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Bouncing UK Children Cause Earthquake

timothy posted about 13 years ago | from the up-and-down-simultaneously-sounds-impossible dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 221

Xibalba writes: "This is kinda cool. One million children in the UK jumped up and down simultaneously in an attempt to see what would seismically happen." This cries out to become an annual (and international) all-ages event. Bounce! Bounce! Gain weight! Bounce! Repeat.

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Fuck You (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | about 13 years ago | (#2266256)

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Re:Fuck You (-1)

Trollificus (253741) | about 13 years ago | (#2266261)

T'is a post worthy of being first!

Re:Fuck You (-1)

okmar (266773) | about 13 years ago | (#2266355)

That's quite an Earth shattering post he has there isn't it!

right on (0, Offtopic)

ArchieBunker (132337) | about 13 years ago | (#2266283)

do it for the children!

This reminds me (1)

epsalon (518482) | about 13 years ago | (#2266262)

of a scene from "Pay It Forward" where a student suggests changing the world through a website instructing kids in china to jump at the same time and thus divert the earth off its orbit...

Didn't think anybody would take this seriously, though...

Ah, they jumped voluntarily? (3, Funny)

JCCyC (179760) | about 13 years ago | (#2266308)

Whew, thank God. When I read "Bouncing UK children" I thought they had been thrown out of the window or something!

kids (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266265)

A million school children, or 100,000 fat farm rejects

who (-1)

mackga (990) | about 13 years ago | (#2266266)

fucking cares what a bunch of socialist wankers do anyway? the brits are a degenerate race fit only for slavery.

Cat? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266492)

Does your name mean cat?

Can you imagine... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266267)

... a Beowulf cluster of these?

Thank you.

--Patrick "Shithook" Bateman

Re:Can you imagine... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266344)

I'm going to assume your ' --Patrick "Shithook" Bateman ' is in reference to Patrick Bateman from American Psycho...
If this is correct, where does the "Shithook" part come from? I don't seem to recall anything like that from the movie.

Re:Can you imagine... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266408)

Oh, you mean the part where your skinny dick gets mauled by a rabid cobra? Oh, fuck you by the way. Did I mention you're a dumb fuck?

((((((First JESUS))))))

Beowulf Cluster of Jumping Children.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266412)

That's fucking funny.

The same effect could be had easier (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266269)

Just let Steve Ballmer jump around a little again.

Re:The same effect could be had easier (0, Troll)

Aztech (240868) | about 13 years ago | (#2266426)

Nah... I think his leadership role [] is far great than his jumping/ape capabilities. He really knows how to rally those MS troops.

They actually succeeded... (1, Funny)

epsalon (518482) | about 13 years ago | (#2266272)

Isn't it a bit irresposible of those scientists? What if they have made a real big earthquake with damage and such? Shouldn't they be a bit more resposible?

well (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266293)

they would have one hell of a mess to clean up then!

Re:They actually succeeded... (4, Informative)

dragons_flight (515217) | about 13 years ago | (#2266329)

I'd like to think you're joking, but since I'm not sure I'm going to reply anyway.

They were expecting the jumping to be equivalent to about a magnitude 3 earthquake on the Richter scale which is a common seismic event that shows up on seismographs but which people can't even detect. A significant quake will be more like a 5 or higher on the Richter scale. This scale is logarithmic so a 4 is actually 10 times more powerful than a 3, and a 5 is 10 times a 4.

Thus the scientists would have to have been mistaken about the impact of all that jumping by a factor of 100 to actually rattle people. Any scientist worth his salt ought to be able to estimate the effect of what he's doing more precisely than 2 orders of magnitude, especially if it might be dangerous for him to be wrong.

Note: The 10 times factor applies to wave amplitude, energy content scales by about 10*Sqrt(10) or 31 times from one level to the next.

