Top 10 Objects That Were Clearly Invented Just to Annoy Physics


10 Objects That Were Clearly Invented Just
to Annoy Physics 10. The Gomboc The gomboc is what mathematicians like to
call a “mono-monostatic object,” which is a fancy way of saying that it’s impossible
to put this thing down the wrong way. If you do, it will right itself like it’s full
of angry, obsessive-compulsive ghosts. This may not sound impressive until you realize
that there’s literally only one way you can put this thing down on a flat surface.
Regardless of how you place the gomboc it will always revert back to its singular point
of equilibrium thanks to some clever math. And, well, that’s about all it does. In other words, the gomboc’s only practical
purpose is demonstrating what a gomboc is, which would be fine if it didn’t cost 2oo
Euros. There’s no way to justify spending that kind of money just to be able to be annoy
people by betting them they can’t turn this thing upside down, unless you’re betting
them a significant amount of money. 9. The Rattleback Like the gomboc, the rattleback is a shape
that was designed seemingly just to make people accuse you of being a wizard. It’s a small,
elliptical object that can only be spun either clockwise or counter-clockwise, depending
on its design. If you try to spin a rattleback in the opposite direction it will actively
resist the motion and then turn in the direction it’s intended to go, because suck on that,
physics. Watch it in action and try to tell us it doesn’t
look like a cheap effect from a crappy horror movie. Amazingly, rattlebacks aren’t the
result of scientists working tirelessly in a lab, or mathematicians trying to solve a
long-standing equation — people have been using these things as toys for thousands of
years. Though scientists have kind of figured out
how rattlebacks work, the fact that they’re able to completely reverse their direction
is so unbelievable that it’s not uncommon for scientists to assume they’re the work
of trickery when first seeing them. Like this guy who went out and made his own when he
saw one on TV because he couldn’t believe it until he saw it first hand. 8. The Uphill Water Fountain The uphill water fountain is the brain-child
of engineer James Dyson (yes, the vacuum cleaner guy). According to Dyson, he created the sculpture
purely to see if it could be done, and it took him just over a year to build it. Revealed in 2003, Dyson’s water sculpture
— aptly named “Wrong Garden” — immediately drew the attention of the media when no one
present was able to adequately explain how Dyson had managed to make the water flow uphill
against the force of gravity. The secret was that it used compressed air to pump water
uphill. To create the illusion that the water was flowing naturally, the pressurized water
was sandwiched between two sheets of clear plastic and the upper layer had a thin film
of water running down it. The end result was a babbling brook that appeared to flow naturally
uphill like it wasn’t no thing, and a bunch of people scratching their heads wondering
out loud how the illusion was accomplished. 7. One Way Bulletproof Glass Considering that the only real purpose of
bulletproof glass is to stop you from being shot to death, it shouldn’t surprise you
to learn that it’s tougher to crack than an egg laid by a diamond hen. But then you
have glass that’s only bulletproof from one side. This isn’t a theoretical prototype
or a pipe dream of a mad scientist, it’s a real thing that exists today and is super
cool. The reason unidirectional ballistic glass
is such a mind-screw for physicists is because it’s able to maintain its structural integrity
while being shot at from two different directions at the same time. It simultaneously allows
bullets to pass through one way while striking down the bullets heading from the opposite
direction like a planar Gandalf. The secret to the glass lies in its composition.
One side is covered in a thin sheet of polycarbonate, while the other side is covered in a thick
sheet of bulletproof acrylic. Bullets fired from the acrylic side are immediately flattened
on impact, robbing them of the energy they’d need to penetrate the glass, while bullets
fired from the other side are caught by the polycarbonate first, which doesn’t deform
them and allows them to pass through unscathed. Which is just a long way of saying that the
people who invented this found a way of turning unicorn tears into a window. 6. The Effortless Wood Splitting Axe If we could point to a single reason why lumberjacks
are portrayed as barrel-chested, beard sporting woodsmen who could just as easily crush a
man’s head with their bare hands as they could cup a newborn baby squirrel in them,
it’s splitting wood. Along with requiring an immense amount of upper body strength,
splitting wood also requires keen hand-eye coordination and a surprising amount of technique.
In short, it’s really, really hard. Unless you happen to use this axe. Designed by Finnish inventer Heikki Kärnä,
the Leveraxe uses a wedged design that shifts its center of gravity ever so slightly to
the side. That means the axe will almost never randomly deflect off of a particularly tough
piece of wood because all of the energy is “dissipated gradually” as opposed to being
violently redirected at your groin. Thanks to this, splitting wood with the Leveraxe
is way easier than it is with a regular axe to the point where even an untrained jackass
could hold their own against a seasoned woodsman. 5. The Machine That Cooks Ice Cream Imagine a machine that’s capable of hiding
an entire scoop of ice cold ice cream inside of a freshly cooked, piping hot French pastry.
We didn’t just describe something from God’s kitchen — it really exists. Aptly dubbed the Oxymoron Maker 2, it was
invented and designed by Andreu Carulla during his tenure at a famed Spanish restaurant,
