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rogue 2005-06-24 01:32

Perceptual "Funny" link thread
 
We have a thread on interesting links. How about a thread on funny links. Here's one that had my laughing out loud and got me funny stares from my wife until she saw it at which time she broke out laughing as well:

[url]http://tcruiseko.ytmnd.com/[/url]

99.94 2005-06-25 08:29

[url]http://www.kleinkleckersdorf.de/gif/hase/refresh.jpg[/url]

jinydu 2005-06-25 09:11

[url]http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050625/ap_on_fe_st/key_swallowed;_ylt=AqurN1Xk83P.UhE4zm3C4x_tiBIF;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl[/url]

[url]http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=8863493&src=rss/oddlyEnoughNews[/url]

Numbers 2005-06-26 08:24

[url]http://99-bottles-of-beer.net/abc.html[/url]

garo 2005-06-30 12:44

[url]http://www.733kru.org/~pltxtra/captain_win.wmv[/url]

gribozavr 2005-07-01 16:24

[QUOTE=Numbers][url]http://99-bottles-of-beer.net/abc.html[/url][/QUOTE]
[url]http://www.roesler-ac.de/wolfram/hello.htm[/url]

gribozavr 2005-07-08 17:17

The link itself: [url]http://www.mozilla.org/docs/web-developer/samples/kitchensink.xml[/url]

The full story: [url]https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=kitchensink[/url]

Mystwalker 2005-07-11 09:59

I like this version best: [url]https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/attachment.cgi?id=86945[/url]

Reading that thread, I also found this nice RFC: [url]http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc2324.html[/url]

E_tron 2005-07-13 06:09

[url]http://www.mutato.com/[/url]

The site isn't funny, it's the sounds that go with it.

gribozavr 2005-07-14 16:40

[QUOTE=Mystwalker]Reading that thread, I also found this nice RFC: [url]http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc2324.html[/url][/QUOTE]

The whole (?) list of humorous RFCs: [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_1st_RFCs[/url]
I like this one: [url]http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2100.txt[/url]

gribozavr 2005-07-26 16:48

[url]http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=6995#1[/url]

gribozavr 2005-07-26 21:28

9009|3 1/\/ |33+ -- google in leet :)
[url]http://www.google.com/intl/xx-hacker/[/url]

ET_ 2005-07-27 18:46

[url]http://koti.mbnet.fi/at3/404.htm[/url]

OmbooHankvald 2005-07-28 09:17

[url]http://www.psyclops.com/translator/[/url]

gribozavr 2005-07-28 16:57

[url]http://www.gcfl.net/missing.html[/url]

gribozavr 2005-07-28 17:34

[url]http://web.archive.org/web/20050726130507/http://www.bedope.com/contests/five.jpg[/url]

(CP/M emulator running inside a Mac emulator, inside an MS-DOS prompt, inside
a Windows emulator, inside *another* Mac emulator, inside BeOS.)

gribozavr 2005-07-31 13:31

BeOS has the is_computer_on_fire() function:
[url]http://www.tycomsystems.com/beos/BeBook/The%20Kernel%20Kit/System.html[/url]

99.94 2005-08-17 08:41

I know Macs are desirable, even ageing ones, but this is insane!

[url]http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/050816/computer_frenzy.html[/url]

E_tron 2005-09-15 05:25

[url]http://www.markfiore.com/animation/petro.html[/url]

Mark Fiore has done it again, yet another stellar cartoon :bow: .

gribozavr 2005-09-30 17:06

Google mirror -- [url]http://elgoog.rb-hosting.de/index.cgi[/url]

&amp 2005-09-30 17:36

:question: ...egap eht fo mottob eht no sdda egnarts eseht ot derrefer d'uoy ebyaM .taht tuoba ynnuf s'tahw dnatsrednu t'noD

akruppa 2006-01-24 19:04

Time to revive this thread.

Heavy metal cat: [url]http://www.sr-welt.de/19-01-2006.metalcat.wmv[/url]

Alex

victor 2006-01-24 21:17

[url]http://www.bryantchoung.com/archives/2005/12/dont_leach_band.shtml[/url]

gribozavr 2006-04-01 12:35

New service from Google:

[URL="http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2006/04/cupids-algorithms.html"]Google Romance[/URL]

99.94 2006-04-28 03:12

A lively day in Northern Oz:
[url]http://au.news.yahoo.com/060428/21/yr69.html[/url]

edorajh 2006-05-02 19:35

[URL="http://www.instantdegrees.com/mainframepage.html"]http://www.instantdegrees.com/mainframepage.html[/URL]


:w00t: :w00t: :w00t:

99.94 2006-05-05 03:10

It seems these days nothing is safe from litigation, not even in the Royal Courts of Justice. This is a decision of the England & Wales Court of Appeal. Look at the first two paragraphs for a bit of judicial wit.

