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(Metro)   If you need to get out of a bad boardroom meeting in your high-rise office, this is the way to go   ( divider line
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2013-05-08 06:25:15 AM  

Insurgent: swingerofbirches: In 6th grade, we had an assignment where we had to invent a device capable of carrying an egg to safety from the top of our 3-story school building.

Unlike everyone else, I didn't use a parachute.

And it worked perfectly.

Here's how I did it (and I didn't get any help):

I took a large sour cream container and dumped out the sour cream and then washed it out.

Next, I took that type of netting that comes around turkeys. I poked a hole in both the center of the lid of the sour cream container and the center of the bottom of it. I pulled the netting through each hole and tied a knot on the side with the lid. I then placed the egg in the said netting.

I pinched off an area both above and below the egg in the netting that formed a cocoon for the egg. Basically, the egg ended up being suspended in the netting once I pulled the string through the other side of the container and tied a knot.

If you dropped it, it couldn't hit any of the sides of the container.

But as a fail safe, I also put packing peanuts in around it.

The egg survived.

My point is: why can't we do this for a human?

/I'd like to re-iterate I didn't get any help. It's something I can hold onto. And also this was before the WWW, no looking things up online. I did it all by myself.

you just dumped the sour cream into the trash?

All by myself.

I can't re-iterate that point enough.

This was not one of those projects where your dad is some engineer and is secretly orchestrating the whole thing. Every single idea was mine.
2013-05-08 06:51:48 AM  

swingerofbirches: My point is: why can't we do this for a human?

For the container to have enough crumple zones "space" for that to work on a human it would be prohibitively big, and the container would have to be soemthing so strong that it would likely trap you upon landing.

swingerofbirches: /I'd like to re-iterate I didn't get any help. It's something I can hold onto.

You mihgt want to let that go...
2013-05-08 06:53:16 AM  
2013-05-08 07:52:37 AM  
I used to have an AS400 get me out of meetings. I wrote a quick ATDT program with my pager number. I would then have ROBOT schedule to call me 5 minutes in to the meeting and 15 minutes in to the meeting. I gave them 5 minutes because they served refreshments. As soon as the boss's boss started his BS, my pager would go off, I'd look at it and moan. I would go to the phone and call my desk. After a couple of rings, I would tell nobody "If it doesn't come back in ten minutes call me. I am in a very important meeting." Ten minutes later, I was free from the boss's boss's bloviating.

I also had the AS400 call me at 5 am every morning, Monday through Friday and on the first Saturday of every month (end of month processing). Since I submitted it in to ROBOT as SYSADMIN (or SYSOPR), I continued to get a wake up call even after I left the company. Then I changed phone numbers. I often wonder if someone still gets a 5 AM call from a computer.
2013-05-08 07:56:36 AM  
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Remember, Mindy. When we get to the ground, you owe us a Devil's Tricycle.
2013-05-08 08:17:59 AM  

tenpoundsofcheese: Nice!
It is getting dusty in here.

What the fark are you now crying about?
2013-05-08 08:30:13 AM  
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Also, everyone who sits in one of these gets to go first, to create a nice, soft place for everyone else to land.
2013-05-08 08:35:27 AM  
Well this is old; there were a lot of these after 9/11
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