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Faster than c

  1. Jun 16, 2008 #1
    Faster then c
    Q: Why is the speed of light only 186,000 miles per second? Can't science do better than this?
    A: Yes, you're right. It's a disgrace that light only goes a measly 186,000 miles per second, but physicists are working on the problem. There is already a prototype vehicle that goes 200,000 miles per second, but the headlights shine at only 186,000 miles per second. This is equivalent to driving down the freeway the wrong way with the headlights not only *out* but also chasing you down the road. This is why so many scientists today no longer own a driver's license. Ask Dr. Science

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    Is this meant to be a joke? The link is a link of physics jokes...
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    It's impossible to drive at the speed of light. At 35 mpg and with a 19 gallon tank, you'd have to stop for gas 280 times per second. And it would cost you over $21,000 a second.
  5. Jun 16, 2008 #4
    Hello arbol.

    There's a petrol shortage due to a strike over here in England so we are rationed which means we are limited to the speed of light anyway. This being Europe of course the speed of light is slower anyway.

  6. Jun 16, 2008 #5
    Light is so slow

    The Dark always beats it.
    the dark is always there before the light.

    :) just fun
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  8. Jun 16, 2008 #7
    id hate to think of what little jonny looks like after he strolls out into the street to get his little toy ball and a vehicle travelling faster than the speed of light obliterates him.
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    There's no reason to drive the speed of light, anyway. You only have to drive fast enough for the Doppler shift to turn the yellow lights green.
  10. Jun 17, 2008 #9
    Can we even simulate the speed of light?
  11. Jun 17, 2008 #10

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    I have perfected a little machine that runs on flashlight batteries. It ejects tiny massless particles at the speed of light. I'll sell you one for only $100.
  12. Jun 17, 2008 #11
    In New Mexico, yellow lights mean "Speed up and keep going!" and red lights mean "Oops ;) guess I should speed up because its just gonna turn green again."
  13. Jun 17, 2008 #12
    You know BobG, that would make a good bumper sticker for down here, except 80% of the populations is too stupid to even remotely get it. You could market in the Los Alamos and Albuquerque (for the Sandia workers) though...
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    Just a little faster and you can get there before you left.
    Gas problem solved. :biggrin:
  15. Jun 17, 2008 #14
    I am a fan of the red bumper stickers "If this is blue then you are driving too fast!"
  16. Jun 18, 2008 #15
    Sex life of an electron
    One night, when his charge was full to capacity, Micro Farad decided to get a cute little coil to discharge him. He picked up Millie Amp and took her for a ride on his megacycle. They rode across the wheatstone bridge, into a magnetic field, next to a flowing current , to watch the sine waves.
    Micro Farad, attracted by Millie's characteristic curve, soon had her field fully excited. He laid her on the ground potential, raised her frequency, lowered her resistance, and pulled out his high voltage probe. He inserted it parallel and began to short circuit her shunt.
    With her tube at maximum output and her coil vibrating from current flow, her shunt reached maximum heat. The excess current had gotten her shunt pretty hot and Micro's capacity was rapidly discharged and drained off ever electron. They fluxed all night and tried various connections and sockets, until his bar magnet had lost its field strength.
    Afterwards, Millie Amp tried self induction and damaged her solenoid. With her capacity fully discharged, Micro Farad was unable to excite his transformer, so they ended up reversing polarity and blowing each others fuses.

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