I was playing with a couple of magnets earlier, and it got me thinking. What if we created a sort of launch pad using magnetism? You would sit inside a circular box that has magnet attached to it and is sitting on top of another large magnet. These magnets would be on top of every building in the city. You would then enter in the trajectory and angle of exactly where it is you want to go, and pull a switch that would make the magnets opposite which would then launch you into the air at incredibly high speeds. You would then come down and land on another magnetized pad that was on top of the building where you would want to go, and this magnet would switch between opposite and same so that it slows your box down at a decent speed so that you dont get fucked up on the descent.

Imagine how fast you could travel across the city, it would literally be less then 30 seconds. It would also be fun as hell. The only downside I see to this is the poor birds that accidentally get in the way of your flying box. Sorry birds.

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Thu, 10/11/2012 - 6:39am


Fri, 09/14/2012 - 11:02pm

I like it. I don't know how all the logistics of it would work, but it seems plausible. Magnets are really sweet an kinda crazy, I dont think we as a society have taken full advantage of magnets.

Sat, 09/15/2012 - 5:05am
Ctodenbach Says:

Magnets are dangerous as fuck.. They cause cancer and bend space-time. Who finnatryna fuck wit dat

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 11:47pm
Hagrid Says:

Cancer? Ain't nobody got time for dat!

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 8:04pm
BakedPayne Says:
Mon, 12/17/2012 - 3:14am
kaimichael Says:

finnatryna fuck wit dat
bro, thats gold. i love this phrase.

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 10:30pm

I'm not sure how much truth there is to this but I've heard of anti gravity devices that use spinning mercury to somehow float. I'm not sure how or even if it really works but it has something to do with the density of mercury and it absorbs some kind of waves which causes it to float.

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 12:18am
Sat, 09/29/2012 - 2:38pm

This would be a pretty awesome way to travel. But i think the magnet would have to be unrealistically big to launch people and the device carrying them.

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 9:31am
Gizmodo Says:

you know what else is unrealistically big? ;)

.....the ocean

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 9:37am

I know they use this concept in a rail gun to project objects at a very fast speed. They also kind of use this process in Japan I think with those magnetic box cars. They can attach and break off of the long train of cars when ever they need.

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 12:42am
Thu, 10/11/2012 - 2:07am

a person's weight could be a big extraneous variable depending on strength of launch

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 9:12am
Cujo325 Says:

also wind conditions, height of building (gravity's effect), Coriolis effect (in long distance travels), and don't forget everyone else who will be flying around in these boxes!

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 8:08pm
BakedPayne Says:

I believe you used the word extraneous wrong... im not sure though...

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 8:42am
sourdk79 Says:
Thu, 10/11/2012 - 11:09am

Sounds dangerous as a motherfucker.
But I would try it.

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 5:46pm
stonederer Says:

So your suggesting we shoot people into space like a bullet... no qualms here

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 11:18pm
nexzon Says:

But the magnets always stick real hard, so your landing is gonna blow

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 11:34am

unfortunatly, all the redneck stoners like me would get ON TOP OF THE BOX and scream "HEY Y'ALL, WATCH THIS!!!!!"

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 7:23pm
Murse_NZ Says:

The superman ride uses magnets to achieve extreme acceleration. Also if you super cool a magnet with liquid nitrogen it has the opposite affect, levitation.

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 11:55pm
Sat, 10/13/2012 - 1:03pm
Tue, 10/16/2012 - 5:35am
Nivekian Says:

good luck with that...

However there are several good ideas using magnets for travel.

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 2:09am
bones1012 Says:

electromagnetic propulsion: opposing sides of magnets on both surface of the ground and on what object you choose run the currents through out the coils and use the electric current flow to slow you down and speed you up... or like a toll both where you a hook attached to your car kinda like a jet would have on an aircraft carrier and have the destination set through the toll both to let you off where you please