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Bouncing UK Children Cause Earthquake 221

Posted by timothy
from the up-and-down-simultaneously-sounds-impossible dept.
Xibalba writes: "This is kinda cool. One million children in the UK jumped up and down simultaneously in an attempt to see what would seismically happen." This cries out to become an annual (and international) all-ages event. Bounce! Bounce! Gain weight! Bounce! Repeat.
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Bouncing UK Children Cause Earthquake

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  • Re:Consequence? (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Dutchie (450420) on Saturday September 08, 2001 @01:14AM (#2266300) Homepage Journal
    It will create a 3600 Richter earthquake!

    Yeah, except the Richter scale is logaritmic. So a Richter 4 is 10 times as strong as a Richter 3. So to cause a Richter 10, 10^7 * 1M people would need to be bouncing up and down.
  • No (Score:5, Insightful)

    by unformed (225214) on Saturday September 08, 2001 @01:28AM (#2266333)
    We're British scientists. We don't need reasons to do things, just cool things [laughlab.co.uk] to [rense.com] do [netlondon.com].

    -
    The Lameness filter can filter this.
  • Re:To no use (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Chester K (145560) on Saturday September 08, 2001 @01:59AM (#2266366) Homepage
    However as directly useless as this may be to science it's doubtless opened the eye's of Britians youth to what promises to be only the first of the many pointless exercises they will be required to go through in their lives, always a lesson worth learning.

    It also could have interested a few children in seismology, or science in general, and some of those children may grow up to become a world-reknowned scientist who discovers a way to accurately predict earthquakes, saving innumerable lives.

    But it's much more fun to be jaded, isn't it?

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