We Have the Technology

I am watching Ripley’s Believe it or Not! (only the highest quality for me) and they are going to drop the world’s largest rubber band ball from an airplane over the mojave desert (I am no physicist, but I think it is obvious that the ball will bounce back up and destroy the airplane. This is going to be amazing!).

Brilliant! Why don’t we do more things like this?! We have the desert; we have the technology!

There are all sorts of things that we could be dropping from airplanes. What happens when you drop the world’s largest batch of Jello™ from an airplane? No one knows.

Where are all the scientists?!

<update> Midnight: Yes, 45 minutes of build up before they dropped the thing.

Defying all laws of nature, and boring me to tears, the rubber band ball did not bounce up and destroy the plane that dropped it. Instead it just left a big crater and broke apart. </update>

11 responses for We Have the Technology

  1. Adam Baldwin says:

    Are these the americans that are doing this? Probabaly..it figures. It is just a matter of time before the Japanese want to create a BIGGER rubberband ball to out-do us. I will be following this on CNN closely.

    Great site!

  2. Roberto- El Barton says:

    The female host of Ripley’s, you know the blonde girl who like to show a lot of skin and use to be on Baywatch (or so I’m told) and California Dreams (first hand knowledge), well anyway, I saw her at the BYU bookstore once, no joke. I heard she was LDS (I am neither confirming nor denying a celebrity LDS rumor, just saying that I heard such rumor). And no she was not hanging out with Steve Martin, Ricky Schroeder, Lionel Ritchie, President Reagan, or Alice Cooper.

  3. Martin says:

    She is LDS – She was in Becky’s (my wife) ward in Arcata California. Becky is agast every time she see her on TV because she is married in the temple. and her hubby is a RM. no joke

  4. Josh says:

    I am more aghast by the fact that she appears to have the IQ of a rock!

  5. andrew says:

    i like when baseball players stuff their bats with superballs instead of cork. i like the kid science thinking behind it…”hmm, superballs bounce superhigh…maybe if i stuff my bat with superballs!!!”

  6. Josh says:

    You are more right than I think you know.

    I played college volleyball and some former-athlete wanna-be inventor tried to get my team to wear his new superball-derived insoles which he guaranteed would increase our vertical leaps!

    I am guessing that he went into the bat making business after that.

  7. john says:

    I can’t resist: “You have a slightly lighter bat and you’re going to hit the ball a little less far,” said retired Yale professor Robert K. Adair, the author of “Physics of http://www.freep.com/sports/baseball/horn5_20030605.htm and of course the fact that they slide in to first base…. come on, how many of the top 100 meter sprinters have you seen decide to slide headfirst across the line to get that extra speed going!

  8. What does some Yale college boy know about the manly sport of baseball!?

    He would be sitting on the bench with his uncorked bat and his PHD!

  9. Norah says:

    I saw that episode of Ripley’s a while ago… I think maybe I was watching it with Jory. We were just as disappointed. If you would have told me, I would have warned you… but no. Josh just has to do it for himself. (I just got chocolate ice cream all over my keyboard. How old am I again?)

  10. dave says:

    I thought that I had the biggest rubber band ball. This whole thing comes as a real shocker to me. I hate the world.

  11. martin says:

    I would like to see the worlds biggest weblog dropped from a plane. . . . . I’m sorry that’s not funny at all. Please look away. I’m ashamed at what I have become!