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(Some Guy)   Astronomers announce discovering a giant-ass cloud of space alcohol. All of a sudden, manned spaceflight starts looking feasible again   ( divider line
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2006-03-31 10:59:38 AM  
Why did I read that as "giant ass-cloud"?
2006-03-31 11:06:01 AM  
Ah, so Drew is going to start saving up to be a space tourist now.
2006-03-31 11:17:21 AM

It's booze Jim, but not as we know it.
2006-03-31 11:19:42 AM  
Why did I read that as "giant ass-cloud"?

You are not alone....
2006-03-31 11:36:10 AM  
Mmmm... space alcohol....
2006-03-31 12:25:05 PM  
In a related story, Drew Curtis becomes major investor in Virgin Galactic. Stock options for TFarkers to follow.
2006-03-31 01:53:37 PM  
Beli Tsar: In a related story, Drew Curtis becomes major investor in Virgin Galactic. Stock options for TFarkers to follow.

Oh Oh! I want stock options in Virgin Galactic!

Especially if there are Blue Alien Women who give me space beer!
2006-03-31 02:07:58 PM  
We need a big farking straw, and tons of those little paper umbrellas, then
2006-03-31 02:09:14 PM

Mmmm, space alcohol.
2006-03-31 02:09:15 PM  
Shirley astrometers half butter grammer then these.
2006-03-31 02:09:48 PM
In other news, NASA releases photo to the press of their next shuttle crew.

/see you, space cowboy
2006-03-31 02:09:50 PM  
not a big deal or anything, but can you really say this thing is ALMOST 300 billion miles wide when in reality it is 288 billion miles wide. i mean 12 billion miles is alot of farkin miles

/another usless post by me
2006-03-31 02:10:53 PM  
JestMe, vonClogg
Why did I read that as "giant ass-cloud"?

so very not alone.
2006-03-31 02:11:17 PM  
Ass clouds sound terribly frightening.
2006-03-31 02:11:48 PM  
Some People call me the space Cowboy

Thats a lot of Alcohol
/Yee haw
2006-03-31 02:13:09 PM  
methanol eh? 300 billion kilometers across you say?

....anyone wanna get blind drunk?
2006-03-31 02:15:14 PM  
Ground Control to Major Tom???

...crap, he's drunk again...
2006-03-31 02:19:28 PM  
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster?
2006-03-31 02:19:40 PM  
Does this mean that Ireland will start up its own space program?

Too bad for them the Russians already have a head start.
2006-03-31 02:23:39 PM  
288 billion mile wide Ass-Cloud filled with alcohol...

maybe the sorority nebula?
2006-03-31 02:25:45 PM  
"...unfortunately methanol, unlike its chemical cousin ethanol, is not suitable for human consumption!

2006-03-31 02:26:59 PM  
Just exactly how big must something be to qualify as an ass cloud?
2006-03-31 02:28:21 PM  
If it's methanol, then I guess our addiction to hydro carbons has no worries... let's start pumping...
2006-03-31 02:29:01 PM  
Giant-ass clouds of methanol? Is there some smug out there, too?
2006-03-31 02:30:06 PM  
It is weird that there is natural gas floating around in space.

We breathe in methane every day...

Its almost like this world with life on it is an accident, a grouping of molecules that are abundant all over the universe just reacting and being bathed by the heat of a star.
2006-03-31 02:30:32 PM  
nnobodyman Just exactly how big must something be to qualify as an ass cloud? I suppose if it were republican it would be a tight ass cloud...

/sorry... no offense... really, just had to go there
2006-03-31 02:31:11 PM  
"I'm on it!"
2006-03-31 02:31:54 PM  
I'm holding out for a giant cloud of space-ganja.
2006-03-31 02:32:21 PM  
Apologies. Apparently the site did not approve of linked images.

"I'm on it!"
2006-03-31 02:34:21 PM  
I'm holding out for a giant cloud of space-ganja.

