Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Thought Experiment

For years I've wondered if I could survive falling out of an airplane if I did so while riding inside a giant rubber ball with an Earl-shaped space in the centre. I guess there would have to be enough "give" inside the ball to absorb the impact. Maybe the centre would be a big empty space and I'd be secured to bungee cords in the middle? How many times would I bounce before coming to a halt if I were dropped from parachuting altitude? Would it be safer if I were pushed out of the plane and rolled down a mountainside?

I know, I know, it's ridiculous and I'd be killed. But it's fun to think about.

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