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(Newser)   87-year-long experiment in which nine things have happened has relatively exciting day   (newser.com) divider line 48
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2014-04-18 03:14:17 PM  
The pitch dropped?

*clicks*

Yep.
 
2014-04-18 03:44:47 PM  
The video in the link cuts off before anything happens! You have to go to the pitch drop site to see the rest! Fark this sucky link!@
 
2014-04-18 03:45:35 PM  
Did the pitch drop again?
 
2014-04-18 03:45:42 PM  

Delta1212: The pitch dropped?

*clicks*

Yep.

 
2014-04-18 03:46:35 PM  
It didn't drop, it reached the matter already collected in the beaker, and then stopped. It is still attached.
 
2014-04-18 03:47:16 PM  
I'm on pins and needles.
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Which one of you guys messed with my chair?
 
2014-04-18 03:47:49 PM  
The pitch was dropped and it's not a story about the cubs sucking?  Amazing
 
2014-04-18 03:48:09 PM  
Now I'm going to have to keep coming back to see the progess
 
2014-04-18 03:48:41 PM  
Why the fark am I the only one who's never heard of this? Is this another reality? Is this like Dr Crusher and the warp bubble?

Is this real life?
 
2014-04-18 03:48:45 PM  

Kanemano: I'm on pins and needles.
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Which one of you guys messed with my chair?


bigz2k???

i287.photobucket.com
 
2014-04-18 03:48:46 PM  
JESUS CHRIST! This is Amazing! Nothing could have been more exci-

i.space.com

fark yeah.
 
2014-04-18 03:50:10 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: It didn't drop, it reached the matter already collected in the beaker, and then stopped. It is still attached.


Does that mean it's flowing?

Hole should have been smaller. Guess well have to start over!
 
2014-04-18 03:50:14 PM  
So is this officially considered a drop? I always thought their experimental setup could have used a new beaker to catch the drop.
 
2014-04-18 03:53:21 PM  
Huh, even the clocks run backwards in Australia.
 
2014-04-18 03:53:48 PM  

Rand's lacy underwear: Why the fark am I the only one who's never heard of this? Is this another reality? Is this like Dr Crusher and the warp bubble?

Is this real life?


Maybe it's just fantasy. Do you feel like you're caught in a landslide?
 
2014-04-18 03:55:08 PM  
FTFA:
Between 1930 and 1988, one drop fell an average of every eight years, says Professor Andrew White. But "the 2000 (eighth) and 2014 (ninth) drop each took about 13 years to fall.

Like we needed any more proof of global warming. This is EXACTLY what the IPCC computer models predicted.
 
2014-04-18 03:56:26 PM  

zipdog: So is this officially considered a drop? I always thought their experimental setup could have used a new beaker to catch the drop.


That would be ideal. Tare out the weight of each new dish and weigh them separately.
But why do I know about science? I'm sitting here with no pants on listening to ICP and doing spreadsheets.
I hope the boss doesn't come in.
 
2014-04-18 03:59:57 PM  
Change the pitch up?

exclaim.ca

Smack my biatch up.
 
2014-04-18 04:02:09 PM  
No sappy tag?
 
2014-04-18 04:02:14 PM  
The scientist who spent 52 years hoping to see one never managed to do so, though there were near misses, including a very-ill-timed webcam outage in 2000. He died in August.

Somewhere in Heaven, a howled "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU--" is currently resonating.
 
2014-04-18 04:10:20 PM  
I also had not heard of it, but I do now know what the world's most boring experiment is.
 
2014-04-18 04:11:07 PM  

vudukungfu: zipdog: So is this officially considered a drop? I always thought their experimental setup could have used a new beaker to catch the drop.

That would be ideal. Tare out the weight of each new dish and weigh them separately.
But why do I know about science? I'm sitting here with no pants on listening to ICP and doing spreadsheets.
I hope the boss doesn't come in.


Don't worry - she's busy with the pool boy.
 
2014-04-18 04:11:18 PM  
I just want to poke the drop.....for funzies.
 
2014-04-18 04:14:12 PM  
"is to show that solids can flow like liquids. "

Illustrating once again that everything is simply entropy at different rates of decay.
 
2014-04-18 04:17:09 PM  

hardinparamedic: JESUS CHRIST! This is Amazing! Nothing could have been more exci-

[i.space.com image 575x384]

fark yeah.


Hush you, we're watching pitch.

Next is paint drying.
 
