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Stargzer
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re: What were they thinking: do you know your Rapunzel Number?
Stargzer   10/1/2012 9:37:25 PM
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I learned long ago that carrying a cup with a spoon in it cut down on the sloshing. As a freshman basketball manager in high school one duty was to make the coach's coffee and carry it to him without spilling it on the court. The other prime task was answering when he called, "Manager! Gelusil!"

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re: What were they thinking: do you know your Rapunzel Number?
Stargzer   10/1/2012 9:30:47 PM
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It might be the cup warming up and changing pitch.

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re: What were they thinking: do you know your Rapunzel Number?
DWILSON373   9/30/2012 9:05:41 PM
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Science Friday has carried part if not all of the Ig Nobel awards on their weekly show shortly after the actual presentations. You may catch Science Friday live on Friday afternoons or via a podcast or via the AUDIO link on their web site (www.sciencefriday.com).

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re: What were they thinking: do you know your Rapunzel Number?
jonnydoin   9/29/2012 5:17:45 PM
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Hey David, that is certainly a nice simulation subject for a supercomputer. The model of the cup of tea in this experiment must be a multiphysics model that includes the ceramic cup, and analyzes the sonic wavefronts being changed by the CFD refraction interfaces.

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re: What were they thinking: do you know your Rapunzel Number?
BrianBailey   9/22/2012 8:01:42 PM
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Thanks for the heads up Gary. I will be sure to check that out!

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garydpdx   9/22/2012 3:31:00 PM
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At the risk of being a spoiler, NPR News will be covering the Ig Nobel prize on Thanksgiving weekend. Obviously for regular civilian folks less in the know ... :)

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David Ashton   9/22/2012 1:02:32 PM
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Well here is something that might earn someone a Nobel prize some day. When you stir a cup of tea or coffee, there is a slight but noticeable change in the pitch of the noise the spoon makes on the cup as you start stirring. Why?

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re: What were they thinking: do you know your Rapunzel Number?
seaEE   9/22/2012 3:44:52 AM
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I believe one of the prizes given out this year was for studying the motion of coffee sloshing around in a mug that is being carried down a hallway, probably on a calibrated carpet. Now this is truly noble science and should probably hence be called Igignoble instead. This is something most people do every day and want to know the best way to carry the cup walk and maybe what tune to whistle (Java Jive, probably) to keep the coffee calm. And then of course if you have successfully carried the cup to your office like me, without a spill, while you are breathing a sigh of relief it will finally slop generously over the side as you set it down on your desk. Yep, it never fails. Big puddle of coffee on the desk.

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BrianBailey   9/22/2012 12:55:31 AM
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But David - their research did not include understanding the behavior of a ponytail in the armpit! This is so much more advanced!!

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re: What were they thinking: do you know your Rapunzel Number?
David Ashton   9/21/2012 11:55:35 PM
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From your descriptions Brian it seems the human race has not advanced much in the past year...?? Whenever I hear of Rapunzel I always think of the great Don Martin of Mad Magazine and his take on the tale: http://butisitcanon.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/great-don-martin-2-rapunzel-and.html (And scroll down a bit)

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