Lobster Golf Balls: Not a Joke

Courtesy of Univ. of Maine

Boston.com – University of Maine researchers want to drive the state’s lobsters back to sea — with a 3-iron.

An engineer, a scientist, a student, and an alumna have teamed up to develop a biodegradable golf ball from crushed lobster shells that could be used on cruise ships.

Inexpensive to make, the ball is designed to sink and degrade within weeks, depending on the ocean’s depth and temperature. The balls would degrade in a similar time frame in fresh water — and break down if lost in the woods, although that would take longer.

For years, a favorite cruise ship pastime was hitting golf balls from the decks into the sea, but the practice ended after an international treaty banned the dumping of plastic, including golf balls, at sea in about 1988. The biodegradable lobster balls could revive the activity, the researchers say.

This is sick. People are so damn smart these days…just taking lobsters and turning into biodegradable golf balls. How stoked is Kramer?

…and how bummed is George? So much for your marine biologist gig.

-bp

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