2014-04-18 04:23:14 PM  
georgiachiropractic.net
 
2014-04-18 04:23:15 PM  
www2.pictures.zimbio.com

Challenge accepted
 
2014-04-18 04:26:12 PM  
...And pitch is considered a solid? Not in my book. It's a collection of organic material in a plant oil base.

Now, get steel to drip, or any other true solid. Glass isn't even a solid, really, but would make a closer approximation of a solid.

/closer than pitch
//farther than wood
///not a solid
 
2014-04-18 04:29:24 PM  
Pitch Perfect?

usdailyreview.com
 
2014-04-18 04:36:33 PM  
In other news, scientists have announced that "watching paint dry" just got an upgrade!
 
2014-04-18 04:51:34 PM  
Swing batta batta batta batta batta batta swing

52 years, still no pitch. Batter dies. Kinda sad.
 
2014-04-18 05:02:03 PM  

JC22: Pitch Perfect?

[usdailyreview.com image 850x578]


For a second, I thought that was a poster for an all-girl Saint's Row game.

And now I want an all-girl Saint's Row game.
 
2014-04-18 05:09:35 PM  

Mikeyworld: ...And pitch is considered a solid? Not in my book. It's a collection of organic material in a plant oil base.

Now, get steel to drip, or any other true solid. Glass isn't even a solid, really, but would make a closer approximation of a solid.

/closer than pitch
//farther than wood
///not a solid


This no more "proves" solids can drip than watching maple syrup, motor oil, or even water does.  Kudos to them for keeping it going so long, that is definitely cool, but the science... is missing.
 
2014-04-18 05:13:56 PM  

Uzzah: JC22: Pitch Perfect?

[usdailyreview.com image 850x578]

For a second, I thought that was a poster for an all-girl Saint's Row game.

And now I want an all-girl Saint's Row game.


I...

...I...

...I see absolutely nothing wrong with this notion.

In fact, I say we make the protagonist a lesbian/bisexual James Bond, and have her sleep with EVERYBODY.
 
2014-04-18 05:20:32 PM  
Look like a knuckleball.
 
2014-04-18 05:41:56 PM  

drop: Mikeyworld: ...And pitch is considered a solid? Not in my book. It's a collection of organic material in a plant oil base.

Now, get steel to drip, or any other true solid. Glass isn't even a solid, really, but would make a closer approximation of a solid.

/closer than pitch
//farther than wood
///not a solid

This no more "proves" solids can drip than watching maple syrup, motor oil, or even water does.  Kudos to them for keeping it going so long, that is definitely cool, but the science... is missing.


Interesting observation, considering your handle. These are scientists, ya know. What they say is science, by definition.

/not proven, but science
//thanks for dropping in
 
2014-04-18 05:43:59 PM  

Uzzah: JC22: Pitch Perfect?

[usdailyreview.com image 850x578]

For a second, I thought that was a poster for an all-girl Saint's Row game.

And now I want an all-girl Saint's Row game.


I can see why you thought that way; lots of purple in both Saint's Row and that poster.
 
2014-04-18 05:46:53 PM  

Mikeyworld: ...And pitch is considered a solid? Not in my book. It's a collection of organic material in a plant oil base.

Now, get steel to drip, or any other true solid. Glass isn't even a solid, really, but would make a closer approximation of a solid.

/closer than pitch
//farther than wood
///not a solid


Glass is, in fact, a solid.

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/Glass/glass.html
 
2014-04-18 05:52:30 PM  

dv-ous: InterruptingQuirk: It didn't drop, it reached the matter already collected in the beaker, and then stopped. It is still attached.

Does that mean it's flowing?



The point, as I understand it, is that the distinction between what a solid is and what a liquid is is not as cut-and-dried as we generally think.

But whatever you do, don't bring up window panes.
 
2014-04-18 05:56:21 PM  
Great gig, if you can get it - kudos to their grant writer.
 
2014-04-18 05:56:38 PM  
BFD, we have known this about glass for years.

Put a micrometer at the top and at the bottom of any windowpane which has stood vertical for 100+ years.
 
2014-04-18 05:57:00 PM  

bikerbob59: Huh, even the clocks run backwards in Australia.


Heh, that reminds me of a song:

Back in Yonder's world (Norman Blake and Tony Rice)

Standing like old sentinels of some long and bygone war,
a gateway of cedar trees from home leads afar.
They say the clocks run backward,
time's banners, they stand furled.
And yesterday's tomorrow,
Back in Yonder's world.

As I awoke one morning in a ditch beside the way,
Drowned in demonic dreams and the wine of yesterday.
Thinking on my wasted life did my spirit go,
when a team of horses I did spy comin' over the road.

