Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

The Science of Caddyshack

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the it's-in-the-hole dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 55

astroengine writes "Thirty years after the release of the cult classic comedy Caddyshack, Discovery News has geeked out and gone on the hunt for any trace amount of science they can find in the movie (video). From gopher territoriality to seismic deformation, from pool poop bacteria to the color of lightning, it turns out there's quite a lot of science to talk about..."

cancel ×

55 comments

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

Science (2, Interesting)

slaxative (1867220) | more than 4 years ago | (#33085802)

Why do I think of Sonny and Cher's, I Got You Babe, every time I hear about this movie?

Re:Science (5, Funny)

snookerhog (1835110) | more than 4 years ago | (#33085852)

Caddyshack -> gopher -> groundhog -> groundhog day

that and Bill Murray

Re:Science (0)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086608)

If I kill all the golfers won't they lock me up and throw away the key?

Mythbusters on the forefront (3, Informative)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#33085864)

Turns out they already tested the C4 explosion pushing the golf ball down the cup. The explosion neither provided the onscreen fireball or the ground shaking required to push the ball down. Myth busted!

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (2, Insightful)

Combatso (1793216) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086072)

oh well if they say so, then how could anyone dispute.. afterall, they use science-sounding words during that hour of entertainment.

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (1, Informative)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086130)

Even if you disagree with the show format, you can hardly dispute the fact that they seeded the ground with actual C4 and blew it up with a few dozen yards of a golf cup with a precariously perched golf ball. And it held firmly in place.

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (2, Informative)

Plekto (1018050) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086380)

The problem with C4 is that it's too explosive. If you watch the show frequently, you see them talk about how it feels for each type of explosive. C4 is a very sharp and quick jolt, and as a result, won't do anything much to the ground and surrounding area at long distances. Gunpowder or something much slower, though, would have had the desired effect. Yet again, Hollywood goes for high-tech and fancy when low-tech and simple actually is how it should be. To be honest, if the guy had a few barrels of gunpowder(or dynamite) and fertilizer in the movie nobody would have cared. IMO, it would have been more realistic as well, since one could see him legally obtaining the items in question as a part of his job.

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (3, Informative)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086922)

erm, no.

high-speed explosive is just fine for this, but i'm guessing (because i didn't see that episode) that it wasn't tamped with enough earth above it to create a reaction mass that would reflect significant energy into the ground. large bang, small bullet, no recoil. also, i highly doubt they used enough. it takes a way huge lot of thump to make ground move several meters away without some extenuating circumstance.

which brings me to the subject of golf course soils. good golf courses have very porous soil, having been constructed for drainage, as standing and flowing water are a nuisance to golfers and greenskeepers and bad for grass (or glass, if you're channelling Chinatown today). especially under the greens. you can jump a foot in the air about two meters from the hole and make a ball wiggle. so their choice of venues would be critical. local $12 muni? expect it to be hard as a rock out there. snooty private country club? like blowing up gophers next to a bowl of jell-o.

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (1)

Plekto (1018050) | more than 4 years ago | (#33087164)

Concerning the explosives, you're correct. But, in the movie, he also didn't pack it in(neither did Mythbusters). Of course, looking at the movie, I suspect that they actually used dynamite(or detonation cord plus gasoline - a Hollywood favorite) buried a few feet down as the holes are too large and I can't imagine even Hollywood getting their hands on that much (actual) C4 easily.

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#33089952)

I can't imagine even Hollywood getting their hands on that much (actual) C4 easily.

Hollywood has probably never used C4 except for the purpose bringing down a structure. When you want a fireball and a blast front you use gasoline. Indeed you'd use both if you wanted to blow up the building with big fireballs shooting out the window and then have it collapse, because when you blow out the supports with little enough C4 to avoid scattering the building across the neighborhood there's no fire to speak of, at least nothing you see outside the building.

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33086946)

Have you actually watched the movie? The battle between Carl and the gopher is supposed to be unrealistic and over the top. It's called humor. A realistic movie about a groundskeeper killing a gopher wouldn't be all that entertaining.

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (2, Insightful)

tkohler (806572) | more than 4 years ago | (#33087390)

Well C4 molds in to the shape of an attractive female gopher better than gunpowder.

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33086446)

Yes but I highly doubt they used the amount of C4 pictured in the movie, since Bill Murray uses about 50 pounds of it in the movie.

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (3, Informative)

ebuck (585470) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086676)

I don't think so. They forgot to properly mold the C4 into friendly forest animals.

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086954)

shape charges. why does it always have to be shape charges...

Re:Mythbusters on the forefront (1)

2names (531755) | more than 4 years ago | (#33087094)

Not only that, but didn't Carl pump some sort of explosive chemical down through the gopher tunnels as well?

This is the new definition of... (1)

dmgxmichael (1219692) | more than 4 years ago | (#33085876)

A Slow News Day.

Re:This is the new definition of... (5, Insightful)

NecroPuppy (222648) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086102)

Of course it's a slow news day.

Everyone is off playing Starcraft 2.

Re:This is the new definition of... (2, Funny)

dmgxmichael (1219692) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086224)

Touche

Re:This is the new definition of... (1)

tom17 (659054) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086366)

No, everyone is lining up for their iPhone4 (Well, in Canada at least)

Re:This is the new definition of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33086428)

Everyone is at defcon 18!

Science to talk about? (0, Flamebait)

icebike (68054) | more than 4 years ago | (#33085904)

People, its a movie for god sake!!

Science was the furthest thing from the author's mind when writing this. Just have a beer and watch it, don't over analyse it.

