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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

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Schelte Bus ?

Shouldn't that be Bus Shelter?

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Re: Schelte Bus ?

According to a lot of the 'End times ' crowd on you tube we should have needed more than a bus shelter, many of them were convinced it was going to be a judgement day impact, more of a rupture than a rapture. Can't figure out why they are so keen on our collective doom, unless they think they are going to be the only ones saved.

Back in the real news, do they have any idea what Florence is made of to give it a high albedo?

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Re: Schelte Bus ?

You wait ages for an asteroid to come past then three come at once.

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Re: only ones saved

The bible mentions 144,000 people several times. They get some kind of special pass for the afterlife, but there are arguments about exactly what the pass is good for. There are several smallish sects that are convinced they will be the only ones to get into heaven because everyone else got something wrong and will not be included in the 144,000.

As the end of the world is nigh, you will not need money. Buy guaranteed entry to heaven by sending 1 Bitcoin to ...

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Re: only ones saved

It's a bus pass.

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Re: only ones saved

Multi pass!

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Re: only ones saved

The bible mentions 144,000 people several times.

Yes but that was when they could all fit on a single 3.5" floppy disk...

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Re: only ones saved

Jesus saves! On HD floppy.

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Re: only ones saved

"Buy guaranteed entry to heaven by sending 1 Bitcoin to ..."

HappyDude, 742 Evergreen Terrace?

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Happy

Re: only ones saved

... or perhaps mrs Alice Beeblebrox, 108 Astral Crescent, Zoovroozlechester, Betelgueze V

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Re: only ones saved

"108 Astral Crescent, Zoovroozlechester, Betelgueze V"

What did the Romans ever do to get to Betelgueze...Betelgueze...Betel....

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Re: only ones saved

"Yes but that was when they could all fit on a single 3.5" floppy disk..."

Do you think they could double that number if I slipped them a 2.88MB diskette? I think I still have a stack of them....somewhere.

Dave

P.S. I'll get my coat. It's the one with the 2.88MB diskettes in the pocket.

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Re: Schelte Bus ?

You wait ages for an asteroid to come past then three come at once.

And like buses here, none of them stop.

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Re: only ones saved

"Jesus saves! On HD floppy."

But does he back up daily?

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Ye Ghads! One of my very first jobs was Beta Testing controllers for the 2.88s. IBM said vaguely "wouldn't it be nice if we had double the capacity for Floppy Disks?" and TEAC and Fujitsu went about killing themselves, and each other, to make it.

My "Primary OS" at the time was SCO Enterprise, with NT 3.51, Novell, DOS 4/Win 3(something?-ish?) ,Slackware 1, and OS/2 on it ( was busy in my teens, and my machine was all SCSI, so, xNIX) which found and used the drive no problems. OS/2, no sweat. All things Micro and Soft required a damned hammer for the drivers and still wouldn't just sense and use the {edited, this is a family site} drive gemoetry and the controller Tom-Foolery (where waranted).

My first lesson in: The hardware *works*, these drivers blow. Then came ZIP Disks, which just sort of "Worked"...put that demon to rest.

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Re: Schelte Bus ?

"Can't figure out why they are so keen on our collective doom."

Have you met humanity?

(Okay, that's probably not /their/ reason, and to be honest, I am more into doom-by-tragedy -- in the theatrical sense of the word: a fate that would be completely avoidable except for the specific nature of those fated making it inevitable. I already have my box-seat tickets for act two of that one!).

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Re: only ones saved

That reminds me of the local Baptist church which has a poster saying "Jesus saves" outside. I always mutter to myself "With whom?" as I go past but have resisted the temptation to add "with Nationwide" or similar.

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" What did the Romans ever do to get to Betelgueze...Betelgueze...Betel...."

It may have been the Arabs, methinks, and in any case it's just a corruption of "beetle juice".

For handy applications, google e.g. "Spanish fly" (which is a beetle).

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Re: only ones saved

Also the source of one of Community's finest ever in-jokes.

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Re: Schelte Bus ?

Good thing for you it's not stopping! LOL.

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i hope the moons are dougal and zebedee

though it all seems rather roundabout

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Re: i hope the moons are dougal and zebedee

Magical comments like that make we wish I could give more than one upvote

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Re: i hope the moons are dougal and zebedee

Surly Brian and Dylan would be better names. Dougal and Zebedee were stars andfar to important to be mere moons?

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Re: i hope the moons are dougal and zebedee

Well done Harry. I am of an age where the Magic Roundabout was part of my childhood. I laughed like a drain when I read your post. See icon

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Re: i hope the moons are dougal and zebedee

I wonder if there are Soup Dragons on the moons?

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Re: i hope the moons are dougal and zebedee

It is possible to lobby the International Astronomical Union for this - they are @IAU_org on Twitter.

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If you wait long enough he will turn up with 2 other Astronomers

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What a rubbish artists impression

Were they paid for that?

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Re: What a rubbish artists impression

They saw a rock, so they asked Dr. Stone to do the picture. "I'm sorry, I don't do impressions. My training is in psychiatry."

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Re: What a rubbish artists impression

You can even see the strings holding it up.

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Re: What a rubbish artists impression

Agreed - the Earth as pictured is 5 times too big.

Holding my iPad at arm's length, the picture of the Earth is about the size of my thumbnail, i.e. it subtends an angle of approx. 1cm / 100 cm = 0.01 radians. (Using small angle approximation).

The actual angle at closest approach should be approx. 8 000 miles / 4 400 000 miles = 0.002 radians.

I don't suppose my arm is really 100 cm long, but I was trained in physics, so it's close enough.

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Re: What a rubbish artists impression

You're looking at the Mobile Phone version of the picture - you need longer arms to properly support the IPad version.

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That's no moon!

It's a battle station!

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Re: That's no moon!

It's a battle station!

But clearly not a fully operational one.

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Re: That's no moon!

and those were Star Destoyers in orbit around it...

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Was god a vegetarian

Most of these asteroids look like potatoes to me.

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Re: Was god a vegetarian

You say "potato" I say "asteroid" let's call the whole thing off...

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"Most of these asteroids look like potatoes to me."
So perhaps Irish, or South American then...

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Which is faster...an <arrrgghg>

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That's no moon....

A ridge around the equator and at least 1 large crater...?

Gulp.

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Re: That's no moon....

But we all know the Death star had a trench around the equator to make it easier to lob proton torpedoes into the unprotected thermal exhaust port.

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a high what?

my piggy shaped hind brain read, re-read and confirmed to itself that this asteroid somehow has a high libido.. god, its gonna be a long week.

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Re: a high what?

Well, maybe it does have a high libido, because, if it hits you, it's going to fu....err, well, you know. ;-)

Anon Y. Mous

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Bah!

Aiee! Fools! Anyone can see this is the opening salvo from Klendathu!

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Re: Bah!

Would you like to know more?

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Klendathu!

Isn't that a single malt?

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They don't make 'em like they used to

The asteroid that created the Chicxulub crater and wiped out the dinosaurs at least had the courtesy to stop here. Now they just moon us as they go by.

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Re: They don't make 'em like they used to

...clever...

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An Asteroid named Florence

Well, it's a good thing it missed us.

Being wiped out by something called Florence would be just sooooo humiliating.

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Re: An Asteroid named Florence

"Being wiped out by something called Florence would be just sooooo humiliating."
Oh I dunno,; we'd just be going with the Flo' as it were. In any event, Ms Nightingale's a bit of .a heroine to those of us who like our statistics

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