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# Ship in (and out of) a Klein Bottle

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A model super tanker intricately assembled half in and half out of a Klein bottle intriguingly illustrates the one-sided container’s properties.
 — FarmerJohn, Sep 19 2003

(?) sketch http://www.geocitie...nnie/kleinship.html

I like these.. http://www.kleinbot...ein_bottle_hats.htm

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 So, you mean the tanker is single sided too and the oil runs out, no matter where I put it? I wouldn't put that on my desk, no matter how gifted I am.

But it is a nice sketch.
 — kbecker, Sep 19 2003

[kbecker] No, the tanker is three dimensional on the two dimension glass ocean, and being a model, it needn’t be filled with oil. One could fill it with Cutty Sark scotch as a Klein hip flask.
 — FarmerJohn, Sep 20 2003

 Captain: What the hell is that thing up ahead?

 First Mate: I haven't got a clue.

 Captain: It'd better not be that bloody Bermuda Triangle...we'll never get out.

 Navigator: Worse, its a Bermuda Klein Bottle...we'll never get in.

First Mate: Red alert...all hands to Geometry stations...
 — Needa Moeba, Sep 20 2003

 Ow! I've just been looking at the Klein Botttle website. My head hurts!

 Check out the page I've linked. Look at the diagrams of topological equivalents. Does "sausage" look vaguely familiar? (Stop sniggering at the back, there!)

I think the proposal to use the 2D "sausage" representation to mean 0/0 (or "indefinity") has a distinctly halfbakerish flavour.
 — egbert, Sep 20 2003

I think the hb should adopt the keyring. thats so us!
 — po, Sep 20 2003

Excellent. Very Escher.
 — 2 fries shy of a happy meal, Sep 20 2003

But how do the deckhands know if they're coming or going?
 — Tiger Lily, Sep 21 2003

FJ, anything with a Klein bottle gets my vote, especially this!
 — DesertFox, Jun 04 2004

Oh, buddy, I want one. [+]
 — Letsbuildafort, Oct 10 2004

can someone please tell me whats really so special about a klien bottle? The neck is bent into the bottle. wow.
 — Voice, Jul 13 2007

The mathematical version is more complex than that, Voice. It exists only in 4D space, and has no intersection between the neck and body where the 3D approximation does.
 — RayfordSteele, Feb 11 2011

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