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(UPI)   Scientists measure record-breaking ocean waves that were so big that computer models denied that they could exist at all   ( divider line
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2006-04-03 03:18:36 PM  
The scientists' measuring instruments showed the tallest of the waves was nearly 98 feet high and the giant waves shook the ship for 12 hours

One direct ticket to Vomit Town, please.
2006-04-03 03:28:18 PM  
With all that scientific measuring equipment on board, I'm sure they had no problem recording the size of the resultant dump they took in their pants!
2006-04-03 03:34:14 PM  
submitter: Scientists measure record-breaking ocean waves that were so big that computer models denied that they could exist at all

Therefore the Earth is 6,000 years old.
2006-04-03 03:53:46 PM  
Cool. I loved the book The Perfect Storm, and it had all sorts of info about the supposedly mythical giant waves. Thanks for posting this, submitter.
2006-04-03 05:09:00 PM  
Rogue waves rock.
2006-04-03 05:09:48 PM  
Therefore the Earth is 6,000 years old.

Sadly, There's probably someone, somewhere, that is trying to say this same thing for real.
2006-04-03 05:30:55 PM  
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Not impressed.

/miss you Mark Foo
2006-04-03 06:25:43 PM  
I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.
2006-04-03 06:37:34 PM  
...That's cool?
2006-04-03 06:38:10 PM  
Drop a boat off a nine-story building, then lift it up and do it again...

/turns green
//spews chunks
2006-04-03 06:39:07 PM  
"There are, in general, two ways to predict the future. You can, for example, use horoscopes, tea leaves, tarot cards, a crystal ball, and so forth. Collectively, these are known as the "nutty methods." Or you can put well-researched facts into sophisticated computer models, more commonly referred to as "a complete waste of time." While all these approaches have their advantages, I find it's a lot easier and more economical to simply make stuff up."

-Scott Adams
2006-04-03 06:40:03 PM  
I'm off to barf now. Just thinking about riding out 95 foot waves for twelve hours...
2006-04-03 06:40:36 PM  
grunthos !!! i just spit my peas and po tay toes over the keyboard !!!! lmao
2006-04-03 06:40:54 PM  
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/sigh... This is gonna hurt....
2006-04-03 06:41:50 PM  
should have used "scary" tag instead.

/is afraid of the ocean
//is deathly more afraid of the ocean after article
2006-04-03 06:42:04 PM  
Did anyone else get the ad to "save 75% on last minute cruises" on that page?
2006-04-03 06:42:25 PM  
Gotta love the ad for a cruise right beside the article.
2006-04-03 06:42:49 PM  
This reminds me of KITT from Knight Rider. He was always telling Michael Knight how they couldn't do things. "Michael, we can't make that jump." And you know what, Hasselhoff would go for it anyway and make it EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Two lessons here: Computers are dirty liars and you can never mess with The Hoff.
2006-04-03 06:42:57 PM  
I think it's all Tony Blair's fault.
2006-04-03 06:43:05 PM  
21 seconds too late. Stupid "Preview before post."
2006-04-03 06:43:24 PM  
The ocean is scary.
2006-04-03 06:43:57 PM  
Anyone else get an ad for Vacations to Go for cruises on the link?
2006-04-03 06:45:15 PM  
The observations took place in 2000.

Why was I not warned of the killer waves before now!

It seriously took 6 years for them to tell us this.?

/The end is rye
//mmmm...rye (slobber slobber)
2006-04-03 06:45:48 PM  
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Yep, now we're *definitely* gonna need a bigger boat.

/that is all
2006-04-03 06:46:28 PM  
Eddie would go.
2006-04-03 06:46:48 PM  
Intelligent Wave Design.
2006-04-03 06:47:24 PM  
Still think pirates < ninjas?
2006-04-03 06:47:26 PM  
My understanding is that the models don't say these waves can't exist but rather that they should be very rare.
2006-04-03 06:47:32 PM  
This reminds me of KITT from Knight Rider. He was always telling Michael Knight how they couldn't do things. "Michael, we can't make that jump." And you know what, Hasselhoff would go for it anyway and make it EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Michael: The terrorists are getting away on land, we'll never catch them now
Knightboat: Look Michael, a river
Bart: Awww, there's always a river or a stream or a brook.
Homer: Don't disrespect Knightboat boy.
2006-04-03 06:47:34 PM  
I'm shocked none of the guys have cracked jokes about the instruments recording the sizes of other things. You know, "so big that computer models denied that they could exist at all"


2006-04-03 06:48:05 PM  
No longer wondering what happened to the Edmund Fitzgerald

/yeah I know it was a lake
2006-04-03 06:48:08 PM  
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Cue the megalomaniacs with weather control devices.
2006-04-03 06:48:20 PM  
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2006-04-03 06:48:28 PM  
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Scientific models are often inaccurate.
2006-04-03 06:48:33 PM  
The scientists set to sea because an intense storm was forecast and the researchers from Britain's National Oceanography Center, located in Southampton, wanted to closely observe it,

These people must have brass balls the size of small planets, or just be really farking dumb.
"Look, a massive wave, 10 times higher than our boat!"
"Great, let's sail towards it!"

