Thursday, January 18, 2007

Slippery When Wet/Stuck On You

scha·den·freu·de (shäd'n-froi'də)
n. Pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others.

Home video of an extremely icy intersection in Portland, Oregon. Their insurance nightmare is our hilarity. Enjoy. (via Boing Boing)

Although Portland's ice might run a close second, the title of World's Slipperiest Substance actually belongs to Teflon. But, if Teflon is so slippery, how do they make it stick to the pan?

Serving as yang to our slippery yin, the stickiest substance in nature turns out to be found in the ocean. The glue secreted by organisms like mussels and barnacles can harden in a few minutes and yet withstand years of pounding surf, as this article titled The Chemistry of Glue explains.

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