Sunday, November 30, 2014

FCP stories for December 2014

December 2014 stories at FCP: (1) Do you need a gift idea? Here is musical wineglass with the required fill levels marked on the side for several of the musical notes. I use stout in my glass and then rub the rim with a wet finger. Lovely. (And the music is good too.) (2) Upward streamers in an electric storm is a little-known way that someone can die, more likely that a direct hit by lightning. (3) Floaters in your eye --- those little spots that float around in your field of view. (4) Techniques for standing or walking in a strong, gusty wind --- they work sometimes but frequently fail in amusing ways.

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Saturday, November 01, 2014

FCP stories for November 2014

November 2014 stories at the FCP main site: (1) The traditional physics demonstration of a ball moving through a vertical loop-the-loop has graduated to real-life examples involving waterslides, motorcycles, skateboards, and cars. It has now been done by someone simply running into the loop! (2) The hula hoop toy has also graduated into beautiful dance routines and not-so-beautiful hooping with a heavy truck tire. (3) Some materials become semitransparent when wet, which has now been employed in children’s coloring books. My granddaughter Olive is using one in the photo. (4) Pub trick: somehow getting a spoon into a mug without picking either up.
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