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Monday, December 01, 2008


 

Index T-Z

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T

Table, balancing a wobbly, 1.268
Tablecloth trick, 1.164, 1.230
Tacoma
Narrows Bridge collapse, 2.4, 2.4

Tae-kwon-do punch, 1.45
Takeoff illusion, 1.17

Tang grain behavior, 2.106

Tape, glow, 5.17, 5.17

Tape measure, dangerous when retracting, 1.154

Tattoos, magnetic effects, 5.40, 5.40, 5.42

Taylor, Charles, gyroscope vehicle, 1.219
Tea
       leaves collected at cup's center, 2.25

       pouring from rotating platform (Coriolis force), 1.242
       roll patterns in, 2.90
       secondary flow, 2.25
Teapot
      effect, stream doubling back on spout, 2.51
      whistling, 3.3

Tears of strong wine, 2.88

Teeshirt optics, 6.86, 6.159
Teeth
        thermal properties of fillings, 4.53
        tingling of fillings, electrical, 5.27
Telegraph lines, magnetic effects, 5.47

Telephone wire sounds, 3.2

Television snow illusion, 7.30

Tennis, 1.79, 2.13

Termite mounds, temperatures and ventilation schemes, 4.83

Thames River tunnel, 4.72

The Birds, movie, bird flocking, 2.166
Thermal expansion and contraction, 4.53

Thermal inversion
      elephant calls, 3.10
      long-distant sounds, 3.10
      mirage, 6.30
      sky colors, 6.5
Thermoremanent magnetism (TRM), 5.39

Thin-film optics, 6.114

Thixotropic fluids, 2.58, 2.58

Throat singing, 3.6

Throw-in, football (soccer), 1.162, 1.228

Throwing cards, 2.10
Throwing hot water into very cold air, 4.16, 4.16
Thrust SSC, land speed record, 3.54, 6.28
Thunder
         ightning thunder, 3.56
        winter thunder, 4.74

Tia Maria patterns, 2.89, 2.89
Tibetan singing bowls, 2.74
Tides, 2.33
         Bay of Fundy, 2.34
         tidal bores, 2.32
Tiger beetles, colors due to surface structures, 6.115

Tigers, roaring, 3.10

Tightrope walking, 1.91

Tinnitus, noise induced, 3.30
Tippy tops, 1.106

Tires
        balancing, 1.176
        distortion, 1.151
        electric conduction, 5.9

        squealing, 3.42

Toads, 1.27

Toast, tumbling, 1.99, 1.99

Toilet paper tearing, 1.93

Toilets,
       blowing raspberries, 3.90
       flatulence, 3.92
       functioning, 2.41
       toilet paper tearing, 1.93
       toilet stall electric field, 5.52
       whoopee cushion, 3.89
Tomahawks, 1.29

Tomatoes, speckle on, 6.124

Tongue, on cold pole, 4.26
Tongue, stuck in bottle, 4.73

Tonic water glow, 5.19
Tooth filling, electrical effect, 5.27

Toothpick trick, 1.251
Tops,
       eggs, spinning, 1.107, 1.107
       inverting top, 1.106, 1.106
       personalities, 1.104
       tippy top, 1.106, 1.106
Tornados
      formation, 2.36, 2.372.36
      green skies, 6.12

      looking up into interior (and living), 2.37
      sparking, 5.29

Tortilla chip sounds, fresh versus old, 3.52
Total internal reflection
       diamond's sparkle ruined by grime, 6.94
       fish's view of external world, 6.84
       magic trick, 6.84
Totems, Chinese balancing, 1.239
Towel popping sounds, 3.59

Toys 
      aircannon vortex, 2.40
      balloon inflation, 4.70
      ball suspended in air stream, 2.144
      boomerang, 2.9
      bullroarer, Australian, 3.81
      corrugated tubes, sound emission, 3.39
      diabolo, 1.108
      domino
            amplifier, 1.68, 1.68
            chain reaction,  1.68, 1.68
            human chain reaction, 1.68
            stacking, 1.68
      dunking bird
             large, 4.63
             normal size, 4.62
             possible cult, 4.63
      fiddlestick, 1.160
      flying toys modeled on helicopter seeds, 2.11
      hula hoop, 1.84
      inverting top, 1.106 
      juggling, 1.25
      jumping beans, 1.39, 1.39
      kaleidoscope, 6.65
      kite, 2.6
      lasso, 1.84
      leaning tower of blocks, 1.66
      Lego blocks, 1.66
      Plexiglas, electric discharge paths, 5.18
      putt-putt boat, 4.52, 4.52     
      radiometer, 4.91, 4.91
      rattleback, 1.109, 1.109
      rotor on notched stick, 1.161, 1.161
      rubber band thermo machine, 4.86
      Slinky
            falling, 1.249
            stairs, descending, 1.65
            treadmill, 1.65
            whistler, acoustic, 3.78
      Super Ball, 1.76, 1.76
      tippy top, 1.106, 1.106 
      too quick to slide, 1.156
      top,
            rotation, 1.104
            inverting, 1.106, 1.106
      tube, singing corrugated, 3.39
      yo-yo, 1.85-1.86
Traffic
       platoons, 1.2
       shock waves, 1.3