El Celler de Can Roca. As much as we’d love to explain how it works, we can’t because
Carulla has refused to license it. As a result, the only way to see it in action is to physically
to go to Spain. All we know for sure is that the machine is somehow capable of sealing
a blob of ice cream inside a fresh brioche in seconds, without compromising the taste
of either. Oh, and it’s partly made of bamboo. You could probably reverse engineer one just
based on that information, right? 4. The Glass That Tells You What’s Inside
It The main problem with drinking from a clear
glass tumbler is that it often fails to properly advertise your beverage of choice to others.
Sure, they could ask you, or make an educated guess based on the color of the liquid, but
wouldn’t it be better if the glass magically displayed the name of what it contained? If
you found yourself slowly nodding your head during the latter part of that sentence, you
may wish to invest in a set of Cipher drinking glasses. The Cipher appears to be nothing more than
a regular drinking glass that’s been decorated with thousands of tiny dots. But when you
pour something into the glass some of the dots disappear, spelling out the name of whatever
drink you chose like some sort of liquid witchcraft. And before you ask, yes, it can tell the difference
between Coke and Pepsi, seemingly for no other reason than the designer anticipating that
everyone would try that. If you put one of these in front of us and showed us it in action,
you’d leave that room with our wallet. 3. The Mighty Mug We’re just going to cut to the chase with
this entry — the Mighty Mug is a punch-proof travel mug. Using what the inventors refer to as “Smartgrip
Technology,” the Mighty Mug is practically impossible to knock over once it’s placed
on a suitable surface. It requires no force whatsoever to move — you just pick it up
like a regular mug. However, while it’s attached to a surface, the Mighty Mug can
be knocked, shaken or even punched and it won’t move an inch. How does it tell the
difference between someone trying to gently pick it up and an elbow nudging it towards
a brand new Macbook? We have no idea, but our current working theory is either elves
or a particularly one-sided deal with Satan. There’s no fancy trick or hidden button
you need to press to make it stay in place, it just does because the Mighty Mug has no
time to mess around. You could even stick it to a vertical surface and then punch it
if you really wanted to. Now, we’re not saying you have to go out
and buy one of these things, because they’re like 20 bucks and regardless of how well it
defies gravity it’s still just a mug. But if you did decide to buy one, we’d really
love to see a video of you freaking out your friends by putting it next to their laptop
and punching it. 2. Super-hydrophobic Spray Without getting too technical, once a given
object has been covered with a super-hydrophobic coating it “literally cannot be touched
by liquid.” As long as the coating remains in place it will repel any and all liquid
it comes into contact with. That’s not us being hyperbolic, that’s a direct quote
from a company selling such a product and, as we all know, companies never lie about
the capabilities of the things they sell (now we’re being hyperbolic). Since “our product can literally repel any
and all liquid” is a bold claim, many of the companies making super-hydrophobic sprays
have released videos demonstrating exactly what the product can do. In this video you
can see materials repelling water, wet cement, paint, mud and oil. There’s a second video
where they throw even more crap at objects coated in this stuff just to film it sliding
off like they were recently scrubbed with orphan tears. Sadly, super-hydrophobic sprays (or at least
the good ones) can only be purchased for commercial use. Although that’s probably for the best,
because if we had access to a can of this stuff we’d spend all day spraying it on
our socks so we could keep them on when we went swimming. 1. Starlite Starlite is a heat-resistant plastic invented
back in the ’80s by hairdresser Maurice Ward. But don’t let that description fool
you into thinking Starlite’s a joke, because it could easily change the world… if anyone
knew how to make it. According to Ward, he was driven to invent
Starlite in 1985 after witnessing the aftermath of the British Airtours Flight 28M disaster.
Several dozen people died when their plane caught fire on the runway, which inspired
Ward to try and create a substance that simply couldn’t burn. And he apparently succeeded. The substance, which Ward created in his kitchen
blender, displayed remarkable insulating properties. In one famous experiment, Ward coated a raw
egg in it and then placed it three inches away from a lit blowtorch. Five minutes later
the egg was cracked open to reveal that it was still completely raw. Many were skeptical of the lofty claims Ward
made about Starlite (named at the request of his granddaughter), but experiment after
experiment seemed to confirm everything Ward claimed. Scientists have exposed Starlite
to everything from high-powered lasers to the equivalent of a nuclear flash without
damaging it, or even burning it or producing smoke. Experts have theorized that Starlite
could be hugely beneficial. Unfortunately, Ward was paranoid about his
idea being stolen. Although he was happy for people to experiment with Starlite, he never
actually licensed it to anyone. That’s not to say people didn’t try — Ward spent
years talking with defense contractors, private companies and even NASA, but nothing ever
came of any of them because Ward refused to sign confidentiality agreements, even when
hundreds of millions of dollars were on the table. In the end, Ward took the secret of
Starlite to his grave in 2011, leaving behind thousands of annoyed scientists. We guess
that’s almost as great of a legacy as a world-changing plastic.