Hint: Just because you can find some vapid article posted somewhere on the web doesn't mean they all deserve space on slashdot.

Re:Science to talk about? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33086024)

If you don't find it interesting in the slightest bit, you probably don't belong here.

So this is going to be done by Mythbusters (2, Funny)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 4 years ago | (#33085916)

So Grant, Tori & Kari... wait... wasn't there topless scenes in that movie?

Re:So this is going to be done by Mythbusters (3, Funny)

Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) | more than 4 years ago | (#33085976)

And as usual, Tory gets to be the subject of the test.

Damn you, Mythbusters!

Re:So this is going to be done by Mythbusters (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33086258)

Well tanks for nothin! (please tell me someone gets this)

Re:So this is going to be done by Mythbusters (1)

drc003 (738548) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086434)

Oh I get it! Caddyshack was the first R movie I remember sneaking up late at night to catch on HBO. That accent was damn sexy if you ask me!

I'm also wondering if they look into the science of booger eating and...........DOOOOOOODY!

Re:So this is going to be done by Mythbusters (3, Funny)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 4 years ago | (#33089064)

No, thank you very little. [youtube.com]

2 girls 1 cup (0, Offtopic)

Reginald2 (1859758) | more than 4 years ago | (#33085926)

The science behind that ones coming next. Is there really science behind Caddyshack? Or did you just say that because you saw Caddyshack?

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33085952)

Firepower gives county an edge in war on gophers:
http://bit.ly/cHwzQL

What about (4, Funny)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#33085972)

What about gopher dances? How accurate are the gopher dances? That is obviously the most important part of the movie!

Re:What about (4, Funny)

Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086122)

Normally, a gopher will run away at the first sound of Kenny Loggins, but if you can catch one of their legs in a snare, then crank up "I'm allright," the gopher will start dancing.

Re:What about (2, Funny)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086716)

And, if you catch their balls in the snare, they make that funny "Flipper" noise...

Re:What about (3, Funny)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086976)

Only until he gets his foot loose...

Re:What about (1)

Locutus (9039) | more than 4 years ago | (#33090624)

or explode, I think explode, yes explode at the sound of Kenny Loggins.

LoB

I thank You for your time (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33086042)

to make sure the sharBe. *BSD 1s the resources that it just 0wnz.',

Slow news day indeed (2, Funny)

Adambomb (118938) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086126)

When asked for further comment, Discovery was quoted as responding 'Nnnnnnanananananaaa'.

So, you know (3, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086338)

So, Discovery News has that going for them...which is nice.

"Never ask a Navy man (0, Troll)

CranberryKing (776846) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086522)

if he'll have another drink. It's nobodies God damned business how many he's had already, right?"

"Wrong! Your drinking too much Your Excellency."

"Excellency. Fiddlesticks! My name is Fred! I'm just a man like you."

"Your not a man your bishop! For God Sakes!"

"There is no God."

Jumping the shark (2, Insightful)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086638)

The "Science Of ___________" meme has finally jumped the shark.

Re:Jumping the shark (2, Insightful)

blair1q (305137) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086996)

Not until the do The Science of Happy Days, including the water-skiing scenes.

Re:Jumping the shark (0)

Princeofcups (150855) | more than 4 years ago | (#33087366)

The "Science Of ___________" meme has finally jumped the shark.

Congratulations! Misuse of both terms meme and jump the shark.

Re:Jumping the shark (1)

Wireless Joe (604314) | more than 4 years ago | (#33088458)

The "Science Of ___________" meme has finally jumped the shark.

Next week on Discovery News: The Science of Jumping a Shark.

Re:Jumping the shark (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33092912)

then lets look into the science of jumping the shark...

Simple Mathematics (2, Funny)

jkiller (1030766) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086652)

X(T(Y+N)) = "In your DVD Collection" where... N = The number of times you've seen this movie. Y = Number of ridiculous golf References T = THe number of titties in the movie. X = Is Chevy Chase still funny? (Boolean response)

Well... (1)

boristdog (133725) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086770)

The world needs scientists, too.

skip the science (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33086904)

Gunga galunga...gunga- gunga lagunga.

Screw the gopher... (2, Funny)

bashibazouk (582054) | more than 4 years ago | (#33086916)

I want to know about the science of:

"This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff."

Re:Screw the gopher... (1)

Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) | more than 4 years ago | (#33087186)

Screw the gopher??? It sounds like you already know way too much about hybrid grass, man!

Re:Screw the gopher... (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 4 years ago | (#33087810)

Hey YOU....pick up that blood!!

funniest line by far (1)

xandroid (680978) | more than 4 years ago | (#33089778)

But seriously, no BS. If you ever want to rap or just get weird with somebody. You know, buddies. I'll drop by.

Hungry now (1)

greg1104 (461138) | more than 4 years ago | (#33088952)

Heading to the store to pick up a Baby Ruth.

Science? How bout humor (1)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 4 years ago | (#33093358)

Found some science in Caddy Shack, have you? That's great. A popular urban legend holds that the movie contains some humor, but I haven't been able to locate anything very funny.

That facial groweth... (1)

Vastad (1299101) | more than 4 years ago | (#33093518)

That dude's soul patch is unscientific....

Can a Gopher (1)

Amy2AE (1862224) | more than 4 years ago | (#33094166)

Can a Gopher make someone that psychotic? As for the swimming pool thats why you don't swallow the water! the amount of times I've seen people swallow the swimming pool water is beyond me. Yes swallow the water where theres chlorate ions.
Check for New Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?