19 Responses:

  1. pushupstairs says:

    well played, Stanley, well played.

  2. cavorite says:

    My mop!

    I'd love to see some idiot try to surf on that with a rope attached to the railing. Whatever happened would be awesome entertainment for the rest of us.

  3. catullus_5 says:

    Great line, funny movie. Say, whatever happened to that guy? I haven't followed his career since Seinfeld, but I can only assume he's been winning hearts and getting lots of work, am I right?

  4. revsphynx says:

    Who found the marble in the oatmeal?!

  5. ultranurd says:

    Weird Al needs to make another movie.

  6. relaxing says:

    Need a wider angle on that and the caption "I CAME."

    • spoonyfork says:

      The 60-hour release, being presided over by Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne, was the latest chapter in a long-running tug of war between the department's Bureau of Reclamation...

  7. It's strange how I suddenly found myself dubious about the news article when I realised that a man named Steve Martin was campaigning to save the "humpbacked chub" with a series of "high flow releases". Curse you, sophomoric '80s comedies.

  8. kraquehaus says:

    Dear lord, I hate to think what picture you post for the "FIND THE MARBLE IN THE OATMEAL" event.

  9. killbox says:

    Thats a dam lot of water!

  10. hadlock says:

    It's interesting that the water is coming out airated, like from a sink faucet. You'd think the water would be at least somewhat glassy looking for the first five feet or so. Instead it shoots out like tortillini.

    • strangehours says:

      I don't think the faucet flow phenomenon you're observing is aeration. I suspect it's the difference between the appearance of water under conditions of laminar and turbulent flow.

      • hadlock says:

        That's a really cool link. I'm not really sure how that applies to the opacity of turbulent water though. From your comment it sounds like you're presenting the water looking white has more to do with how water refracts/reflects water under intense pressure rather than airation.

        This is my basic understanding, feel free to correct me. When I make my scotch and coke, i drop in two cubes, and pour in the scotch. Next I pour in the coke, where it fizzes, and makes the liquid opaque ("airation"). Afterwards the liquid is clear again. If I swirl the ice cube around in the solution, some CO2 bubbles emerge from the turbulence, but otherwise the solution remains transparent. Some refraction of light occurs where the melting ice meets the semi-alcoholic sugar solution, but is minimal.

        I suppose this is more of what I expected:

        Perhaps it's the "arc" of the water as it goes up the pipe and then falls down out of the pipe that allows the laminar flow in that case? Are you suggesting that the intense turbulence of the water coming out of that pipe is causing it to airate instantly as it leaves the pipe?

        At second glance, it looks like the spout is of larger diameter than the pipe that feeds it: is it possible that the spout is designed as an airator?

  11. line_noise says:

    The water poured out of the dam as if pumped through a gigantic fire hose, at the rate of 41,500 cubic feet per second - enough to fill the Empire State Building in 20 minutes.

    I wonder how many skyscrapers per hour a normal firehose operates at? At least they didn't use the Olympic sized pool analogy!