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From:kierthos
Date:November 3rd, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
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That is both hilarious and horrible.
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From:trotfox
Date:November 3rd, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
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So, when are we going to try it?
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From:kierthos
Date:November 3rd, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, I have this thing against animal cruelty. Yes, I found this video clip funny, but I would never actually do something like that.

Mind you, I'm wondering if the squirrel landed safely and wonder what it must have been thinking.
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From:trotfox
Date:November 3rd, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm not into hurting anything myself. I have been known to shed tears over broken birds beside the roadway.

The think is that I can't see this hurting a squirrel. Those bastards launch themselves between trees and occasionally MISS. I'm not actually hot to give something like this a try but I have a mental image of the squirrel landing, running up the nearest tree, looking around for a minute, then going off to find the nut he was catapulted with.
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From:anivair
Date:November 3rd, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
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animals that small almost always land safely. they don't have enough mass to do themselves a lot of harm (when you factor in wind resistance). You can, for example, drop a field mouse from orbit and it'll land just fine (barring re-entry flames).

then again, depending on how tight that catapult was wound, it may have been moving faster than it should have. But I think it's at least possible to set up a trap like that which wouldn't harm the animal.

Either way, it's funny.
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From:ladyfox7oaks
Date:November 3rd, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
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American or European?
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From:twiin
Date:November 4th, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
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Geosynchronous or geostationary?
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From:hypatiasghost
Date:November 4th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
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You can, for example, drop a field mouse from orbit and it'll land just fine (barring re-entry flames).

Even with that caveat, source or show your work?
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From:dglenn
Date:November 4th, 2009 04:56 am (UTC)
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IIRC, terminal velocity for an adult human (in Earth gravity / Earth atmosphere) is around 70 MPH spread-eagle and around double that in a streamlined diving posture ... but I'm taking no bets on how long it'd take me to determine whether the terminal velocity of a squirrel or mouse is posted anywhere on the web. A brief Google search showed a lot of guesswork, but I didn't see any numbers. The only thing that seems certain is that it'll be a heck of a lot slower than for humans.

But surely somebody must have measured this at some point, right?

(Now I'm wondering ... if a hirsute human does three jumps, one clothed, one naked, and one naked and shaved, will the speed difference between the three trials e noticeable? Oh, wait ... can't do properly-naked, because he needs to be wearing a parachute, and the 'chute pack + harness will change the drag coefficient. I guess it'll have to be a wind-tunnel test instead of skydiving.)

So I suspect that the field mouse assertion is correct, but I too would like to see the numbers.
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From:ed_dirt
Date:November 3rd, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
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what's that in the reflection in the sliding door?
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From:theweaselking
Date:November 3rd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
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That's not a reflection. That's a hand with scissors, on the inside, cutting the string and triggering the trap.
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From:missysedai
Date:November 3rd, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
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Jack would be so pissed if I took this up, instead of leaving the squirrels for him to chase.
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From:gothpanda
Date:November 3rd, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
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oh poor squirrely. Well he's probably fine wherever he is now, and much more wary of collanders (or is that a laundry hamper?)
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From:madfishmonger
Date:November 3rd, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
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That's so mean!
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From:anton_p_nym
Date:November 3rd, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
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POING-NGNGNG!

-- Steve finds the video hypnotic. Bordering on cruel, yes, but strangely hypnotic even so.
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From:dgg
Date:November 3rd, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Well, at least this flight has a complimentary snack….
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From:opaqueplanet
Date:November 3rd, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
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indeed, a better flight than most major airlines will give you
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From:ladyfox7oaks
Date:November 3rd, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Oh gods.. I so want to see the other angle on this- like where he landed, how far he went, what he did after that!
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From:trotfox
Date:November 3rd, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
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YES!
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From:frandroid
Date:January 1st, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
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See video link in later entry.
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From:caerlas
Date:November 4th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
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Apparently the squirrel doesn't learn it's lesson:
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From:caerlas
Date:November 4th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
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Is linking disabled or did I just screw up the code? Oh well, copy/paste.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3Ya6z-NlDo&feature=related
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From:theweaselking
Date:November 4th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
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Neither. You had what looks like a proper a href link.... and then nothing *inside* the Anchor tag to actually provide the thing for people to click on.
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From:guy_todd
Date:November 4th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
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A friend pointed me to this entry...as someone who has watched most of his expen$ive birdseed go down those greedy grey gullets, I say BRAVO! Join your cousins the flying squirrels!
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From:atlasimpure
Date:November 7th, 2009 06:03 pm (UTC)

Whirrrrr!!!

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It's better with cats.

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