deadly playing cards on Mythbusters

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deadly playing cards on Mythbusters

Postby Bill Wheeler » May 5th, 2005, 1:43 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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Re: deadly playing cards on Mythbusters

Postby Guest » May 5th, 2005, 2:58 pm

Did you catch Ricky Jay on it? It was pretty fun.
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Re: deadly playing cards on Mythbusters

Postby Jeff Haas » May 6th, 2005, 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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Re: deadly playing cards on Mythbusters

Postby Guest » May 10th, 2005, 1:04 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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Re: deadly playing cards on Mythbusters

Postby Jim Maloney_dup1 » May 10th, 2005, 1:17 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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