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Old 09-27-2010, 09:16 PM
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Does anyone have a Newton's Cradle that I can watch swing back and forth?
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Old 09-28-2010, 02:28 PM
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Is that 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, The Straight Dope 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?
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Old 09-28-2010, 07:39 PM
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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
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Old 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.
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Time keeps on slippin' (slippin', slippin') into the future...
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Old 10-04-2010, 01:11 PM
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Steve Miller Band! Okay, my turn:

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.

Name the band!
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The Scottish Twits!

Well, that's what Dad called them. They call themselves the Proclaimers, and boy are they fugly-looking dudes.
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Isn't it nice being in a black hole where one day feels like three months?
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Old 11-01-2010, 05:09 PM
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I bet you get a lot of chores done. I wouldn't mind a few extra hours in a day myself, frankly...
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