Trains,
       collision, 1.13
       hunting (searching) by wheels, 1.182 
       jackknifing, 1.72
       passing trains, aerodynamics, 2.3, 2.3
       sonic boom, tunnel, 3.55
       train surfing, 1.199
Transformer, electric power lines, 5.47
Transmission lines
       AC versus DC argument, 5.22
       repairing live lines with helicopter, 5.22, 5.22
Transmission through envelope, 6.86

Transmission through shower door, 6.88, 6.90

Transparent animals, 6.90, 6.90
Transparent skin, 6.906.90
Trebuchets, 1.31

Trees
        falling, 1.69
        oscillating, 1.132

        water flow in, 2.136

Triboelectricity,
        razorback, Martian and kitchen, 5.53
        sweaters, playgrounds, surgery, 5.8
Tritium gun sights, 6.161
Truck,
        falls onto car, 1.229
        in strong wind, 1.227
        Knight Rider (television) stunt, 1.226
       
loading and unloading, novel, 1.164
Tug-of-war, loss of fingers, 1.173

Tumbleweeds, 2.186
Tunnel
         aerodynamics of trains, 2.3, 2.3
         fire, 4.95
         pressure effects with champagne, 4.72
         sonic booms from trains, 3.55
         through Earth's center, 1.141, 1.141

Turkey, cooking, deep frying dangers, 4.80
Twilight duration, 6.142

Twilight purple light, 6.145

Twining plants, 1.206
Twinkies in UV light, 6.134

Twinkling stars, 6.32

Twin towers collapses, 1.48
Tyndall figures in ice, 4.22

U

Ultraviolet light and tee-shirts, 6.159
Ultraviolet, seeing in, 6.154

Umbrellas, diffraction by, 6.104

Underwater hearing, 3.26

Underwater vision,
      Anableps anableps, fish, simultaneous air and water vision, 7.19
      fish seeing fisherman, 6.85
      humans, penguins, crocodiles, 7.18
Unicycle riders, 1.116

Upside down racing, 2.1
Upward streamers, lightning, 5.1, 5.7

V

V flight formation of birds, 2.18, 2.18
V-1 and V-2 rockets
       flipping by British pilots, 2.20
       sounds (sonic boom), 3.54
Vacuum
       collapse of railway tank car, 4.54
       human exposure, 4.5, 4.5 
van Gogh, Vincent
        Red Vineyard at Arles, 6.47, 7.6 
        Starry Night, 7.6,
        Sunflowers and bee vision, 7.54

Variable displays, 6.109

Varnish, optics, 6.131

Vaseline in UV light, 6.134

Vee formation of birds in flght, 2.18, 2.18
Vegetables, musical, 3.91
Veins, blue, 6.123

Velvet, optics of,
         black velvet gloss, 6.131
         green turns to red, 6.132

Venus and the visual blister effect, 7.27

Venus, spokes seen on, 7.4

Vernal equinox and eggs, 1.138, 1.138
Verne, Jules,  starting fire with ice lens, 6.93
V formation, birds, 2.18, 2.18
Videos, fake 
        catching a melon with your face, 2.169
        cell phones popping popcorn, 4.101
        liquid mountaineering, 2.169
        Nike football commercial, 1.78
Vikings
        Greenland spotted via mirage, 6.30
        navigation using polarized sky light, 6.127
Vinyl record reflection patterns, 6.107
Violins
        bowing, 3.34
        flashing (illusion), 3.35

Viscoelastic creep, 1.142

Viscosity
        ballpoint pen ink, 2.58
        butter, 2.58
        cornstarch slurry, 2.58, 2.58, 4.99
        glass flow, church windows, 2.57
        ketchup, 2.58
        one-coat paint, 2.58
        silicone putty (Silly Putty), 2.58
Vision
        bright and dark lines, tear layers, 7.5
        butterfly, 6.117, 6.117
        dashing specks, 7.4
        fisherman's view of fish, 6.84
        fish's view of fisherman, 6.85
        floaters, 7.5
        gray network upon waking, 7.4
        latency, depth with motion, 7.23
        mineral eyes, 7.51
        moth, 6.117, 6.117
        pinhole reading, 7.33, 7.33       
        radial lines, 7.5
        snowblindness, 6.55
        underwater
             Anableps anableps, 7.19
             crocodiles, 7.18
             penguins, 7.18
             swimmer, 7.18

