velocity - like a rock.
 
2013-05-13 06:42:06 PM  
Could a person survive in a falling lift if they jumped as it hits the ground?

My fiance's sister was in an elevator when it dropped. It broke both her legs and her hip. So yeah I don't think anything will really work for that.

What I want science to answer is if liquid snakes could even be a thing?
 
2013-05-13 06:44:04 PM  

FrancoFile: tl;dr.  How many have already been done by what-if.xkcd.com?


How many of these were on Mythbusters?
 
2013-05-13 06:44:46 PM  

Tigger: Firemarshalbill: I don't like how they equate terminal velocity to the mass of the penny.

Terminal velocity is a function of the air resistance and mass of the object. Objects with low mass and high air resistance have low terminal velocity - like a feather. Objects with high mass and low air resistance have a higher terminal velocity - like a rock.


www.mysteryarts.com
 
2013-05-13 06:46:20 PM  

A Terrible Human: Could a person survive in a falling lift if they jumped as it hits the ground?

My fiance's sister was in an elevator when it dropped. It broke both her legs and her hip. So yeah I don't think anything will really work for that.

What I want science to answer is if liquid snakes could even be a thing?


No.
Everything else in The Abyss actually happened, except the liquid snakes.
 
2013-05-13 06:48:12 PM  

Tigger: Firemarshalbill: I don't like how they equate terminal velocity to the mass of the penny.

Terminal velocity is a function of the air resistance and mass of the object. Objects with low mass and high air resistance have low terminal velocity - like a feather. Objects with high mass and low air resistance have a higher terminal velocity - like a rock.


Of course it's a part, but their phrasing, "The mass of a penny coin is only about one gram, so its terminal velocity would only be about 67mph." is singular however.  Replace the word penny in that phrase with a feather or rock and continue.  The drag coefficient is a primary variable that can't be omitted if you're trying to describe that.
 
2013-05-13 06:52:01 PM  
Do chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?
 
2013-05-13 07:04:14 PM  
The people asking these questions demonstrate a far higher degree of scientific literacy than the members of House Science Committee.
 
2013-05-13 07:13:18 PM  
<B>Top 10 most bizarre science questions that <I>dumb</I>adults want answered </B>
 
2013-05-13 07:14:20 PM  

studs up: Tigger: Firemarshalbill: I don't like how they equate terminal velocity to the mass of the penny.

Terminal velocity is a function of the air resistance and mass of the object. Objects with low mass and high air resistance have low terminal velocity - like a feather. Objects with high mass and low air resistance have a higher terminal velocity - like a rock.

[www.mysteryarts.com image 850x478]


You would think that this would fall faster than this.  *CLONK* And you'd be right.
 
2013-05-13 07:36:10 PM  
8. Why do chillies burn even through they're cold? - 16%

*facepalm*


Tax Boy: FrancoFile: tl;dr.  How many have already been done by what-if.xkcd.com?

How many of these were on Mythbusters?


The "Jumping in a falling elevator" was one of their first ones. And they did a falling bullet test that was similar to the penny drop one.
 
2013-05-13 07:37:31 PM  
Tigger : Urine is a diuretic.

Dianetic? That's crazy talk.

southcoastmission.org
 
2013-05-13 07:54:46 PM  

ProfessorOhki: The research also revealed the interesting science facts which Britons find the most intriguing, including the fact that during World War II when blood supplies were running low, doctors discovered that the liquid inside young coconuts could be used as a substitute for blood plasma.

I sort of really want to know how this was discovered.


Basically in this case they needed a electrolyte replacement therapy so they started to look around for natural, abundant liquids that contained a lot of electrolytes and zero poisons.  Then you just need to see if you can infuse it into a animal without causing a megabad reaction, or failing that figure out how to remove the offending compound(s).
 
2013-05-13 07:55:25 PM  

fusillade762: 8. Why do chillies burn even through they're cold? - 16%

*facepalm*


Tax Boy: FrancoFile: tl;dr.  How many have already been done by what-if.xkcd.com?

How many of these were on Mythbusters?

