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Enough of the penny ante machinery.

We were talking about what would be the ultimate machine and "The Machine" from the movie Contact came up--the one that propelled Jody Foster through a wormhole to an alien world. But that's a little unrealistic (we've only got 10 hours).

Then we were talking about the status of the search for the Holy Grail of sub atomic particles, the Higgs Boson. And, here we think we've found a challenge worthy of our talents. Build a large hadron collider from scrap in just 10 hours. First team to verify the existence of a new fundamental particle of matter wins. As an added bonus you'll pick up a Nobel Prize in physics. Bring it on!

-- Harebrained B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. (mdbeckmeyer@aol.com), March 15, 2001


Can't we just build something that makes a big boom?

Like a particle accelerator?

-- Dan Denney (Rustrenegades@hotmail.com), March 15, 2001.

RDF's cameras aren't EMP hardened, so first team to trash all the recording equipment with EMP would win? I still think a Tesla Coil V/S a Van deGraaff would be good enough, with the winner being the one that makes the longest spark. (ZAP!) Both could be human powered if the challenge isn't enough. Maybe ball lightning would be a good challenge too, one that takes lots of batteries.

-- Waddy Thompson (cthomp3851@aol.com), March 15, 2001.

Wow! RDF will need to do some seeding of the scrap yard for that challenge.

-- Matthew Beckmeyer (MJBeckmeyer@aol.com), March 16, 2001.

Michael on our team has already made lots of particle accelerators. No, they do not go boom. They go "whirrrrr... clunk" and the cute little orange light goes on and off. They are also very boring to film. Just a big welded metal box with a couple of radiation warning stickers. And there's not too many places with 3 metre thick concrete walls (apart from the odd disused nuclear reactor site).

Trev www.deepscience.com/bigenz

-- Trevor (webmaster@deepscience.com), March 16, 2001.

Does this mean we're back to the triple-gimballed ball drop from "Contact"? Particle accelerators and EMP machines might be right out, but there's no reason they can't build a time machine, right? First one to go forward in time and find out who wins, wins! And they could seed the junk yard with lots of old blue police call booths to help matters along.

-- Chip Haynes (ehaynes@co.pinellas.fl.us), March 16, 2001.

You've inspired us. We're going back to our parents garage, where we filmed our audition, and we're going to build a time machine to leap ahead and find out who made it on the show next season.

Then we'll get back to you yesterday and let you know what we find!

-- Harebrained B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. (mdbeckmeyer@aol.com), March 16, 2001.


get us the winner of Survivor while your there...

and where the stock market is...

and who wins the Napster suit...

and whether there are any steaks to be had...

-- Dan Denney (Rustrenegades@hotmail.com), March 16, 2001.

Steaks to be had, that funny! I got it;

The next contest should be to build a machine produces steaks. I think you can find some dead cows to test out the machine.

-- KPO (kevinoconnor@peoplepc.com), March 19, 2001.

Ok, just got back from the future- Here's your answers: Survivor is won by an American (that's why they don't let anyone else play); the stock market goes so far down it comes out the other side and every time they shut down Napster, it sprang up in three other places- Until Bill Gates figured out how to do it and make money off of it. As for steaks, hey, you're in luck! The French corner the meat market and there's plenty for everyone! P.S.- What's a "cheval?"

-- Chip Haynes (ehaynes@co.pinellas.fl.us), March 22, 2001.

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