Visual latency, 7.23

Volcano
       Krakatoa
             infrasound wave world wide, 3.74
             noctilucent clouds (luminous night clouds), first appearance, 6.59
       sandblasting cockpit window, 6.105
       shock waves, 3.54
       sky colors, 6.8
       sound waves hopping, 3.18
       sparking, 5.30, 5.30

Vortex
       bath tub, 2.23, 2.23 
       bottle, 2.168
       cannon, 2.40
       coffee cup, 2.24
       dolphin, 2.40
       Dresden WWII bombing, 4.82
       dust devils, 2.39
       fire devil, 4.82
       fog devils, 2.39
       large-scale, entire lake draining into a mine, 2.23 
       Miller Lite vortex bottle, 2.168
       ring, 2.40
       steam devils, 2.39
       tea leaves and olives, 2.25
       tornado, 2.36
       tornado, looking up into, 2.37
       waterspouts, 2.38
Voss-Andreae, Julian, sculpture, 6.77

W

Wakes, water, ducks to aircraft carriers, 2.68

Walking, Groucho, 1.259
Walking in space, 4.5
Walking on hot coals, 4.8, 4.9
Walking or running on water,
           Criss Angel magic act, 6.89
           liquid mountaineering (fake video), 2.169 
           lizards, 2.42, 2.58, 2.169
           water and corn starch slurry, 2.58
           water striders, 2.802.85, 2.169
Wallis, Barnes, 1.94
Wall, climbing by robots, 5.54
Wall, hanging a bottle, 1.221
Wall mirage, 6.28, 6.28
Wall of Death, 1.211
Wammy doddle toy, 1.161
War
         see Weapons (below)
         acoustic shadows, Civil War, 3.19, 3.19
         airplane shock wave, 3.54, 3.54
         Big Bertha, German long range artillery, 1.136
         Caesar's escape, 2.165
         dambusters, World War II, 1.94, 1.94
         explosions heard at long distance, 3.18
         Falkland Islands, long range artillery, 1.136
         firestorm, Dresden World War II bombing, 4.82
         mushroom clouds, 4.76
         retroreflectors, landing behind enemy lines, 6.72
         smoke screens, World War II, 4.76
         sound mirrors, enemy airplane detection, 3.85
Washboard road, 1.185, 1.185
Water and block puzzle, 2.164
Water bells, 2.101

Water balloons, 4.94
Water freezing, sounds, 4.16, 4.16

Waterhouse, John William, mirror reflections in his painting, 6.75
Water, free standing, 2.181
Water, running or walking on,
           Criss Angel magic act, 
6.89
           liquid mountaineering (fake video), 2.169 
           lizards,
2.42, 2.58, 2.169
           water and corn starch slurry, 2.58
           water striders, 2.80, 2.85, 2.169
Water sheets, 2.101
Water striders, 2.80, 2.85, 6.89
Water waves,
          beach cusps, 2.72
          diffraction, 2.66, 2.165
          edge waves, 2.71
          formation, 2.63
          oil calming waves, 2.732.73
          rogue, 2.64, 2.64
          surfing, 2.69, 2.69
          turning toward shore, 2.65
          wakes, ducks to aircraft carriers, 2.68
Water, weight of, 2.191
Water wells and atmospheric pressure, 4.92

Waterfalls,
          acoustical resonance, 3.17
          falling over Niagara Falls, 1.195
          ground oscillations, 2.118

Watering during sunlight, 6.92

Waterspouts, 2.38

Waves, water
        Benjamin Franklin, oil, water waves, 2.73
        bow wave riding, dolphin, porpoise, 2.70, 2.70
        oil and water waves, 2.73
        pond resonance, 2.67, 2.67
        porpoise bow riding, 2.70, 2.70
        rain calming ocean waves, 2.133
        rogue waves, 2.64, 2.64
        sandbar reflections, 2.132
        seiches, 2.67, 2.67
        solitary wave, 2.31
        through narrow opening, 2.66
        turning toward beach, 2.65
        waves on falling water stream, 2.100
        wave suppression by rain, 2.133
Weapons
        Archimedes death ray,
6.81
        atlati, 1.27
        back splatter, Kennedy assassination, 
1.146
        bergship (iceberg aircraft carrier), 2.160
        Big Bertha, 1.136
        blowgun, 1.244
        body armor,
             Kelvar, 1.130,
1.130
             Linothorax, Alexander the Great 1.130
        bola, 1.30
        bullet
             shot into wood block, 1.267
             shot into water container,
1.146
             shot upward, falling back down, 1.112, 1.112
             spinning on ice
1.236
        cards, thrown as weapons, 2.10, 2.10
        catapult, 1.31
        dambusters of World War II, 1.94, 1.94
        explosions
               mushroom cloud, 4.76
               shock wave, 3.54
        Falkland Islands, long range artillery, 1.136
        firestorm,
4.82
        Garfield assassination, 5.41
        Geoffrey Pyke, bergship, 2.160
        gun sights, quark transformation, 6.161
        precoil, rifle and gun, 1.168
        rotating bombs,
1.94, 1.94
        shooting yourself down, 2.155, 2.155
        siege machine, 1.31
        shooting along a slope, 1.174
        slings, 1.28
        stealth aircraft, 6.117
        swords,
1.198
        tomahawks, 1.29
        trebuchets, 1.31
        V1 and V2 rockets, 
               flipping by pilots,
2.20
               sounds, 3.54
        whip, 3.59
Web, spider, optics effects, 6.105

