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neufuse    2,821

I'm sorry, but we are wasting money on studies like this?

Scientist says Fred Flintstone's car sits on wheels made of lies

Kyle Hill, a Scientific American contributor, has turned his big brain toward one of life's biggest mysteries: How does Fred Flintstone stop his car using nothing but his feet? Hill estimates that Flintstone's rockmobile weighs 1,980 pounds (and that Fred himself is a stout 210 pounds) and can travel at a top speed of 25 mph. He initially assumes that Fred's feet are thickly callused enough to be used as brakes, but doesn't think that's a realistic assessment. "The worst case is much more likely," Hill says. "If Fred pressed and held his feet to the ground, he would most likely lose them." Well, that pretty much killed our appetite for a bronto burger.

http://now.msn.com/fred-flintstone-couldnt-have-stopped-his-car-with-his-feet

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Mr.mister    0

I always wondered that :o even tho it doesn't take a scientist to know its lies XD

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trag3dy    3,368

Well now that the most important issue facing humanity has been cleared up we can finally start working on the little things, like curing cancer.

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Growled    3,880

I'm sorry, but we are wasting money on studies like this?

Yes. It helps the economy, you know. :p

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slamfire92    1,276

What a ****ing waste of brain power and time :rolleyes:

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Brian Miller    1,538

Someone take away his PhD and give it to someone who can use it to do some work that will actually forward humanity.

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Original Poster    324

Someone take away his PhD and give it to someone who can use it to do some work that will actually forward humanity.

there is no such thing as a stupid question ... so why should someone be judge for answering any question, even if it may not benefit you? sounds like you are just being selfish ;)

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Ian W    2,331

there is no such thing as a stupid question ... so why should someone be judge for answering any question, even if it may not benefit you? sounds like you are just being selfish ;)

Well, since there is no such thing as a stupid question, you won't mind me asking just how many people care about Flintstone's car?

Hill should turn his big brain toward important things.

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The_Decryptor    1,105

How is it that some guy writing a tongue in cheek blog post now makes it to a news site?

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Phouchg    2,050

You don't say! /nic-cage

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rfirth    733

Someone take away his PhD and give it to someone who can use it to do some work that will actually forward humanity.

If you people bothered to read, you would know that this person doesn't have a PhD. He doesn't even have a masters degree.

You would also know that this is just a funny blog post and completely unrelated to his research.

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Rigby    1,383

The problem is it's not that funny. Can't wait to hear about how all that futuristic stuff from the Jetsons would never really work.

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psreloaded    66

As long as he did not use public/university funds while doing this research, i don't care. If he did however, he should be fired immediately from whichever university he is affiliated to... Here we have problems like global warming and cancer and he is wasting his time on flintstone!!!

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Knife Party    630

"has turned his big brain toward one of life's biggest mysteries" FAIL

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psreloaded    66

If you people bothered to read, you would know that this person doesn't have a PhD. He doesn't even have a masters degree.

You would also know that this is just a funny blog post and completely unrelated to his research.

Ah, thats fine then... :p the op is a little confusing

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Lant    69

I'm sorry, but we are wasting money on studies like this?

Because they can often provide useful insight into a problem while presenting it in a clever and engaging manner that gets others excited in the field.

One of my favourite examples of this is http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.5211 which explores trying to find faster ways to board an airplane

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The_Decryptor    1,105

For starters, who "wasted the money"? Was he being employed to write the blog post (And if so, how much was he paid? because it's just a couple of calculations)

And second, what's the objection anyway? If a company employed him to write the article for whatever reason, why does that affect you?

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techbeck    5,216

We needed a scientist to tell us this?

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Sadelwo    141

The problem is it's not that funny. Can't wait to hear about how all that futuristic stuff from the Jetsons would never really work.

I was looking forward to a timeline for the development of laptop that unfolds into a flying car. :(

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Hum    6,931

Yaba-daba-dooooo !

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MikeChipshop    3,401

Wow, a few here with a sense of humor bypass going on!

Because they can often provide useful insight into a problem while presenting it in a clever and engaging manner that gets others excited in the field.

One of my favourite examples of this is http://arxiv.org/abs/1108.5211 which explores trying to find faster ways to board an airplane

Didn't Mythbusters already do this. I vaguely remember the answer being 'randomly' is the quickest.

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Xenomorph    38

If some turtles were exposed to toxic waste in the sewer, they would die. :(

Why do cartoons LIE to us???

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zhangm    1,228

I'm sorry, but we are wasting money on studies like this?

The conclusion of my rapid "study" is that you don't know that this isn't actually the author's funded research. The author's actual areas of research are briefly mentioned at the end of the blog post.

Also, the title is wrong - this is a scientist making a statement, not "scientists" declaring the results of an actual research study.

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Hum    6,931

If some turtles were exposed to toxic waste in the sewer, they would die. :(

Why do cartoons LIE to us???

Preparing kids for the grown-up world of government lies. :ninja:

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