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Objects That Were Clearly Invented Just to Annoy Physics”

  1. I like how he mentions that you can punch the mighty mug about 60 times but never shows a clip of one being punched.

  2. You can make water go up hill if it is on a very hot metal surface with sawtooth-like steps going up. It's called the Leibenfrost effect, the same one that makes a drop of water whizz around a hot frying pan.

  3. Great content as always (iv watched alot of these, beard or no beard) but i have to say this is the first vid I've ever seen from anyone that actually accommodates for people casting from a phone by linking videos they display in closing in their description. Thankyou from people like me everywhere.

  4. Turn on captions and watch 3:45
    “It simultaneously lets bullets pass through one way while striking down the bullets heading in the opposite direction like a linear Gandalf”

  5. Mighty Mug works with a suction cup. There's a hole in the center of the suction cup and when it's placed down the hole seals. If you lift it the lifting opens up the hole allowing air in, and breaking the seal. It really does work, I bought one a few years back

  6. Wondering if the gombok thing might be useful for boat builders: a boat that would always right itself, even when flipped over would be useful in that context

  7. now, in 2019, there are a couple people that have figured out how to make a substance that works enough like starlight to probably be what the original inventor made. search youtube for starlight. spoiler – it uses cornstarch

  8. Splitting wood is 90% technique and 10% strength. Lifting the axe is the tiring part, the rest is skill.

  9. Super hydrophobic spray only works on polar liquids like water. Oil or other apolar liquids can still touch it.

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  12. There is a non-commercial super hydrophobic spray available. It's called Never-Wet and I've been using it since 2013.

  13. I'm a Stsrbucks Barista…I've seen that mug in person and you can't even slide it, let alone make it tip…it was amazing!

  14. Why would you want a cipher glass. Let me advertise to all police officers that I am drinking right now! Why don't they make all urinals change colors if you smoke weed! Ha why not?

  15. You missed non-Newtonian liquid that should have been number two at least look it up and reconsider that should have made the list that's one of the freakiest things I've ever seen

  16. The last one "starlight" pissed me off. Lol..
    Wow to invent something that could change the world but only to be selfish and die with it.
    Sad

  17. Where is the cartoon lumberjack's package? The front of his pants looks like he must have a gyna instead of a penie.

  18. Cipher isn't that interesting. the dots are just colored so that when a liquid is poured into the glass, the color of the liquid will blend with the dots to reveal a word. an orange drink will blend with orange dots to produce the word orange juice whereas a black beverage like coke would not fill in the spaces and complete the word.

  19. Last guy is a total jerk. We need the secrets of Roman cement and Damascus steel too. All modern attempts are just guys and theory. .

  20. As a teenager I had to split 2chords a year to heat the house Dad and my younger brother split together another chord or 2. Twist the axe as you hit the log.

  21. "Gömböc" is pronounced "gømbøt͡s". Wikipedia has a nice little pronunciation guide. Anglophone people pronouncing Hungarian words without looking them up always hurts my ears.

  22. "Top 10 Objects That Were Clearly Invented Just to Annoy Physics"

    No.

    Top 10 Objects That Were Clearly Invented Just to Let Physics Annoy You!

  23. Wow, I need one of those Mighty Mugs! Due to my almost complete lack of depth perception, I sometimes totally over-reach for a glass or bottle, only to knock them over and make a mess (did it two times in a row a few days ago, once onto my new computer).

  24. Starlite sounds like such a clever invention, however given that we have now discovered how destructive plastic can be, it’s probably for the better the guy took it to the grave

  25. Starlite was just an aerogel, I'm guessing there was more to it that just chucking ingredients into a blender…

  26. I figured out #3 just by watching this. Watch when someone lifts it, the bottom piece separates a tiny bit. this is the key.

  27. That hydrophobic spray could be used as birth control if you can convince your girlfriend to spray her ovaries with it.

  28. i got one of those mugs for my GF there is a suction cup on the bottom and it will only lift straight up she drops it more then a normal mug because its so hard to pick up lol

  29. The final product and it's tests have been recently duplicated using really simple food items, if you look you will find it on Youtube.

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