NASA And Falling objects.... (1)

memyselfandmyhand (324873) | about 13 years ago | (#2266486)

Thank god they wern't NASA scientists- they would have gotten metric and imperial confused and god knows where the mars polar lander would have la-.. I mean god knows how much of an earthquake it would have caused.

No (5, Insightful)

unformed (225214) | about 13 years ago | (#2266333)

We're British scientists. We don't need reasons to do things, just cool things [] to [] do [] .

The Lameness filter can filter this.

I'm sorry, I really am... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266449)

...but "Insightful"?'

What's up with the moderators today? The ecstacy is still in effect since last nights rave?

Re:They actually succeeded... (1)

hs81 (62329) | about 13 years ago | (#2266471)

Agreed that this is an experiment that the school children of California should probably pass on.

Responsibility? (2)

gad_zuki! (70830) | about 13 years ago | (#2266487)

Fear is for lesser scientists. Next week we're bussing the kids to a local bridge [] and having them jump in synch.

Bush Energy Plan (2, Troll)

Dutchie (450420) | about 13 years ago | (#2266278)

Enuf said...

China's Doomdsay Weapon (5, Funny)

gad_zuki! (70830) | about 13 years ago | (#2266403)

Everyone now, ready, set, go!

In a similar vein... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266279)

"I just saved hundreds of dollars by switching to Geico!"

System is busy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266281)

The system is busy waiting for the Close Program Dialog to be displayed. You can wait to see if it appears or you can restart yours computer.

* Press and key to Return to windows and wait.
* Press CTRL-ALT-DEL again to restart your computer. You will lose unsaved in all programs that are running.

MOD PARENT UP! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266406)

Ovbiously using a superior OS!

wow (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266282)

has English education really gotten that bad? I always thought Australia was the bottom of the barrel.

Re:wow (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266424)

You have apparently never been to an American public school.

Re:wow (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266465)

Or perhaps that is exactl what he has. Sad.

Sprained ankles are painful (1)

moogla (118134) | about 13 years ago | (#2266284)

A third came up with a more likely, if less exciting scenario.

``There will be lots of hospital visits from people with sprained ankles.''

Well, it wasn't noted who said it, but if I had to venture a guess, I'd say Ruri Hushino. Definitely.

Elementary school (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266285)

See, the children were in elementary school, which is a higher education than the journalist had.

Early estimates suggested 75,000 tons of energy had been released during the minute of jumping.

Re:Elementary school (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266361)

You know, being one of the most "massive" sets of the population, geeks really could have alot of power (much more than we have!). Just imagine if we could concentate just 100,000 of us around particular targets (DMCA, MPAA offices, certain Redmond, VA corporations, legislators houses, etc.)! I can imagine it now: 100,000 CowboyNeal clones, wannabees, jumping up and down, elbow to elbow; sweating like pigs, and wheasing like asmetics, all whilst bringing down international organizations to their knees! MUHAHAHAHAHA!


Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266416)

Fucking Funny!

The Straight Dope (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266286)

This was brought up a good number of years ago in The Straight Dope by Cecil Adams. Somebody had asked (roughly) "If everyone in China jumped off a chair at the same time, what would happen?". Cecil then layed the Straight Dope out for them. Just thought I'd point out the obvious. :^)

"!ekoj on si aixelsyD" - Me

Consequence? (1)

robbyjo (315601) | about 13 years ago | (#2266289)

Scientists said a million children with an average weight of 110 pounds jumping 20 times in a minute would release two billion joules of energy and trigger the equivalent of an earthquake measuring three on the Richter scale.

So, Chinese would be very easy to collapse the whole world. Gather all their people and make them jump just like that of the experiment! It will create a 3600 Richter earthquake! I've never heard of earthquake with scale 10 or greater. Scale 9 is devastating enough to destroy several counties.

The hypothesis is invalid, I guess.

Re:Consequence? (2, Insightful)

Dutchie (450420) | about 13 years ago | (#2266300)

It will create a 3600 Richter earthquake!

