From the rough-and-tumble tables in biker taverns to the low-key games set up at family-friendly pizza joints, pool is a game accessible to just about anyone, regardless of skill level. For most amateur players, the most intimidating part of the game comes at the very beginning, when one player is required to break the rack, which begins with racking the balls well in the first place.
Racking the balls simply means placing them in the frame so that they are all touching each other. If the balls aren’t touching, they won’t break apart correctly, which can disadvantage the player who breaks. Breaking the rack sets up the beginning of the game, and if done correctly, can offer a significant advantage to the player who gets to break. Whenever breaking, always try to use the lightest stick available and make sure to chalk the tip well before you hit your shot.
Illustrated by Ted Slampyak
NUKEMAP is an interactive map using Google Maps API and unclassified nuclear weapons effects data, created by Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology who studies the history of nuclear weapons. The initial version was created in February 2012, with major upgrades in July 2013, which enables users to model the explosion of nuclear weapons (contemporary, historical, or of any given arbitrary yield) on virtually any terrain and at virtually any altitude of their choice. A variation of the script, NUKEMAP3D, features rough models of mushroom clouds in 3D, scaled to their appropriate sizes. NUKEMAP3D doesn’t work on most browsers anymore for NPAPI plugins are no longer supported by them.
The computer simulation of the effects of nuclear detonations has been described both as “stomach-churning” (by Wellerstein himself) and as “the most fun I’ve had with Google Maps since… well, possibly ever” despite the admittedly abjectly grim nature of the subject. Originally intended in part as a pedagogical device to illustrate the stark difference in scale between fission and fusion bombs, more than three million people as of 2012 have exploded some 30 million virtual nuclear warheads; having gone viral, the increased popularity of the website necessitated a move to new servers. The website averages five “nukes” per visitor. According to the site’s own counter, in November 2016 users had simulated over 90 million nuclear explosions.
The NUKEMAP was a finalist for the National Science Foundation’s Visualization Challenge in 2014.
Users can select the location and size of the bombs.
The site shows the spread of the mushroom cloud including casualty numbers.
This map created by nuclear weapon historian Alex Wellerstein demonstrates the fallout caused by 2.3 megaton bomb dropped on Washington. It was modeled on the Soviet weapons held during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s
This is really something for a rainy day, so long as you’re equipped with the essentials. What you need is a microwave oven, some grapes, a small measure of sunflower oil and some friends with whom to compete.
The idea is thus.
First, if the microwave is of the type that has one of those silly rotating dish-like things, which rotates your food to make sure it gets cooked evenly, then TAKE IT OUT and THROW IT AWAY. You won’t need it for this game and, if you get addicted enough, you probably won’t use your microwave for anything else, so you won’t need that dish thing ever again.
OK, next, lightly cover the floor of the microwave with a SMALL amount of sunflower oil. Just generally spread it about, to make a thin, lubricating layer, on which a grape may skate about. Try it with a practice grape to make sure you’ve got it right. Then, line up a number of grapes at one side of the oven, with one grape corresponding to each player. Important tip here – MAKE SURE THAT THE END WITH THE HOLE IN IT IS POINTING AT THE WALL. This is really quite fundamentally important. Next, lay bets – or whatever – on your grape, that it will win/lose/finish in a particular position or state/whatever. Then, set the microwave to full power, and switch on.
What happens is that the inside of the grape heats up, liquefies, and acts as a jet propellant to push the grape along the lubricated floor of the microwave as it shoots out the hole at the back. Thus, each grape travels with varying degrees of speed and/or success across the floor of the microwave. The first to reach the other side of the microwave is judged to be the winner, or, failing this, the one to travel the furthest. Some grapes don’t make it even this far, and either shrivel up or explode messily on the starting line, but this just adds to the fun. Remember to switch off the microwave and remove the competitors before replacing them for the next round.
The game can be varied according to players and their individual tastes, like “Strip Grape Races” for example, or “Stunt Grapes” where the grape must perform a task like jumping over other grapes, etc. These, and other variations, should keep you and your friends amused for hours.
Dubbed as the “world’s simplest flash game” Drench tasks you turning a board containing a myriad of colors to a single color within a set number of moves. The premise is a simple one, but the execution may not necessarily be that easy.
When the game starts, the board is filled with random blocks consisting six different colors. Begin at the upper left block, select one of the colors on the right panel to match surrounding blocks. Repeat the process until the whole board is covered with paint of one color. The first level gives you 30 moves, and in each subsequent level you get one less move.
The amusement potential for each activity is denoted.
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Shake your mouse over the image for hours of fun!
Islamic Roulette: like Russian Roulette but with six bullets
How to play:
1. Load a revolver with six bullets.
2. Aim it towards your head.
3. Say “It has nothing to do with Islam” and pull the trigger. This ends the game.