Apparently, I only blog about birthdays these days.
Derek just turned 31 too, so we decided to celebrate by challenging our friends to a Strongest Spaghetti Bridge Building contest! (An excellent use for super clearance Christmas gumdrops, if I do say so myself)
30 pieces of spaghetti
Build the strongest bridge you can out of just gumdrops, spaghetti and yer engineering wits that can span a 12 inch gap. Bridges will be tested for strength by seeing how many quarters they can hold before breaking.
Winner takes home as many quarters as their bridge held before cracking.
The Quarter Placing Technique:*
The Anguish in Breaking Bridges and The Joy of the Winning Team: not pictured, but just as awesome as you are imagining
*Note to anyone who may try this at home: we realized pretty quickly that the "cup of quarters balanced precariously on top of the already unstable bridge" was not the ideal way to test the strength of the bridge by weight. I would recommend tying a cup to hang below the bridge and filling it with quarters underneath. However, our original method did insure that the cash prize was considerably lower than if we had a more reliable weight testing system in place, so if you are a cheapskate, stick with the first attempt.