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Impossible Bottles (impossibottle.co.uk)
39 points by eru on Sept 28, 2009 | hide | past | web | favorite | 18 comments

word. so after rebuilding the card box and inserting the cards one by one, the plastic cover is reattached. pretty neat.

"Rubik's Cube 1. Disassemble Rubik's Cube into all 27 parts. 2. Reassemble inside bottle."

Brilliant :-)

How would you do a golf ball though?

Or the padlock.

I suspect if the lower brass piece were removed from the upper loop both pieces fit in. Then just reattach them. I'd do that with clever placement of tiny magnets.

Sure, it doesn't work as a lock anymore, but who can tell?

Actually, now that I think about it.. it does work as a lock. I mean, how often to people pull on a lock to see if it is really a lock? Plus, you can't forget your key.

I've dismantled a padlock before, different type, but it still worked. The one I dismantled I had to use a heat gun to expand the casing and a heat sink to keep the interior cool.

You can actually assemble things inside a bottle using callipers and dividers, they generally have much better length on them than a pair of tweezers and are much easier to pick up than an adequate pair of forceps. I wouldn't doubt some of the narrow necked items could be assembled using forceps.

According to the rules on the website "Items inside must be usable", so I'm guessing the lock still works as intended.

Easy, the padlock used is a master lock type. By removing the bar from the lock (which easily fits through the neck in any direction) you can insert the mechanism half of the lock sideways (where it is narrow enough to fit through) and then you reassemble the lock inside.

It's certainly not easy to do, but it is do able.

Whoa, these are possibly cooler than my Klein Bottle hat: http://www.kleinbottle.com/klein_bottle_hats.htm

Any idea how these are done? It's very secretive on the site.

One obvious method would be to make the bottle in two halves and join them together with the contents in place. Either split it down the middle or -- this might be easier to do without it being noticeable and without damaging the contents when joining the pieces - make everything apart from the bottom of the bottle in one piece and attach that at the end.

Whether that's actually what they do, I don't know.

Possible way, don't know if that's what they really do:

Heat the glass till it's soft like taffy, and put the item in the bottle.

The put the bottle in a mold, and press the glass back into shape, and let it cool.

Klein Bottle mugs are pretty cool too:


I would assume that one trick is to dismantle an object and slowly assemble it inside the bottle. However that won't work with things like baseball where I guess the lit match trick might work.

The bottle with the corkscrew on the inside is my favorite. My best guess is that the corkscrew handle, without the screw, was hung inside by threads. The cork-with-screw was then pressed into place, probably with some glue on the end of the screw. The handle could then be pulled onto the screw with the threads, and the threads pulled out of the bottle.

I guess the ping pong balls are just squeezed in, then re-inflated using boiling water (which will cause the air inside to expand).

I've heard about getting an egg into a bottle using a lit match inside the bottle (to mess with the pressure), but this is ridiculous... I wonder if that's how he does it.

I'm seeing some clever answers here.

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