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Nate the Great 09-27-2010 09:16 PM

Does anyone have a Newton's Cradle that I can watch swing back and forth?

evay 09-28-2010 02:28 PM

Is <i>that</i> what it's called? wow, I never knew. I mean, how do you Google that? "swinging balls on strings perpetual motion machine"?

...ooh, actually, that does give you the name. 8) Google rocks! Well, okay, <i>The Straight Dope</i> rocks. I actually found TSD via their books, which my best friend lent me in college, and was delighted to find the column on the web. It's a little like TVTropes for trivia buffs.

Speaking of TVTropes, why isn't there one for The Wacky Aunt, aka Auntie Mame? Or am I looking under the wrong keywords? I'm up to S3 of Eureka, and Carter's wacky sister just came to town. She reminds me a lot of Jess's flaky mom from Gilmore Girls, and they're not a big leap from Lwaxana Troi (whose portrayer, Majel, noted that she deliberately played her as "Auntie Mame in space"). Doesn't the crazy aunt/goofy uncle have a trope name?

Nate the Great 09-28-2010 07:39 PM

I'm not sure where I first saw the name "Newton's Cradle," but it was probably in a store.

If you want to see one being microwaved, go here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWZhNsuqGvM

Tate 09-28-2010 10:40 PM

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Well, okay, The Straight Dope rocks.
Yeah, that can be good reading.

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She reminds me a lot of Jess's flaky mom from Gilmore Girls, and they're not a big leap from Lwaxana Troi (whose portrayer, Majel, noted that she deliberately played her as "Auntie Mame in space").
Huh. I watched "Auntie Mame" once. Never noticed the similarities between her and Lwaxana, though.
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I'm not sure where I first saw the name "Newton's Cradle," but it was probably in a store.

If you want to see one being microwaved, go here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWZhNsuqGvM
Interesting. Of course, I'd say the answer to "Is it a good idea to microwave this" is 'no' unless it's food. If you ask my dad, the answer is 'no' even if it is food. Especially if it's pizza.

Nate the Great 10-04-2010 09:54 AM

Time keeps on slippin' (slippin', slippin') into the future...

evay 10-04-2010 01:11 PM

Steve Miller Band! Okay, my turn:

<i>An' I would walk five hundred miles, an' I would walk five hundred more, just to be the man who walks a thousand miles to fall down at your door.</i>

Name the band!

Sa'ar Chasm 10-05-2010 12:52 AM

The Scottish Twits!

Well, that's what Dad called them. They call themselves the Proclaimers, and boy are they fugly-looking dudes.

Chancellor Valium 10-17-2010 09:23 AM

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Originally Posted by evay (Post 78053)
Steve Miller Band!

Now leader of the opposition in the UK...

Nate the Great 10-30-2010 04:30 PM

Isn't it nice being in a black hole where one day feels like three months?

evay 11-01-2010 05:09 PM

I bet you get a <i>lot</i> of chores done. I wouldn't mind a few extra hours in a day myself, frankly...


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