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June 16, 2010 10:52 AM   Subscribe

Home dentistry meets model rocketry. (SLYT)
posted by BitterOldPunk (36 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Dang, that was fast! I wonder where that tooth is now?
posted by kinnakeet at 10:58 AM on June 16, 2010


The look on that kid's face as the tooth popped out made it all worth while...
posted by slogger at 10:58 AM on June 16, 2010


Ummm... don't tell mom.
posted by R. Mutt at 11:03 AM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


I wonder where that tooth is now?

Watch the rest of the video. They found the tooth.
posted by hippybear at 11:05 AM on June 16, 2010


Now to get rid of his thumb wart... I hope they use an Amtrak train for that.
posted by heyho at 11:06 AM on June 16, 2010


I love how you can see surprise and terror turn to giggling, as he realizes it didn't really hurt.

Maybe NASA's not a good carrier path though, he'll need dentures pretty quick.
posted by Hoenikker at 11:08 AM on June 16, 2010


Considering he bought the rocket from ACME, that ended surprisingly well.
posted by crunchland at 11:10 AM on June 16, 2010 [5 favorites]


Judging by the related videos, there's a whole genre of extreme tooth-pulling stunts out there. Maybe we can have a reality show.
posted by grobstein at 11:11 AM on June 16, 2010


But just imagine the result if the tooth didn't come out.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 11:11 AM on June 16, 2010


I'm glad it came out. That would have been a horrible disaster had he had a live rocket tied to his mouth.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 11:13 AM on June 16, 2010


That's one mellow kid - gotta love his little brother in the background holding his hands over his ears...
posted by Xoebe at 11:16 AM on June 16, 2010


No way. I haven't seen the footage yet or read any of the comments, but my inner Wily E. Coyote, Genius. (assclown), has an inkling it has something to do with a string and a tooth....


And now...to the SLYT. Beep...beep...
posted by Skygazer at 11:16 AM on June 16, 2010


Harley Davidson
Crossbow
Rock
Nerf gun
Frisbee
Go-kart
Dog
posted by Daddy-O at 11:17 AM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


I was about as startled as the kid that it went that fast. I thought there'd be time to hold up a Wile E. Coyote "yipe" sign.
posted by DU at 11:17 AM on June 16, 2010


That kid would be great Darwin Prize runner-up material, except that someone else will have to give his acceptance speech.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:17 AM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh man....I have watched too many Looney Tunes cartoons.

That was the best fucking thing I've ever seen. My day is made and I go off with the assurance that the human imagination can surmount all obstacles and the future of mankind is assured to be interesting and hilarious. Thanks kid. That was one small tooth for little kid kind, and one massive laugh fest for You Tube kind.

Superb!! Four out of four stars!!
posted by Skygazer at 11:22 AM on June 16, 2010 [2 favorites]


i like the first comment - "just he doesn't ask to be circumcised the same way."
posted by pyramid termite at 11:23 AM on June 16, 2010


This is the part I liked:
- pushes button and thinks "oh god, what did I just do?"
- watches amazing rocket liftoff, transfixed
- HEY SOMETHING HAPPENED!
- it's gone and it doesn't hurt too much
posted by zippy at 11:24 AM on June 16, 2010


Blazecock: That kid would be great Darwin Prize runner-up material, except that someone else will have to give his acceptance speech.

Sometimes Blazecock caution needs to be thrown to the wind. There is a very (VERY) thin-line between genius qua GENIUS moving the human saga forward with hilarity and a Darwin award.

(And really, what's the worst that could've happened. It's not like his head was going to come off, or he was going to go sailing off into the sky...)
posted by Skygazer at 11:27 AM on June 16, 2010


Watch my teeth grow.
posted by xod at 11:29 AM on June 16, 2010


And really, what's the worst that could've happened....

divorce court?
posted by ennui.bz at 11:42 AM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


xod, I don't know why, but that video absolutely terrifies me.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 11:42 AM on June 16, 2010


That laugh from the dad says, "Mom's not home right now."
posted by availablelight at 11:50 AM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


an inkling it has something to do with a string and a tooth....

