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Inspired by an annotation on the linked idea, this would
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.
uppermost party popper must be triggered by some
cunning means. As it pops, it must (as per Newton)
itself skyward to some extent, thereby pulling the strings
of the poppers in the next layer down, and so forth and
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
[MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 01 2013]
xkcd what if?: Model Rockets
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?
||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
||//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
||However, the idea of a gun that makes party poppers
gattle is an excellent one.
||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.
||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
||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