[url]http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2005/1773.html[/url]

edorajh 2006-05-05 21:19

[URL="http://www.timecube.com"]http://www.timecube.com[/URL]

:surprised :huh: :confused: :shock:

victor 2006-05-15 21:54

[url]http://shelleytherepublican.com/2006/04/linux-european-threat-to-our-computers.html[/url]

:D

grandpascorpion 2006-05-15 21:58

Computer Help Desk Calls
 
[url]http://funny2.com/computer.htm[/url]

Comedy gold :smile:

victor 2006-05-31 14:38

[URL="http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Main_Page"]Uncyclopedia, parody of Wikipedia[/URL]
:D
a good one : [url]http://uncyclopedia.org/wiki/Switzerland[/url]

akruppa 2006-06-09 22:44

[url]http://winterson.com/2005/06/episode-iii-backstroke-of-west.html[/url]

philmoore 2006-06-09 23:58

Mixing Mentos and Diet Coke:

[url]http://eepybird.com/dcm1.html[/url]

akruppa 2006-06-10 09:07

[QUOTE=philmoore]Mixing Mentos and Diet Coke:

[url]http://eepybird.com/dcm1.html[/url][/QUOTE]

I have [I]got[/I] to try that!

Alex

akruppa 2006-06-29 11:57

[URL=http://www.mundstuhl.de/filme/germans.html]We're Germans[/URL]

Groovy.

Alex

akruppa 2006-07-17 20:38

This monkey is insane.

[url]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8811551493740102634[/url]

Alex

Wacky 2006-07-24 20:05

A picture is worth ...
 
[URL="http://www.ad-awards.com/commercials/selection/canal_+/commercials-208.html"]La marche de l'empereur[/URL]

gribozavr 2006-08-18 00:23

Things you might not know about Bruce Schneier

[url]http://geekz.co.uk/schneierfacts/facts/top[/url]

Oops, excuse me... :blush:
Jeff Gilchrist posted this link in the "Interesting Link" thread. I just got it on IRC though ;)

ET_ 2006-09-09 23:08

[QUOTE=ewmayer;86541][url=http://www.snopes.com/business/names/powergen.asp]Inadvertently Funny Domain Names[/url]

Note that the "False" tag in the snopes.com article header does *not* mean that the domain name in question never existed - if you read to the bottom you'll see that in fact it was used, but by an Italian rather than an English power company - apparently the Italian company in question has since changed it.[/QUOTE]

Here it is :blush:

[url]http://www.batterychargerpowergen.it/indexitalia.html[/url]

And also

[url]http://www.powergenitalia.com/[/url]

It was a hoax, as referred on "The Register":

[url]http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/comments/614/[/url]

And better than this one:

[url]http://www.whorepresents.com/[/url] :whistle:

Luigi

Mystwalker 2006-09-10 10:05

[QUOTE=ET_;86723]It was a hoax, as referred on "The Register":

[url]http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/comments/614/[/url][/QUOTE]


IPanywhere.com <-- yikes!

Mini-Geek 2006-09-11 17:35

[url]http://www.rinkworks.com/stupid/[/url]

Mystwalker 2006-09-11 19:40

[url]http://www.thedailywtf.com[/url]

Uncwilly 2006-10-30 20:50

[URL="http://alumni.imsa.edu/~freakyjo/mathjokes.html"]http://alumni.imsa.edu/~freakyjo/mathjokes.html[/URL]

Xyzzy 2006-11-01 03:50

[url]http://www.tiffman.com/bork.cgi?url=http://www.mersenneforum.org/[/url]

E_tron 2006-12-26 07:34

hey, this cant die yet:

[url]http://w3schools.com/downloadwww.htm[/url]

cheesehead 2007-01-18 22:54

"Language Log: Is it down cigar head can pull out necessary?"

[url]http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004027.html[/url]

E_tron 2007-01-31 21:17

error 404, anybody?

[url]http://www.laurasteele.net/404please[/url]

hhh 2007-03-05 12:25

[url]http://adultsheepfinder.com/[/url]

hhh 2007-03-13 22:46

[url]http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/365143[/url]

Trans-cen-den-tal.

cheesehead 2007-03-29 04:58

[URL]http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=413099[/URL]

The Straight Dope message board:

"I didn't pay for First Class just to sit next to a dead body!"

