Cloverfield golf

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen either the film itself or any of the commercials and want to preserve all the Cloverfield mystery for when you gradually get around to seeing it on DVD or HBO, read no further.

Okay, everyone else: so you know that part at the begining when the Statue of Liberty’s head comes rolling down the street? Last weekend I’m driving (rather, being driven) out to The Sticks to see a friend’s new house and, as we’re cruising down the eastern spur of the Jersey Turnpike, it dawns on me that there’s a considerable amount of air between Liberty Island and downtown Manhattan. Like, a mile and a half. Which inevitably led to a good thirty minute discussion on whether or not the head of the Statue of Liberty could in fact be smacked so hard that it could fly through the air, bounce a couple of times, and skid to a halt somewhere in the neighborhood of, say, City Hall (the movie was vague about where this party was supposed to be, but let’s just say the head lands around Church and Murray).

 Cloverfield golf

(Photo taken from comeplaywithusdanny.blogspot.com)

Skipping over other impossible/implausible/highly unlikely aspects of the movie, my point was that whacking the hollow head of the Statue of Liberty hard enough to launch it that far would cause structural damage enough that it would fall apart, if not on launch than certainly on landing. My opponent responded that no, it couldn’t; but maybe it could be bit off and spat a portion of the distance — say, from Battery Park, cutting the distance to maybe half a mile. Still, I maintained: from Battery Park, it’d have to clear a few blocks of 50+ floor buildings. I just don’t think there’d be a lot left after the first impact. 

Anyone with math and free time to resolve this? I’ve got two weeks of endentured labor riding on it. And sorry to put the writing burden on you; I spent my designated blogging time today mocking up this poster in response to David’s suggestion for a new Fox reality show in the comments on this post with the winged cat:

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5 Responses to “Cloverfield golf”

  1. (poster for the new Fox expose)

    Excellent.

  2. Re: the whole Statue of Liberty head thing
    “Anyone with math and free time to resolve this? ”

    I have no math power. For that, you’ll have to get Robin, and I’m waiting to give her the URL for this once I determine that it isn’t NSFW. The pigeon picture was pretty gross.

    I used teh power of teh Intrawebz (read: Google Earth) to line up the location of the Statue, set at about 350 feet above sea level. It is actually pretty close to a straight shot from there to your proposed landing location. And the great thing about Google Earth is that the buildings don’t get into the way, so I’m maintaining that it’s perfectly feasible. You can’t argue with the artistic need to have the scene, after the poster from Escape from New York.

  3. intoallthat Says:

    RE: “For that, you’ll have to get Robin, and I’m waiting to give her the URL for this once I determine that it isn’t NSFW. The pigeon picture was pretty gross.”

    Everything hereabouts is strictly PG-13. Alas, sometimes the streets of Jersey City push the Gremlins-in-the-microwave boundary. I’m glad I resisted the urge to post the picture local mudslingers were circulating of our ex-mayor (allegedly) passed out on someone’s front steps, (allegedly) drunk in (allegedly) his underwear.

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