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   An engineer has come up with a tsunami survival capsule that will allow him to survive a test trip down Niagara Falls. He hopes

22 Feb 2013 09:17 PM   |   10908 clicks   |   Opposing Views
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Darth_Lukecash    [TotalFark]  
NIAGRA FALLS?
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"NIAGARA FALLS, slowly I turned, and step by step, inch by inch, I walked up to him, I smashed him, I hit him, I bonked him, I bopped him, I  socked him and I mashed his face and I knocked him down."



22 Feb 2013 08:11 PM
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davidphogan     
That's a neat idea, but I doubt it'll catch on as a tsunami escape hatch.

22 Feb 2013 08:25 PM
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I_Am_Weasel    [TotalFark]  
What the hell does Niagara Falls have to do with trains?

22 Feb 2013 08:41 PM
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MrEricSir     
Is there some reason we couldn't have linked directly to the Daily Fail article with the photo?

22 Feb 2013 09:19 PM
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Dahnkster     
I'd use some more duct tape just to be sure.

Your dad.

22 Feb 2013 09:20 PM
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strangeluck    [TotalFark]  
That little thing is going to hold six people?

22 Feb 2013 09:22 PM
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PacificaFitz     
so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?

22 Feb 2013 09:23 PM
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Molavian    [TotalFark]  

strangeluck: That little thing is going to hold six people?


Once it rolls around a bit and liquifies everyone it'll have plenty of space.

22 Feb 2013 09:25 PM
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ArcadianRefugee     
Here's a photo of his son testing the first prototype.

emmanuellibrary.files.wordpress.com

22 Feb 2013 09:25 PM
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Trafficguy2000     

PacificaFitz: so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?


or trapped under a fallen building

22 Feb 2013 09:25 PM
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Somaticasual     
Much like that stewie sequence - I vaguely remember seeing a few films that suggest this..might not be that good of an idea.

22 Feb 2013 09:26 PM
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maxheck     
I'm pretty sure any grade-school geek who managed to do the egg drop challenge could do pretty well. People have been doing Niagra Falls since 1901 for much cheaper if not with less AWing.

22 Feb 2013 09:28 PM
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davidphogan     

PacificaFitz: so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?


Put a radio beacon in it?

22 Feb 2013 09:28 PM
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vodka     
I have seen better designs than this go over the falls and the people inside suffered serious injuries (eg. broken bones) in every case.

22 Feb 2013 09:28 PM
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VvonderJesus     
If this is the same guy, I saw a show were he was competing to have his model bought by investors. When they tested it on some rapids, one of the complaints was that it was too small and it felt like a hammer was going through your skull if it hit a rock.

22 Feb 2013 09:30 PM
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L.D. Ablo    [TotalFark]  
motimeme.com

22 Feb 2013 09:30 PM
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strangeluck    [TotalFark]  

Trafficguy2000: PacificaFitz: so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?

or trapped under a fallen building


The daily fail article doesn't mention it, but "maybe" it'll have a transponder or some kind of beacon?

it's a neat idea, but where you gonna park this damn thing when not in use?

22 Feb 2013 09:30 PM
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brap    [TotalFark]  
There have been a bunch of jump off the Brooklyn Bridge to promote my career types.  It's nutty but I'm totally into this level of nutbaggery.  People are farked up and fascinating.  Human desperation is a horrifying and glorious thing.

22 Feb 2013 09:34 PM
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jaylectricity    [TotalFark]  

maxheck: I'm pretty sure any grade-school geek who managed to do the egg drop challenge could do pretty well. People have been doing Niagra Falls since 1901 for much cheaper if not with less AWing.


He's not attention-whoring. He's proving that it can handle water and high wind speeds. There's no other way to prove it works without waiting for a tsunami.

22 Feb 2013 09:37 PM
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Abox     
It's 2013...we should be able to go over Niagra Falls in a thing.

22 Feb 2013 09:40 PM
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sloshed_again     
Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.

22 Feb 2013 09:44 PM
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Shadow Blasko     
I have not RTFA ... but has no one mentioned that its kinda the debris ... not the water that kills most people who are IN the water?

