Science For Juggalos

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It has come to our attention that the fans of the band "The Insane Clown Posse" (Juggalos) lack basic scientific understanding on subjects like fucking magnetism, light, and nature. Fortunately, several of these Juggalos will be outside the Warfield Theater on June 5th, 2010, and we feel this is the perfect opportunity to resolve their ignorance.

To that end, we will be setting up a Science Fair outside the Warfield between 6pm-8pm to demonstrate several of the scientific principles which seem to cause the Juggalos such confusion.


There are several ways to participate in this event. Just add yourself as a volunteer to any section you'd like. No matter which you choose, please arrive at NoiseBridge at 4pm this Saturday, June 5th. There will be punch and pie.


Scientists be lyin

If you would like to teach science to Juggalos, please prepare a hand-held scientific demonstration based on any of the subjects from the ICP song 'Miracles'. We will be hosting a planning meeting to discuss our science fair projects at 7pm on Wednesday, June 2nd, at Noisebridge. You don't have to come to the planning meeting to participate, just show up on Saturday.

We will be providing the following equipment for scientists:

  • Borrowed Lab Coats (for mad science)
  • Safety Goggles
  • Poster Board + Markers


  • Hephaestus
  • Bob Dole
  • Lamont
  • Crutcher
  • Dr. Laszlo "McMurder" Fuggnutz
  • Reed (doing solar eclipse)
  • Parintachin

Lab assistants (i.e. help prep, but not appear as scientist at the event):

  • DrSyzygy/Mikael
  • Miah
  • Doctor Popular


If you don't want to teach, but still want to participate in this event, please bring a camera and help document our endeavor.


  • Everfalling
  • DrSyzygy/Mikael
  • Ani


Several Juggalos don't want to talk to a scientist. They feel we be lyin, and gettin them pissed. For this reason, we would like a couple of volunteers to act as security for our scientists and documentarians.


  • Al Gore
  • a big guy

Things that aren't Miracles

Magnets are not miracles!
Giraffes are not miracles!
I can take this one. However, it might be better if we had a more focused presentation on magnets, but with some ancillary experts on topics that Juggalos may be interested in. Flipzagging 17:08, 1 June 2010 (UTC)
This is the one I've sat an thought about presentation ideas for. Really depends on how deep one wants to go - Huygens-Fresnel and wavefronts bending will need to be around if we wanna dig down, but the basic idea I've been thinking about is "Light bends when it slows down. Different materials let light go at different speeds. It all depends on wavelengths, and thus on color. Look here - a prism and a white LED keychain." Michiexile 02:10, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
Richard Feynmann attempts to answer this question, with difficulty, after explaining that any answer he gives is likely to be unsatisfying. It's hard to discuss the fundamental forces in any terms other than their own. Mandatory listening for whoever's doing the magnets poster. - 19:05, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Light never slows down, ever. Different colors refract at different angles because of their energy level. But all colors regardless of wavelength travel at the same speed - the speed of light. quasar

Michiexile is correct. The velocity of light varies within substances. Snell's Law expresses the index of refraction at the boundary of two substances as the ratio of the the velocities of light within those substances. For example light goes almost half as fast through arsenic trisulfide as it does in air, so arsenic trisulfide has an IOR of 1.9. -Laszlo 18:20, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

Cool, I did not know that. I see what you're saying. The way I'm reading it, it's not the light slowing down so much as light taking a break and spending some time in an electron. quasar

A first approximation at something that can be said, and quickly, to this subject:
Michiexile 22:18, 4 June 2010 (UTC)
How far do you want to go into this? "Why does light bend?" Eventually you will start to overlap with the magnet explanation! :) --Macegr 22:33, 4 June 2010 (UTC)
It won't take long at all to start overlapping with magnets here. Not all that surprising either! The next step, however, is to talk about Huygens-Fresnel, and viewing each point along the refraction boundary as a wavesource, and then showing how the speed change makes the wavefronts change direction. Going even this deep, however, puts the whole explanation way past the one-sentence explanation, and even way past the 1-minute elevator talk. Michiexile 17:43, 5 June 2010 (UTC)
Another part that I haven't even started to adress is "Why is the rainbow round?" - which ties in with the rainbow "really" being a circle, and with how we see each colour only through the exact raindrops that are at the right position for the light to bend just right to hit our eye - which happens, for a point-shaped light source (the sun) to be in a circle: the circle of things that are just the right amount of (angular) distance from a straight line, thus giving the circular "rainbow". Final bit of _this_ explanation, then, is the observation that usually, rainbows are visible with the sun in such an angle that the rainbow is partially hidden by the horizon. Michiexile 17:43, 5 June 2010 (UTC)

Laszlo would like to present cognitive dissonance theory as an explanation for how misattributed anger toward scientists can lead to their mischaracterization as motherfucking liars.

Things that are Miracles

Awesome Acoustic Cover


Faygo soda abuse may cause obesity and cause premature death to the otherwise immortal clownz so I'm thinking to do a poster about the health benefits of "less is more" when it comes to Faygo. This is possibly a risky strategy as this pop is their holy sacrament and I'm not suggesting criticizing it, only advocating judicious use of this powerful high-fructose corn syrup-based sacrament.—Parintachin

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