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   Undertoad  Tuesday Jun 6 03:13 PM

6/6/2006: Empty Gatorade bottles across the Charles



Thanks xoB. Recycling is important, and recycling plastic bottles is hard. That's why you've gotta hand it to this enterprising pair of gents, who noticed that if they saved all their empty Gatorades for a year...



And tied them all together with duct tape...



It would form a seaworthy raft and they could paddle across the Charles River.



And so they did. As accomplishments go, it doesn't rank up there with curing a disease or writing a great novel. And it's been done many times before with different raw materials. "Oh sure," you think, "I thought of that years ago, I could have done that, easily." But you didn't, huh?

Their full page has 68 photos, out of which these are only four, so it documents the whole event much better than I do.



Pie  Tuesday Jun 6 03:23 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
Recycling is important, and recycling plastic bottles is hard.
Recycling is hard? The why was this article in the WSJ today?
Quote:
Originally Posted by WSJ
Missing milk crates used to wind up in college dormitories as bins for clothes, books and CDs. Today pilfered crates -- as well as pallets, bakery trays and other containers made from a pricey high-density plastic resin -- are going into grinders in recycling plants, say dairy and soft-drink industry loss-prevention officials and police. As oil prices have climbed, so too have prices for the petroleum-based resin used in milk crates, pallets and other such items. Prices of the resin jumped more than 40% after Hurricane Katrina, rising to 87.50 cents per pound in November, according to Plastics News. Today prices are hovering in the 70 cents-per-pound range, nearly double the price just three years ago.
Not that the raft isn't cool n'all.


xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jun 6 03:33 PM

After drinking 90 gallons of Gatorade, I wonder how much of that water they made?



mitheral  Tuesday Jun 6 03:53 PM

boy you wouldn't want the duct tape to let go mid row.



barefoot serpent  Tuesday Jun 6 05:15 PM

Too bad Alcatraz is no longer used as a prison.



Kagen4o4  Tuesday Jun 6 05:33 PM

i could do that i just dont wanna



footfootfoot  Tuesday Jun 6 10:08 PM

Umm, what's up w/ all the asian babes?



richlevy  Tuesday Jun 6 10:21 PM

Morons. If they'd duct taped together 1 years worth of Cheetos bags they would have been able to make a sail and not have had to row.



footfootfoot  Tuesday Jun 6 10:54 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by richlevy
Morons. If they'd duct taped together 1 years worth of Cheetos bags they would have been able to make a sail and not have had to row.
And if they saved all their farts in that helium ballon from the other thread they could have, well they probably would have blown themselves up.


LabRat  Wednesday Jun 7 10:21 AM

What good are blow pop sticks?



Happy Monkey  Wednesday Jun 7 12:40 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot
Umm, what's up w/ all the asian babes?
It's MIT.


Spexxvet  Wednesday Jun 7 01:09 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot
Umm, what's up w/ all the asian babes?
The idea came to them at a bukake party?


hampor  Wednesday Jun 7 02:58 PM

My favorite part is where they are going for a test run of the MIT Chapel's reflecting pool.



capnhowdy  Wednesday Jun 7 05:50 PM

with the money they spent on gatorade, they could have bought a damn boat.



wolf  Thursday Jun 8 02:33 AM

Yes, but you pretty much have to buy those all at once, rather than a buck here, and a buck there ...



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