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Dannon Fruit Yogurt Cup Space Program

no, seriously
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One day, I was stuck in my house, bored stiff with nothing to entertain myself except a clean Dannon yogurt cup. I picked up the cup and crunched it around the middle to save space in my recycling bin. I was only mildly surprised by the thing's durability when it snapped back into its' original position, but somewhat curious, I toyed with it some more. I bent it, folded it, threw it against a wall, twisted, and even inverted it at one point, but it always (even when it required some pressure) resumed its' exact original position, unscathed, save for where the paint rubbed off.

This material is so ridiculously flexible, I thought it could be used to make vast, surreal structures, or NASA could make shuttles out of the stuff. Cities could be built on these things.

Try it.

P. S. It may have been Columbo yogurt; it was a while ago.

jellydoughnut, Nov 19 2005

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       Could you test it again just to see if they have not changed the packaging? And could I use it in my hip replacement surgery?
sleeka, Nov 19 2005
  

       Let's check whether plasitc is as strong and light as Aircraft aluminum...(checks engineering text)...   

       Nylon (type 6/6, strongest plastic listed):   

       * Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS)-- 75MPa   

       * Density-- 1140 kg/m^3   

       Aluminum (7075-T6; strongest alloy listed):   

       * UTS-- 570MPa   

       * Density--2800 kg/m^3   

       1MPa = 1000 kg-m/s^2 per m^2   

       So basically Aluminum is about five times as strong for the weight, and flexibility isn't too important on the space shuttle, so that's why they don't use it, I think.   

       bun for a fun idea, though. I want to live in a surreal, unbreakable structure.
sninctown, Nov 19 2005
  

       //I want to live in a surreal, unbreakable structure.//   

       LOL, yeah, I think we all do.
Zuzu, Nov 19 2005
  

       Re-entry's going to be a bitch.
Worldgineer, Nov 19 2005
  

       This reminds me of a thing Jeremy Clarkson (a UK C-list celebrity) did on TV a while back: he took a gas cutter and, for demonstration purposes, cut through a sheet of steel a couple of inches thick. The gas cutter cut through this as if it was made of butter. Then, he turned the gas cutter on a pizza.   

       People who understand the physics of how a gas cutter works will not be surprised that the torch made no impact on the pizza, even after multiple runs. JC concluded that the Space Shuttle should be covered in pizzas.
moomintroll, Nov 19 2005
  

       I'd live in a vast, surreal structure filled with yoghurt.
wagster, Nov 19 2005
  

       Ahhh. Pretending to be a yogurt fan when all you really want is custard.
sleeka, Nov 19 2005
  
      
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