Oh boy. When I was looking up Professor Yutaka Nishiyama's "plofile" for that finger counting article the other day, I noticed that the picture showed a shitload of boomerangs in the background. Well, bugger me, but the Prof's written an article on boomerangs.
Yeah, it turns out that Nishiyama is the Honorary Director of the Japanese Boomerang Association and he totally knows how boomerangs stay in the air, so click on to find out in comprehensive, yet surprisingly concise detail how gyroscopics, the Bernoulli principle, angular precession and inertial moments make a magical bent stick come back. Interestingly enough "boomerang" is a Japanese compound word where "boom" means "to go" and "er-ang" means "to come back"... as far as you know.
But that's not all. Some lesser professors (I'm looking at you, Alexander S. Kuleshov) might stop at explaining the flight characteristics of non-disposable branches, but Professor Nishiyama has come up with a boomerang design that will create world peace and he's translated it into seventy different languages. Suck on that, Dr Hugh Hunt. Die in a fire, Associate Professor Richard Kelso. And that's why Nishiyama is Professor of Awesome at Hell Yeah University. So click the link and print ten billion of these at work tomorrow - don't worry about what your boss says; it's for world peace so it's fine.
|Ha ha ha ha! Ah ha ha! Oh wait, world peace. Right. Sorry|