xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Mar 17 01:00 AM
Mar 17, 2009: Roundest Thing, Evah
Wolf came up with this item. It's a ball of fused quartz, and the most perfectly spherical object ever made by man.
Actually it's one of four.
Four? I'll buy making one to, you know, see if you can, but making four means they must have a use for them.
Yes, they go in a space probe.
Not the kind of space probe they used on Burt Campbell.
They're used in "Gravity Probe B", which has been up there a couple years now.
EXCEPT, how they made the damn balls.
Crimson Ghost Tuesday Mar 17 01:48 AM
SPUCK Tuesday Mar 17 05:49 AM
Wow.. They have a lot of balls!
capnhowdy Tuesday Mar 17 07:26 AM
I thought for a minute they had captured the terminator and cut his nuts off.
Pie Tuesday Mar 17 08:26 AM
glatt Tuesday Mar 17 08:44 AM
This was a cool IotD. Thanks Bruce and wolf!
Sheldonrs Tuesday Mar 17 09:54 AM
Bah! You want to see something REALLY round, check out my stomach the day after Thanksgiving.
Gravdigr Tuesday Mar 17 12:20 PM
Probably the most expensive balls evah...
Coign Tuesday Mar 17 12:36 PM
Read the wiki for a current timeline. What I read from the ending is that the results, although indicative of proving the space-time warp, will be too inaccurate to determine definitive results.
wolf Tuesday Mar 17 01:58 PM
Clodfobble Tuesday Mar 17 09:29 PM
I want to touch it. What do you think something that smooth feels like?
Sperlock Tuesday Mar 17 09:53 PM
Crimson Ghost Tuesday Mar 17 09:59 PM
They're in the process of making the worlds fastest marathon runner.
Ball bearings and a stick shift
old, old joke
Beest Tuesday Mar 17 11:06 PM
Make your own, instructions are here.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Mar 18 01:38 AM
Ah, thanks Beest. A ball grinder, I should have known, after all I married one.
Crimson Ghost Wednesday Mar 18 02:09 AM
And we have a winner.
classicman Wednesday Mar 18 10:24 AM
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Mar 18 11:39 AM
Only one grinder.
Wombat Wednesday Mar 18 05:57 PM
It's a shame that the jam jar distorts the ball so it doesn't look at all round. I'd have thought they could do a better job of making a publicity shot which actually shows off its roundness.
Crimson Ghost Wednesday Mar 18 11:32 PM
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Mar 19 01:46 AM
One of those was all I wanted.