Weight lifting, 1.41

Weissenberg effect, liquid climbing rotating rod, 2.61

Welding
         friction, 4.112
         humps and beading, 2.81

Westinghouse, George, AC versus DC argument, 5.22
Wet tee-shirt optics, 6.159
Wetting
         bird droppings (poop) on car, 2.98
         breath figures on mirror, 2.92
         coffee stains, 2.91, 2.91
         cookie dunking, 2.95
         drops and films on solids, 2.84
         lotus effect, 2.93
         paintbrushes and hair, 2.95
         sandcastles, 2.86
Whales, and bubble nets, 2.79

Whales, sound production, 3.16

Whammy doddle toy, 1.161
Wheeler, Matthew, ice lens to start a fire, 6.93
Wheel of Death, 1.205
Wheel, rotating, image, 1.247
Whimmy doddle toy, 1.61
Whiplash injury, 1.14

Whip move, roller derby, 1.231
Whips, sounds, 3.59

Whirl-a-gig beetles, 6.115

Whirlpools, large scale, 2.23
Whisper
        diffraction by mouth, 3.22
        producing, 3.4

Whispering galleries, 3.62, 3.63

Whiskey pub trick, 2.120
Whistle, 3.3
Whistlers

        culvert, 3.77, 3.77

        Slinky, 3.78

Whistling, 3.3

Whiteouts and bone goggles, 6.55
Whitman, Walt, shadow with spokes on water,  6.41
Whoopee cushion noise, 3.89
Widget, Guinness, carbon dioxide release, 2.76
Witchita Lineman,  telephone wires singing in the wind, 3.2
William Tell overture played using road noise, 3.86
Window cleaner fall, 1.49
Wind-chill index, 4.56
Wind, foehn and Chinook, 4.87
Wind shear, tornado, 2.36
Wind sounds, scary, 3.1

Wind towers, 4.83

Wind, truck blow-over, 1.227
Window scratches, optics, 6.105, 6.106

Window, glass flow in old churches, 2.57

Window
        air traffic controller’s, 6.63
        frost flowers, 4.111
        multiple images in, 6.79
Windrows, wind-produced pattern on water, 2.137

Windshield 
        light streaks across, 6.106, 6.106
        multiple reflections, 6.106
        potato rubbing as wiper replacement, 2.98
        reflections of dashboard, 6.63
        stress spots in polarized light, 6.129
        thrown through, 1.253

Wine
         cork removal
              corkscrew replacement, 1.269
              plastic bag, empty bottle, 1.213
              shoe, 2.196 
         evaporation pattern, 2.193
         tears of strong wine, 2.88

Wineglass
        bar trick with sound, 3.43
        optics (caustics) of, 6.98
        shattering with voice, 3.44, 3.44
        singing, 3.43
Wing, race car aerodynamics, 2.1, 2.1 
Wintergreen mint, glow, 5.19, 5.19

Winter solstice, sunbeam reaching inner chamber, Newgrange, 6.23, 6.23
Wire screen diffraction, 6.104
Wires, sound from, 3.2
Wobble, table, 1.268
Wobbling coins and bottles, 1.110, 1.110
Wooden mirrors, 6.165
Woodpeckers, collisions and the brain, 1.10

World Trade Center collapses, 1.48

Worm grunting, 1.224
Wormholes in ice cubes, 4.21

Worst Hard Time, The, electrical discharges, dust storms, 5.29
Wrestling, 1.111

X
X rays, peeling tape,  5.17
Y

Yardangs (desert rock formations), 2.112

Yard-of-ale, 2.120, 2.120

Yogurt (yoghurt) drainage pattern, 2.159
Yo-yo, 1.85, 1.86, 1.85

Z

Zodiacal light, 6.149


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