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posted by Dark Messiah at 7:04 AM on September 25, 2002

I soooo want to get one of those bulk orders of putty.

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This isn't a repost... it's just showing what can happen with the aforementioned bulk putty.
posted by Newbornstranger at 7:05 AM on September 25, 2002

My bad. Still, the video is anything but hilarious. Wow, it fell and broke, freakin' hilarious.
posted by Dark Messiah at 7:09 AM on September 25, 2002

Piss off, Dark Messiah, that was outdamnstanding, and not a repost.
posted by NortonDC at 7:09 AM on September 25, 2002

Clearwater FL? Man, Scientologists are weird!
posted by CrazyJub at 7:10 AM on September 25, 2002

that was outdamnstanding, and not a repost

You're half-correct. IMO.
posted by Dark Messiah at 7:12 AM on September 25, 2002

How dare they ruin a perfectly good skate spot!
posted by madprops at 7:21 AM on September 25, 2002

What a large file, even for high-speed people. Couldn't they have at least streamed it? Sheesh. I will say it was pretty cool though. I liked the girl standing to the side of the landing spot who kind of cowered in fear upon impact. I don't have a soundcard at work, was the noise cool? And, did it leave an impact in the concrete?
posted by Ufez Jones at 7:29 AM on September 25, 2002

[evil sweedish doctor voice]
Da, my plan has VERKED! Ze comments are MUCH more funny dan ze POST! Hahahaha!!!
[/evil sweedish doctor voice]
posted by psychotic_venom at 7:32 AM on September 25, 2002

What do you get when you mix 50 pounds of silly putty, a parking garage and bored techies?

Silly nerds...Was the inside of the putty hard? I would have thought it to be more pliable on impact than like a block of ice hitting the ground. The sound on impact was crunch not *splat* or even boing like I would have guessed. I bet there was air bubbles in it. Maybe the reason only a small amount is its best resource for a bounce. Now I want a try.
Thanks p_v
posted by thomcatspike at 7:32 AM on September 25, 2002

Not a hilarious flick, but on the bright side, there were some cute behinds!
posted by oissubke at 7:40 AM on September 25, 2002

Why didn't they place an oversized cartoon under there and get an impression.... or was this thing suppossed to bounce?
posted by RubberHen at 7:41 AM on September 25, 2002

The girl at the end saying "Ohhhh...I'm stepping in putty, get it oooofffff!" was pretty entertaining.
posted by plemeljr at 7:46 AM on September 25, 2002

I think it would have been a lot more entertaining if they put the big blob of putty on the ledge of the parking garage and let it slowly goob down the sides of the structure. They could film it, time-lapse style. Of course with the hot Florida sun, the goobing process might be too quick to fully appreciate.

*makes mental note to remember sunbelt software when resume-sending time comes around*
posted by contessa at 7:53 AM on September 25, 2002

Why it broke:
There is a property that distinguishes polymers from all other types of materials. This property is termed viscoelasticity, and is most easily appreciated by considering the behavior of Silly Putty (polydimethylsiloxane). The silicone polymer contains a -Si-O-Si-O- backbone that terminates in Si-OH groups, and these chain ends are crosslinked by making hydrogen bonds with boric acid, B(OH)3. Unlike covalent bonds, hydrogen bonds can form, break up, and then form again many times in the liquid state. Without these weak crosslinks, Silly Putty could only be a very viscous liquid - it wouldn't bounce. When Silly Putty is thrown at a wall it bounces back, a behavior characteristic of an elastic solid. However, under (slower) tensile or compressive stress, like pulling or squeezing, it deforms like a viscous liquid. How can a material be both an elastic solid and a viscous liquid? The key is the timescale of the deformation. Under application of rapid stress, like bouncing it against a wall, the hydrogen bonds in the polymer don't have time to break and re-form; therefore the deformation is elastic. Slow pulling results in plastic deformation, because there is sufficient time to break and re-form these non-covalent bonds. Recall that the slime we made had the same properties - it deformed like a liquid under the force of gravity, but only slowly - it felt solid enough if somebody threw a hunk of it at you. The phenomenon of viscoelasticity is therefore time-dependent. Many liquid and glassy polymers, and to some extent inorganic glasses as well, show this phenomenon of viscoelasticity, that is, they deform in a plastic manner under stress on slow timescales, but are elastic under more rapid stress.

(thanks to astein who got it from PSU.)
posted by whatzit at 8:51 AM on September 25, 2002

can i just say i love slow motion laughing?

well. i will anyways.
posted by fishfucker at 9:41 AM on September 25, 2002

So, like, I'm wondering why, like, that installation/documentation/Microsoft TechNET CD is necessary? Do you have to have Bill's permission to do everything these days?

Or does he own Dow Corning now?

I'm cornfused.
posted by WolfDaddy at 10:55 AM on September 25, 2002

They probably added it for scale.
posted by stbalbach at 1:14 PM on September 25, 2002

Gee, between the "hilarity" of this clip and "Spike Jonez's hilarious new IKEA ad", I haven't laughed this hard since... uh, about an hour ago.
posted by pmurray63 at 9:44 PM on September 25, 2002

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