Adorning many an office desk is Newton's Cradle, a toy consisting of multiple steel balls that swing pendulum-like with a great clacking sound that for the oftenly-tense executive is supposed to relieve stress or help idle the time when ennui sets in. Also known as "Collision Balls, "Newton's Pendulum," "Balance Balls," "Executive Ball Clicker," "Kinetic Balls," and "Newton's Metronome," these apparatus demonstrate how momentum and energy are conserved as they transfer force to each other; specifically, Isaac Newton's third law: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
And so, to relieve the stress of my readers who may be adversely affected by Obamacare or who are bored watching our government spend money and issue tens of thousands of new laws and regulations, I offer these 13 examples of Newton's Cradle. The last panel, #13, is for rich Saudis and Bahrainis, but caution, clicking on that panel reveals a very, very naughty and not-safe-for-work image.
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- Wikipedia: a typical Newton's Metronome.
- From AndroidPIT we have a cradle APP with a built-in clock for Android phones.
- Kinetic Light Newton's Cradle: with bright, multicolor LEDs in each glass sphere - designed and manufactured by ThinkGeek.
- This is a clever Newton’s Cradle animation in Excel.
- A YouTube Video of a two-storey cradle.
- Here is a most excellent flash animation which allows one to drag a ball (or more balls) and release it to watch the physics work.
- Edison's Cradle: This one is a mesmerizing display called Asobi, replacing the metal balls with working light bulbs.
- This is one from the 1600s at the Galileo Museum.
- Here is a version in Digital Art.
- Newton's Cradle with balls forming a descending graph chart [Getty Images].
- At first glance this appears to be a Newton's Cradle over a train. Now why would they put that there? To prevent this.
- The world’s biggest Newton’s cradle is located in the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan. It consists of 16 bowling balls, 15 pounds each, hanging on 20 foot long ropes, 1 yard off the ground.
- This image originally displayed naked women in a Muslim version of Newton's Cradle and probably used at Saudi parties; however the photographer, Jim Duvall, is an idiot and requested his photograph be removed. Some people do not understand how the Internet works, I attributed the reduced-size, lower-resolution image to the photographer and thus helped him gain exposure he would otherwise not have garnered and perhaps making his photographic work more in demand.
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