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February 17, 2006

on speed and safety

if you play football, and you think you might hit something at 10 mph...you wear shin pads, elbow pads, a chest pad and a helmet. On a skateboard for 15-20 mph you wear elbow pads, knee pads and a helmet. In a car, anticipating a 60 mph collision, you wear a little belt around your waist and a chest strap. At 300 mph in an airplane you wear a little seat belt. Maybe someday we'll know how to travel fast enough to be naked.

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It is a nice idea although in a car or a plane it doesn't matter what clothes you're wearing within reason and probably in a serious aircraft accident a seatbelt doesn't make a difference so if you can't wait to travel naked you might as well just travel naked.

Posted by: Micro Soft Bubbles [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2006 5:31 PM

Personally, I'm thinking the protection should be the other way around.

We'll only be naked if we can figure out how to travel at the speed of light.

Posted by: Renee [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 18, 2006 11:57 AM

If we hold that as velocity increases, physical obstruction between our life and death decreases; as we approach the speed of light we would lose our clothes, our flesh, indeed all body, until we reach 3 x 10^8 m/s and we move as beings of pure energy through space.

Posted by: Uncle_Wally [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 18, 2006 7:08 PM

I wish we could somehow come up with a safe mode of transportation that involves propelling ourselves through space with farts.

Posted by: Mal [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 19, 2006 3:56 AM

in a vacuum with no gravity i think you could fart propel.

Posted by: zefrank [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2006 7:15 AM

Wouldn't it be so awesome? We should look into this...

Posted by: Mal [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2006 8:39 AM

Funny you should say (or said) that... did you ever read "The time traveller's wife"? :) someone beat you to it...

Posted by: Atalya at April 5, 2007 7:23 PM

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