Xyzzy 2007-03-29 13:00

[url]http://www.glowfoto.com/viewimage.php?y=2007&m=03&img=28-095005L&t=jpg&rand=4529&srv=img3[/url]

Patrick123 2007-03-29 13:50

Moderator notice: NSFW warning. Remove NSFW from link to view.

[URL="http://www.NSFWblessedherbs.com/?sp=internal-cleansing&gclid=CLa05NiOmosCFQqgYgodZ3sQDQ"]http://www.NSFWblessedherbs.com/?sp=internal-cleansing&gclid=CLa05NiOmosCFQqgYgodZ3sQDQ[/URL]

:sick: :sick: :sick:

ET_ 2007-03-29 13:57

[QUOTE=Patrick123;102395][URL="http://www.blessedherbs.com/?sp=internal-cleansing&gclid=CLa05NiOmosCFQqgYgodZ3sQDQ"]http://www.blessedherbs.com/?sp=internal-cleansing&gclid=CLa05NiOmosCFQqgYgodZ3sQDQ[/URL]

:sick: :sick: :sick:[/QUOTE]

[SIZE="7"][COLOR="Red"]MODERATOR![/COLOR][/SIZE]

grandpascorpion 2007-03-29 14:38

[COLOR="DarkRed"][SIZE="7"]DON'T CLICK ON PATRICK'S LINK[/SIZE][/COLOR]

Partrick: Are you familiar with the acronym NSFW?

===========================================

The Complete Bushisms
[url]http://slate.msn.com/id/76886/[/url]

Including some recent ones.

Patrick123 2007-03-29 21:05

My sincerest apologies!!! Please moderator remove my posting.

kuratkull 2007-03-29 22:23

It's a cute link :sick:

But maybe a mod would add "NSFW" infront of the link. :)

Mystwalker 2007-03-30 13:14

[url]http://www.ragrap.com/index.php/david-hasselhoff-videos-2/[/url]

akruppa 2007-03-30 13:24

[QUOTE=ET_;102396][SIZE="7"][COLOR="Red"]MODERATOR![/COLOR][/SIZE][/QUOTE]

Shouting in big and red font doesn't work. However, clicking "Report post" works.

It was purely by chance I saw this.

Btw, since I'm at work, I won't click the link so I can't tell how bad it is. Someone please describe what's lurking there so I can remove the post, if necessary.

Alex

Patrick123 2007-03-30 15:17

[QUOTE=akruppa;102492]Shouting in big and red font doesn't work. However, clicking "Report post" works.

It was purely by chance I saw this.

Btw, since I'm at work, I won't click the link so I can't tell how bad it is. Someone please describe what's lurking there so I can remove the post, if necessary.

Alex[/QUOTE]

It is Poo Pic's which when I first opened, I laughed and said how could these people do it! But on further reflection, I was too hasty to do such a thing..

Once again my apologies to all those I offended:cry: :cry: :cry:

Patrick

ET_ 2007-03-30 17:10

[QUOTE=akruppa;102492]Shouting in big and red font doesn't work. However, clicking "Report post" works.

It was purely by chance I saw this.

Btw, since I'm at work, I won't click the link so I can't tell how bad it is. Someone please describe what's lurking there so I can remove the post, if necessary.

Alex[/QUOTE]

:grin:
I'm not offended at all by that link, and won't ask to remove it.
I just wanted to show how astonished I was, sorry.

Luigi

ET_ 2007-03-31 10:18

[QUOTE=ewmayer;102547]Amazing technology, this - You can find anyone who has a working mobile
phone, anywhere in the world, at anytime using the GPS triangulation
circuitry built into almost all modern cellphones - check it out here,
enter the phone # of a friend (or spouse, if you're the jealous type).
Note that this needs your browser to have an Adobe Flash plugin installed:

[url]http://www.sat-gps-locate.com/[/url]

Frickin' amazing stuff.
(And somewhat scary, from a privacy perspective)[/QUOTE]

I already tested it some days ago.

It showed people I was searching living 600 Km far from where they really were.

But I'm living in Italy, where every target is 600 Km far from where it should be... :grin: So I suppose it works fine.