Yeah, except the Richter scale is logaritmic. So a Richter 4 is 10 times as strong as a Richter 3. So to cause a Richter 10, 10^7 * 1M people would need to be bouncing up and down.

Re:Consequence? (5, Informative)

strictnein (318940) | about 13 years ago | (#2266301)

nope, you just don't understand the richter scale

an earthquake of 10 is not just 1 notch above an earthquake of 9. It's 10 times more powerful.

From &lastnode_id=141724

Listing is: Richter Scale # - Amount great than Richter Scale of 1 - info

1 1 no noticeable effects...detected only by seismographs
2 10 only slightly noticeable even if close to epicenter
3 100
4 1,000 slight damage near the epicenter
5 10,000
6 100,000 moderate destruction
7 1,000,000 severe destruction
8 10,000,000 one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded

Re:Consequence? (1)

hugecrow (311366) | about 13 years ago | (#2266388)

Chilli had a 9.5, i think that is the biggest 60 _05_22.html

bad URL (1)

CptnHarlock (136449) | about 13 years ago | (#2266450)

plz correct!..

Re:Consequence? (2)

Pope (17780) | about 13 years ago | (#2266468)

Chilli had a 9.5, i think that is the biggest

Wow, those are some powerful Jalepenos!

Re:Consequence? (1)

On Lawn (1073) | about 13 years ago | (#2266304)

sorry, the Richter scale is logrithmic, so it would at best be a 5 or 6.

non linear (0)

metalhed77 (250273) | about 13 years ago | (#2266306)

did you take into account that the richter scale is non-linear, it's exponential. An earth quake of 4.1 is 10x the power of an earthquake @ 4.0

Re:Consequence? (0, Redundant)

tahini (151131) | about 13 years ago | (#2266312)

Richter scale is logarithmic, remember. 1000*3 on richter scale doesn't equal 3000 on richter scale.

Re:Consequence? (2)

dragons_flight (515217) | about 13 years ago | (#2266338)

While, everyone has already pointed out that the scale doesn't work that way, I want to add something. Would you really want to use this as a weapon (even if you could)? After all the jumpers and their country would be right at the epicenter of the thing.

Okay everyone, let's destroy our homeland in order to break some windows belonging to those no good foreign devils.

Re:Consequence? (1)

ubugly2 (454850) | about 13 years ago | (#2266380)

...but this one goes to 11.

Re:Consequence? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266418)

Actually, it would be the same amount of energy as a 6.2 on the richter scale, since the richter scale is logarithmic.

This isn't too suprising, and if you really had the weight of well over a billion people jumping in a very small area...

Re:Consequence? (1)

Bones3D_mac (324952) | about 13 years ago | (#2266430)

Perhaps its not so much a question of the number of children dropped, but instead the overall force at which they hit the ground itself.

The solution - Why not try dropping a million kids from a few thousand feet up in a vacuum chamber and see if it has any effect. ;-)

April Fools or British--you be the judge (1)

The Panther! (448321) | about 13 years ago | (#2266290)

Had to check my calendar, with a weirdo article like this, though.
Guess this is what the Brits do on Friday when they run out of real science to do.

WTF? (5, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | about 13 years ago | (#2266291)

But drop that in one spot and it would have caused quite a big hole in the ground

They aren't actually suggesting that all of Britain's children be dropped in one spot to see how big a hole they'll make, are they?

You said "hole" (-1)

Cmdr (Fuck You) Taco (469621) | about 13 years ago | (#2266295)

You invoked it.

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California could learn from this experiment (1)

generationcrm (516966) | about 13 years ago | (#2266298)

WOW! "Early estimates suggested 75,000 tons of energy had been released during the minute of jumping." Couldn't they capture that energy some how. Next time they peddle on exercise bikes that generate electricity and sell it to California. Heck why don't California schools put every kid on a exercise bike for full length of a class period while at school. Physical Ed. is covered and California's energy crisis is cured!

