Using Science to Right the Ship

How do you right a half-sunk floating city? Using the miracle of physics, of course. The Toronto Star reports on the Costa Concordia:

The operation to right it had been expected to take no more than 12 hours, but dragged on after some initial delays with the vast system of steel cables, pulleys and counterweights. The final phase of the rotation went remarkably fast as gravity began to kick in and pull the ship toward its normal position.

I won’t be caught dead on a cruise ship. Are you with me on this? It’s not about the overweight and overbearing passengers waddling their way to the buffet, it’s more about the idea that at any moment I could die a horrible death.

Alan’s been on a few cruises and his response is a decided “Meh.”

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