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The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: miK.
Date: March 22, 2015 06:30PM
“Last week I stepped on a Lego with my bare foot and I almost murdered my whole family.” - comedian Steve Ranazzissi

Everything is not awesome...
http://qz.com/366858/legos-are-so-painful-to-step-on-because-of-physics/





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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 22, 2015 06:39PM
Pppfffttt.....

Try stepping on a 4-sided dice.
Lego's are nothin' compared to that. Nothin'.



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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: rgG
Date: March 22, 2015 06:41PM
I have stepped on a Lego. Lots of cussing followed closely behind.





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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: March 22, 2015 07:17PM
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Paul F.
Pppfffttt.....

Try stepping on a 4-sided dice.
Lego's are nothin' compared to that. Nothin'.

What's a "4-sided dice"?

A die [singular] is a cube: six sides.

(for the pedantry department)

As for Legos, my grandkids are fond of them, and very good at leaving them all over the floor. Many painful encounters result.

/Mr Lynn



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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: Speedy
Date: March 22, 2015 07:20PM




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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: JoeH
Date: March 22, 2015 07:39PM
Speedy has posted a good picture of tetrahedral dice, there are others based on the regular polyhedrons with up to 20 sides. They became common in use by wargamers in the '60s' and '70's, and were made popular and widely available after the success of Dungeons & Dragons in the late '70's and '80's.
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: March 22, 2015 07:47PM
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JoeH
Speedy has posted a good picture of tetrahedral dice, there are others based on the regular polyhedrons with up to 20 sides. They became common in use by wargamers in the '60s' and '70's, and were made popular and widely available after the success of Dungeons & Dragons in the late '70's and '80's.

I stand corrected; didn't know about dice with other-than-six sides

One should still be a 'die', though.

/Mr Lynn
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 22, 2015 07:52PM
Look at Speedys pic.. And imagine stepping on one, on the way to a ringing phone...
Many bad words were said. And there was blood, and tears, and writhing on the floor.
I still have that die, somewhere... Forged in blood and pain, it accompanied me on many a D&D game.



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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 22, 2015 07:55PM
Yes, die is correct.. But sayin "four sided die", and most people don't envision dice... So though incorrect, "dice" brings clarity to most laymen.


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JoeH
Speedy has posted a good picture of tetrahedral dice, there are others based on the regular polyhedrons with up to 20 sides. They became common in use by wargamers in the '60s' and '70's, and were made popular and widely available after the success of Dungeons & Dragons in the late '70's and '80's.

I stand corrected; didn't know about dice with other-than-six sides

One should still be a 'die', though.

/Mr Lynn



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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: deckeda
Date: March 22, 2015 08:13PM
I stepped on an up-turned toenail clipping yesterday and nearly passed out. For a second I thought I'd landed on a metal nail.
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: March 22, 2015 08:22PM
I have stepped on a nail. that went through my boot. that went into my foot, and made a ripping sound. I would rather have many things happen to me than repeat that occurrence.
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: March 22, 2015 09:03PM
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Paul F.
Yes, die is correct.. But sayin "four sided die", and most people don't envision dice... So though incorrect, "dice" brings clarity to most laymen.


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JoeH
Speedy has posted a good picture of tetrahedral dice, there are others based on the regular polyhedrons with up to 20 sides. They became common in use by wargamers in the '60s' and '70's, and were made popular and widely available after the success of Dungeons & Dragons in the late '70's and '80's.

I stand corrected; didn't know about dice with other-than-six sides

One should still be a 'die', though.

/Mr Lynn

Believe "dice" is both the singular and plural form in the United Kingdom. (for all of the trans-Atlantic gamers)
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: March 22, 2015 09:28PM
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Paul F.
Look at Speedys pic.. And imagine stepping on one, on the way to a ringing phone...
Many bad words were said. And there was blood, and tears, and writhing on the floor.
I still have that die, somewhere... Forged in blood and pain, it accompanied me on many a D&D game.

But it does have rounded corners, unlike most Lego bricks.

/Mr Lynn
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: March 22, 2015 09:44PM
But it does have rounded corners, unlike most Lego bricks.

And far less surface area as "seen" by a defending foot, not to mention a Lego block probably has a lower profile.

I'll take may chances with a Lego block any day.

Neither of those hold a candle to jacks or a jack.

No, not that.

This:


A brilliant design in it's simplicity rivaled only by punji sticks.

The foot falls on the jack and the two balled ends provide support that allows the lower peg to be broken, allowing the jack to pivot so that the other spike twists up and into the foot as it defends. All under the guise of being a child's toy.