J-Day (1)

dcoffey (170347) | about 13 years ago | (#2266303)

I remember years ago one of the Australian national radio stations, 3JJJ, tried to get everyone Australia wide to do the same. Everyone was to jump for five minutes at a set time on what was termed 'J-Day'. I can't recall the estimates on the number of jumpers, not more than some thousands I would guess, but I remember that not much happened.

Could be used to blow up M$ (0, Offtopic)

vishakh (188958) | about 13 years ago | (#2266305)

This concept could easily be put to immensely destructive use. Think about it. Have a million, anti-m$ children march to the m$ headquarters in Seattle and stomp their legs off in a manner that ensures that the frequency of their hops matches the natural frequency of the m$ buildings. That way, resonance would be produced and *voila*, in a few minutes, the m$ campus would be reduced to rubble!

Anyone have an idea how much was spent by the British govt? Think we shd start the fund-raising soon. :-D

Re:Could be used to blow up M$ (0)

redcliffe (466773) | about 13 years ago | (#2266321)

Yeah but what about the Linux enthusiasts that work at Microsoft? There are a large number of them.

Re:Could be used to blow up M$ (1)

deranged unix nut (20524) | about 13 years ago | (#2266382)

Are you seriously endorsing the destruction of property and endangerment of lives because you don't like the products that a company creates?

If you are that insane, go after Ford, at least with them there might be a possiblity that human lives have been risked due to business decisions.

The problem with holy wars is that they boil down to "You are wrong and I am right because I say I am," and people get so worked up about thier superiority that they get violent. As computer geeks, we tend to get in holy war debates over points that are irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. (In short - go out, experience the real world, get a life.)

Good story (1)

foldedspace (463615) | about 13 years ago | (#2266307)

Did the children know in advance that the military would be using the data they generated? Not that they'll get much out it.

Whiners in Califonia and other active areas can all get together to relieve the tension on a regular basis and lessen the damage of those pesky ground movements. The government can start a program to pay homeless and unemployed to jump at designated times and places. Some of the money could come from military budgets.

"Will jump for cash. My ankles are quite healthy."

"Tons" of Energy? (1)

Dutchie (450420) | about 13 years ago | (#2266309)

Toto, this ain't the metric system anymore.

Re:"Metric Tons" of Energy? (0)

ZeroData00 (223410) | about 13 years ago | (#2266386)

Dude, you ever heard of metric ton?

metric ton n. Abbr. m.t., M.T.
A unit of mass equal to 1,000 kilograms (2,205 pounds).
-- source: The American Heritage Dictionary

110 pounds (0)

thecarson (514020) | about 13 years ago | (#2266310)

110 kilos or pounds? Is it just me, or are these school children like excessively obese?

Re:110 pounds (1)

mr_walrus (410770) | about 13 years ago | (#2266350)

110 "stone"

(14lb per stone i believe?)

Re:110 pounds (1)

thogard (43403) | about 13 years ago | (#2266463)

If the kids average 110 lbs they are massivly over weight. If it was just highschool kids, this might be about close but I don't see anyone getting 1 million high school kids jumping up and down for a minute. 110 kilos (243lbs) might be about right of an average weight of American high school kids.

Not really simultaneous (2, Informative)

mmmmbeer (107215) | about 13 years ago | (#2266313)

I saw some of this on tv. The kids didn't actually jump simultaneously. That is, they weren't in synch as they jumped up and down. They did all start and stop at about the same time though, which is what they mean by simultaneous, I guess.

Re:Not really simultaneous (5, Interesting)

Jace of Fuse! (72042) | about 13 years ago | (#2266491)

The kids didn't actually jump simultaneously.

It wasn't simultaneously, otherwise the effects WOULD have definately been much greater.

