Sunday, December 01, 2013
The December stories at the main FCP site: (1) After decades of drinking beer from bottles, I finally noticed a peculiar spotting effect on the underside of the bottle caps, especially visible with dark beer. (2) The blind spots in a car’s mirror can easily hide another car or (as seen in the video) something far more valuable. (3) A visual effect I have never seen previously: the shadow of a hair in sunlight is diffuse and vague but move the hair and the shadow becomes dark and distinct. (4) Water is heavy and when dumped onto a forest fire or other objects must be released carefully. Here is an example where tons of water are suddenly pour out.main FCP site FCP Facebook
Friday, November 01, 2013
November FCP stories
November stories at the main FCP site: (1) Caught in a snow avalanche, you can avoid being buried by immediately inflating a special balloon that surrounds your head and torso. (2) The Kaye effect, in which a falling stream of shampoo can leap up from the mound it forms on a hard surface, has finally been explained. (3) The sounds of “snap, crackle, and pop” made by Rice Krispies breakfast cereal when milk is poured into the bowl. (4) Pub trick: can you lift a shot glass (containing liquid) with just your palm and without using your fingers?
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
October stories at the FCP main site
October stories at the main FCP site: (1) At night, an sand scorpion uses waves in the sand to precisely locate a beetle (for lunch). (2) The canal effect, in which the passage of a ship on a waterway can drain an adjoining canal and then rapidly refill it (to the dismay of the fish). (3) If it weren’t for mass dampers, people living or working in tall buildings would have motion sickness every time the wind would blow. (4) Pub trick: grab three table knives and then place three pub glasses at the corners of an isosceles triangle, separated by a distance greater than a knife length. Can you balance the knives on the glasses and then a wine bottle on top of the knives?www.flyingcircusofphysics.com
Sunday, September 01, 2013
September 2013 stories at The Flying Circus of Physics
September stories at the main FCP site: (1) Sparking and discharging associated with helicopters, (2) acoustic shadows in which very loud battle sounds are not heard, (3) solar images beneath a tree, (4) pub trick: sticking a can of Red Bull to your hand. The photograph here is copyrighted by Michael Yon.Main FCP site
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
August 2013 at Flying Circus of Physics
The August stories at the main FCP site: (1) Death by bunk bed. (2) Can you hide your shadow? (3) A long chain siphons itself out of a container and mysteriously rises into the air on its own. (4) Pub trick of sticking a beverage can to your hand so firmly that you can pour out its contents by tilting your hand.
Monday, July 01, 2013
July 2013 stories at The Flying Circus of Physics
The July stories at the main FCP site: (1) the impossible stairwell, where you walk up the stairs in order to reach the bottom, (2) Groucho walking and running, and the duck walk of Chuck Berry, (3) a platypus hunts by detecting the tiny electrical signals of the nerve impulses of the shrimp it startles into motion, (4) pub trick of the month: a bridge of coins extending off a table’s edge and then back again.FCP main site
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The June stories at the main FCP site: (1) heating and exploding in a microwave oven (don’t repeat these demonstrations); (2) bow-wave riding by porpoise and dolphin; (3) silly demonstration of torques using two adjacent escalators, one up and one down; (4) pub trick involving twisting your hands around a rod---easy until you try it.