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Drain the Gulf

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Whip up a quick dam, drain the Gulf, toss any fish and turtles over the wall, drive down to the hole, cork the sucker, clean up excess oil, plant a couple of ferns to look good for the publicity pics, let the water back in, get back home in time to watch McGuyver re-runs.
Grogster, Jun 29 2010

try this Two_20Plugs_20in_20The_20Bath
[xandram, Jun 29 2010]

Lake Delton, WI Empties Out in Four Hours http://www.youtube....watch?v=UUWfnQusB60
How Long is This Gonna Take? [Grogster, Jun 30 2010]

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       yeah! and then lets build a bridge to mars!
Voice, Jun 29 2010
  

       As my friend Brian once suggested, "Why don't we build an underground tunnel to the Moon?"
Alx_xlA, Jun 29 2010
  

       a bridge to mars you say? hmmmmm
ComatoseSheep, Jun 29 2010
  

       OK, first catch your Tiger - any thoughts on how to "whip up a quick dam"? How long did it take to build the Panama canal, and extrapolating from that, how long would it take to enclose, and then drain the Gulf of Mexico? If we did that, we might as well dig a whole bunch of other wells while we're down there, get them all to spew out loads of oil and presto, a nice big oil reservoir from which you could just scoop out as much lovely oil as you wanted.
zen_tom, Jun 29 2010
  

       Good question, [zen_tom]... Inject the appropriate chemicals into the spew, mount the appropriate laboratory equipment upstream, turn the ejecta into a Styrofoam slurry. As it comes up the pipe point it where you want the dam. Styrofoam expands and hardens as the dam builds itself into what will look from space like a giant beer cooler.
Grogster, Jun 29 2010
  

       Very, very, very fast-growing coral ?
8th of 7, Jun 29 2010
  

       Drill a hole under the Gulf through the earth, and when all the oil and water flows down into Australia, let them handle it.
DrWorm, Jun 29 2010
  

       Not real practical, but this just got me thinking about the entire gulf as a tidal generation power plant. Florids to Cuba to the Yucatan Peninsula looks to be only about 400 miles.
MechE, Jun 29 2010
  

       try using [xenzag]'s 2 drain tub!
xandram, Jun 29 2010
  

       There are several orders of magnitude worth of wrong in this idea.
BunsenHoneydew, Jun 29 2010
  

       Granted, General Custer was not the only guy to suffer from a malformed sense of scale... it seemed a perfect plan in my bathtub.
Grogster, Jun 29 2010
  

       on o cassion it could work   

       hint: cassion
beanangel, Jul 21 2010
  

       //There are several orders of magnitude worth of wrong in this idea.//   

       Marked.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 21 2010
  

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Grogster, Jul 22 2010
  

       "on o cassion it could work" sounded like a good one to me too.
blissmiss, Jul 22 2010
  
      
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