Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Custard Running Track

The possibility of sinking is added incentive to run as fast as you possibly can.
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We've all read about the amazing properties of custard (and if we haven't, check out Custard Filled Speed Bumps, Custard Powered Hydraulic Elevators et al.)

Olympic running tracks are usually composed of tartan (not the Scottish type), but this material has some unwanted properties that could possibly be circumvented by replacing the surface with custard. Firstly, tartan is somewhat hard, thus ensuring injury if a runner falls. Secondly, it tends to wear out after a few years, with small particles breaking off (especially under the influence of running spikes). Thirdly, it's just not ... custard. Who wouldn't love to have a go running on a surface that appears to be liquid until the force of one's foot falling upon it turns it temporarily to a solid (or semi-solid, at least). Finally, tartan is produced using mercury as a catalyst; custard is not. Thus by installing custard-based running tracks, sporting groups can also support the environment.

Advantages of custard over tartan include simpler resurfacing of the track when needed (simply top up the reservoir with more custard), softer impacts for falling runners, increased palatability for hungry spectators, and reduced maintenance (cleaning rubbish and leaves from the surface is not required - they just sink to the bottom of the track).

vigilante, Aug 05 2003

http://news.bbc.co....4479100/4479150.stm [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Nov 18 2006]


       The custard would probably also mould to the shape of the runners' feet, thus ensuring a better grip on the surface. Running spikes would probably be rendered unnecessary.   

       Also, in order for this to work, a short non-custard section of track would be needed at the start of the course, thus allowing runners to build up the speed needed to turn the liquid custard into a solid capable of supporting their weight.
vigilante, Aug 05 2003

       What's wrong with flan?
sartep, Aug 05 2003

       "Two things I know to be true-- There is no difference between good flan and bad flan-- and there is NO war..."   

       -CIA Man played by William H. Macy from 'Wag the Dog'
Cedar Park, Aug 05 2003

       This reminds me of "Jell-O Wrestling". Making sport safer and tastier for all... Croisant!
squatch, Aug 05 2003

       Great link, [2 fries]!
imaginality, Nov 18 2006

       There is a better one.
A video actually but I can't seem to find it.


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