"Where are you travelin' sir?" I did inquire.
"Where is your wagon bound, and are you for hire?"
"Your clothes are all ragged, your shoes they are worn.
Why do you gaze on me with amusement and scorn?"

"I've traveled through the swamps my boy, and the mountains rusty red.
Up and across the great high plains my journey it has led.
Turn yourself around my boy, in the strength of your youth.
Set not upon the road of lies, but the pathway of truth."

[Guitar solo]

"We meet upon this rutted road in the grey light of day.
I'm traveling up and across the fields, you're going the wrong way."
Then speaking to his horses and lifting up the reins,
He drove between the twisted trees with a jingling of the chains.

To the summit of that grassy hill so swiftly I did go,
and gazed across the raged brush to the dusty road below.
The wagon and the tired old man nowhere could I see,
and I wondered if his yonder's world was called "Eternity".

Standing like old sentinels of some long and bygone war,
a gateway of cedar trees from home leads afar.
They say the clocks run backward,
time's banners, they stand furled.
And yesterday's tomorrow,
Back in Yonder's world.

Yes, the clocks they all run backward,
Time's banners, they stand furled.
And a man might live forever,
back in Yonder's world.


/I had to transcribe the lyrics because it would appear that nobody has yet.
 
2014-04-18 05:58:15 PM  

Geotpf: Mikeyworld: ...And pitch is considered a solid? Not in my book. It's a collection of organic material in a plant oil base.

Now, get steel to drip, or any other true solid. Glass isn't even a solid, really, but would make a closer approximation of a solid.

/closer than pitch
//farther than wood
///not a solid

Glass is, in fact, a solid.

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/Glass/glass.html


Random fact of the day: The theory that glass was not solid was due to observing very very old windows in cathedrals and the like. The panes of glass were thicker at the bottom, leading the observers to conclude that the glass, over the course of centuries, had slowly slumped down into that wedge shape. The truth of the matter, however, is that glass in the middle ages wasn't a uniform thickness, and the glaziers installing the windows weren't retarded, so they put the wide part down so that the window would be more stable.

/probably also an urban legend
 
2014-04-18 06:37:57 PM  
Screw dropping the pitch

In this thread we need to DROP THE BASS!

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-18 06:47:57 PM  
Anyone who has ever eaten at Taco Bell knows that solids can turn into liquid.
 
2014-04-18 08:29:08 PM  

phyrkrakr: Geotpf: Mikeyworld: ...And pitch is considered a solid? Not in my book. It's a collection of organic material in a plant oil base.

Now, get steel to drip, or any other true solid. Glass isn't even a solid, really, but would make a closer approximation of a solid.

/closer than pitch
//farther than wood
///not a solid

Glass is, in fact, a solid.

http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/General/Glass/glass.html

Random fact of the day: The theory that glass was not solid was due to observing very very old windows in cathedrals and the like. The panes of glass were thicker at the bottom, leading the observers to conclude that the glass, over the course of centuries, had slowly slumped down into that wedge shape. The truth of the matter, however, is that glass in the middle ages wasn't a uniform thickness, and the glaziers installing the windows weren't retarded, so they put the wide part down so that the window would be more stable.

/probably also an urban legend


It's not the middle ages. Modern sheet glass is relatively new. The old way they used to make it was to spin up a big circle and cut the rectangle they needed. This made it thinner towards the hub and thicker towards the rim. When they installed windows, they tried to put them broad side down, but y'know, it's more important just to get the windows in there.

My grandmother has a knickknack cabinet that has 20 different windows in it. At least 4 of them were thick side up.
 
2014-04-18 10:09:39 PM  
Between 1930 and 1988, one drop fell an average of every eight years, says Professor Andrew White. But "the 2000 (eighth) and 2014 (ninth) drop each took about 13 years to fall, and each collided into the decades-old pile of drops in the beaker before it could break away from the funnel," White says, explaining that the eighth drop didn't actually break free until this year.

Why the fark don't they raise the funnel up a bit so the drop can actually, you know, drop, and the intervals between drops won't be affected? Am I better at running an experiment than physicists at the University of Queensland?
 
2014-04-18 10:20:56 PM  

Uzzah: JC22: Pitch Perfect?

[usdailyreview.com image 850x578]

For a second, I thought that was a poster for an all-girl Saint's Row game.

And now I want an all-girl Saint's Row game.


They've already had one where you are President, with superpowers, in The Matrix, in space, with an Iron Man suit, and travelling through time.  What's left to do?

/ Kinzie's dance caught  everyone off-guard.
 
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