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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: JoeH
Date: March 22, 2015 10:30PM
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mrlynn
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Paul F.
Look at Speedys pic.. And imagine stepping on one, on the way to a ringing phone...
Many bad words were said. And there was blood, and tears, and writhing on the floor.
I still have that die, somewhere... Forged in blood and pain, it accompanied me on many a D&D game.

But it does have rounded corners, unlike most Lego bricks.

/Mr Lynn

Speedy's pic was of the nice ones, the ones I have are just clipped corners or go to an almost full point. They are definitely not fun to step on.
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: freeradical
Date: March 22, 2015 10:47PM
These are no fun to step on:

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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: silvarios
Date: March 22, 2015 10:48PM
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JoeH
Speedy's pic was of the nice ones, the ones I have are just clipped corners or go to an almost full point. They are definitely not fun to step on.

Ditto.
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: silvarios
Date: March 22, 2015 10:48PM
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RAMd®d
This:


A brilliant design in it's simplicity rivaled only by punji sticks.

The foot falls on the jack and the two balled ends provide support that allows the lower peg to be broken, allowing the jack to pivot so that the other spike twists up and into the foot as it defends. All under the guise of being a child's toy.

Yep, 4 siders and especially jacks make great caltrops.
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: silvarios
Date: March 22, 2015 10:49PM
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freeradical
These are no fun to step on:


Nature's caltrop.
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: silvarios
Date: March 22, 2015 10:50PM
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deckeda
I stepped on an up-turned toenail clipping yesterday and nearly passed out. For a second I thought I'd landed on a metal nail.

Preach it! My toenails are especially deadly. Toenail clipping is Latin for first man made caltrop.



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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: March 22, 2015 11:25PM
Pfft ... Research Caltrops.
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: silvarios
Date: March 22, 2015 11:37PM
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cbelt3
Pfft ... Research Caltrops.

Duh, these are little plastic, human, and nature bits. Actual caltrops are nasty little buggers. smiling smiley
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 23, 2015 12:08AM
I'm convinced the inventor of the 4-sided-die was quite familiar with the caltrop.
Perhaps disturbingly so.



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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: March 23, 2015 06:31AM
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RAMd®d


A brilliant design in it's simplicity rivaled only by punji sticks.

The foot falls on the jack and the two balled ends provide support that allows the lower peg to be broken, allowing the jack to pivot so that the other spike twists up and into the foot as it defends. All under the guise of being a child's toy.

I haven't seen those in many years. When I was a kid girls used to play some kind of game with them. Are they still used?

/Mr Lynn
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: pdq
Date: March 23, 2015 03:28PM
Two things:

1) For Mr. Lynn, to be correct, "Die" is what you want to do if you step on one of these things.

2) When I was a teenaged tot, I was working on some homework (geometry, I suppose?) that required a compass like this:



I jumped up (to get the phone? again, I don't remember) and the thing fell onto one of those shag-carpeted floors that we all had at the time, and landed point up.

I think you can guess where this is going...and so when I ran back in, yep, I stepped on it. Not bare feet - I had socks on - but when I picked up my impaled foot, the compass came up with it.

I learned from this experience that you can pierce the slight webbing between your toes, through-and-through, and produce very little bleeding. Pain, yes, and momentary panic and clawing, but relatively little bleeding. Healed up just fine, and I've never taken a geometry class since.
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: March 23, 2015 05:58PM
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...and I've never taken a geometry class since.

A more than reasonable response. grinning smiley



It is what it is.
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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: bwicklander
Date: March 23, 2015 06:07PM
Can you survive???

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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 23, 2015 10:38PM
Thats evil, lol...



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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: March 24, 2015 03:24PM
Lego's Ha! I laugh at them... In my early 20's I was running on the beach, across the wide - usually soft section before you get to the waters edge, during a winter storm and my right foot found a 16 penny nail sticking out of a 2x4 buried just under the surface.

Needless to say the nail went through the bottom of my shoe and most of the way through my foot as I collapsed in a writhing heap on the wet sand. Luckily (if you can consider any part of this lucky) the nail struck my foot pretty much dead center and did not hit any bones while traveling through the fleshy center of my foot.

The Doc at the ER gave me a tetanus shot, and flushed the puncture with clean saline solution and alcohol... oh joy! For the next couple of weeks I walked around with a noticeable limp while the puncture wound healed.



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Re: The science of why stepping on Legos makes you want to die
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 17, 2015 12:59PM
stepped in sh(*)t........didn't like the smell of it....!!!!



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