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Getting an extra 22 nanoseconds out of life

  1. Feb 8, 2008 #1

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    So he loaded the family's blue minivan with portable power supplies, monitoring equipment, and three HP 5071 cesium clocks. With his three kids and some camping gear in tow, he drove the winding roads spiraling up Washington's Mt. Rainier and checked the family into a lodge 5,319 feet above sea level.
    They hiked the trails, and the kids relaxed with board games and books, while in the imperceptibly lessened gravity, time moved a little bit faster than at home. When the family returned to the suburbs two days later, the cesium clocks were off by the precise amount relativity predicted. He and his family had lived just a little more life than the neighbors.
    "It was the best extra 22 nanoseconds I've ever spent with the kids," Van Baak says.
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  3. Feb 8, 2008 #2
    Lol. I can understand doing that for the small boost in life, however, I see no point in monitoring it.
  4. Feb 8, 2008 #3
    very cute

    it makes it more poetic
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    I'm so happy!

    I live at 6,000 feet, plus, in the summer, I spend a lot of time in the mountains at around 9,000 to 10,000 feet. Having lived here over 11 years, I've lived at least 44 microseconds longer than most of you! :biggrin:

    It makes the extra risk of skin cancer worth it!
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  6. Feb 8, 2008 #5
    I can't believe I wasted 2 minutes on this thread.
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    Ha! I wasted 2 minutes and 15 picoseconds! :biggrin:

    Plus another 20 seconds and 2.5 picoseconds calculating how much more time I wasted than you!

    Oh, geez. I think I need to get a life.
  8. Feb 8, 2008 #7
    I can't grasp how you can speed up time.
  9. Feb 8, 2008 #8
    This is one thing I do not need to put on my list of things to do before I die.
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    Start digging!

    (Or, remember that sports submersible with the shiny tail fins?)
  11. Feb 9, 2008 #10
    It means that they'll die earlier though! NOES!
  12. Feb 9, 2008 #11
    Time taken > Time Earned = Waste of time
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    Real easy:

    1. Stand upright, at ease.
    2. Begin rotating your arm (the one carrying your wristwatch) as fast as you can;
    3. Continue as long as you can;
    4. Stop before you damage your shoulder rotator cuff.

    Congrats, you've sped up time for the rest of your body!
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2008
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