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Concerned that spilling coffee while walking was interrupting too much thinking of important science stuff, University of California researchers did a study on the incredibly complex subject of liquid sloshing – specifically, the sloshing of coffee. I’ll cut to the chase: typical coffee mugs happen to be the right diameter to oscillate in time with the natural stride of most people. Start your walk slower, watch where you’re going, and leave an unfilled gap one-eighth the diameter of the mug to minimize spillage. No word on how well funded this study was, so we’ll go with eleven billion dollars. I just gave you eleven billion dollars worth of advice.

Same applies to tea. That one was free.

  • TX_Stig

    The other thing that works quite well to prevent spills from a coffee cup is to change the rhythm of your stride every few steps. It seems to disturb the oscillation of the fluid in the cup. Of course the very reason for drinking coffee would tend to preclude that level of analytical thought first thing in the morning.

    • TechieInHell

      You sound like you were part of study. Was this research funded?

      • TX_Stig

        Unfortunately, it was not funded. Well, I suppose it was, as the office was the one buying the coffee like substance that was in the coffee pot. I noticed that the oscillation built to the point that it would slosh out. Then I would pause in walking and then start walking again. When I would start again, I noticed that it produced a destructive interference with the already formed wave in the cup. And every time I would pause, breaking the stride, it would happen again.

        • Deartháir
          • TX_Stig

            Nice one. I can't see the image, but it says that it is a Ministry of Silly Walks deal. That's about right, though not quite that bad.

          • Deartháir

            If it's okay with you, I'm just going to go ahead and imagine that's what you were doing when I read your comment anyhow.

          • TX_Stig

            Haha, fine by me. It probably does look a little silly. Just not quite enough for me to work at the Ministry…yet.

          • Deartháir

            Practice, practice, practice!

  • skitter

    They could fund research by linking to Amazon products, but then we'd be mired in the investments of the past.
    <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/Atomic%20Toasters/thermos.jpg"&gt;
    Or just maybe the non-slosh mug is a pen-in-space sort of thing.

    • Deartháir

      "We spent thirty-four billion dollars developing a non-sloshing mug. It has the ability to adapt its shape to introduce destructive waves into the natural harmonic resonance in your coffee's oscillation, thereby allowing you to take your coffee anywhere you might want to go without concerns of spilling it all over yourself!"

      "Wow. We just added a lid."

      • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

        EAT COFFEE INSTANT!!!!!1!!! WITH HE SPPOON!!!@! I DOIT!!

        • Deartháir

          I actually had a proper gut-busting belly-laugh at that.

          • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

            🙂

    • craigsu

      That Thermos unit you have pictured is the best water bottle I've ever used. Double stainless steel walls. I fill it with a half dozen ice cubes and water and it stays cold for 12+ hours. My wife, daughter, and I use them every day.

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