Sorry all you'll get is a second hand buzz
2006-03-31 02:38:42 PM  
That's where the Biavians got their alcohol before Riley Martin taught them how to make an excellent beer.

2006-03-31 02:45:53 PM  
Years old news, astronomers have already found giant-ass clouds of ethanol (beer alcohol) which are larger than the volume of alcohol produced in the entire natural history of earth. Interesting not only because of obvious applications but because it is quite amazing that a molecule as relatively complex as ethanol can be produced in what can only be assumed are totally sterile conditions.
2006-03-31 02:55:42 PM  
this particular cloud is methanol. that means it's useful only as juice for your wandering space hobo who doesn't care about his eyesight.
2006-03-31 02:56:25 PM  
I'm not sure how complicated a 6 atom molecule is - i'm too lazy to google it right now, but isn't ethanol CH3OH?

/too lazy to figure out how to make the '3' subscript.
// going to a meeting in 7 min.
/// loves friday afternoon meetings more than slashies.
2006-03-31 02:58:49 PM  

I am no scientist, but wouldn't the vacume of space be a sterile environment?
2006-03-31 03:04:29 PM  
polecat_bastard: that means it's useful only as juice for your wandering space hobo who doesn't care about his eyesight.

and the cloud density is probably 0.00000000000000000001 molecules/parsec, or of that order....

i've been told a million times not to exaggerate
2006-03-31 03:07:03 PM  
Break out the Bussard-Ramkeg

/first toast is to Larry Niven
2006-03-31 03:09:45 PM  

CH3OH is methanol; C2H5OH is ethanol.
2006-03-31 03:11:06 PM  
This article was first published Apr 4, 2006?? I don't get that.
2006-03-31 03:15:50 PM  
The reporter was posting at relativistic speeds.
2006-03-31 03:17:12 PM  
Didn't Captain Kirk save the day once by insanely firing photon torpedoes into a few of these Giant-ass Booze Clouds, which blew up whoever the hell was chasing them at the time?
2006-03-31 03:29:09 PM  
Mmmmmmm, Vindaloo curried Space Weevil, with a side of Methanol Lager. Yum! Sign me up for the next JMC mission!
2006-03-31 03:46:38 PM

Theres one leaving in 10 Minutes

No Cats
/Their dead Dave
//There all Dead Dave
///All hail lord Slashie
2006-03-31 03:54:03 PM  
Inflatable Rhetoric
I think that date is going to be the actual print publish date... you see it sometimes when looking through journals online, they have the publish date after the actual date.
2006-03-31 03:57:18 PM  
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2006-03-31 04:13:51 PM  
CH3OH is methanol; C2H5OH is ethanol

Why the hell don't they just call it CH4O and C2H6O instead?

/just kidding, I was a chemistry nut.
//Organic Chemistry in college killed my enthusiasm for chemistry.
///Had lots of fun playing with NI3 in high school, and a 1 lb. ingot of Na I procured in college.
////Why the hell don't tue sub(script) tags work?
//Slash on... on...
2006-03-31 04:25:12 PM  
xterraguy: Organic Chemistry in college killed my enthusiasm for chemistry.

yeah - been there - there's nothing worse than coming back from 4hrs of chem lab smelling like toluene & other heinous chemicals and basically having to strip down to the undies before coming inside... the #1 reason i am not a chemist
2006-03-31 04:53:15 PM  
foo monkey

Shirley astrometers half butter grammer then these.

most of the time, they do

/and stop calling me shirley
2006-03-31 05:04:00 PM  
A 288 billion mile wide cloud of methanol?
Now all we need is a spacefold/warp/hyperdrive, a bussard ramscoop, and some uber-space tankers and we can take care of the energy shortage just about anywhere.
2006-03-31 06:06:51 PM  

Mmmm - nitrogen triiodide. Phosphorus can be fun too.
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