Luigi

99.94 2007-04-03 09:51

I was horrified, until I noticed the date the story was posted.
[url]http://www.decanter.com/news/114789.html[/url]

potonono 2007-04-04 00:14

I enjoyed Google's. [URL="http://www.google.com/tisp/"]http://www.google.com/tisp/[/URL]

[QUOTE]Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service

"Dark porcelain" project offers self-installed plumbing-based Internet access


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 1, 2007 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google TiSP (BETA)™, a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users' plumbing systems. The Toilet Internet Service Provider (TiSP) project is a self-installed, ad-supported online service that will be offered entirely free to any consumer with a WiFi-capable PC and a toilet connected to a local municipal sewage system.

"We've got that whole organizing-the-world's-information thing more or less under control," said Google Co-founder and President Larry Page, a longtime supporter of so-called "dark porcelain" research and development. "What's interesting, though, is how many different modalities there are for actually getting that information to you - not to mention from you."

For years, data carriers have confronted the "last hundred yards" problem for delivering data from local networks into individual homes. Now Google has successfully devised a "last hundred smelly yards" solution that takes advantage of preexisting plumbing and sewage systems and their related hydraulic data-transmission capabilities. "There's actually a thriving little underground community that's been studying this exact solution for a long time," says Page. "And today our Toilet ISP team is pleased to be leading the way through the sewers, up out of your toilet and - splat - right onto your PC."

Users who sign up online for the TiSP system will receive a full home self-installation kit, which includes a spindle of fiber-optic cable, a TiSP wireless router, installation CD and setup guide. Home installation is a simple matter of GFlushing™ the fiber-optic cable down to the nearest TiSP Access Node, then plugging the other end into the network port of your Google-provided TiSP wireless router. Within sixty minutes, the Access Node's crack team of Plumbing Hardware Dispatchers (PHDs) should have your internet connection up and running.

"I couldn't be more excited about, and am only slightly grossed out by, this remarkable new product," said Marissa Mayer, Google's Vice President of Search Products and User Experience. "I firmly believe TiSP will be a breakthrough product, particularly for those users who, like Larry himself, do much of their best thinking in the bathroom."

Interested consumers, contractually obligated partners and deeply skeptical and quietly competitive backbiters can learn more about TiSP at [url]http://www.google.com/tisp/install.html[/url].

About Google Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. wannabes Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit [url]www.google.com[/url].

###

Media Contact:
Sunny Gettinger
Google Inc.
[email]sunnyg@google.com[/email]
650-253-4713 [/QUOTE]

akruppa 2007-05-13 22:17

[url]http://xkcd.com/c247.html[/url]


Alex

retina 2007-05-16 22:57

[url]http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/austria.asp[/url]

Uncwilly 2007-05-17 13:34

[QUOTE=retina;106288][url]http://www.snopes.com/photos/signs/austria.asp[/url][/QUOTE]

[B][FONT="Arial Black"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="SandyBrown"]Maybe NSFW![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/B]

Xyzzy 2007-05-17 19:24

[quote][B][FONT=Arial Black][SIZE=3][COLOR=SandyBrown]Maybe NSFW![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/B][/quote]
Maybe. Like if you work at Liberty University or someplace like that.

Xyzzy 2007-05-23 20:45

[url]http://www.pointlesswasteoftime.com/monkeysphere.html[/url]

cheesehead 2007-05-25 10:37

Ever wonder how those wind farm towers get there?
 
[URL]http://www.myfoxmilwaukee.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=3302333&version=3&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1[/URL]

.

[URL]http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=610480[/URL]

& update

[url]http://www.jsonline.com/watch/?watch=1&date=5/24/2007&id=23993[/url]

rogue 2007-05-26 02:42

[url]http://flickr.com/photos/fimoculous/503637222/[/url]

Xyzzy 2007-05-28 00:58

Possibly NSFW, although we'd quit it was.

[url]http://www.drivl.com/posts/view/851[/url]

petrw1 2007-05-28 15:52

[url]http://www.snopes.com/katrina/photos/disaster.asp[/url]

rogue 2007-06-01 15:04

[url]http://www.sciencecartoonsplus.com/gallery.htm[/url]

Xyzzy 2007-06-09 04:40

[url]http://www.unwind.com/jokes-funnies/locality/stmottos.shtml[/url]

99.94 2007-07-16 04:00

[url]http://au.news.yahoo.com/070714/15/13yvl.html[/url]

Uncwilly 2007-07-17 17:46

[QUOTE=99.94;110453][url]http://au.news.yahoo.com/070714/15/13yvl.html[/url][/QUOTE]Been there, done that (10 years ago), got the video:
:uncwilly:

99.94 2007-07-20 22:58

[url]http://au.news.yahoo.com/070720/2/140li.html[/url]

nibble4bits 2007-07-21 17:54

[url]http://madhat.comicgenesis.com/d/20070201.html[/url]
I guess they have to make sure they're unique, what with trademarks and the like...

hhh 2007-08-05 09:57

Für die Deutschen unter Euch:

[url]http://www.haustechnikdialog.de/forum.asp?thema=19886&headline=Gro%DFe%20Haufen[/url]

Bitte nur klicken, wenn Ihr eine Stunde Zeit habt (1/2 zum lesen, und eine 1/2 zum erholen von den Lachkrämpfen). Gegen Ende geht das Niveau runter, vielleicht nur die ersten 2/3 lesen.

