deadly playing cards on Mythbusters

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Postby Bill Wheeler » 05/05/05 01:43 PM

Yesterday on the Discovery Channel, Mythbusters had a segment on whether or not playing cards could be used as a weapon that could inflict bodily harm. I only saw the last half of the segment, but they built a machine to throw playing cards at a person at 150 mph. The result...the person only received large papercuts.

Might be worth a look if you're channel surfing.
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Postby Guest » 05/05/05 02:58 PM

Did you catch Ricky Jay on it? It was pretty fun.
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Postby Jeff Haas » 05/06/05 11:11 AM

Of course, the one thing they didn't do was glue two playing cards together with a piece of metal in between...
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Postby Guest » 05/10/05 01:04 PM

F= mxa, where f is the velocity and m is mass and a is the acceleration.

Simple physics -- the mass is too low.
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Postby Jim Maloney_dup1 » 05/10/05 01:17 PM

Originally posted by Mississippi Pete:
F= mxa, where f is the velocity and m is mass and a is the acceleration.
<nerd> F actually equals Force, not velocity. Force is measured in Newtons (defined as (kg*m)/(s^2)). Velocity is measured in m/s. </nerd>

You are, however, correct in saying that the relative mass is what prevents it from being too damaging. On the other hand, you could try increasing the acceleration to generate more force.

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