# Nailing Jello to a tree

1. Nov 24, 2007

### Math Is Hard

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It's been said that this is impossible, but there must be a handful of legitimate solutions. I'm writing an essay about solving a challenging problem and I am thinking about using this as a lead in, offering a few strategies for a solution.

Any ideas? Freezing the Jello seems like it might work if one nailed it carefully.

2. Nov 24, 2007

### Math Is Hard

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hmmm..Maybe sitting the Jello cube on top of a branch and then nailing it down is another possibility.

3. Nov 24, 2007

### Ivan Seeking

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Nail the bag of powder to the tree [don't add water]
Nail the entire box to the tree

4. Nov 24, 2007

### Math Is Hard

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Ahhh.. clever!!!

5. Nov 24, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

Does the jello have to be made according to directions?
You make jello into gummy bear consistency which could be nailed to a tree.

6. Nov 24, 2007

### dontdisturbmycircles

Cut down the tree, nail the Jello to the tree and drop the tree into a bottomless pit.

Place a wedge into the tree, nail small piece of Jello directly on top of the wedge.

7. Nov 24, 2007

### Moonbear

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8. Nov 24, 2007

### apples

Add lots and lots of gelatin to the Jello, and then nail it.

9. Nov 24, 2007

### Math Is Hard

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I'm assuming it's a free-for-all on how the jello is made or whether it's made at all, so these are good suggestions.

10. Nov 24, 2007

### Moonbear

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Yep, sometimes it's best to think INSIDE the box.

You could also put it in a Ziploc bag and nail the bag to the tree.

Or, you could make Jello shots, and invite an appropriate male/female mix of guests to the party...somebody might get...:uhh: Nevermind, that's not rated PG.

11. Nov 24, 2007

### Math Is Hard

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That works, too!

I was also thinking about what DDMC wrote. I wonder if there is some antigravity or centrifugal force related solution?

12. Nov 24, 2007

### Math Is Hard

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That might be a bit racy for my class essay.

13. Nov 24, 2007

### Gokul43201

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Stretching the usage of nail just a little...set the jello in a shot-glass with a dart inverted into it so that the jello sets around the fletching (the fins).

Or, for a simpler solution, make a standard 100ft by 100ft by 100ft cube of jello, cut down a smallish tree and nail it to the top of the cube. Then put yourself in the reference frame of the tree.

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14. Nov 24, 2007

### Math Is Hard

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Oh, very cool!

15. Nov 25, 2007

### Jimmy Snyder

Just put the jello on the tree. Jello is nails.

16. Nov 25, 2007

### Ivan Seeking

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Use an extremely dense nail? The local gravity will hold the jello in place.

You could also name the cat Jello...

or just write "Jello" on a piece of paper and nail it up.

17. Nov 25, 2007

### Ivan Seeking

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Speaking of Jello, I had to mention this

http://www.cs.indiana.edu/cgi-pub/cshue/research/techreport624-06.pdf [Broken]

so you may be able to calculate a solution using a jello analog computer.

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18. Nov 25, 2007

### matthyaouw

Make up the jelly and set it in a small cylindrical container with the nail already in it so that it clings to the nail, then hit it in to a tree.

19. Nov 25, 2007

### brewnog

I reckon you could actually nail jelly to a tree, with no modifications to the nail or jelly. You'd just have to be a bit careful.

20. Nov 25, 2007

### Artman

Construct an enormous centrifuge and place a tree in it. Then get in with your Jello, hammer and nails and start the centrifuge. Then when you get going fast enough carefully nail the Jello to the tree.

Or hammer twenty nails in a circle leaving a hole in the middle where you place your Jello.

21. Nov 25, 2007

### turbo

Make a small container of jello, and when it sets up, punch a small hole through the center of the jello and put the jello in the freezer. When it's frozen, you can nail it to a tree, and it ought to stay put until it thaws, which could be a long time coming in my climate.

22. Nov 25, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

Put the jello in a shallow tray and dehydrate it to a leathery texture, then nail it.

I liked gokul's idea of molding the jellow on the dart feathers, if you made it dense or dried it enough, it wouldn't slip off.

23. Nov 25, 2007

### Math Is Hard

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Thanks for the ideas, everyone. I love the creative minds here.

24. Nov 25, 2007

### Moonbear

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It also depends on how much Jello you intend to nail to the tree. Just passing the nail through the jello should pick up enough on the nail to embed within the tree on the nail, even if you'd need a microscope to find it.

25. Nov 25, 2007

### Math Is Hard

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We'll call this the "CSI solution".