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Time for a little bit of reading!

Post by lsemmens » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:38 am

An interesting topic posted, originally on StackExchange, posits: "Supposing that the entire Earth was instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed, but uncompressed blueberries, what would happen from the perspective of a person on the surface?"

This discussion paper addresses such a question. It's an interesting exploration into the mathematics and physics of such a phenomenon. Enjoy!
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Re: Time for a little bit of reading!

Post by catweazel » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:52 am

lsemmens wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:38 am
An interesting topic posted, originally on StackExchange, posits: "Supposing that the entire Earth was instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed, but uncompressed blueberries, what would happen from the perspective of a person on the surface?"

This discussion paper addresses such a question. It's an interesting exploration into the mathematics and physics of such a phenomenon. Enjoy!
The paper lacks forethought. Yes, I read it. The author neglects basic chemistry.

The state described would only last a few days before the planet turned to producing humongous amounts of ethylene. The planet would become squishy and collapse. Any of the population that survived drowning in fermenting blueberry juice would die of cancer as the ethylene is metabolised into toxic ethylene oxide.
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Re: Time for a little bit of reading!

Post by HaveaMint » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:30 am

catweazel wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:52 am
lsemmens wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:38 am
An interesting topic posted, originally on StackExchange, posits: "Supposing that the entire Earth was instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed, but uncompressed blueberries, what would happen from the perspective of a person on the surface?"

This discussion paper addresses such a question. It's an interesting exploration into the mathematics and physics of such a phenomenon. Enjoy!
The paper lacks forethought. Yes, I read it. The author neglects basic chemistry.

The state described would only last a few days before the planet turned to producing humongous amounts of ethylene. The planet would become squishy and collapse. Any of the population that survived drowning in fermenting blueberry juice would die of cancer as the ethylene is metabolised into toxic ethylene oxide.
Or there would be a lot of blueberry wine.
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Re: Time for a little bit of reading!

Post by catweazel » Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:36 am

HaveaMint wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:30 am
catweazel wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:52 am
lsemmens wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:38 am
An interesting topic posted, originally on StackExchange, posits: "Supposing that the entire Earth was instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed, but uncompressed blueberries, what would happen from the perspective of a person on the surface?"

This discussion paper addresses such a question. It's an interesting exploration into the mathematics and physics of such a phenomenon. Enjoy!
The paper lacks forethought. Yes, I read it. The author neglects basic chemistry.

The state described would only last a few days before the planet turned to producing humongous amounts of ethylene. The planet would become squishy and collapse. Any of the population that survived drowning in fermenting blueberry juice would die of cancer as the ethylene is metabolised into toxic ethylene oxide.
Or there would be a lot of blueberry wine.
"fermenting blueberry juice" by another name :)
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Re: Time for a little bit of reading!

Post by BenTrabetere » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:10 am

Interesting paper. If the author might get it published in The Journal of Irreproducible Results, although he might have to make it a little less sciencey. :)
catweazel wrote:
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:52 am
The state described would only last a few days before the planet turned to producing humongous amounts of ethylene ... planet would become squishy and collapse.
And then the fruit flies would appear - either by spontaneous generation or by migrating from another fruiteous planet. The atmosphere of the planet would become thick with fruit flies and soon the surface would acquire a crust of fruit fly carcasses.

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Post by mwbworld » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:12 am

And given the state of steaming media I expect the bidding war between Amazon and Netflix to start for making a series based upon the premise.
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Post by lsemmens » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:10 am

I'm glad you all enjoyed it, now, can someone our me another glass of blueberry "juice". hic. :lol:
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Post by Portreve » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:15 pm

Not specifically on this subject, but related in the "extreme planet phenomenon" sense, Jupiter has no clear delineation between gaseous atmosphere and solid surface. In fact, there is enough gravity that there exists metallic hydrogen. That is, a solid metal state of hydrogen.
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Re: Time for a little bit of reading!

Post by catweazel » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:50 am

Portreve wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:15 pm
Not specifically on this subject, but related in the "extreme planet phenomenon" sense, Jupiter has no clear delineation between gaseous atmosphere and solid surface. In fact, there is enough gravity that there exists metallic hydrogen. That is, a solid metal state of hydrogen.
And diamonds the size of a motor car, apparently.
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Re: Time for a little bit of reading!

Post by Faust » Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:14 am

Ethylene is produced naturally by fruits , in relatively small amounts , as a natural part of the ripening process .
Cherries and blueberries produce very little , compared to apples and pears .

Ethanol ( ethyl alcohol ) , by comparison , is produced in large amounts as fruits decompose and ferment .
[Elephants have been known to actively seek out decomposing fruit .... the pachyderm equivalent of binge drinking ! ]

Bananas intended for overseas shipping are deliberately picked under-ripe then artificially ripened on arrival using .... ?
.... yes ... ethylene .

One reason why bananas from supermarkets taste rubbish compared to eating one in the Caribbean ( for example ).
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