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How to open a coconut.

Postby MeddlMoe » Tue Feb 26, 2008 5:11 pm UTC

Hello

In your last comic you mentioned problems with opening coconuts. But this is actually quite easy, if you know the trick:

Use the same technique for opening a 787

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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby tiny » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:13 pm UTC

Ah, the universal 'hit it with a hammer' method.
It's the root of so many scientific theories and methods, works for physics, biology, medicine *and* psychology.
Nearly as good as 'kill it with fire'.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby joeframbach » Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:42 pm UTC

Is "Technic" supposed be be "Technique"? I was reading it like "787-Technic" was the name of the plane, and you're supposed to open the coconut with the plane.

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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby skeptical scientist » Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:42 am UTC

This thread makes the kind of sense that is not...
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:47 am UTC

I thought it was opening a coconut with a 747 as well, 9/11 style. I was rather impressed at how undoubtedly effective this was.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Solt » Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:52 am UTC

The Boeing 787 should be used as an instructional aid more often.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Benitosimies » Wed Feb 27, 2008 2:58 am UTC

I open them by smashing them on pavement like a squealer.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby SWGlassPit » Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:18 am UTC

I find a handsaw works nicely.

That, or a hammer with a flathead screwdriver, or a chisel. (be gentle though--one slip and you're in a world of hurt)
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby MeddlMoe » Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:52 pm UTC

but seriously. when you hit the coconut with a hammer , or the backside of a large knife, along a line perpendicular to the fibers, then you cause invisible damage to the fibers. when you got all around the coconut will suddenly popp open. until the point it popps open you will see no damage at all. you will not need very mutch force, alot less than for gettig a nail into a wall. try it yourself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ima9y_aUU00

or

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz1ZBMnQYj0

i chose the 787 because it is a full carbon-fiber airplane and boing is having problems to make it safe, because komposite materials can get invisible defects.

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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Robin S » Wed Feb 27, 2008 12:59 pm UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:I thought it was opening a coconut with a 747 as well, 9/11 style. I was rather impressed at how undoubtedly effective this was.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Tchebu » Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:37 pm UTC

International Space Station >> Shuttle
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Robin S » Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:43 pm UTC

True, but getting a space-station to crash-land accurately is much harder (and everyone knows space-shuttles are reusable).
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby asad137 » Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:08 pm UTC

Robin S wrote:(and everyone knows space-shuttles are reusable).


For the most part...

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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Plasma Man » Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:19 pm UTC

So what would happen if I threw a coconut into a plane's propellor (preferably while it was rotating as fast as possible)?
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Quadropus » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:23 am UTC

Plasma Man wrote:So what would happen if I threw a coconut into a plane's propellor (preferably while it was rotating as fast as possible)?

The same thing that happens when birds etc go into them; it makes a mess.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby antonfire » Fri Feb 29, 2008 3:44 am UTC

Open the plane above the sink or a large dish, because the oil will drop out.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby OneFish » Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:04 am UTC

By the time you need a hammer to open the coconut it's no good anymore. Travel in the tropics, perhaps the Philippines, and you'll learn all you need to know and get in some great snorkeling.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Swordfish » Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:25 am UTC

MeddlMoe wrote:i chose the 787 because it is a full carbon-fiber airplane and boing is having problems to make it safe...


Really? First I've heard of that, and my father works for Boeing.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Robin S » Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:42 am UTC

Seeing your username, Swordfish, as the most recent poster in a thread entitled "How to open a coconut", my brain jumped to the obvious conclusion.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby skeptical scientist » Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:02 pm UTC

Robin S wrote:Seeing your username, Swordfish, as the most recent poster in a thread entitled "How to open a coconut", my brain jumped to the obvious conclusion.

That it should lay off the smack and stick to less toxic and intoxicating foodstuffs?
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby iamfree » Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:47 pm UTC

Tchebu wrote:International Space Station >> Shuttle


Death Star>>International Space Station

That is of course if you can differentiate a space station from a moon... but at least they come with sweet targeting computers.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby necroforest » Fri Feb 29, 2008 7:27 pm UTC

iamfree wrote:
Tchebu wrote:International Space Station >> Shuttle


Death Star>>International Space Station

That is of course if you can differentiate a space station from a moon... but at least they come with sweet targeting computers.


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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Amnesiasoft » Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:23 pm UTC

iamfree wrote:Death Star>>International Space Station

Neutron Star >> Death Star

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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Tchebu » Sat Mar 01, 2008 3:51 pm UTC

Death Star>>International Space Station


They're the same... just in different stages of construction...

Hmm... I wonder, if the Death Star shot a coconut, would it make that fiery expanding ring like it did when it blew up Alderaan?

Neutron Star >> Death Star


No... Neutron Stars can't open coconuts.
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Robin S » Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:29 pm UTC

That depends on your definition of "open".
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Amnesiasoft » Sun Mar 02, 2008 9:58 am UTC

Tchebu wrote:No... Neutron Stars can't open coconuts.

Robin S wrote:That depends on your definition of "open".

Does crushing count as opening then? Now all I need to do is drop a neutron star on a coconut...though I imagine it would appear I was dropping a coconut on a neutron star to the casual observer...

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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby wst » Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:07 pm UTC

Swordfish wrote:
MeddlMoe wrote:i chose the 787 because it is a full carbon-fiber airplane and boing is having problems to make it safe...


Really? First I've heard of that, and my father works for Boeing.


They were saying that the composites they were using wouldn't be safe from lightning strikes.

('They' being the press. Scaremongering idiots)
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Noughmad » Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:42 pm UTC

Amnesiasoft wrote:
iamfree wrote:Death Star>>International Space Station

Neutron Star >> Death Star
GRB >> Neutron Star

That said, I'e opened three coconuts with my Swiss Army Knife. And that was in Vietnam, the coconuts also had that (softer) green thing around the hard brown thing. Our guide said we need a large knife for this, but I just had to prove her wrong. :)
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby asad137 » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:01 pm UTC

I think a better question is...why bother? Coconuts are disgusting.

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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Thadlerian » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:06 pm UTC

Tchebu wrote:Hmm... I wonder, if the Death Star shot a coconut, would it make that fiery expanding ring like it did when it blew up Alderaan?

Probably not, as Alderaan didn't make a fiery expanding ring in the first place. Lucas just added that in CG later (I think). They're a bit of a pet peeve of mine. People are getting too fond of expanding rings. The look cool, agreed, but when they put them in Lord of the Rings (no pun or whatever intended), it has gone a bit too far.

They don't make sense either, but that is of course entirely irrelevant.

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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby gmalivuk » Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:04 pm UTC

Thadlerian wrote:They don't make sense either

Oh?
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby skeptical scientist » Wed Mar 12, 2008 4:54 pm UTC

gmalivuk wrote:Image

More info here.
I wonder how many people will be afraid to click the link? :P
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Re: How to open a coconut.

Postby Thadlerian » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:58 pm UTC

From reading the stuff related to the picture, it would seem to me that the actual shockwave is invisible, and I can't see any reason for it not to be spherical. As it seems to me, the reason it appears as a ring on the picture, is that it starts reacting with a pre-existing ring of matter that is resting in a plane. The shockwave goes all over the place, but it only emits light when it impacts with the ring.

Then there's the question of the tiny ring of incandescent radioactive fragments in the middle. I can't really account for that one, but I don't think I could accept it as the same kind of ring as the Alderaan one.


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