There is a military command (I can't remember the exact order) given in a march that instructs marching soldiers to lose cadance when crossing a bridge. Failure to do so has been known to collapse bridges as the combined force of dozens of troops marching in unison is capable of creating a powerful ressonance.

question (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266315)

does the british gov't still wear those stupid powdered wigs?

That's a good thing (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266325)

It detracts from their pig faces.

Should have just asked Cecil.. (5, Funny)

dohnut (189348) | about 13 years ago | (#2266316)

Apple 380S GT? (1, Troll)

VValdo (10446) | about 13 years ago | (#2266342)

...I have instant access via my Apple 380S GT to all the world's data banks...

Instant access via his what ?


Rock On! (1)

suss (158993) | about 13 years ago | (#2266319)

Quoting from a website:In 1998, Primus were at Pinkpop, where they caused a small earthquake (1.2 Richter). That was a record. The band to surpass the record, which was done the same day, is Rage against the Machine.

Those kids could've learned something from those metalheads... they were actually jumping up and down to that music too!

reminds me of paint the moon (2)

unformed (225214) | about 13 years ago | (#2266323)

(here [] ) except that this actually worked.

And think about it, how cool would it be to be 6 years old, and tell your parents "You can't punish me, or I'll earthquake your room."

Funny thing is (1)

Kasmiur (464127) | about 13 years ago | (#2266324)

here in colorado USA they measured a 3.0 earthquake in the Trinidad region. Colorado has rare and usually never any serious earthquakes. The fact that trinidad near the arizona border had a small earthquake and this seem almost related. It would be funny if those kids did cause the quake here in colorado.

Re:Funny thing is (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266384)

Trinidad... near the Arizona border? Ummm.. try near Venezuela.

Re:Funny thing is (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266455)

Trinidad's near the the New Mexico state line.

See, New Mexico really is a state. You should be very happy it's there, too. It's the only thing between you and Texas.

Steven King, author, dead at 55 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266331)

I just heard some sad news on talk radio - Horror/Sci Fi writer Stephen King was found dead in his Maine home this morning. There weren't any more details. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

"Leap of Faith" (1)

Some Dumbass... (192298) | about 13 years ago | (#2266335)

I believe they already do something like this in San Francisco every year.

On April 1st, some San Franciscans participate in the "Leap of Faith". Much of San Francisco is built on landfill (filled in ocean - not actually a garbage dump, I think). Anyway, everybody lines up on the "land" side of the dividing line, and at the same time they all jump and land on the other side. If half of San Francisco goes down the tubes... Pat Buchanan will probably call it "The wrath of God".

attention readers (0, Troll)

jchristopher (198929) | about 13 years ago | (#2266337)

As a reader of Slashdot, you should know that the editors of Slashdot will go into your user profile and set all your posts to "-1" if they don't like what you say.

Aren't editors supposed to be impartial? What a joke. I encourage people to read at "-1" threshold if you are able to do so. Yes, you will encounter some garbage but you may also see some informative comments which have unfairly been slapped to "-1".

Bastards!! (-1, Offtopic)

James Foster (226728) | about 13 years ago | (#2266339)

Throw them in jail, all of them!!
Wha-at?!? They're not in the US and they're out of jurisdiction?? Lets go get them, then throw them in jail!
Little earthquake-inducing bastards...
Violation of the DCMA... uh... "thinking freely and breaking copyrighted world records".
Also, any way that this can somehow be blamed on Skylarov? Just incase the computer-related case doesn't work out... We can't let an innocent Russian get away, now can we?

To no use (5, Informative)

maggard (5579) | about 13 years ago | (#2266346)

According to the BBC [] the result was... not much.

For those /.'ers who sneer at reading linked articles the kids just went out and jumped about for a minute. No attempt at synchronization beyond a wall clock and some teacher calling out "OK Luvvies - jump about now!" There wasn't even an attempt to get the kids on a beat (apparently BBC1 couldn't be persuaded to play Queen's "We Will Rock You" at the right time ;-)

However as directly useless as this may be to science it's doubtless opened the eye's of Britians youth to what promises to be only the first of the many pointless exercises they will be required to go through in their lives, always a lesson worth learning.

