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Take each contestant and put them on a scale. Attach a
harness, short bungee cord and a weather balloon. Inflate
balloon with helium until the contestants weight is 3 lbs.
each a sabre and facemask.
Watch as contestants leap up to 180 ft. vertically (typ. 200
with a normal leap of 36") and behave much as
fighting cocks do when trying to survive.
For the more conservative, strap the balloon on and go
off a cliff. Pogo sticks might come in handy.
Introduction to Cluster Ballooning
"Anywhere from 50 to 150 balloons may be needed." [jutta, Nov 14 2005]
Thunderdome (Burning Man version)
Seems to me this achieves the bouncing and leaping duel much more handily. [DrCurry, Nov 14 2005]
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||Your physics are a bit wonky - tying a balloon to yourself doesn't let you make giant leaps, and you're talking *way* more than a single balloon. So, I'm not sure the dueling thing works. But just flying around with this is pretty cool - see link.
||Come to think of it, how _do_ "fighting cocks behave when trying to survive"? Because, clearly, attacking each other is the wrong strategy for that.
||the physics are simple; the amount of helium in the
balloon will displace the weight of the contestant.
Instead of using enough helium to go sky high, one simply
uses only the amount needed to displace all but 3 lbs of
Each contestant will then weigh exactly 3 lbs. This is
somewhat less than moon weight.
Of course the important factor is the volume of the
lighter than air gas. You can use alot of smaller balloons
or you can use one big balloon. Nice link though.
Clearly, you haven't seen a live cock fight. If you do some
research on how this ritual is done you will see what I
mean. Anyway, the point is to think about the strategy of
vertical elevation in flux with horizontal movement,
dexterity and ruthlessness.
||While sleeping last night I realized that the connection between the balloon and the contestant would have to be rigid so that as one jumped everything would behave as a single unit.
||So, nevermind the bungee cord and substitute a short rigid connector to the balloon via a padded harness.
||One large weather balloon would also have a much more rigid skin than those in the link and would behave more like you wanted.
||A weather balloon isn't (a) dirigble.
//the physics are simple// and mostly wrong in this case - if you managed to balance the lift of a weather balloon at ground level to give 3lbs of lift, it would expand as it rose, giving ever-increasing amounts of lift until it burst.
||Sounds like Mad Max Beyond The Thunderdome with balloons.
||Now, instead of a Buckminster Fuller cage, suspending the bungees from dirigibles flying at 1,000' would be interesting to some, although for it to be practical for duelling purposes, I think you'd need to be tethered to the same dirigible.
||[Trying to fight with a humongous weather balloon strapped to your back would be so wildly cumbersome, I think we can dismiss that out of hand, and go back to bungee cables.]
||I was thinkin that it would be a gas to swing in big arcs
under the balloon on the bungee.
||Now *that* is thoroughly Baked.
||Dueling dirigibles, Batman!