Which is vastly better than what my mind came up with, probably due to the fact that I conflated "model rocketry" with "improvised explosives" and assumed this was going to be a tragic story about a kid tried to eat a half-stick of dynamite.
posted by quin at 11:53 AM on June 16, 2010


1. Dad is chock full of Awesome, for both figuring out how to do it "safely", and then getting the kid to laugh and appreciate the Awesome.

2. Kid now has hardcore bragging rights. "When I was (x) years old, I had a tooth pulled by Rocket!" Just typing that made me jealous.
posted by djrock3k at 11:55 AM on June 16, 2010 [4 favorites]


No big deal. I remove hangnails like that all the time.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:04 PM on June 16, 2010


And really, what's the worst that could've happened....

ennui.bz: divorce court?

Oh crap. I thought it was his older brother...

Oh hell, you know some busy body is going to call child protective services or some nonsense like that on this guy...but really with the price of dentistry these days who can blame the dad for turning to rocketry instead. He should get some sort of ADA award or something...perhpaps a Crest endorsement next time.
posted by Skygazer at 12:38 PM on June 16, 2010


Something about the Death Cab playing in the background made this really creepy.
posted by DZack at 12:50 PM on June 16, 2010


Y'know, I hate to be contrary, but I saw this last night at a friend's house and my reaction somewhere between nonplussed and horrified. There's NO FUCKING WAY I would ever try that with my own kids. I'm all for my kids taking (reasonable) chances and not playing it too safe, but I draw the line at tying their wiggly teeth to a rocket and inducing them to press the launch button themselves. The dad seems a little too eager, and I just felt very uncomfortable as the kid's gum bleeds out after the tooth is pulled.

Now, get that model rocketry gear off of my lawn before you put out an eye with it...
posted by mosk at 12:57 PM on June 16, 2010


I'm pretty sure I wouldn't ever try this with my own daughters, but the physics of it are actually the same as the "tie a string around the tooth; tie the other end of the string to a doorknob; slam the door" approach. Not that I'd try that one, either.
posted by Alt F4 at 1:04 PM on June 16, 2010


but really with the price of dentistry these days who can blame the dad for turning to rocketry instead.

What? Maybe you're being facetious but that tooth was going to fall out soon anyhow - this is a kid who is in the middle of losing his baby teeth. This was done for pure stunt value, not to save any money.

I would have been afraid the string might have whipped the kid in the face or lip and cut him, but I was relived to see it didn't.
posted by aught at 1:05 PM on June 16, 2010


I was about as startled as the kid that it went that fast. I thought there'd be time to hold up a Wile E. Coyote "yipe" sign.

Having messed around with model rockets in my youth, I wasn't really. Those things take off fast. Like, "reach altitudes of a couple of hundred feet with a three second burn," fast.

The difference between this and the old "string tied to the door knob" dodge is one of degree, not kind. About the only way you can hurt yourself with a model rocket engine is if it either blows up when you're standing too close, you stand over it when it goes off and it scores some kind of critical hit, or if you light it after putting it in an orifice, none of which was happening here.

That tooth was ready to go. Even if it could have waited a few more days, a little blood never hurt anyone. The kid is fine. No, the kid is better than fine. He's awesome.

All you haters should get a life.
posted by valkyryn at 1:13 PM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also, any "failure" here would have involved the STRING coming off the TOOTH (i.e. failing to remove it). Haven't any of you actually done the whole string/doorknob thing? What's the big deal? PS I'm a mom and I would totally do this.
posted by peep at 1:30 PM on June 16, 2010


home circumcision meets circus knifethrower?
posted by kitchenrat at 1:37 PM on June 16, 2010


I love the annoyed kid in the background; "Don't do that, daddy!"

Plus points for awesome dad, brave kid.
Minus points for making me think it was going to be a Jackass stunt by using a fish-eye lens.
posted by pyrex at 2:18 PM on June 16, 2010


All my baby teeth are long gone, but, hmmm, maybe next time I need to remove a bandaid…
posted by hattifattener at 9:23 PM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]


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