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Party Popper Rocket

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Inspired by an annotation on the linked idea, this would be a multistage rocket in reverse, consisting initially of a pyramid of party poppers.

All the party poppers are string-end uppermost, and the rim of each party popper is attached to the strings of the three directly below it.

The uppermost party popper must be triggered by some cunning means. As it pops, it must (as per Newton) launch itself skyward to some extent, thereby pulling the strings of the poppers in the next layer down, and so forth and so and so.

It is actually quite unlikely that this would ever achieve lift-off (especially since only the final layer of poppers is free to ascend), but it would be quite fun. It may be necessary to use augmented party poppers to attain the full effect.

MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 01 2013

See also Exploding_20pinata/addnote#addnote
[MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 01 2013]

xkcd what if?: Model Rockets https://what-if.xkcd.com/24/
Semi-relevant analysis [notexactly, Oct 02 2017]


       Is there a worlds record for the maximum number of party poppers simultaneously popped by one person without artificial assistance?
pocmloc, Jan 01 2013

       Sadly, this is impractical. Since party poppers are so light, the topmost popper will just take up the slack in the strings and then start to lift the layer below, without initiating the firing sequence.   

       It would, however, be possible to construct a Party Popper Gatling Gun.
8th of 7, Jan 01 2013

       //the topmost popper will just take up the slack in the strings and then start to lift the layer below//   

       Not if each party popper were the size of a champagne bottle and filled with your favourite jumping powder.   

       However, the idea of a gun that makes party poppers gattle is an excellent one.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 01 2013

       Some years ago I received an xmas gift which was a large plastic toy gun. There was a supply of cartridges which fitted into the chamber. Each cartridge was packed as a party popper. I don't remember if there was an auto feed or revolver type configuration.
pocmloc, Jan 01 2013

       We sympathise with your disappointment. In the past, BorgCo engineers, also unimpressed by the complete absence of "shock and awe" inherent in so many such devices have pioneered substantial improvements in performance, often through the use of common household chemicals mixed in the correct proportions.   

       For example, painstakingly dismantling three dozen standard party poppers, adding a few grams of Meal 'A' black powder into the stem, then reassembling said device were so successful that over 20% of the patrons in a pub one New Year's Eve, where these devices had been surreptitiously distributed among the standard units supplied by the landlord, experienced hand injuries including flash burns, eye trauma, and shock, and an even higher proportion reported severe temporary, in some cases permanent, hearing loss. It also tturned out that the only way to remove the little cardboard discs embedded in the woodwork, plastered walls, and in several cases people's foreheads, was a pair of pliers.   

       A device marketed under the name "Party Bomb" proved, after appropraite design review and upgrading, to be more than capable of driving a dinner-plate sized hole through a plasterboard ceiling, damaging wiring in the void above, and indeed scorching the carpet in the bedroom.   

       Representations by those maimed and traumatised by these perfectly legitimate experiments (admittedly not always prformed with informed consent) that the ssubstantial performance improvements were somewhat disproportionate have fallen on deaf ears, mainly as an unintended side-effect identified during the Beta-testing of the Type II weaponized party poppers.
8th of 7, Jan 01 2013


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