What happens when there’s not enough friction on a slip and slide, or too much drag when you hit the water after diving off a 30-foot platform? Host Seth Herzog breaks down the science of summer fun gone wrong, and he even gets in on the painful action this week on Science of Stupid:
Now join me as we review this week’s 5 Things from Science of Stupid That You Definitely Shouldn’t Try at Home.
5) Stop! Hammer (Your Face into the Floor) Time!
PAIN SCORE: 3 out of 10 winces
IMPACT POINTS: Forehead, temple, maybe a little face
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: He over-rotated, which is a shame because his pivot point was stable; that’s the key to a good windmill! Unfortunately he was so jacked up that his shoulders couldn’t catch up to his legs. At least his head was there to break his fall.
HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE:
He could have smashed his $1500 laptop to bits like this dope.
DID YOU KNOW: James Brown’s hit “Get on the Good Foot” is credited with the acceleration of popularized breakdancing. It even inspired the base step for all breakdancing: the Good Foot.
4) Let’s Practice Dentistry with Exercise Balls
PAIN SCORE: 4 winces
TEETH LOST: One
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: According to SOS, the molecules of an exercise ball are spring shaped and act accordingly. When forced upon, the ball stores energy and compresses the air; when it returns to shape, it can give back nearly all the force it absorbed. In short, don’t be the less heavy person in this equation.
HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE: Did I ever tell you the one about the four teen boys who tried this?
More balls equal more force, so at least our tooth-losing friend had the sense to go one-one-one.
DID YOU KNOW: The largest exercise ball class took place at Rockefeller Center in New York and featured 353 participants. It would have been so cool if they all ran into each other.
3) Less a Dive, More a Cry for Help
PAIN SCORE: 7 winces
IMPACT POINTS: The entire front of his body. Every. Square. Inch.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: This one defies scientific explanation. I think it’s brain freeze. “Do I go head first or feet first? Well, I’m already falling so I should pro—“ SPLASH.
HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE: We’ve all belly flopped and we all know the sting too well. The only thing I can imagine making this worse would be if he dove into a frozen pool, like this guy from last week:
DID YOU KNOW: Diving was first introduced at the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis. Back then it was known as “fancy diving,” which we can all agree was a much better name.
2) Speaking of Belly Flops
PAIN SCORE: 9 winces
IMPACT POINTS: Face, chest, forearms, wrist, back, knees
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: This dude is trying to execute a stoppie on his heavy hog. Unfortunately, his rate of speed makes is too high, so he blows past the balance point and directly onto his head.
HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE: He could have tried it in street traffic, not that anyone is dumb enough—
DID YOU KNOW: The longest stoppie on record belongs to American stunt rider Jesse Toler and measures an incredible 1320.3 feet. U-S-A! U-S-A!
1) Wile E. Coyote Takes Up Base-Jumping; What Happens Next Won’t Surprise You
PAIN SCORE: 10 jaws on the floor
IMPACT POINTS: The earth
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING: Here’s a good way to interfere with the proper deployment of your parachute: do a somersault! Sigh.
HOW IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE: He’s not dead, so there’s really only one way. Say thanks to the fresh snow, you dolt.
DID YOU KNOW: Base-jumpers use special equipment that allows them to parachute at heights as low as 100ft. Still, it helps if you don’t screw around with flips and stuff.
It goes without saying, but don’t try any of this stuff at home. It will hurt so so much. But do try to catch Science of Stupid – Friday’s at 9 and 9:30pm on Nat Geo!