22 Feb 2013 09:44 PM
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TheOtherMisterP     

Shadow Blasko: I have not RTFA ... but has no one mentioned that its kinda the debris ... not the water that kills most people who are IN the water?


Perhaps you should RTFA.

22 Feb 2013 09:47 PM
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brap    [TotalFark]  

sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.


I've seen some Brazilian videos that I'd rather not talk about but yes Virginia, a horse actually CAN fit into a human body.

22 Feb 2013 09:48 PM
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KrispyKritter    [TotalFark]  

brap: There have been a bunch of jump off the Brooklyn Bridge to promote my career types.  It's nutty but I'm totally into this level of nutbaggery.  People are farked up and fascinating.  Human desperation is a horrifying and glorious thing.


i have no idea of what you're talking about but i totally dig it.

22 Feb 2013 09:51 PM
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MrHappyRotter     

TheOtherMisterP: Shadow Blasko: I have not RTFA ... but has no one mentioned that its kinda the debris ... not the water that kills most people who are IN the water?

Perhaps you should RTFA.


He does not have to read the article.  Blasko doesn't need to know the fancy words contained in the article in order to have an opinion or some insight on the matter.  This is not Hitler's Fark, he won't get gassed if he deems the article unworthy of reading.

22 Feb 2013 09:52 PM
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sloshed_again     

brap: sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.

I've seen some Brazilian videos that I'd rather not talk about but yes Virginia, a horse actually CAN fit into a human body.


Not male.

22 Feb 2013 09:54 PM
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maxheck     
jaylectricity:

maxheck: I'm pretty sure any grade-school geek who managed to do the egg drop challenge could do pretty well. People have been doing Niagra Falls since 1901 for much cheaper if not with less AWing.

He's not attention-whoring. He's proving that it can handle water and high wind speeds. There's no other way to prove it works without waiting for a tsunami.


It's a fine line between marketing and AWing, especially in a product that is of no use to anyone. There are plenty of places with strong surf and currents. There might even be a few near his home country.

22 Feb 2013 09:56 PM
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Beerbarian     
home.roadrunner.com

Been done.
/hot

22 Feb 2013 09:59 PM
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wensleydale     
Greetings from Wonderfalls!

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22 Feb 2013 10:09 PM
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zez     
If he really wants to test it out he should go over the American side, then through the rapids and finally this.

naturalhighs.net

Then I'll think about it.

22 Feb 2013 10:18 PM
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DeerNuts     

sloshed_again: brap: sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.

I've seen some Brazilian videos that I'd rather not talk about but yes Virginia, a horse actually CAN fit into a human body.

Not male.


Don't be so sure.

22 Feb 2013 10:24 PM
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BigLuca     

Abox: It's 2013...we should be able to go over Niagra Falls in a thing.


What, like a Volkswagen Thing?
static.cargurus.com

22 Feb 2013 10:25 PM
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thorthor     
If he makes it over the falls, and gets the thing into production, I bet he'll sell some units. Fear is a great motivation. I wonder if there are tunes/food inside? Could be a long wait till someone finds you/digs you out.

Btw, does "DNRTA" piss anybody else off?

22 Feb 2013 10:28 PM
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maxheck     
No, he said a Thing. Here it is in action:

img580.imageshack.us

22 Feb 2013 10:29 PM
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12349876     
Still not sure how this helps for tsunamis.  Are we supposed to have thousands of these in coastal towns? Where do they go?  Wouldn't it just be easier to run for the hills or the high floors of a sturdy building?  And if it's too late for that wouldn't it be too late to finagle yourself into the capsule and seal it shut?

22 Feb 2013 10:29 PM
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maxheck     
thorthor:

If he makes it over the falls, and gets the thing into production, I bet he'll sell some units. Fear is a great motivation. I wonder if there are tunes/food inside? Could be a long wait till someone finds you/digs you out.

This is even less useful than the family bomb shelter of the Cold War, and it doesn't even have the government marketing it for you.

You're at work. The sirens go off... You....

