Talk:1092: Michael Phelps
Jello was actually put into a swimming pool in the pseudo-science TV show "Braniacs".
- I wonder whether Randall was aware of the pool experiment (http://research.cems.umn.edu/cussler/pool/). Maybe concrete would be the better choice to slow a swimmer down. BKA (talk) 08:44, 8 August 2012 (UTC)
- I doubt the gelatin just added to the pool would work. It needs to be heated to dissolve, and it will melt/dissolve is reheated. But at room temperature, it gels. So I suspect dumping powdered gelatin in room temperature water would just sink. --Blaise Pascal
- I don't think heat is required to dissolve Jell-o -- I think it just helps. Agitation (say, an Olympic swimming doing laps) should be sufficient. However, refrigeration helps a lot in gelling, so it'll take quite a while at room (actually outdoor) temperature. Then we have the question of Chlorine, which has a very high pH (very alkali). The acid (low pH) content of some fruits prevents gelling, so they can't be used with Jell-o. It's unclear what effect the caustic would have. --- James Curran
- There is no time scale, maybe between the two pictures, he had enough time to buy it from a store. Hammertime ;) BKA (talk) 09:29, 9 August 2012 (UTC)
Shouldn't aggravation of the jello as it solidifies turn it back into a liquid, or at least chunky liquid. Jason.
Gee, 12000 calories! How often does he have to go to the toilet each day??
Wouldn't using custard powder be better? It would turn it into a non-Newtonian liquid. See Mythbusters and/or Brainiacs 188.8.131.52 03:56, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
I thought this comic was also a reference to Strong Bad Email #187 (http://www.hrwiki.org/wiki/winter_pool) where Strong Bad and Homestar get stuck in a pool of jello, and the king of town has to come eat them out. 184.108.40.206 03:53, 31 March 2013 (UTC)
"Quirky, yet simple trick?" That sounds like an advertisement. "This man invented one weird trick for removing Olympic swimmers from your pool! Michael Phelps HATES him!" 220.127.116.11 22:33, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
- I'd almost want to live in a world where that's such a common problem it's a click bait title... -Pennpenn 18.104.22.168 06:22, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
So this guy actually did all the calculations and experiments to fill a pool with proper jello if you're interested https://youtu.be/DPZzrlFCD_I