How many for the entire Chinese population?
It sounds like a lot of balls to me.
Wacky Chinese inventor Yang Zongfu has unveiled his answer to Noah’s Ark – a radiation-proof, six ton steel-encased ball designed to protect a family of three from disaster. The bizarre bubble took eccentric businessman Yang two years to build and cost a whopping 1.5 million yuan (£150,868), according to China Daily. The …
It sounds like a lot of balls to me.
Did they get him out with a can opener?
Wow so the Chinese have Glen Beck listening gold hording doomsday bunker tea baggers as well?
A mate of mine works for TaylorWoodrowBarretWimpeyArsePipes the house builders, and he is reliably informed that the company is importing 300 of these balls for a new development! They will be sticking a slate roof and uPVC conservatory on each of them and then dumping them in the middle of the athletes village to form part of the regenerated East London's Olympic legacy!
Just watch Escape From New York.
Didn't Wil E. Coyote have an Acme 'Indestructo' steel ball in the 1950's?
Mines is the ones with the Chuck Jones cartoons in the pocket.
Indiana Jones just needs a fridge.
But at least we now know that the giant ball that chased him in Temple of Doom contained a Chinese man.
Surely you mean "Raiders of the Lost Ark"...
Surely that's a contradiction in terms in China?
No, no... they ignore other peoples patents. These are chinese ones, violate those and you'll talking to a nice gentleman from the PLA.
They learnt well from US (who did same thing after kicking Britain out).
Actually, you are more likely to get quite intimate with a brick wall, and the bullets lodged in it.
If he can improve the design so that several spheres can interlock with each other, it'd be a good way to have underwater science labs.
A floating, underwater science lab?
It's actually for a pre-emptive strike in marbles
Do these steel balls float?
Probably- if it is heat resistant, and shock absorbing, a foam-like material would be an obvious choice.
Do they float? Let's do some arithmetic.
6 tons of steel is just under 1 cubic metre. Diameter 4m, radius 2m, surface area 16pi, say 50 square metres. So average thickness is 1/50 metre, or 2cms. Respectably thick but not like a tank.
Volume approx 30 cubic metres, density therefore 6/30 tons per cubic metre. Yes, it will certainly float (water is 1 ton per cubic metre).
Oh yes... They float, Georgie.
(troll cos no pennywise-the-clown icon, more's the pity)
So good for earthquales and floods. Bet it won't survive molten lava.
It might - you won't.
Yes, but will it blend?
We all float down here. :D
It's pretty lucky that it didn't land in the water with the hatch facing down.
So you get washed down river, under or perhaps through several bridges and out to sea. Then you just open the hatch and start the outboard engine to get back to the shore. Ooops!
"...some balls are held for charity
and some are fancy dress
but it's the balls that are held for pleasure
that I like the best ...."
A spring-mounted seat sounds anything but safe. Tremendous fun, yes - safe, good grief no!
Seats aside this is tremendous lunatic boffinry. Well done Mr Chinese Loon, sir!
Let me get this straight. He damaged his helmet when playing with his balls?
You. New keyboard. Now.
Is it answer A from China Daily "and 1.5 million yuan ($23,400) in creating his safe bubble"
is it answer B from El Reg with " cost a whopping 1.5 million yuan (£150,868), "
that's right, its El Reg! Well done.... "1,500,000.00 CNY = 151,139.63 GBP "
China Daily reporter, must try harder!
Just an omitted zero error, it should be $234,000 (closer to $236,000 at the time of posting this). Easy enough mistake to make, we've all been there.
If you often make those mistakes, I've got a few hundred dollars I need changing...
Spring Roll ?
Fecal matter occurs. Your ball is washed up somewhere. A crowd of people gather.
"The top began moving...
Next thing you know, somebody with a background in Science Fiction has a .30-06 trained on the hatch, and the first person out's head is a red mist.
Simply hit them with the heat ray first, then stick your head out...
*note to self, take some antibiotics before opening the hatch.
You forgot the more important note to self:
*note to self: remember what antibiotics are and why I need them.
Most of the world is not like the USA, with paranoid gun-toting crazies everywhere.
... by the Yes Men: http://www.survivaball.com/
With that title I thought this article was going to be about another one of Yang Rongshan's plans to bring Proview back from the dead!
Now they just need a giant cannon.
Sounds like he is building the capsule in "Contact"
Being blown 600 feet into the air by a nuclear explosion then bouncing down a hillside ?
Just curious, also wonder if the US Military would be able to test it for him :-)
I nominate "The Stig" to be the volunteer.
is, as the photos accompanying the China Daily article (thanks for the link, Phil !) make clear, painted in large glyphs on the surface of the spheroid. But the Chinese term for Ark (方舟) literally means «square/rectangular boat». Wonder what Eukleides would have said about this attempt to square the circle....
I thought Duke Nukem was the one with BALLS OF STEEL?
How you like these Chinese balls?