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Egg Drop Contests

  1. Apr 17, 2013 #1

    Danger

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    Stop the presses!
    I've just come up with the perfect solution to the classic engineering challenge of dropping an egg from some hideous height and having it survive. Nothing that I've seen in any rules precludes it, and I can't believe that nobody has done it (or at least wasn't publicized as doing so).
    Attach a large parachute or parawing to a pregnant hen and let 'er go. The combination of artificial floatation and rudimentary wings should cause a pretty casual descent, and the container is designed by its evolution from its dinosaur ancestors to protect eggs.
    Can I patent this?
     
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  3. Apr 17, 2013 #2

    dlgoff

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    Here was a "similar", well not so similar, idea.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST01bZJPuE0
     
  4. Apr 17, 2013 #3

    Danger

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    I urge anyone who is too young to remember the show to find a full version of that episode. It is perhaps the funniest scripted thing that I've ever seen in my life. (Carson had a couple of ad lib moments that match it. {Dom DeLuise, Burt Reynolds, leather pants, whipped cream, and raw eggs comes to mind...})
     
  5. May 2, 2013 #4

    FlexGunship

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    Most rules that I've competed by preclude the use of parachutes and wings. That being said, in 8th grade, I took the top of a box lid that fit the largest dimensions allowable (24" x 36") with a low lip around the edge (about 2") and just attached the egg to the center with a single piece of duct tape.

    You could argue that it was a defacto parachute, but I was not disqualified and my egg survived the most drops of any egg drop contraption (greater than 10, certainly) with only a replacement piece of duct tape. My younger brother used the same technique a few years ago to, again, win the competition and made it into the local newspaper for the simplicity of his solution.
     
  6. May 2, 2013 #5

    Danger

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    Too cool, Flex! :approve:
     
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