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800-Pound Runaway Snowball Slams Into College Dorm, Knocks In Wall
CBS ^

Posted on 02/15/2014 8:53:20 AM PST by Morgana

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two math majors at Reed College lost control of a massive snowball that rolled into a dorm, knocking in part of a bedroom wall.

No one was injured.

The students began making the snowball last week during a rare snowstorm in Portland, Ore.

Nobody weighed the object, but college spokesman Kevin Myers says it was estimated to weigh 800 pounds or more.

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TOPICS: Humor; Outdoors; Weather; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: college; collegeprank; slipperyslope; snowball; weird

1 posted on 02/15/2014 8:53:20 AM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana
My granddaughter started college this year.

A reminder: Children do not come with angel wings.

2 posted on 02/15/2014 8:55:19 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Funny. The first thing I thought of was how this reminded me of Gary Larsen.


4 posted on 02/15/2014 8:58:21 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Morgana

Somewhere, at some university, a professor (or even a TA) is crafting a midterm Physics 1A problem based on this scenario.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 8:58:48 AM PST by thecodont
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To: Morgana

Math majors? Sounds more like the work of physics majors to me. Or maybe engineers.


6 posted on 02/15/2014 8:59:14 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Kirkwood; Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono

I was thinking of a Bugs Bunny cartoon.


7 posted on 02/15/2014 9:00:58 AM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Cicero

“Or maybe engineers.”

That was my first thought.


8 posted on 02/15/2014 9:01:35 AM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

The out of control, giant snowball kind of reminds me of our out of control federal deficit.


9 posted on 02/15/2014 9:02:43 AM PST by dowcaet
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To: Morgana; Slings and Arrows; GeronL

10 posted on 02/15/2014 9:03:18 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Morgana; Revolting cat!; Daffynition

Slippery slope PING!


11 posted on 02/15/2014 9:04:51 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Morgana

12 posted on 02/15/2014 9:04:59 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: Morgana


13 posted on 02/15/2014 9:06:35 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Joe you are too much :)


14 posted on 02/15/2014 9:08:46 AM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

As a Reed College dropout, I can readily believe this.


15 posted on 02/15/2014 9:09:11 AM PST by Argus
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To: Morgana

Maybe they just learned about Sisyphus.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 9:09:14 AM PST by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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To: Morgana

It’s almost criminal for a story like that not to have a picture.


17 posted on 02/15/2014 9:09:48 AM PST by DManA
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To: Morgana

When I was a kid (maybe 9 or 10) my friends and I thought it would be a great idea to make a huge snowball and roll it into my father’s driveway. The thing was huge - took about 6 of us to move it.

Needless to say, dad didn’t think it was too funny when he got home. I also didn’t think too far ahead. All of my friends had gone home and I had to remove it by myself.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 9:10:03 AM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: thecodont

Boy, you’re right about that!

Another of those things that sounded like a good idea at the time...


19 posted on 02/15/2014 9:10:20 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: JoeProBono
Cue "Yakety Sax"


20 posted on 02/15/2014 9:12:50 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: thecodont

F=MxA.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 9:15:40 AM PST by kabar
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To: Defiant

That dude rocks!


22 posted on 02/15/2014 9:17:42 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: DManA
almost criminal for a story like that not to have a picture


23 posted on 02/15/2014 9:18:01 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: Morgana
Conservatives are cleaning up in the comments section,
making libs snivel, cry and the funniest part is when they try to lash out with their “superior intellect”.
24 posted on 02/15/2014 9:18:20 AM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: kabar

Not just a good idea...


25 posted on 02/15/2014 9:20:01 AM PST by Professional Engineer (I am not cynical. /s)
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To: kabar
F=MxA.

Exactly. Same as a shopping cart rolling down a parking lot slope and hitting a car. Solve for F.

26 posted on 02/15/2014 9:25:34 AM PST by thecodont
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To: a fool in paradise

27 posted on 02/15/2014 9:38:29 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: thecodont

But it’s not just M x A, because this is an example of a “runaway process” - as the snowball travels, its mass increases, making it larger (more area) and picking up even more snow. As the action continues, it reinforces itself to destructive levels.


28 posted on 02/15/2014 9:42:16 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Morgana

If only the state had required snowball permits this tragedy would never have happened ;-)


29 posted on 02/15/2014 9:42:43 AM PST by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: Cicero
Math majors? Sounds more like the work of physics majors to me. Or maybe engineers.

I read this when it first popped up and thought it 'almost funny', but very, very pathetic. 'Andy Farmer-ish', but worse. More like Ehren McGhehey (Jacka$$).

Our future: Math majors unable to do mental math on density & can't grasp simple concepts like 'gravity'...I bet they don't have to pay damages either.

At least the Newton fable doesn't have him rolling a stone down a hill into a cottage...(but that may change with Common Core).

30 posted on 02/15/2014 10:02:11 AM PST by logi_cal869
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To: Morgana

“Ruh roh, Raggy!”


31 posted on 02/15/2014 10:03:46 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Morgana

When I was a freshman in the dorm, our 3rd floor room overlooked the tennis court. We thought that was the perfect testing ground for a molotov cocktail.

Ingredients:

Two drunken students.

One quart beer bottle, half full of lighter fluid.

One paper towell for fuse.

One drunken assistant to light fuse while I held the bomb cocked like a football, ready to throw.

Fuse lit, as I threw bomb the lighter fluid caught and shot out of bottle lighting my shirt on fire. I ran around the room like a lunatic until it went out.

Bottle smashed on tennis court, shirt ruined, no damage to me.

Major success on all counts.


32 posted on 02/15/2014 10:08:30 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Sometimes a paper towel may absorb the lighter fluid. Use a cheap brand next time. Stay away from Bounty, it is “the quicker picker upper”! :^)


33 posted on 02/15/2014 10:19:31 AM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: canuck_conservative

Yes. F = m x a is the simple approach, but there would also be a function of additional mass acquired based on the layers of snow (water) per rotation of the snowball and the increasing diameter (R x 2) of the snowball.


34 posted on 02/15/2014 10:21:35 AM PST by thecodont
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To: Morgana

Back in the day, my gang of friends and I used to make these huge snowballs at night and leave them in the worst places - behind cars in driveways, at the foot of people’s porch steps, at the fenced walkway into the schoolyard, etc...

I still can’t help but to chuckle.


35 posted on 02/15/2014 10:23:32 AM PST by joethedrummer
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To: SaxxonWoods

36 posted on 02/15/2014 10:40:10 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: a fool in paradise

800 pound snowballs, hate when that happens. lol


37 posted on 02/15/2014 1:35:16 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Morgana

Huge Asteroid to Fly Safely By Earth Monday: Watch It Live

Watch It Live! http://www.space.com/24704-asteroid-2000-em26-earth-flyby-webcast.html


38 posted on 02/15/2014 2:21:42 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Morgana
hey it could have been bigger.


39 posted on 02/15/2014 2:34:40 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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