/by the way, did anyone get an advert for ocean crui...oh, guess you did
2006-04-03 06:49:01 PM  
"The observations occurred Feb. 8, 2000"

Hot off the press.
2006-04-03 06:49:07 PM  
OK, I don't get it. Why is it that these rogue waves never hit the shore? Sure, you have tsunami, but those are all attributed to a seismic event.
The first thing I googled about rogue waves says that a previous rogue which struck cruise ships were 29 and 30 meters, bigger than 95 feet. I am thinkin these scientists are not as think as they smart they are.
2006-04-03 06:49:55 PM  

Shades of the Clive Cussler novel Polar Shift (without the eco terrorists and the tesla coils)

Status of the earths wobble:

While I don't necessarily agree with the site author or content, I find it interesting that all the data from solar, magnetic, earth wobble, pole position, weather and earthquake are all listed on this page for possible correlation.

I just wish there was a more mainstream site correlating all these variables in real time available.

That would be an interesting site indeed.
2006-04-03 06:52:20 PM  
why am I the Weeners
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/waves freak me out
//unless it's the crowd at an O's game
2006-04-03 06:53:11 PM  
jimster: OK, I don't get it. Why is it that these rogue waves never hit the shore?

Many of these waves are very unstable, caused by the piling up of three or four smaller waves, and they usually crumble under their own weight in the open ocean. I'd imagine that a few *do* hit the shore, but somewhere like the craggy coast of Wales isn't the best spot for observers to see them.
2006-04-03 06:53:15 PM  
My understanding is that the original computer models were flawed (i.e. garbage in, garbage out).

The original models didn't take into account the principle (or the full effect) of wave addition. Wereby waves originating from different locations can cross paths and cancel in places, and add their energies in others. As I further recall, areas of the oceans where currents, both wind and water, line up to make these mega waves more common, are in areas with abnormally high frequencies of heretofore unexplained or poorly explained sinkings or disappearances.

I don't recall if the Bermuda Triangle was one of those areas.

However, this isn't really new news. I seem to remember reading about it in SciAm or Discover a few years ago.
2006-04-03 06:53:32 PM  
Dude, like dude. Totally man! Duuddeeeee., dude.
2006-04-03 06:54:14 PM  
"And here comes another big one.....wwwweeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!"

/Far Side
2006-04-03 06:54:25 PM  
Yep, scary tag would have been appropriate.
2006-04-03 06:57:03 PM  
Ninjas would stain their black pajamas brown......Pirates rock! (literally)
2006-04-03 06:58:05 PM  
2006-04-03 06:58:05 PM  
I used to work in a fishing village on the west coast of Scotland -

An old fisherman told me they used to get caught in 60ft storms - whole boat under the water except the top of the masts...

And these were big fishing boats.
2006-04-03 06:58:34 PM  
Time to buy a leash for my Weber Performer!

Laird would surf it.
2006-04-03 07:02:34 PM  
In one prominent rogue-wave encounter, Capt. Ronald Warwick, who followed in his father's footsteps to command the British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth II, was on the bridge at 4 a.m. on Sept. 11, 1995. Two hundred miles off Newfoundland, headed for New York, Warwick had been trying, without success, to dodge Hurricane Luis.

Minutes before monstrous seas smashed windows in the Grand Salon, 72 feet off the water, Warwick had given the order confining passengers to quarters.

Suddenly, a huge wave loomed off the bow, huge even for a ship the size of the QE2, at nearly 1,000 feet long, more than 100 feet wide, carrying nearly 3,000 people.

Hundreds of miles from shore, the face of the wave was steep, like a breaking wall of water. Warwick later described that "it looked as though the ship was headed for the white cliffs of Dover."

Officers on the bridge estimated the wave at 92 feet, because they were eyeball to eyeball with the crest.

"(I)t broke with tremendous force over the bow. An incredible shudder went through the ship, followed a few minutes later by two smaller shudders," Warwick recalled in a 1996 article in Marine Observer.

The ship's bow dropped into a "hole" of a trough behind the first wave and was hit by a second wave of between 91 and 96 feet high that cleaned a mast right off the foredeck.

Warwick, his passengers and crew were lucky. No one was injured. It was a far different fate for the German container ship Munchen, which sank in the middle of the Atlantic in 1978 with no warning, no May Day.
2006-04-03 07:03:31 PM  
The brits have apparently never been to Hawaii

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There are some freaky big waves at Diamond Head
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