Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Science Cafe takes a twist for the scary and sickening...

Science Cafe continues its foray into the twisted, the humorous, and the thrilling. Join EngenuitySC and the University of South Carolina as we take you behind the scenes of America's creepiest, most exciting, and just plain greatest past times, the SC State FairRegister today! 

If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair. Because five minutes at the fair, you'll be going, "You know, we're alright. We are dang near royalty."
Jeff Foxworthy, comedian

If you've been to a state fair, you know its an experience unmatched by any other. Ferris wheels teeter perilously in the wind, an unimaginable number of whirling machines fling our bodies around like rag dolls, and the food is abundant and downright delicious in the most sinful of ways. If aliens were to judge our species by the fair alone, they'd probably want to know why we're so dedicated to the science of making ourselves sick. 


Well dear reader, Dr. David Tedeschi, associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of South Carolina is here with an answer for the aliens and for you.

Come learn about all that centrifugal force that gets you so sick, the science that keeps you safe, and why, despite all those G's you just pulled, you get to stumble off the Tilt-a-Whirl or the Fireball laughing and not in dire need of a doctor.

Dr. Tedeschi, participant in the University of South Carolina's Midway Physics Day (a program of the College of Arts & Sciences), will discuss Newton's laws and how they tie into the Fair and the community. 

Registration is encouraged, though not required. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Science Cafe in 50 Words or Less
Science Cafe is a community forum designed to engage our community's scientists with those interested in the world around them. The cafe takes place the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Capital City Club atop the Columbia's tallest tower at the corner of Assembly and Gervais. There is no dress code nor age restrictions. We encourage children L-12, college students, young adults up through to our most experienced retirees to join us.

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