Archive for the 'Fun' Category

Fun with Physics

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Physics Girl: Bizarre Spinning Toys. (YouTube, 5:23)

“Spinning toys and tops have unusual behaviors. The famous tippe top flips itself over and spins on its stem. The PhiTOP stands up on its end, which you can also do with a hard-boiled egg. These behaviors all have to do with torque and angular momentum, like a bicycle wheel precessing around a rope due to gyroscopic behavior.”

Dancing water droplets in an air bubble inside a water bubble in space

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Smarter Every Day 160: The WALKING WATER Mystery (in SPACE and SLOW MOTION!). (YouTube, 12min)

Destin Sandlin explains why you often see water droplets dance or bounce on the surface of water instead of coalescence occurs.

This video features astronaut Don Pettit, who did a cool experiment in space: He attached a big water bubble to a speaker, then inserted an air bubble into it. When he played cello music (by Yo-Yo Ma) through the speaker, little water droplets would detach from the water and bounce around inside the air bubble. You can see it in the above video starting right here.

Dancing his way around the World

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Where the Heck is Matt? 2016 edition (YouTube, 3min)

Matt Hardings other videos on YouTube, and his website Where the Heck is Matt.

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The original song is from 1995.

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The Late Late Show with James Corden: Alanis Morissette Updates ‘Ironic’ Lyrics. (YouTube, 3min)

“You don’t have to be a quilter – or own a barn!”

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

“A barn quilt is a quilt block which is painted on a barn.” Read all about them by following the links in this post:

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I think I need to seek some of these out on my next trip to the US.