The "Jumping in a falling elevator" was one of their first ones. And they did a falling bullet test that was similar to the penny drop one.


I count three. Elevator Jump, Eyes Open Sneeze, and Empire State Building penny drop.
 
2013-05-13 08:07:39 PM  

Tigger: Firemarshalbill: I don't like how they equate terminal velocity to the mass of the penny.

Terminal velocity is a function of the air resistance and mass of the object. Objects with low mass and high air resistance have low terminal velocity - like a feather. Objects with high mass and low air resistance have a higher terminal velocity - like a rock.


Or better yet, a lawn dart.
 
2013-05-13 08:49:09 PM  

johnny_stingray: if the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?


Nothingness.
 
2013-05-13 09:14:24 PM  

A Terrible Human: Could a person survive in a falling lift if they jumped as it hits the ground?

My fiance's sister was in an elevator when it dropped. It broke both her legs and her hip. So yeah I don't think anything will really work for that.


So she had poor reflexes? I'm joking of course. Gravity isn't funny.
 
2013-05-13 09:38:18 PM  
"Dr. Hathaway, I saw your program on radioactive isotopes last night and I've got a question."
"Yes?"
"Is that your real hair?"
 
2013-05-13 10:50:22 PM  
How is babby formed?
 
2013-05-14 12:29:23 AM  

Arachnophobe: fusillade762: 8. Why do chillies burn even through they're cold? - 16%

*facepalm*


Tax Boy: FrancoFile: tl;dr.  How many have already been done by what-if.xkcd.com?

How many of these were on Mythbusters?

The "Jumping in a falling elevator" was one of their first ones. And they did a falling bullet test that was similar to the penny drop one.

I count three. Elevator Jump, Eyes Open Sneeze, and Empire State Building penny drop.


I'm pretty sure at least 2 episodes dealt with lightning survivabilty, albeit not quite as directly. Such as Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice and Lightning Strikes Tongue Piercing.

I'm nearly certain they mentioned most people survive lightning strikes in both, and potentially another one involving testing a shower as well as urinating on the third rail.

\All this questions should be obvious to anyone who graduated about 9th grade science and health classes, expect maybe the dog being good for your health one, and potentially the insect eating one.
 
2013-05-14 01:42:27 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: Do chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?


Nope. Used to do that as a kid and it always tasted fine. Though I must wonder how much paint I ended up ingesting,the bed post was metal and painted metallic blue.
 
2013-05-14 06:32:43 AM  

Arachnophobe: fusillade762: 8. Why do chillies burn even through they're cold? - 16%

*facepalm*


Tax Boy: FrancoFile: tl;dr.  How many have already been done by what-if.xkcd.com?

How many of these were on Mythbusters?

The "Jumping in a falling elevator" was one of their first ones. And they did a falling bullet test that was similar to the penny drop one.

I count three. Elevator Jump, Eyes Open Sneeze, and Empire State Building penny drop.


And I'm pretty sure other shows (Survivor man, man -vs- wild, dual survival etc) answered a couple of the other questions.
 
2013-05-14 06:54:52 AM  
I don't think "How can a person survive a lightning strike?" meant to ask for advice, like staying indoors or in a car. I, at least, am more curious about the literal interpretation of the question. As in, we know for a fact that many thousands of people have survived lightning strikes. How the fark did that happen? I've seen guys get hit by lightning on Youtube and then stand up and walk away after 30 seconds. You'd think it would be 100% lethal.
 
2013-05-14 09:00:11 AM  
If you could go back in time and train a T Rex so you could ride it, like from a baby, and then when forward in time, and got a machine gun, then went back in time, riding your T-Rex with your machine gun and attacked the Romans who were going to nail up Jesus and killed them all and let the T-Rex eat them and save Jesus, would the bible be different now?
 
2013-05-14 09:58:55 PM  
1. Can a coin falling from the top of the Empire State Building kill you? - 27%
No, a coin falling from the Empire State Building cannot kill a pedestrian and is unlikely to even penetrate the skin.


Anyone want to put that to the test?

0.tqn.com
 
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