1038: Fountain

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Implausible, did you say? Sorry, couldn't quite hear you from all the way up heeeeeeeeere!
Title text: Implausible, did you say? Sorry, couldn't quite hear you from all the way up heeeeeeeeere!


This comic is about how it's considered implausible to "fly" by positioning an umbrella over a water jet. However, with a powerful enough jet of water, a strong enough umbrella, and a sure grip, such an event is physically plausible, although you'd risk ripping your arm off.

The title text emphasizes that Cueball did reach a high altitude.

The only mystery here is: A safe landing. On the other hand, if the umbrella is strong enough to haul him into the air, then maybe it can be used as a parachute as well...


[A full color image of a fountain with three massive water jets. A Cueball seen from afar walks up to these while holding an umbrella.]
[Cueball splashes through the pond which makes sounds:]
[Cueball gets to one of the jets.]
[Cueball opens up the umbrella with a:]
[Cueball opens the umbrella with a big sound and swings it into water jet stream (which is outside the image).]
[Cueball is pulled up by the water jet stream (which is outside the image). Only his feet and the water dripping of them into the pond can be seen. The sound he makes follows him up with longer and longer distance between the letters. Which is very uncommon actually written with ]
Cueball: Wheeeeeeee!

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A pulley and a rock do this pretty well too, although it's a wee bit dangerous. What with the falling rock and all. Davidy22[talk] 07:07, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

The military method of rescueing personnel consists of an plane snagging a balloon attached to the person. If the line is long enough, the rescue is safe, for any speed of aircraft! Quite a thrill! --DrMath 05:41, 7 September 2013 (UTC)

Can someone post a link to the principle at work here? 02:31, 16 August 2015 (UTC)