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(New Scientist)   Spherical bubbles in beer diverge light because the air they contain has a lower refractive index than the surrounding fluid   ( divider line
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2003-03-26 07:45:20 PM  
Best. Use. Of. Scientific. Method. Ever.
2003-03-26 08:18:12 PM  
2003-03-26 08:27:02 PM  
Yeah, no shiat
2003-03-26 08:58:18 PM  
Someone missed out on high school physics...
2003-03-26 10:41:59 PM  
I'll do research if they need volunteers.
2003-03-26 11:12:05 PM  
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2003-03-27 04:09:56 AM  
Interesting? This is a basic principle of the physics of light. Sheesh-ka-bob!
2003-03-27 04:11:18 AM  
Cold fusion in a glass....of Guiness!
2003-03-27 04:11:53 AM  
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This guy invented carbonated beer
2003-03-27 04:13:08 AM  
I always thought this was true, yet I lacked research to back it up.
2003-03-27 04:15:49 AM  
Plus, beer, as a liquid, takes the shape of its container!!

Strange but true. What a wonderous substance.
2003-03-27 04:23:05 AM  
I like bubbles.
2003-03-27 04:23:16 AM  
Besides spherical, what other shapes do bubble come in?
2003-03-27 04:23:51 AM funny I forgot to laugh. I've just realized farkers are nothing more than a bunch of pussy liberal WANNABE french.
2003-03-27 04:24:13 AM  
That explains it.
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2003-03-27 04:26:17 AM  
As long as it gets me drunk and stops the voices in my head, I dont care.
2003-03-27 04:35:39 AM  
Sure enough, GIS turns up a square bubble. Who'd have thunk it?
2003-03-27 04:37:23 AM  
OK, I guess that the jpg was too big of a file for some reason.
You'll just have to take my word for it or click right here
2003-03-27 04:42:57 AM  
Well, thank you Professor Obvious.
2003-03-27 04:44:35 AM  
Andonbray Teardrop and Oblate Spheroid.

and cubic...

and quite a few other irregular polyhedra, I suppose.
2003-03-27 04:45:07 AM  
I'm still waiting for my free bottle opener from

/drums fingers on desk
2003-03-27 04:46:45 AM  
"In the interests of science I poured myself a Guinness..."

i'm writing that one down, it's new.
2003-03-27 04:48:51 AM  
Out of topic: How do you kill the "death destroyer" (that big black thing that shoots out the little big penile commets please) on the game Belter? please help.
2003-03-27 04:52:05 AM  
03-27-03 04:44:35 AM Lindseyp
Teardrop and Oblate Spheroid.
and cubic...
and quite a few other irregular polyhedra, I suppose.

Polyhedra? Oblate? Neeeeeeeeeerd! :-p
2003-03-27 04:53:19 AM  
I'm guessing Wldncrzy don't get around much.
2003-03-27 04:58:26 AM  
I'm guessing Wldncrzy don't get around much.

Leave him alone. I've never been to polyhedra either.
2003-03-27 05:03:20 AM  
why would Jay-zee wan't to live in the mother country when he could reside here?
2003-03-27 05:07:48 AM  
Who prefers Cold Flow Guinness to ordinary?

In Ireland we have a choice :)

However I prefer Oyster Beer - check it out if your local stocks it.
2003-03-27 05:11:00 AM  
Can't wait til the next time I'm pissed, sitting around with my fellow alcoholics, so I can whip that headline on them.
Hope there's some hot chicks nearby, so I can say it just loud enough for them to hear.
Impress your pals. Get laid.
Who'd have thought science would ever produce something this useful?
2003-03-27 05:12:06 AM  
i like the ole "car bomb shot". have you had one? Funny you say that cause I'm drunk on the Guinnes as I type. T. Blair for president, I'm out.
2003-03-27 05:18:38 AM  
Tatum If you can get laid by quoting basic high school physics, then those same sluts would probably screw you for barfing on their shows while gurgling "hey, nice rack hizzo!" with your regurgitated tv dinner

however if you DO decide to *cough* "score" with such loose and braindead farkholes, use protetion so you don't get "teh AIDS"
2003-03-27 05:19:18 AM  
It disturbs me to see "diverge" take a direct object.

Anyway, the reason simple bubbles are nearly spherical is because the skin pulls together, minimizing the surface area- but whatever's inside the bubble (the air or whatever) pushes the bubble out. A sphere has the least surface area for a given volume. Nobody asked, but I'd feel silly just posting the verb thing.
2003-03-27 05:19:28 AM  
shows = shoes
2003-03-27 05:22:21 AM  
Kolacky when did you order it? I ordered one maybe a year ago and got it a month later. Hanging on my fridge right now, actually.
2003-03-27 05:24:51 AM  
I love this line: Needless to say, to ensure reproducibility the experiment was repeated several times.

As far as the opener, I got an email a few weeks ago saying they ran out and would be getting more soon.
2003-03-27 05:25:06 AM  
Beer! Yeah!

Drunk! Yeah!

That. Is. All.
2003-03-27 05:26:00 AM  
"Still no cure for cancer!" :-/
2003-03-27 05:40:35 AM  
I think that's "divert" Professor

Maybe too much beer...
2003-03-27 05:40:56 AM  
hey guys! i like beer!

2003-03-27 05:43:25 AM  
2003-03-27 05:44:18 AM  
Well said.
2003-03-27 05:45:03 AM  
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2003-03-27 05:51:19 AM  
JoeCamelToe: Cold fusion in a glass....of Guiness!

Funny you should mention that. Scientists are experimenting with sonoluminescence as a possible means to exploring cold fusion. Sonoluminescence is the tendency of some liquids to give off a bright flash of light when sound waves bombard bubbles in the liquid causing the bubbles to collapse. They've had great success with deuterated acetone, and...

...what? Why did it get so silent all of the sudden? Why are you looking at me like that?

/*geek mode off
2003-03-27 06:00:26 AM  
I don't buy beer for its refractive qualities. Besides, your average Farker drinks from a brown bag in the carpark of their local shopping mall, so the laws of optics are somewhat nullified.
2003-03-27 06:01:30 AM  
03-27-03 04:09:56 AM

Interesting? This is a basic principle of the physics of light. Sheesh-ka-bob!

Yeah well I don't see you finding out shiat like this! People always trying to step and then getting their shiat ruined.
2003-03-27 06:06:47 AM  

If you're going to be a grammar nazi, a least be right. Diverge is also a transitive verb - see the link:
2003-03-27 06:06:48 AM  
Kristjan likes sigur ros.
2003-03-27 06:08:29 AM  
This doesn't affect me, as my favourite tipple, Tesco's Own Brand Cooking Sherry, doesn;t have bubbles.

/second bottle of the day
2003-03-27 06:23:51 AM  
And the obvious prize goes to....
Next revelation: Why liquid comes out of a glass when it is turned upside down. Still no cure for cancer.
2003-03-27 06:26:44 AM  
thank you captain obvious. stupidist. link. ever.
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