Re:To no use (5, Insightful)

Chester K (145560) | about 13 years ago | (#2266366)

However as directly useless as this may be to science it's doubtless opened the eye's of Britians youth to what promises to be only the first of the many pointless exercises they will be required to go through in their lives, always a lesson worth learning.

It also could have interested a few children in seismology, or science in general, and some of those children may grow up to become a world-reknowned scientist who discovers a way to accurately predict earthquakes, saving innumerable lives.

But it's much more fun to be jaded, isn't it?

Re:To no use (-1)

tristan f. (259738) | about 13 years ago | (#2266443)

Haha, guess you'll never know that your sig got cut off, huh? Oh wait, I'm not an AC, I just have a sig that pertains to yours. I almost love being at -1.

In Other News... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266347)

NASA fired up the space shuttle's rockets to see if it would stay in the same spot and blow the earth out of orbit...

Little kids could have thought of this! (2, Funny)

kidblast (413235) | about 13 years ago | (#2266358)

When I was a child, I often thought of what would occur if a huge number of people jumped simultaneously, but I never really thought it would happen. Apparently, though, if you have a PhD in Physics and a little notebook of all your kiddy schemes, then you can have them carried out as "research". Can't wait to see what will be in the news next. Im guessing something where we see what will happen if everyone in the world flushes their toilets simultaneously. Will this cause the polar caps melt, or the oceans to drain? Find out on yahoo! (or slashdot)

Re:Little kids could have thought of this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266477)

Wasn't this experiment called "the series finalle of M*A*S*H"?

All this from an Oasis concert.... (1)

Alcimedes (398213) | about 13 years ago | (#2266367)

I was listening to NPR last night, they were interviewing one of these scientists. Said he got the idea from an Oasis concert, guess people miles away were calling about an earthquake from all the fans jumping up and down. The vibrations could be felt farther away than the music could be heard. Kinda cool.

supprised (-1, Offtopic)

SuperQ (431) | about 13 years ago | (#2266371)

wow, 1am cst, and no CowbyNeal jokes? sheesh, what has /. come to?

Let them eat beans (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266407)

...and we can collect their little farts in a big ass bottle.

USA? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266422)

Given the greater magnitude of population and much higher Fat Ass to Skinny Kid ratio in the US... it would have been like 50 nukes going off!

Erehwon to the world! (1)

Chas (5144) | about 13 years ago | (#2266423)

You will deposit exactly $100,000,000,000 in the Bank of Erehwon by noon on the last day of September 2001!

If you fail in this, we shall ship all our children to your countries, hopped up on sugar and caffiene, and instruct them to jump up and down.

They will do this in one major city EACH DAY, until our demands ar met!

Ignore us at your own peril!

[Note for the terminally humor impaired] The preceeding was an attempt at HUMOR. Commonly known as a JOKE.

See also... (2, Interesting)

Cerberus9 (466562) | about 13 years ago | (#2266427)

Reminds me of:

1) the effect when thousands of soldiers crossing a bridge intentionally fall out of step to avoid setting up sympathetic vibrations in the bridge, thus collapsing it (which used to be a real problem before they figured out the cause!)

2) for the Chinese scanario: instead of having them all jump off a chair in their homes, line them up on the shoreline and have them dive in to the surf simultaneously - possibly setting up a tseunami heading eastward.

Re:See also... (2)

Detritus (11846) | about 13 years ago | (#2266470)

It's standard procedure in the U.S. Army to order "route step" (unsynchronized marching) while crossing a bridge. I suspect the bit about sympathetic vibrations causing a bridge to collapse is mostly an urban legend, at least for modern bridges. This page [] describes a structural failure of a hotel walkway during a dance. From what I remember, the cause was found to be inadequate design and construction of the walkway.