Well, you kiss your ass goodbye, because the chances of your reaching your orange tsunami ball in time are pretty much nil.

/ cynical child of duck-and-cover. Yertle LIED!

22 Feb 2013 10:33 PM
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ha-ha-guy     
Based on the size I see it as something you tuck away somewhere in your condo/house/etc.  So when you wake up at 3 am on your 15th floor condo with the warnings screaming at a tsunami is 10 minutes away, you hop into this and wait for the all clear.  You already have the high ground and you can't get anywhere better, so this is just the insurance policy for the rich or paranoid.

22 Feb 2013 10:36 PM
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trappedspirit     
"Do a backflip!"

22 Feb 2013 10:41 PM
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Gyrfalcon     

sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.


??

22 Feb 2013 10:46 PM
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Girion47     

maxheck: thorthor:

If he makes it over the falls, and gets the thing into production, I bet he'll sell some units. Fear is a great motivation. I wonder if there are tunes/food inside? Could be a long wait till someone finds you/digs you out.

This is even less useful than the family bomb shelter of the Cold War, and it doesn't even have the government marketing it for you.

You're at work. The sirens go off... You....

Well, you kiss your ass goodbye, because the chances of your reaching your orange tsunami ball in time are pretty much nil.

/ cynical child of duck-and-cover. Yertle LIED!


Put it on some legs and use it as an office chair.

22 Feb 2013 11:01 PM
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thorthor     
maxheck

thorthor:

If he makes it over the falls, and gets the thing into production, I bet he'll sell some units. Fear is a great motivation. I wonder if there are tunes/food inside? Could be a long wait till someone finds you/digs you out.

This is even less useful than the family bomb shelter of the Cold War, and it doesn't even have the government marketing it for you.

You're at work. The sirens go off... Your buddy gets into your little orange ball and, snickering, rides off into the tsunami sunset.

Yeah, you'exactly right, but I still think people would buy, just like they dug up their yards in the 50's.

22 Feb 2013 11:02 PM
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trappedspirit     

Gyrfalcon: sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.

??


Two batteries have a problem and ground a fleet and every out of work engineer wants their 15 minutes of armchair engineering superiority fame.

22 Feb 2013 11:02 PM
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OhioUGrad     
The Yes Men have the answer:
i265.photobucket.com

22 Feb 2013 11:05 PM
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Head_Shot     

sloshed_again: Brought to you by Boeing. The same engineers that thought a horse would fit in a human body.


???

22 Feb 2013 11:12 PM
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hangloose     

davidphogan: PacificaFitz: so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?

Put a radio beacon in it?


No one would bother until everyone else was saved. At least they have they're own coffin though!

/multitasker
//capsule of safety and death

22 Feb 2013 11:15 PM
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KStDrew     
FTA: "If all goes to plan, Sharpe and his business partners are hoping to sell different models of the capsule for between 650 and 3,250 pounds. "

The 650 pounds is made out of cardboard.

22 Feb 2013 11:17 PM
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KStDrew     

PacificaFitz: so you survive the big wave, what happens when you open the hatch and your 5 miles out to sea?


You bend down, put your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye.

22 Feb 2013 11:21 PM
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maxheck     
thorthor:

maxheck

thorthor:

If he makes it over the falls, and gets the thing into production, I bet he'll sell some units. Fear is a great motivation. I wonder if there are tunes/food inside? Could be a long wait till someone finds you/digs you out.

This is even less useful than the family bomb shelter of the Cold War, and it doesn't even have the government marketing it for you.

You're at work. The sirens go off... Your buddy gets into your little orange ball and, snickering, rides off into the tsunami sunset.

Yeah, you'exactly right, but I still think people would buy, just like they dug up their yards in the 50's.


Yeah, but for the longest time the government was telling everyone to dig a shelter, it was fashionable in it own way, and if nothing else had a Cold-Warrior panache to be able to tell people "Yes, I have a shelter."

I'm not seeing that happening with Happy-Fun Tsunami Ball.

22 Feb 2013 11:21 PM
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almandot     
a66c7b.medialib.glogster.com

22 Feb 2013 11:31 PM
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