Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tae Bo, The Building Shaking Workout

I haven't done a random post in a while, so here's one for you.

I'm currently taking a class on Earthquakes, and we've been taking about what they do for buildings so they don't fall on people when the Earth decides to throw shit around.

One of the strategies involves complex counter weight systems at the top of buildings that work against the buildings natural vibrations, so it resists shaking in the event of an earthquake.

(Listen to me, with all the science and shit. I used to be an Architecture major, so suck it.)

Anyhow, a few years ago, a bunch of "middle aged" people in Seoul, Korea were working out with awesome Tae Bo moves to this lovely song, which I do have to admit, is pretty awesome.

And the vibrations caused by their movements actually matched the vibrations of the building, basically increasing the tremors, and forcing the whole building to evacuate.

Oh, by the way, the building was a 39 story skyscraper. 
Picture from reappropriate.com

So, mildly terrifying, but also pretty awesome.

Anyhow, that's my random post for probably this month, so just keep reading it until I come up with another one.

Go forth, and make it... Rain.
Pieces of buildings.
Well, actually don't. That shit is dangerous.


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