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March 17, 2004 4:00 AM   Subscribe

Scientific proof that guiness bubbles really do fall, and it doesn't violate the laws of physics.
posted by Slightlynorth (18 comments total)

 
Why don't I get volunteered for this kind of science experiment?
posted by BigCalm at 4:38 AM on March 17, 2004


This thread is making me thirsty.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 4:43 AM on March 17, 2004


Here are details of the referenced Australian work using CFD simulations. I'm not sure why the Stanford team doubted the result.
posted by raygirvan at 5:32 AM on March 17, 2004


I'd better have a couple pints and check for myself.
posted by jennyb at 5:35 AM on March 17, 2004


And here's Richard Zare's own site.
posted by raygirvan at 5:44 AM on March 17, 2004


"...in 1998, Australian researchers announced that they had created a computer model showing that it was theoretically possible for beer bubbles to flow downward. They based the simulation on the motion of bubbles in a glass of Guinness draft....But Zare and postdoctoral student Andrew Alexander were skeptical, so they set out to test the theory by "analyzing" beer at both the pub and in the lab.....both scientists insisted that the research on sinking bubbles has applications beyond settling barroom bets.

Zare said the sinking-bubble phenomenon provides valuable insight into how liquids flow, which can have important applications in the fields of chemistry and engineering."


Plus, there's that lifetime supply of free Guinness and round trip airfare to visit the Guinness main headquarters to receive the "Friends of Guinness" award. just kidding
posted by troutfishing at 5:45 AM on March 17, 2004


Marketing is such an amazing thing! Even Guinness has people believing its good!
posted by Goofyy at 6:42 AM on March 17, 2004


Guinness has people believing its good!

Mmmmmm, guinness. And I don't even listen to the marketing!
posted by justgary at 7:21 AM on March 17, 2004


(I'm sure though that I'm an aberration. The rest of the millions who drink guinness is due to MARKETING!)

Hee. So silly.
posted by justgary at 7:24 AM on March 17, 2004


Guinness is good, and has lots of iron. Must go check that bubble-thing at the nearest pub right now.
posted by dabitch at 7:49 AM on March 17, 2004


Well, this is good news on St Pat's. I for one, am pleased I won't be commiting 8 or 10 violations of the laws of physics tonight.
posted by lumpenprole at 8:28 AM on March 17, 2004


"If you've done five impossible things today why not finish it off at Milliways?"

That said, Guinness has that special place reserved in my heart for a beer that's probably more than I should be spending for a pint, yet always worth it.
posted by Be'lal at 9:20 AM on March 17, 2004


Guinness, as well as being a solid meal substitute, deserves the praise it gets. There may be better beers (there are a few Belgian brands I particularly love), but Guinness is the best "popular" beer in the world, and that's fine with me.

I'll be having a few tonight, I reckon. An them bubbles'll sink just fine after I swaller 'em, that's for sure.

(Kiss me, I'm (suddenly) Irish!)
posted by chicobangs at 10:14 AM on March 17, 2004


What's not to love? It's chocolate milk for adults. Sometimes you want a beer you can chew, y'know?

That said, today is the one day of the year when I refuse to darken the door of an Irish pub.
posted by Vidiot at 11:00 AM on March 17, 2004


IIRC you can live off of Guiness and raw eggs.
posted by inpHilltr8r at 11:47 AM on March 17, 2004


It's chocolate milk for adults.

Truer words never spoken.
posted by justgary at 5:21 PM on March 17, 2004


Guiness is lovely. Boddington's is a nice chaser too.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 7:52 PM on March 17, 2004


i think i've been here for too long.

i read it as - Scientific proof that guiness bubbles really do fall, and it doesn't vibrate the laws of physics.

an in-joke too far?
posted by triv at 11:36 AM on March 18, 2004


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