Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Way-Back Machine

Google Patents rocks. Check out the patent for the Slinky.

That's a lot of technical detail for a spring. He uses the term "amusement platform" to mean "stair." Science is fun.

10 comments:

Lee Ann said...

I haven't played with a slinky in years...awww that was fun!

Spinning Girl said...

I'm going to use "helical" 5 times in a sentence today.

All in one sentence.

slappy said...

Lee Ann: Amazing how fun a torsion spring and an amusement platform can be, huh?

Spinner: Bonus points if you can slip "motherfucker" into the same sentence.

Anonymous said...

Awesome.

Tumbleweed said...

Science is fun. I like the whole salt on the slug thing.

slappy said...

Booty is fascinated by salt on ice. At least he was at Cal. I don't know if he still is.

Booty J Patrol said...

I don't recall being fascinated by salt on ice... I like the fact that it makes it melt all funny, but I don't remember being "fascinated" by that.

Perhaps there is an event that sticks out in your mind?

slappy said...

You spent the better part of one meal in the dining commons pouring salt onto an ice cube and watching it melt, then re-freeze to the tray.

Booty J Patrol said...

Ah yes! That had little to do with the ice and salt, and much more to do with the utter boredom of waiting for one of our dining mates to finish his meal.

Spinning Girl said...

Motherfucker's fun for a girl AND a boy.