Viel Spaß, Euer H.

victor 2007-08-05 15:27

[url]http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/youcangetarrestedforthat/[/url]

potonono 2007-09-19 01:43

[URL="http://www.artforrobots.com/_images/cartoon/PoseableHoff_Final.pdf"]http://www.artforrobots.com/_images/cartoon/PoseableHoff_Final.pdf[/URL]

Brian-E 2007-10-13 19:34

The perils of SQL....
[URL]http://xkcd.com/327/[/URL]

markr 2007-11-14 07:00

[url]http://xkcd.com/217/[/url]

petrw1 2007-12-07 14:49

Cool e-commerce
 
[url]http://producten.hema.nl/[/url]

Open the page then wait a few seconds for "stuff" to happen.

Don't worry that it is German ... unless of coures you understand German in which case you can tell the rest of us what else we are missing in the text.

S485122 2007-12-07 17:19

[QUOTE=petrw1;120143]Don't worry that it is German ... unless of coures you understand German in which case you can tell the rest of us what else we are missing in the text.[/QUOTE]Not German, but Dutch and you are not missing a thing.

Jacob

99.94 2007-12-15 07:04

Survival of the fittest?
 
[url]http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=28&ContentID=51021[/url]

davieddy 2007-12-18 11:40

:lol:

99.94 2008-01-12 11:28

[url]http://au.news.yahoo.com/080110/15/15hn7.html[/url]
The question is: could you expect as much from a Norwegian Blue?

davieddy 2008-01-12 12:40

[quote=99.94;122708][URL]http://au.news.yahoo.com/080110/15/15hn7.html[/URL]
The question is: could you expect as much from a Norwegian Blue?[/quote]
Stuns easy, the Norwegian Blue.

99.94 2008-01-20 23:34

[url]http://www.wired.com/entertainment/theweb/news/2007/12/YE_foot_mouth[/url]

petrw1 2008-02-06 19:50

1974 Weight Watchers Recipe Cards:
 
Just looking at the dishes would be enough to have anyone swear off food:

[url]http://www.candyboots.com/wwcards.html[/url]

petrw1 2008-02-06 19:53

A periodic "table"
 
[url]http://www.theodoregray.com/periodictable/[/url]

petrw1 2008-02-06 20:08

With the US Election underway ...
 
Maybe after the election this gallery will be enlarged:
[url]http://www.worth1000.com/galleries.asp?rel=Political+Drag&Display=photoshop&id=9196[/url]

davieddy 2008-02-21 13:00

See the discussion of "weights and measures" in the
Whisky thread in "Science and Technology" if you are
wondering why Ernst finds this humorous:smile:

m_f_h 2008-03-03 05:53

this is hilarious:
[url]http://www.thefinaltheory.com/scienceflaws.html[/url]

especially the idea of a light beam "loosing its speed" and then "accelerating up to the speed of light"

also the search for the mysterious energy source a magnet uses to remain in place, while "[FONT=Arial,Geneva,Verdana,Sans-Serif][COLOR=#000080][FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][COLOR=#000099]It [/COLOR][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#000099]certainly takes tremendous energy to cling to the side of a cliff, supporting our own weight against gravity, and before long we would tire and fall.[/COLOR][/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT]"

oh well, there are so many others...
[COLOR=#000080][FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]"...yet do not [I]actually[/I] add the speed of light back at all, but only the meaningless letter [I]C[/I] from the alphabet. Any letter from [I]A[/I] to [I]Z[/I] could have been chosen, showing how
meaningless and arbitrary it was to choose the letter [I]C[/I], ..."[/FONT][/COLOR]

m_f_h 2008-03-03 06:42

[quote=petrw1;125007][URL]http://www.theodoregray.com/periodictable/[/URL][/quote]

