Newton's cradle, Gangnam style
May 17, 2022 8:31 AM   Subscribe

SLYT, ~2 min. Metal spheres swinging and bouncing off each other in increasingly inventive ways, all synchronized to music -- idk, it's just a lot of fun to watch!
posted by mpark (25 comments total) 50 users marked this as a favorite
Wow! I had no idea Newton’s cradles could do all those stunts!
posted by aubilenon at 8:36 AM on May 17 [2 favorites]

Conservation of momentum FTW.
posted by neuron at 8:45 AM on May 17 [1 favorite]

I'm impressed at how well that captured the rhythms of that song.
posted by aneel at 9:11 AM on May 17 [4 favorites]

I'll admit to letting out a little delighted squeal about 1:20. Very fun!
posted by kinsey at 9:23 AM on May 17 [6 favorites]

That actually evokes the Gangnam Style video in a way that is difficult to explain.
posted by Peach at 9:25 AM on May 17 [19 favorites]

I am offended at how amused by this I am.
posted by GCU Sweet and Full of Grace at 9:28 AM on May 17 [13 favorites]

Wonderful. They didn't even need side-side motion.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 9:29 AM on May 17

My favourite is the 4-1.
posted by seanmpuckett at 9:36 AM on May 17

Way more cool than expected.

If you have not watched go for full screen cranked up.
posted by sammyo at 9:39 AM on May 17

Roger Ebert once described a scene in a kids' movie as "funnier than it should be", and that's the best thing I can think of to describe this.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:55 AM on May 17 [2 favorites]

Conservation of Gangnam
posted by drdanger at 9:59 AM on May 17 [11 favorites]

I did not expect this to bring me so much joy.
posted by sleeping bear at 10:14 AM on May 17 [2 favorites]

I really didn't think I would watch that till the end, once I got the basic idea. I really really didn't think I would be excited to show it to someone else just so I can watch them watch it. That was great!
posted by Mchelly at 10:32 AM on May 17 [4 favorites]

Look closely at stationary balls to see the performer's reflection and arm movements.
posted by metaplectic at 11:09 AM on May 17 [3 favorites]

posted by chavenet at 11:16 AM on May 17 [11 favorites]

Best of the web!
posted by sp_w at 11:45 AM on May 17 [3 favorites]

Gangham Style is still a banger (and a mood lifter), even though I've heard it about 1M times.
posted by maxwelton at 12:31 PM on May 17 [1 favorite]

Remember when the song first started taking off? Good times!
posted by jquinby at 12:46 PM on May 17 [1 favorite]

Seems to be my day for great music matches: The final dance scene in “Dirty Dancing” set to “The Muppet Show” theme.
posted by Peach at 1:20 PM on May 17 [8 favorites]

*This is good*

When I look back at the global popularity of Gangnam Style, and the incredible contemporary popularity of Korean media globally, I wonder if this soft power was an incredibly fortuitous biproduct of some government policies to support the arts, or a more intentional infiltration of the global consciousness.
Having watched Mr Sunshine, I am very much of the opinion that the people of Joseon and the Righteous Army are totally cool, and it makes me want to go there. There is a strong nationalistic vibe that runs through all the K-drama I have seen, but almost no animosity toward their northern cousins (although there is a running theme of the threat of annihilation). Money, crime, and specifically, corrupt politicians and inequality are targeted. I find the critique of capitalism somewhat perplexing, in that it comes from a country that has a very close, threatening, and weird, 'communist' neighbour. You might think that they would be making a point about how great their 'freedoms' are. Their exported culture seems more concerned with the uniting of family than attacking the projected ideology of North Korea.
Anyway, nice balls!
posted by asok at 1:53 PM on May 17 [1 favorite]

Oh okay so apparently Gangnam Style is seven years old now, cool cool cool
posted by plasmatron7 at 1:58 PM on May 17 [2 favorites]

This is the first time I've actually tolerated listenening to the whole song. *thanks, physics!*
posted by ikahime at 5:14 PM on May 17

Sorry, ikahime, but you haven't yet. This is an abbreviated version; the whole song is almost 4 min. long.
posted by mpark at 6:05 PM on May 17 [1 favorite]

I think , then, that the Invincible Force has met the Immovable Object.
posted by ikahime at 4:51 PM on May 18

Oh okay so apparently Gangnam Style is seven years old now, cool cool cool

Actually turning ten this year but yeah, I feel you.
posted by some loser at 9:11 AM on June 15

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