Gut Rumbles

January 06, 2005

reverse teflon

I know what it is, but I never knew what to call it before. now I do.

Did you ever climb the ladder on one of those tall slides on the playground, reach the top and launch yourself down the incline with a loud "WHOOOOO!" only to have your ass stick to the slide like a fly on flypaper? Did you then try to lubricate the slide by pouring sand on it, so that you made it to the bottom next time, but left pieces of your shorts and your sandpapered ass in your wake?

Of course YOU didn't. But I did. I always thought that the metal used to make those slides was bound to have some undiscovered military application, but I never pursued the idea, because I never knew what I was dealing with. I am ignorant no more.

Those slides are made from "frictionium."


We used to use large sheets of wax paper. Man - we would FLY down those slides!

Posted by: Kate on January 6, 2005 12:05 PM

There's a great story in that link. Used to live across from the elementary school with that big ole playground and woods with a creek backed up to it. Not sure how but I never managed to break a bone although I should have on numerous occasions. Now the woods are houses, the creek a concrete ditch and grass is now covering the playground instead of rocks and goatheads. Progress my ass!

Posted by: Steve on January 6, 2005 01:17 PM

It's related to the compound that makes the back of your legs stick to a vinyl car seat in July...

Posted by: Jay G. on January 6, 2005 01:32 PM
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