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2013-07-05 08:42:36 AM
Well, alrighty then.
 
2013-07-05 08:54:43 AM
Crazy Germans are crazy.

In related news, it seems Gollum is doing the article tagging now. Table tennises, my precious...
 
2013-07-05 09:09:13 AM
I blame the Chinese.
 
2013-07-05 09:24:33 AM
Goodness Gracious!
 
2013-07-05 09:27:22 AM
The smoke must have been enough to kill someone.
 
2013-07-05 09:34:49 AM
Where did he get 2538 ping pong balls?
 
2013-07-05 09:34:49 AM
This being an example of why you use the "chimney" pattern for lighting charcoal briquettes, the airflow produces a powerful combustion.
 
2013-07-05 09:51:31 AM
Well that was riveting.
 
2013-07-05 10:21:49 AM
If you throw a ping-pong ball that has been filled with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and boric acid into a bonfire you will get about a 10' ball of bright green flame.

Do not try this at home but if you do you should stand back a few feet.
 
2013-07-05 10:26:24 AM
That guy almost burnt his shuttlecock off.
 
2013-07-05 10:39:12 AM
At first I was all "well, this guy should have used a tripod", but then at 1:28, the unused tripod appeared!  I understand that he or she may have wanted to back away from the flames, but there was no reason for not using it BEFORE it got too hot.

/Why, yes, I'm grumpy today, why do you ask?
 
2013-07-05 11:13:24 AM
According to wikipedia, the balls are made of celluloid, which is a mixture of nitrocellulose and camphor.  That means they're basically little hollow spheres of smokeless gun powder.
 
2013-07-05 11:19:07 AM

theesir: Where did he get 2538 ping pong balls?


The guy in the green jeans said they used to belong to someone named "Moose."
 
2013-07-05 11:20:41 AM
Surprised? Have we learned nothing from the tragedy of the Beijing Ping Pong Academy Fire of 1978?
 
2013-07-05 11:32:34 AM

hogans: theesir: Where did he get 2538 ping pong balls?

The guy in the green jeans said they used to belong to someone named "Moose."


That's what I get for watching the video with the volume off.... damn job!
 
2013-07-05 11:42:51 AM
Spoiler alert for those of you at work....  They burn.
 
2013-07-05 11:46:07 AM
When I see Germans doing stupid shiat like this I can't help but think that their language really kicks things up a notch, and let's face it, we could be seeing the intellectual birth of the next Wernher von Braun.  After all, he got his start launching bullfrogs across the Wirsitz town square into the sousaphones during the fall Oktoberfest celebrations.
 
2013-07-05 12:09:15 PM

LesserEvil: Surprised? Have we learned nothing from the tragedy of the Beijing Ping Pong Academy Fire of 1978?


And the resultant Chinese Fire Drill?
 
2013-07-05 12:49:51 PM
One may do several things with ping-pong balls that will surprise kids.
 
2013-07-05 01:07:50 PM
I recently purchased one million ping pong balls and fired them at a very drunk live audience. Finding enough of the kind that would not burn was a nightmare. Cleaning them up was worse.
 
2013-07-05 01:23:56 PM
You know who else liked to burn ping pong balls?
 
2013-07-05 01:31:08 PM

PainInTheASP: After all, he got his start launching bullfrogs across the Wirsitz town square into the sousaphones during the fall Oktoberfest celebrations.


[Citation needed]

/Because A) I've never heard this before and don't believe it.
//And B) because that doesn't mean I don't want to believe it.
 
2013-07-05 01:33:39 PM

Mobius strip of human stupidity: I recently purchased one million ping pong balls and fired them at a very drunk live audience. Finding enough of the kind that would not burn was a nightmare. Cleaning them up was worse.


That video could be more entertaining than TFV.
 
2013-07-05 01:46:28 PM

fst_creeper: PainInTheASP: After all, he got his start launching bullfrogs across the Wirsitz town square into the sousaphones during the fall Oktoberfest celebrations.

[Citation needed]

/Because A) I've never heard this before and don't believe it.
//And B) because that doesn't mean I don't want to believe it.


Well, I read it on the interwebs, so I know it's true.  And it explains a lot, doesn't it?  What more do you need?
 
2013-07-05 01:53:04 PM

PainInTheASP: What more do you need?


Some sort of credible citation?  Please?

Because the thought of Ohmpa music underlayed by the ocassional "Ribbit" playing followed by the hiss of a rocket and a wet thud is just something I want to have taken place.
 
2013-07-05 02:11:01 PM

Luminiferous Aether: Mobius strip of human stupidity: I recently purchased one million ping pong balls and fired them at a very drunk live audience. Finding enough of the kind that would not burn was a nightmare. Cleaning them up was worse.

That video could be more entertaining than TFV.


The official video shows the balls quite poorly. You sort of had to be there.  Here is part of the mess.

I had read about the explosive properties of ping-pong balls from Frank Zappa's autobiography. Turns out he was not kidding. All the ones I used were a different type of plastic and melted instead of burst into flames.

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2013-07-05 02:27:22 PM

Precision Boobery: One may do several things with ping-pong balls that will surprise kids.


Go on... Please elaborate.

Enquiring minds 'n all that...
 
2013-07-05 02:31:36 PM

hogans: theesir: Where did he get 2538 ping pong balls?

The guy in the green jeans said they used to belong to someone named "Moose."


Wow that brings back some memories.
 
2013-07-05 02:53:22 PM
They are Ossies, they dont know what they are doing.
 
2013-07-05 02:59:39 PM
The pillar of fire spoke to me and told me to lead my people out of bondage into the land of Canaan.

At least that's what I think it was saying.  My German is very rusty.
 
2013-07-05 03:04:48 PM

Mobius strip of human stupidity: The official video shows the balls quite poorly.


vincentknight.files.wordpress.com

Just joshin' ya.
 
2013-07-05 03:40:05 PM

Mobius strip of human stupidity: I recently purchased one million ping pong balls and fired them at a very drunk live audience. Finding enough of the kind that would not burn was a nightmare. Cleaning them up was worse.


I'll bet your abdominal muscles are pretty sore now...
 
2013-07-05 03:58:36 PM

Hollie Maea: Mobius strip of human stupidity: I recently purchased one million ping pong balls and fired them at a very drunk live audience. Finding enough of the kind that would not burn was a nightmare. Cleaning them up was worse.

I'll bet your abdominal muscles are pretty sore now...


Not at all. That's what the midgets were for.
 
2013-07-05 05:43:47 PM
Ant this, kids, is how you start a forest fire.
 
2013-07-05 05:45:16 PM
So began Pingpongnacht...
 
2013-07-05 06:26:31 PM
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\not impressed
 
2013-07-05 07:53:45 PM
Ein Kind mit einem Bart!
 
2013-07-06 12:34:24 AM

Flab: At first I was all "well, this guy should have used a tripod", but then at 1:28, the unused tripod appeared!  I understand that he or she may have wanted to back away from the flames, but there was no reason for not using it BEFORE it got too hot.

/Why, yes, I'm grumpy today, why do you ask?


Little known fact: if you video something from a tripod, Youtube will pull it because it violates director's guild and cinematographer union guidelines.  That's why you never see stuff shot stable.  You're not even allowed to use a steadicam rig.

/smell it
 
2013-07-06 11:16:16 AM
Good thing they didn't use 2539 ping pong balls, that would have opened a rift to a dimension of pure fire, and everything would have been bathed in 6600 degree heat, almost everything except the concrete would have near-instantly burst into flames.
 
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