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(RedOrbit)   Scientists find giant asteroid on a collision course with Earth   ( divider line
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2004-12-23 10:26:04 PM  
I'd hardly say it is on a collision course, given that it is rated a 2 out of 10 for impact hazard (although it is the highest to be given) and that the odds of it hitting are 300 to 1 and, most likely, lowering.
2004-12-23 10:26:40 PM  
Well, at least Hollywood has helped us out with some senerios that might help.

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... when the time comes ...
2004-12-23 10:28:37 PM  
"This is not a problem for anyone and it shouldn't be a concern to anyone, but whenever we post one of these things and ... somebody gets ahold of it, it just gets crazy,"
2004-12-23 10:59:46 PM  
Great. Probably the day I pay off my Christmas bills.
2004-12-23 11:30:56 PM  
Where do we place our bets?
2004-12-24 12:51:33 AM  
It's too long a wait, for too low a chance, of too little damage. The last best chance for 'Humanity's Reset' was Y2K and that failed miserably. Anything scheduled for in between?

/Not Fatalistic but Fatally Optimistic.
2004-12-24 01:01:24 AM  
Morgan Freeman for president.

He has experience with this type of thing.
2004-12-24 01:03:45 AM  
Billy Bob Thornton unavailable for comment

/insert Fark cliche here (too goddamn early to be witty)
2004-12-24 01:04:49 AM  
Need we have any more evidence of global warming? We never had these giant asteroids on collision courses with earth before we started pumping out so much greenhouse gas.
2004-12-24 01:04:54 AM  
On Friday, April 13, 2029, "we can't yet rule out an Earth impact," Yeomans said.

how convenient

/tin foil anyone?
2004-12-24 01:04:56 AM  
I thought "humanity's reset" was supposed to be later. Didn't the Aztecs and Nostradamus predict things to end in 2014 or something?

/just sayin'
2004-12-24 01:05:07 AM  
Yay! Can't happen soon enough, in my opinion.
2004-12-24 01:05:24 AM  
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2004-12-24 01:05:40 AM  
Ok, way to go RedNova making my internet exploder crash ... sweet microsoft. Even though I've been a CFS3 whore all day. So I'm to understand the asteroid isn't that close after all?
2004-12-24 01:06:07 AM  
"We're talking either a tsunami if it hit in the ocean"

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/Run for the hills
2004-12-24 01:06:27 AM  
Heh heh. Fark you, student loans.
2004-12-24 01:06:28 AM  
300 to 1 odds, guys. Who's holding this one? I'll put twenty glass-covered cookies on earth impact.
2004-12-24 01:06:38 AM  
I'll be 44. That would suck.
2004-12-24 01:06:56 AM  
I, for one, welcome our new asteroid overlord.
2004-12-24 01:07:18 AM  
I plan on taking out a life insurance plan just in case...

2004-12-24 01:08:37 AM  
I'm not a statistics major, but isn't 300 to 1 odds against the same as a 1 in 301 chance of impact, not a 1 in 300 chance?
2004-12-24 01:08:44 AM  
damn, not again...
2004-12-24 01:08:50 AM  
Watch it take out the moon.

/cues spongemonkeys
2004-12-24 01:09:00 AM  
Oh well, I'll have had a good run.
2004-12-24 01:09:03 AM  
2004-12-24 01:09:24 AM  
There they go again, getting our hopes up.
2004-12-24 01:09:29 AM  
When asked about Earth, the asteroid replied "I'D HIT IT!"

2004-12-24 01:10:07 AM  
2029? Sweet. I'll be 5 years retired from the Air Force by then. Not bad to die at 49 due to asteroidal (Is that a word?) impact.
2004-12-24 01:10:22 AM  
300 to one against aren't really that great of odds that it won't hit us. But even if it did, they said it would just cause a tsunami or ground damage. I doubt it'll be anything apocalyptic.

Greywolf, the Aztecs predicted the world would end in 2012 I believe, so that's something to look forward to.
2004-12-24 01:10:24 AM  
i was shaking before i read it, douche.
anyways, anybody get hot cocoa sampler boxes yet?
2004-12-24 01:10:47 AM  
I forget if it was the Aztecs or the Mayans, but I am pretty sure that their callender ends on Dec 22 2012 (if I recall my X-Files correctly).
2004-12-24 01:11:24 AM  
Today's "Large Rock to Hit Earth" story brought to you by...