Re:See also... (2)

Jace of Fuse! (72042) | about 13 years ago | (#2266500)

I suspect the bit about sympathetic vibrations causing a bridge to collapse is mostly an urban legend

ROUTE STEP! That's it! I had forgotten!

No, it's not an urban legend. I remember seeing a Black and White video clip that was inserted into an instructional video where a bridge began bouncing to the point that soliders were falling down over themselves. Apparently, some weaker bridges HAVE collapsed or sustained damage, and thus ROUTE STEP was created out of necessity. I remember specifically the video said that while some well constructed modern bridges probably would not collapse, the order is to be given regardless as a matter of standard practice to prevent possible "bad judgement calls".

That's ridiculous (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266439)

Did they think that no matter how many people they got that it wouldn't happen?

The great dinosaur robbery (1)

jmerelo (216716) | about 13 years ago | (#2266441)

How como nobody have mentioned The great dinosaur robbery [] , where lots of secret agents (and a posse of elite nannies) go after chinese plans to "jump down"? Imagine, if 3 million english schoolchildren can create one/hundredth of a earthquake, what could half a billion of chinese people do? Create a couple of earthquakes? Problem is, they would probable only hurt themselves...

Yet more evidence... (0)

NoMoreNicksLeft (516230) | about 13 years ago | (#2266446)

That the Clinton administration allowed defense secrets to be leaked or stolen. Next thing you know, there will be a squabble over Hong Kong or Taiwan, and the chinese will jump not for a minute, but for an entire half hour, unleashing a tsunami that will destroy the west coast of the US. This may be your final warning*, evacuate California immediately!!

*Redmond, Washington residents, you have nothing to fear. Don't panic, and don't leave your homes and businesses *cough* to be looted by suicidal vandals and thieves.

Infamous earthquake game at Death Valley (3, Funny)

ScottBob (244972) | about 13 years ago | (#2266478)

In 1988, football fans literally caused an earthquake when Louisiana State University's quarterback threw a touchdown pass on a fourth-and-nine with 1 minute, 41 seconds remaining in the game, to beat Auburn 7-6. 79,431 cheering fans inside Tiger Stadium ("Death Valley") jumping to their feet all at once caused an earthquake that registered around 3 or so on the seismograph inside the nearby geological sciences building.

But in the years since, the seismograph has fallen to the budget axe, and Tiger Stadium has been expanded to hold over 90,000. So if a "squeaker" of a game like that ever was to happen again, the resulting earthquake may topple the Louisiana state capitol building and ring bells in Alabama, but no one on campus will know how strong it was...

Similar experiment (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266481)

This sounds similar to the theoretical experiments that a physics prof talked about in class once...

"What if everyone in town flushed their toilets at exactly the same time. Given a capacity of X per toilet, and Y for the water towers, calculate the draining effect on the water towers..."...

[The Great Anonymous French Calembour] (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 13 years ago | (#2266488)

Bouncing: Si le montant est trop bas on n'signe pas le contrat.

Lucky it wasnt done with American schoolkids... (0, Offtopic)

memyselfandmyhand (324873) | about 13 years ago | (#2266489)

Because we all know that the average american schoolkid weighs more than the average adult in the rest of the world.

RESTAGE with the QUO! (1)

squaretorus (459130) | about 13 years ago | (#2266495)

Surely for the restaging next year we should get BBC Radio 1,2,4 and 5 to simulcast Gabby Roslin or Chris Moyles introducing a classic Status Quo number which everyone is to pogo about and air guitar to for a minute.

Get everyone in time with the radio and I'm sure the effect will be much better. This attempt musn't have been significantly different from that found every day at 3:30 when the schools kick out!

Get everyone Rocking All Over The World (although I'd prefer Down Down myself!) and I'll bet we could cause a tsunami!
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