Gravity Attraction

One year ago I posted an article titled, Well, how did they get here?  Anyone who was born before 1985 may recognize the paraphrasing from the Talking Heads song Once in a Lifetime.  I have done that a couple times.  Those guys are awesome.  If you have never given them a chance, you are in for quite a shock.  I recommend starting off with the album 1977.  Digression acknowledged, this article is not about The Talking Heads (though I think I could pen a few thousand words about them, if I wanted).

Well, how did I get here?
David Byrne of The Talking Heads
Today's article is a follow up on that article from a year ago.  In it, I issued a challenge to the Scientific Community (whoever that is).  I gave my challenge a really cool name.  I called it, "The Marceau Contest."  Good one, huh?  Well, it is my contest so I get to name it.  Here is what it is:

How can we attract gravity?  Over the years, scientists and engineers have endeavored to repel gravity.  We think we have gotten pretty good at it.  But the methods are cumbersome and expensive.  We require tremendous amounts of thrust and lift, swirling engines, beating rotors.  It is loud and disruptive, like a house full of kids on the day after Halloween (not looking forward to that, in three days).  It consumes vast quantities of fuel and spews toxic exhaust into the air.  Human flight sucks.  We are really not good at it, after all.

Kids, the day after Halloween

Hold your horses, engineers and rocket scientists.  This is not a personal attack.  I am a tiny bit jealous of the folks who have committed themselves to improving these archaic methods of elevation.  It takes a brilliant mind to get an enormous vehicle, weighing thousands of pounds, to streak through the air.  But it is still archaic.  The Wheel set the course for modern times but it was many thousands of years before the rubber tire and shock absorber were invented.  We have a ways to go before we can say we have truly mastered flight.

In order to improve flight we need to figure out how aliens do it.  I am not talking about how they get from there to here, at the moment.  That is a different challenge (though it is possible the two are related).  Right now I am only talking about how UFOs are able to hover silently without the use of jet engines or propellers or wings.  Baby steps.  How do UFOs float inches above a treeline and not create a down-wash, like the ship I saw in Gagetown, New Brunswick?  What is their secret?

Gravity Attraction

My theory is, they are attracting gravity.  (It is as good a theory as any others I have heard, word.)  Human flight has always been focused on repelling gravity.  How do we fight physics and get ourselves off this spinning rock we live on?  But why fight physics?  Fighting never solved anything.  Well, that is not always true.  Sometimes two guys can duke it out and then have a beer together.  But not in this case.  There is a better way.  Rather than focusing on repelling gravity we should work on attracting it - not the gravity here on Earth, but elsewhere.  Out in space, there are greater sources of gravity than the Earth's.  They are just so far away that Earth's pull is relatively stronger.  If one were to break away from Earth's pull, the Sun would have a stronger attraction.  What if we could lock on to that, from right here on Earth?

The Marceau Ship
The spaceship from The Gagetown Incident
What if humans figured out a way to lock on to the gravitational pull of the Sun and use it to attract a spacecraft?  We could use that force to propel ourselves towards the sun in an instant, no?  I believe that something like that is happening when UFOs shoot off into space.  The other witness to my sighting, Mike, said the ship we saw shot off into space in a streak of light, like when spaceships go into hyperspace in the movies.  If he had blinked he would have missed it.  Perhaps that ship locked on to a distant star, back in its home solar system, and used its massive gravitational pull to attract the ship instantly back home.

There may need to also be some manipulation of the fabric of space and time, in association with that, which is why I am not focusing on that part right now.  The first step we need to solve is the gravitational attraction for the purpose of elevation, here on Earth.  How can we get an aircraft to hover without any physical means of propulsion?  How we can attract the gravitational pull of sources which are stronger than the Earth's gravity but farther away?  This is the Marceau Contest.

Crazy Jonny
Good ole Jonny
When I first issued this challenge a year ago, I offered a dollar to the person who could solve this puzzle.  Apparently that was not enticing enough for anyone to drop what they were doing and get on this.  I am not sure why.  Right after college I moved to Los Angeles for a few months and I had a friend there whom some people called "Crazy Jonny."   Jonny jumped over the railing of a second story balcony into the court yard below, landing in the swimming pool, fully clothed, on a dare.  No money was involved - just a dare.  Jonny did not even look over the railing to make sure he would clear the sidewalk.  He just hopped over.  He came back upstairs soaking wet, in all his clothes.  I am sure Jonny would join the Marceau Contest for a dollar.  But clearly, Jonny was no rocket scientist.  I have not talked to Jonny in about twenty-five years.  He is probably in jail right now.  Good guy, though.

So a dollar ain't enough, huh?  I also offered an Archway molasses cookie as a second place prize if my youngest son could prove his Dark Matter (or as he calls it, "Black Matter") theory first.  The scientific community will be overjoyed to hear that my son is more interested in Hot Wheels playset reviews on YouTube than Dark Matter, at the moment, so both the dollar and the molasses cookie are up for grabs.  But not everyone likes molasses.  I get it.  And a dollar does not go too far.  You cannot even buy a Mountain Dew to fuel your scientific studies, for a dollar, anymore.  So I will sweeten the pot, so to speak, with a new prize: a box of Ring Dings.  Yes, you read that correctly, not one Ring Ding, a whole box of Ring Dings.  I have a connection; one of my students has a brother who owns a route and he hooked me up with a free box.  I could get another.

Ring Dings
Possibly the only treat better than a molasses cookie
I will revisit this contest in another year to update everyone on the progress Science has made.  In the meantime, keep your eye on the sky and your cameras ready.  Oh, and make sure you look over the railing before hopping over, into the pool.

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