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02 Apr 2024, 1:03 pm

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02 Apr 2024, 6:54 pm

If you were to get stuck in a pool of molasses, would you drown or suffocate?
In water, if you can’t swim, you’ll probably drown. But molasses is much thicker than water, so what would happen?


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02 Apr 2024, 7:12 pm

Since molasses is so thick I would think you would float on the molasses, so you would probably be fine.
It might be hard to get to shore though. Swimming in molasses would probably be very hard.

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02 Apr 2024, 8:17 pm

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Since molasses is so thick I would think you would float on the molasses, so you would probably be fine.
It might be hard to get to shore though. Swimming in molasses would probably be very hard.

Yeah, you would float, i think. But resurfacing if you’re fully submerged? Might be more difficult. I would imagine swimming in molasses would be like trying to run in water


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Btw I think this thread is a great idea.

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04 Apr 2024, 11:00 pm

utterly absurd wrote:
Since molasses is so thick I would think you would float on the molasses, so you would probably be fine.
It might be hard to get to shore though. Swimming in molasses would probably be very hard.

Btw I think this thread is a great idea.


You would sink in molasses if it was deep enough. In fact there was an incident in Boston in 1919 where during an unseasonably warm winter day a big tank filled with molasses blew up and it sent a literal tsunami of the stuff into the town and many people and animals were injured or either suffocated or drowned in it. Someone said they saw many horses dying struggling like flies stuck to fly paper. It was an horrific disaster but while reading about it I couldn't help thinking dumb jokes like, "now that's what I call a sticky situation". Also, so much for the phrase "slow as molasses", the molasses rushed into the town so fast.



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05 Apr 2024, 4:21 pm

lostonearth35 wrote:
utterly absurd wrote:
Since molasses is so thick I would think you would float on the molasses, so you would probably be fine.
It might be hard to get to shore though. Swimming in molasses would probably be very hard.

Btw I think this thread is a great idea.


You would sink in molasses if it was deep enough. In fact there was an incident in Boston in 1919 where during an unseasonably warm winter day a big tank filled with molasses blew up and it sent a literal tsunami of the stuff into the town and many people and animals were injured or either suffocated or drowned in it. Someone said they saw many horses dying struggling like flies stuck to fly paper. It was an horrific disaster but while reading about it I couldn't help thinking dumb jokes like, "now that's what I call a sticky situation". Also, so much for the phrase "slow as molasses", the molasses rushed into the town so fast.


Wow I've never heard of that. That's really weird.
It sounds horrible but also the idea of a molasses explosion is so absurd it's kind of hard not to laugh. Sorry...


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05 Apr 2024, 5:03 pm

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919, aka The Boston Molasses Disaster

A giant tank filled with 2.3 U.S. gallons of molasses burst open, rushing through the town at 35 mph. The flood killed 21 people, and injured 150.

The residents reported that decades afterwards that the area still smells of molasses on hot summer days.
There’s a whole wiki page

It is indeed rather silly to think a sweet syrup caused a terrible disaster, but, it did


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05 Apr 2024, 5:13 pm

I know it's just a cartoon, but why does Fred Flintstone need gas for his car if he can get going just by using his feet?



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05 Apr 2024, 5:16 pm

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I know it's just a cartoon, but why does Fred Flintstone need gas for his car if he can get going just by using his feet?

I haven’t watched The Flintstones in a hot minute, but perhaps he needs gas for other parts of his car, such as the lights? (I don’t remember if he had lights on his car but maybe)


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05 Apr 2024, 7:39 pm

What would you call a burger made of ham?


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05 Apr 2024, 10:49 pm

German speaking immigrants to American in the 19th Century brought their sausage making expertise to America and helped forge American cuisine. And each German city had its own local signature sausage.

Sausages peculiar to Vienna Austria and to Frankfurt Bavaria merged and became the American hotdog...aka "Franfurter" aka "wiener" (the German word for Vienna is Wein).

Likewise in Hamburg they simply fried up a slab of ground beef...and it became the American "hamburger" aka "beefburger". Which is why beefburgers are called "hamburgers" despite having no ham. Its named after a city, and not a meat.

So if you DID grind up ham and fry it up on a skillet and put it in a bun ...maybe "hamburgered ham"?



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06 Apr 2024, 1:26 am

lostonearth35 wrote:
I know it's just a cartoon, but why does Fred Flintstone need gas for his car if he can get going just by using his feet?

I verified that he does put something called Ethel into his car, but it seems to come out of the horn of a living mammoth, so I can't imagine what it is. Bone marrow?

Additional question, how can it be explained that the Flintstones celebrated Christmas?

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06 Apr 2024, 8:22 pm

Why is it necessary for humans to have consciousness? Why aren't we all like zombies?



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08 Apr 2024, 12:08 pm

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Why is it necessary for humans to have consciousness? Why aren't we all like zombies?

I don’t know about that one… hmm…
Why do we have consciousnesses? Evolution

Why is it necessary to have them? Not sure… survival and sociability?


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08 Apr 2024, 12:22 pm

PineappleLobster wrote:
ToughDiamond wrote:
Why is it necessary for humans to have consciousness? Why aren't we all like zombies?

I don’t know about that one… hmm…
Why do we have consciousnesses? Evolution

Why is it necessary to have them? Not sure… survival and sociability?

ChatGPT says much the same kind of thing, only it's more verbose about it.



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08 Apr 2024, 12:48 pm

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Why is it necessary for humans to have consciousness? Why aren't we all like zombies?


Consciousness could well be an evolutionary dead-end. It may well be that animals aren't meant to have it, if they're to survive.

Would explain the absence of aliens visiting us.


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