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Japan: 'Mini-Ark' invented for tsunamis (actually an escape-pod)
Ninemsn ^ | 10/01/11

Posted on 10/01/2011 6:47:22 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster

'Mini-Ark' invented for tsunamis

apanese inventors have come up with a novel way for residents to save themselves if the country is struck by another deadly tsunami: a mini Ark that looks like a giant tennis ball.

Cosmo Power says it already has orders for 600 of its "Noah" shelters, which have a small lookout window and breathing holes on top, and sell for $4000 each.


(Excerpt) Read more at news.ninemsn.com.au ...


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KEYWORDS: japan; miniark; tsunami

1 posted on 10/01/2011 6:47:29 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster; sushiman; Ronin; AmericanInTokyo; gaijin; struggle; DTogo; GATOR NAVY; Iris7; ...

P!


2 posted on 10/01/2011 6:48:26 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

OK, but where do you keep it and what do you do if you’re swept out to sea?


3 posted on 10/01/2011 6:50:29 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I know a very short pole dancer. I’ll let her know.


4 posted on 10/01/2011 6:51:44 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Now you can drown in peace after you are swept under some rubble, knowing that your body will be found.


5 posted on 10/01/2011 6:51:49 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Nice little coffins. Easy to find.


6 posted on 10/01/2011 6:53:05 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (.a.d.y.)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
OK, but where do you keep it and what do you do if you’re swept out to sea?

You get fried to a crisp by lunchtime, I'd think.

7 posted on 10/01/2011 6:54:57 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Along roughly the same lines, I think this would be a little more chic:


8 posted on 10/01/2011 6:59:02 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Looks like it needs a blow valve (or whatever they are called) for when the tsunami first hits... they may be under water for a bit.. need to stop the inflow :p


9 posted on 10/01/2011 7:05:14 AM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: TigerLikesRooster
About the size of a capsule hotel module:


10 posted on 10/01/2011 7:11:13 AM PDT by OrioleFan
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To: TigerLikesRooster
That's such a design fail I don't know where to start. I know I would hate hitting my head on the pole as I was tossed around at sea but I guess that might be better than slowly drowning.

11 posted on 10/01/2011 7:22:27 AM PDT by TSgt (When in the Course of human events...)
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To: the invisib1e hand

You’d think they would at least make it into a cozy chair for two people by making it two half circles, then when the time comes, snap the two sides together and you’re good to go. However, it would only hold one person.


12 posted on 10/01/2011 7:27:36 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Pokemon comes to mind.


13 posted on 10/01/2011 7:33:51 AM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

So you carry this with you at all times?


14 posted on 10/01/2011 7:40:49 AM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Does the government have a sweeper to pick up these “goof” balls? ;-)


15 posted on 10/01/2011 7:42:38 AM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Average Al
Maybe these things could take the place of plant barriers, etc., they put up around public buildings. They could be dispensed like carts at the airport.

If they're flat on both ends, they can be used as end tables.

They can come in sizes that can hold 1, 2, or however many people you want.

Come to think of it, we already have submarines, don't we?

Use a rectangular one as a coffee table and when the time comes, it can double as a coffin.

16 posted on 10/01/2011 7:51:28 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The real Spam in a can


17 posted on 10/01/2011 7:58:08 AM PDT by molson209
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Interesting idea. Might actually work.


18 posted on 10/01/2011 8:17:28 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Average Al

Look, let’s get really practical about this. They could be made into beds.


19 posted on 10/01/2011 8:18:05 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Bad idea. I remember seeing a story on two guys who rolled down a grassy hill in one of those clear vinyl double-walled inflatable balls. They basically were killed by smashing into each other while tumbling. Same would happen here. Better would be a ballasted model looking like a small version of a modern life boat/ship escape module.


20 posted on 10/01/2011 8:26:19 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Hey man you might need your shoes when the ball comes to rest somewhere.


21 posted on 10/01/2011 8:31:45 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Psalm 109:8)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

What’s a cubit?


22 posted on 10/01/2011 8:34:16 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TigerLikesRooster

If I had to design an escape system for any tsunami I would go to the air, it would be a fast acting fill mechanism using helium or possibly hydrogen as it can be made cheaper though more dangerous.

Hydrogen doe have more lifting capability, and so here is the idea, its a roof mounted lightweight carbon fiber escape godola with a ducted fan engine for some means of propulsion.

Its my idea, it would work, it won’t work for the mass of population of an urban area but I could care less, its my ass.

I just cannot see any survivability from a mega tsunami of a wave over 100’ high...or larger in any type of a floating vessel. Must get above it, and to stay high until its safe to land.


23 posted on 10/01/2011 8:40:13 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Sarah Palin and John Bolton--- 2012)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Easier to just move up the hill.


24 posted on 10/01/2011 8:44:53 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (I don't give political aid and comfort to those who give aid and comfort to baby butchers.)
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To: dfwgator

about 18 inches more or less

Mike


25 posted on 10/01/2011 9:38:24 AM PDT by doublecansiter (without cartridge, load in nine times, LOAD!)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

where do ya put the beer?


26 posted on 10/02/2011 3:02:53 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

should have made them coffin shaped. Laying down would be more stable. And put a day or two of water and rations and a radio beacon.
There have been worse ideas. Like the people who were trying to sell parachutes to high rise workers after 9-11.


27 posted on 10/02/2011 4:17:52 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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