Scouts from the 3.142nd scout troop in Blackpool had to come up with an innovative way to win their Science In The Community badges.
Having watch an episode of Mythbusters where the duo fire frozen chickens at aircraft, they got the idea of testing relativity using two scouts, two watches and two giant cannons.
Arthur 'Clover' Garlic, amateur gadget-bodger, adapted a previous invention used for blowing snow from the roads of Blackpool onto the roads of Dublin, and took one modified snowblower to what remains of Fleetwood pier, and the other to Manhattan. The scouts chosen were chosen because of their names, Tammy Cannon and Robby Ball, each was equipped with a watch synchronised to the exact second.
As Garlic loaded Robby Ball into the cannon, he explained the premise.
"Robby will be fired from this cannon, it should land a few feet short of Manhattan island in the water, so he should be okay, and he does have his fifty metre swimming in pyjamas badge, so he'll be able to get to shore. He'll then be launched back, and is expected to land in the sea off Fleetwood in about six hours."
The society for the protection of children were up in arms, stating that allowing a child in the sea off Fleetwood was criminally insane.
However, the experiment went ahead and Robby Ball was launched with a deafening bang, disappearing quickly over the horizon clutching his passport and entry visa in a waterproof bag.
After lunch made on an open fire, completely destroying the lettuce, there was a whistling noise followed by a small scout landing with a large splash some thirty metres from shore, and Robby Ball staggered to shore looking a little bedraggled, bruised and battered, to large cheers from onlookers.
The two watches were compared and it was discovered that Robby's watch was now three hours behind Tammy's watch, slightly more than Einstein would have predicted, Bobby had an explanation though.
"The watch isn't waterproof," he announced, before collapsing.