Undeniable Update: Balancing Spork

Monday, September 25, 2006

On Friday I showed how to make a metal spoon balance on end by aligning its gravitational domains. The same thing can be done with a plastic spork!



I didn't have this up on Friday because plastic, being lighter, takes longer to prepare. If you want to do this trick with a plastic utensil, be prepared to drive for 700 miles.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

how come there aren't so many posts about magnetic fields on this post as the first one?

funny blog BTW. i had to apologize to a lot of people who i told about the magnetic water.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Steven R.J. said...

I can't really explain this trick but I think a large number of distractions are involved. Serena talks about Gravitons, which a quick google search would reveal are a hypothetical partical important to quantum physics, but not actually detected yet. Also in the backgroung is a fluctuating multimeter which suggests electrical influence or magnetic field involvement. If you look closer at the footage you'll notice that the forground is steady while the background shakes a little suggesting the the background may be blue-screened in (although the camera may be attached to the foreground apparatus). Either way it's clever, and it may be something as simple as the bottom of the spoon or spork is weighted to change the center of gravity so it stands by itself.

1:40 AM  
Blogger Edward Hansen said...

an Interesting ilusion, I can't help but think that static elictricity, a few camera tricks and a few camera strings involved...

1:15 AM  
Blogger Fabian said...

I've watched the video with the spoon (or some other part of the cutlery array..) there, magnetic fields are surely a tempting explanation to the phenomenon. BUT who says this thing actually is plastic..why couldn't it be just a metal object with a nice paintjob?...Don't wanna be a pessimist.. but it could be..

8:12 AM  
Blogger anthonyd said...

luk at th meter thingy in th background it keeps jumpin. this vid has been edited.
badly

6:04 PM  
Blogger duffy said...

No, the meter proves it is working and 100% legit.

2:36 PM  

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