Foucault's Pendulum cable snaps, causing irreparable damage


36 Responses to “Foucault's Pendulum cable snaps, causing irreparable damage”

  1. Robbo says:

    Does this mean the Earth is gonna stop spinning now?

  2. agraham999 says:

    Shhh…no one tell Umberto Eco.

  3. hassenpfeffer says:

    Well, there goes the plot of Dan Brown’s next novel. OR WAS THE CRASH PART OF THE CONSPIRACY?!?!?!?

    • Chuck says:

      >Well, there goes the plot of Dan Brown’s next novel. OR WAS THE CRASH PART OF THE CONSPIRACY?!?!?!?

      The cable was cut by villain in the story, a guy with hypertrichosis who practices a lost form of pre proto Siberian shamanism.

  4. xyglyx says:

    Who gives a Foucault ’bout some stupid pendulum?

  5. bobkat says:

    It isn’t broken, it’s merely demonstrating a different principle now: entropy.

  6. Brainspore says:

    The pit still works, right?

  7. Phikus says:

    You think you have problems when the cable goes out…

  8. Xenu says:

    Maybe Duke Nukem can help replace it will balls of steel.

  9. bob d says:

    That’s what happens when Satanists insist on hanging people with the cable…

  10. Suburbancowboy says:

    So what exactly is the “accident” that caused this? The article makes mention of some partygoer swinging it last year. But nothing about what happened now.

    “The circumstances surrounding the accident have raised eyebrows in France.” What accident? What happened? What are the circumstances? Why are eyebrows raised? It came crashing to the ground? Why? I NEED MORE INFORMATION!!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Don’t you see the REAL problem??!!

    The problem isn’t that the cable snapped, oh no. The problem it is that the earth has stopped rotating! This has set the sun circling the earth and proved all the flat earthers right in the first place.

  12. jfrancis says:

    Things fall apart; the center cannot hold

  13. Ugly Canuck says:

    Metal fatigue is a very real problem.
    No one mentions it , and then…bang!
    Metal fatigue strikes, and the consequences are tragic.
    Remember: Beware metal fatigue!

  14. emo hex says:

    Just sent a heads up to the Museum of Science And Industry
    in Chicago (I hope in time)

  15. angusm says:

    Police are looking for an Englishman named Isaac Newton, who they believe may have more information about the mysterious forces that caused the pendulum to come crashing to the ground.

  16. Felton says:

    Foucault must be revolving around his axis in his grave.

  17. Sork says:

    Brass orbs are such impossible to repair. Especially when the only desirable function is dead weight.

  18. traalfaz says:

    Wudda they mean, “irreparable?” Did it somehow become massless? I mean, if it’s got a dent in the side now, so what? If it has mass, it’ll still work as a pendulum, right?

  19. Phikus says:

    It’s nobody’s Foucault but mine…

  20. Roy Trumbull says:

    The copy in San Francisco at the CA Academy of Sciences, I believe the ball weighs over 200 lbs..

  21. Anonymous says:

    Pendulous, snapping, french balls…wow.

  22. fxq says:

    Well if it’s too damaged to display anymore, I hope they bury it with a nice precession.

  23. Anonymous says:

    It’s just lucky it wasn’t the sword of Damocles.

  24. Synchronyme says:

    The pendulum has been replaced by a copy, as the original is actualy being repaired.

    I try to search in the french news about the cause of this accident but beside the partygoer that mention Suburbancowboy, there is nothing.

    • Anonymous says:

      From translation:
      “It is wonderful that pupils are interested in Focaults pendulum. But there are both great irritation and leads to extra work for us when that happens, says the material manages Dag Magnus Loose. Nor is not the first time this happens.

      - It has been the case earlier too. Kula loose due to the pupils go into the wire hanging in. The result is that it harbors the floor.

      - Is it possible to prevent this happening again?

      - We must now try to find out. As often as it happens now, it should certainly not happen, says Loose.

      He also encourages teachers and other adult persons who are pupils to fit better that they do not touch the installations that they come here to look at.

      - I think it is a pity that Focaults pendulum can not be stand alone.”

      Ok now, this is funny!

  25. hadlock says:

    I’d love to see what sort of damage was done to a solid brass sphere causing it to be “irreparable”. Were they talking about the sphere or the floor it landed on?

    No pictures of the damaged sphere in either the blog post or the article linked within? Boo! Mark, you’re better than this.

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