/doesn't it seem to happen a lot?
2004-12-24 01:11:55 AM  
:: Friday, April 13th!!! I won't have to pay taxes! How sweet is that? What could happen on Friday the 13th? Nothing EVER does!
Just my luck, they'll move tax day to the 13th for this one time only...
Oh please land on the IRS....I'd pay to see that.

I'm sleeping in on that Friday!
2004-12-24 01:13:46 AM  
I think it was the Mayan calendar, and the date sounds about right. But the world isn't supposed end--more like start anew. I don't know what that means, but I'd like to come back as Brad Pitt.
2004-12-24 01:15:15 AM  
I want my last words before I get wiped out by the asteroid to be "I told you i was hardco..AGGGHHHHHH"
2004-12-24 01:15:57 AM  
Sweet that it's Friday the 13th.
2004-12-24 01:16:52 AM  
Wait wait! I can't believe no one has said it yet.....

I blame Bush!
2004-12-24 01:17:05 AM  
Run for the hills

Actually the song is "Run To The Hills".
/Music geek.
2004-12-24 01:18:01 AM  
I knew we shouldn't have trusted Anubis...

I guess we'll just have to wait for Thor to save our ass again.
2004-12-24 01:18:55 AM  
Although it's unlikely that this one hits, it is very likely that one like it will hit eventually. It's possible that a different one will hit prior to 2029.

Anyone remember the asteroid that made a close approach to Earth and it wasn't detected until 4 days AFTER the fact?
2004-12-24 01:18:56 AM  
I guess we'll just have to wait for Thor to save our ass again.

My money's on Kyle Raynor to do the saving, myself.
2004-12-24 01:19:53 AM  
This "Doomsday Scenario of The Week" brought to you by the fine folks from Munsingwear. Munsingwear: Underbritches for the Apocalypse.
2004-12-24 01:21:01 AM  
Binary Dragon

I'm not a statistics major, but isn't 300 to 1 odds against the same as a 1 in 301 chance of impact, not a 1 in 300 chance?

Thanks, Binary Dragon. I thought my number was up for sure when I saw that one chance in three hundred deal. But one in three hundred and one, why, that's completely different. My mind is now at ease.

Mmmm, 25 years to go, and 300 to 1 odds. Should I opt for the private investment of my Social Security and bet it all on the impact? I need to think about this, but cannot, since my mind is now at ease.
2004-12-24 01:21:41 AM  
There's a 1-in-300 chance that a recently discovered asteroid, believed to be about 1,300 feet long, could hit Earth in 2029

There is also a 1-in-365 chance that Jesus was born on December 25th.
2004-12-24 01:22:36 AM  
Mitch Mitchell: There is also a 1-in-365 chance that Jesus was born on December 25th.

Actually its 1 in 366, you're forgetting leap year ;)
2004-12-24 01:22:53 AM  
In the year 2525...
2004-12-24 01:22:53 AM  
Smells like farce to me. Friday, April 13th, 2029?! Of all days?! 2029 == 13.
2004-12-24 01:23:26 AM  
THAT IS MY FREAKIN' BIRTHDAY! So frankly, I am a leetle freeked out.
2004-12-24 01:24:37 AM  
Looks like I might not have to worry about Social Security after all.
2004-12-24 01:24:50 AM  
You know, if they *did* find an asteroid that really *was* going to hit and obliterate us all, do you really think they'd tell us about it? Hell, chances are we wouldn't find out until the thing was clearly visible to all amateur astronomers through ordinary telescopes.

The government wouldn't want to cause "mass hysteria", and have terrible things happen - like poor people rising up and destroying the upper class, people deciding that money is worthless and just *taking* what they want, murder, mayhem, general chaos and hell. Honestly, if we *knew* we were all going to die (save for the ultra-wealthy and the powerful, who will build their comfortable, well-stocked underground mansions and ride it out like champs) - we'd probably all go insane. You'd have folks murdering everyone they hate - I mean, what's the worst that can happen as a consequence? They'll get the "death penalty"? Pfft.

Nope, if it's ever going to happen, we won't know a thing about it until it can't be hidden anymore.
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