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Foucault's Penguin

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Foucault's Penguin is a giant mechanical penguin that illustrates the same principle of the famous Foucault pendulum except using a different more visually animated method.

In the case of the new Penguin version, a deep conically shaped excavation houses the swinging, rigid, powered pendulum, which hangs from a freely rotating bar. This entire arrangement is able to turn in a complete circle, facilitated by precision engineered bearings.

Extending above the pendulum is the actual 3 dimensional penguin. When the pendulum swings forward, the connected penguin tilts backwards, and vice versa, the net effect is the creation of a nodding, action for the penguin.

As the pendulum generates a precession below the surface, the connected penguin above repeats the action.

An ink delivery system located inside the penguin means that every time it lunges forward, its beak delivers a tiny dot to a calibrated circular strip of paper positioned around the perimeter of the viewing/visitor room.

This paper is periodically removed and replaced following each rotation of the pendulum/penguin.

Elaborate miniature versions of Foucault's Penguin are for sale in the shop.

Inevitable deluxe version lays an egg at the end of each complete precession.

xenzag, Aug 29 2019


       Don't these poor, well-dressed, long-suffering characters already go through enough, what with the erratic weather patterns interfering with their feeding and breeding grounds?!   

       Penguin harassment [-1]
Sgt Teacup, Aug 29 2019

       Can we eat the penguin afterwards?
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 29 2019

       "is a giant mechanical penguin...." The penguin is more likely to be modified to eat you.
xenzag, Aug 29 2019

       Nice, I like this.
bondarchukb, Aug 29 2019

       //The penguin is more likely to be modified to eat you//   

       I can help with that. With minimal tinkering, I can reactivate some dormant penguin genes and - gadulka! - penguin with teeth!
MaxwellBuchanan, Aug 29 2019

       I'm sure we can license you to construct that version for the usual exorbitant fee.
xenzag, Aug 29 2019

       I'm going to hazard a guess that due to diet, penguin tastes much the same as gull.   

       For reference reading, try the true story "The Raft" (Robert Trumbull).   

       "When a plane carrying three airmen fails to return from its bombing mission on January 16, 1942, the U.S. Navy can afford only a brief search before giving the men up as dead"
normzone, Aug 29 2019


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