Ha! Another colleague of Eric Weisstein! I should try to joind their business.
Maybe I could credibly pretend that I prefer typing
Series[Exp[x], {x, 0, 6}] rather than series(sin(x),x=0)
and {...} /. x -> 3 rather than subs(x=3,[...])
... but I fear I'd be trapped somehow. I'm so much used to write functions in lowercase with parentheses, {...} for sets etc...

petrw1 2008-03-05 19:11

[QUOTE=m_f_h;127647]this is hilarious:
[url]http://www.thefinaltheory.com/scienceflaws.html[/url]

especially the idea of a light beam "loosing its speed" and then "accelerating up to the speed of light"

also the search for the mysterious energy source a magnet uses to remain in place, while "[FONT=Arial,Geneva,Verdana,Sans-Serif][COLOR=#000080][FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][COLOR=#000099]It [/COLOR][FONT=Arial][COLOR=#000099]certainly takes tremendous energy to cling to the side of a cliff, supporting our own weight against gravity, and before long we would tire and fall.[/COLOR][/FONT][/FONT][/COLOR][/FONT]"

oh well, there are so many others...
[COLOR=#000080][FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]"...yet do not [I]actually[/I] add the speed of light back at all, but only the meaningless letter [I]C[/I] from the alphabet. Any letter from [I]A[/I] to [I]Z[/I] could have been chosen, showing how
meaningless and arbitrary it was to choose the letter [I]C[/I], ..."[/FONT][/COLOR][/QUOTE]

I work with a man with a Phd in Physics ... his thesis had something to do with stars. He has actually talked to the Author, though not read his book for obvious reasons. Anyway here is a quote from him:

[QUOTE]Actually I go one further, I know the author, and have had several conversations with him.

I haven't actually read his book ... but I do know that he struggled with understanding basic physics ideas. For example for a long while, he thought that there must be an enormous energy source keeping the planets in orbit. He had difficulty getting through his first year physics classes ....
Mark is a lively character, a good debater, and passionate about what he does. I'm sure the book has an entertainment value.

Overall, I'm pretty sure that 95% of this book is pseudo science. (Even made the [url]http://www.crank.net/index.html[/url])

Lets take Mark's argument that holding a 100 pound weight takes energy. He says it obvious, you sweat you can feel the effort of fighting against gravity to hold the weight -- but conventional physics says there is no work done. ( no distance through which force worked). If we replace Mark holding the weight with a table holding the weight, it obvious that the table has no source of energy, it sits there year after year, century after century and 100 pound weight can sit it on, and there no mechanism by which the table could be producing energy. So how come the table can hold the weight and not expend energy and yet we have to? Obviously, we do need to expend energy to produce the force to hold the weight. Biochemical reactions produce muscle contraction that provides the tension that lets us retain our shape and hold the weight. The table has intermolecular forces that hold the tables shape. The table rather like a huge pile of very rigid springs. These tiny springs want to be neither compressed or stretched. Putting a book (or 100 weight) on the table, compresses the springs ever so slightly so that springs that then push back on the book with enough force to balance gravity. However, those spring forces aren't doing any work holding the book. If we tried putting the book on pile of jelly the jelly just flatten out under the pressure of the book but if the jelly had some kind of energy source by which it could generate tension amongst its parts then it could retain it shape and hold the book. We are sort of like that pile of jelly without muscle power we just collapse into a jumble of floppy arms and legs not able to hold anything. Now if we could place the weight on our head, and use rigidity of our body to support the weight we discover that the effort to hold the weight drops. It still not zero but it considerably less than when we had to provide muscle power in our arms to hold the weight.

On positive side, Mark is actually a pretty smart fellow, and their are a large number of top rated scientists today ( Lee Smolin , Micheal Kau, etc.) that are raising the issue that many of our theories ( string theory, dark matter, etc. ) are increasingly becoming non-measurable and non-refutable. In short, if you have theories that don't predict anything or have so many undetermined constants that the could be made to fit any observation -- is it really science? However replacing them with Mark's bubble theory of gravity - that doesn't have any of the mathematics worked out -- it seems unlikely to me to be a real improvement. Can his theory reproduce the known successes of say Newtonian physics? Probably not. Where are the proposed scientific tests of his new theory? None. What anomalies with existing theories does his theory explain? No real ones. Not much here of substance in this new book I'm afraid.

Mark has a way of looking at the world that is different than most people..... and that is a strength. His book probably worth a read even if he is a crackpot.
Give him one for originality. But score him zero on his science. If only he gone into philosophy he been considered a genius instead of a crackpot.[/QUOTE]


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