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The Galileo Gravitator. "Getting it to work will be your challenge."

This other site is pretending it's a desk lamp, and leaves out any mention of a challenge.


  1. Kai Carver said...
    It's actually a magical marketing mishmash machine! You know, Tracy, I thought you were a cool chick, into robots and all, but now I'm a little worried...
    Kids and adults alike will be fascinated with the floating, levitating, relaxing appeal of this timeless science experiment brought to life [There's one brought to life every minute...]
    It took 300 years and a trip to the moon to prove Galileo’s theory of gravity correct [I wonder what happened in the 100-year gap]. Now, you can perform your own gravitational experiments and prove Galileo right [Watch out for the Church, though! It's still going strong, read Da Vinci Code!], anytime you want in just a few fun and educational minutes. The object of your gravitational experiment is simple: to reach levitation and make your spheres float. Getting it to work will be your challenge.
    As you work with the Galileo® Gravitator, you’ll learn to control the gravitational pull effecting [To be precise, the device effects gravity, which in turn affects the planet. It's important for scientists to be precise, mkay?] your sphere. You will feel the pull grow stronger or weaker as you adjust your balance control knob [Kids, don't turn the knob too much, or you'll create a black hole!] until you finally achieve levitation! Designed to be fully functional [That's always good], the Gravitator mimics the rotation of the moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn as they rotate around the sun and earth [Well, the ball turns, anyway].
    Galileo® Gravitator defys Newton's laws [So we're disproving gravitation now]
    An entire planet will appear right before your very eyes. The Gravitator floats an image of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn or the moon from the LED illuminator that seems [Thank you for throwing in that teeny little bit of rationality] to defy gravity.
    Galileo and Newton join forces of cosmic porportions [But, wait... Who's that? Maxwell? And he's looking mighty mad! Uh-oh, cosmic scientific rumble ahead!].
    The Galileo Gravitator desktop lamp offers you a unique, eye-catching design that combines 16th century vision [Planets?] with 21st century technology [Magnets?].
    Do you believe in gravity? [Not anymore! Thanks! I'll go burn some books now *hums that Cher song*]
    Galileo's Place introduces the "Gravitator"!
    Just place the planet of your choice directly below the gravitational source [So that's where it went!] and watch it float and spin in mid-air.
    Absolutely Amazing!
    Galileo Gravitator combines 16th century artistry [You just made Benvenuto Cellini very sad] with 21st century technology!
    The secret is advanced magnetic technology [Also known as "magnets"] that is similar to the systems used in the world's fastest trains
    This unique display piece will inspire fresh conversations among your peers and renewed learning among your young ones [Or destroy their ability for critical thinking forever. We'll see!].
    Anyway, magnets are cool.
    tracy said...
    I found this in the onboard Delta Airlines shopping catalog on our recent trip to Raleigh. Too me it was an interesting convergence of cheap-looking piece of junk, kitsch (if mock "16th-century artistry" can be kitsch), and gadget.
    The catalog includes a lot of pretty weird stuff.
    tracy said...
    Oh, and I am really not as cool as anyone thinks I am.
    Kai Carver said...
    What? You're not? I don't believe you. I reject that. I cannot accept it. You're totally way cool, of course!
    Christophe Chenon said...
    I love the Gravitator Tracy... "Getting it to work will be your challenge." :-) - Well, does it work at all ? -
    Of course, it's got nothing to do with the theory of gravity and Galileo or Newton, probably much more with Maxwell, but it must be a fascinating object all the same ! Great idea...
    The only sin is against good taste : it's ugly... but hush...

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