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2009-03-03 12:35:35 PM  
Golf clap subby. That headline gave me a smile at work.
 
2009-03-03 12:41:51 PM  
Bravo subby, way to get to the heart of it.
 
2009-03-03 12:43:01 PM  
good headline, subby.

/obligatory "i see what you did there"....
 
2009-03-03 12:57:47 PM  
Ah ha ha ha ha

+1
 
2009-03-03 12:58:37 PM  
in other words, you still shouldn't stare at the Sun

I'm not the only one starin' at the sun


If I had a nickel for every time I have heard someone say or write that the Sun is an average star...

I usually refer to it as small and unregarded.
 
2009-03-03 01:00:44 PM  
11) The sun has a high dqueaky voice (because of all the helium that is building up inside it).
 
2009-03-03 01:05:11 PM  
Oy, with the poodles already!
 
2009-03-03 01:14:10 PM  
Come on over and check it out if you like. We can have a FARK astronomy party. The sun just so happens to be the closest star to my house.
 
2009-03-03 01:16:17 PM  
Isn't number 3 wrong? Doesn't Einstein's equation refer to fission and the sun createsenergy through fusion?
 
2009-03-03 01:21:26 PM  
Brilliant. This is like a Fark zeitgeist moment.
 
2009-03-03 01:23:23 PM  

John Nash: Isn't number 3 wrong? Doesn't Einstein's equation refer to fission and the sun createsenergy through fusion?


No, it's correct. Below iron on the periodic table, energy is released when fusing elements. Above iron, energy is released when elements are split.

So the sun will keep fusing elements fuel until it reaches iron. Then it will go nova (not supernova), and slowly die off as a white dwarf.

/I think I've got that correct...
 
2009-03-03 01:24:10 PM  

helix400: No, it's correct. Below iron on the periodic table, energy is released when fusing elements. Above iron, energy is released when elements are split.


I had no idea, thanks.
 
2009-03-03 01:24:11 PM  
"yeah...we should get a new activity."
 
2009-03-03 01:26:47 PM  
Very well done.
 
2009-03-03 01:27:23 PM  
Brilliant subby.
 
2009-03-03 01:27:28 PM  
Subtle, yet refined.

Damn fine job, submitter.
 
2009-03-03 01:27:38 PM  

John Nash: Isn't number 3 wrong? Doesn't Einstein's equation refer to fission and the sun createsenergy through fusion?


E=mc2 refers to the relationship between matter and energy. It doesn't matter if the conversion happens through fission or fusion or even collision with antimatter. The annihilation of matter releases an amount of energy that satisfies the equation.

It of course works in reverse- if you pump energy into a system (say, by accelerating it) you increase its mass.
 
2009-03-03 01:27:53 PM  
Crap, link is pretty farked, or my connection is crappy. Anyone mind posting the Top 10 for me?
 
Ant
2009-03-03 01:28:07 PM  

Sybarite: I usually refer to it as small and unregarded.


...and yellow. Don't forget yellow.
 
2009-03-03 01:30:02 PM  
Top ten facts about the sun that I didn't know because I couldn't load the slideshow.

/yeah, I think it's farked
 
2009-03-03 01:30:15 PM  

CrankMyBlueSax: The sun just so happens to be the closest star to my house.


we must live pretty close together, it happens to be the closest star to my house as well....

/golf clap subby.

Ant: Sybarite: I usually refer to it as small and unregarded.

...and yellow. Don't forget yellow.


the sun is chinese?
 
2009-03-03 01:31:05 PM  
1) The sun is hot
2) The sun is large
3) The sun is far away
 
2009-03-03 01:32:03 PM  
LOL!!

Subby, I award you one AWESOME!!
 
2009-03-03 01:33:11 PM  

Spectrum: 1) The sun is hot
2) The sun is large
3) The sun is far away


You didn't know those 3 facts?
 
2009-03-03 01:36:14 PM  

FaceRape: Spectrum: 1) The sun is hot
2) The sun is large
3) The sun is far away

You didn't know those 3 facts?


He's probably home-schooled.
 
2009-03-03 01:36:33 PM  

FaceRape: You didn't know those 3 facts?


You're clearly not a TMBG fan.
 
2009-03-03 01:38:28 PM  

zarberg: FaceRape: You didn't know those 3 facts?

You're clearly not a TMBG fan.


Totally missed that reference. Google is my friend.
 
2009-03-03 01:41:31 PM  
It converts 4.3 million tons of matter into energy per second.
/Hope that's on there, link's farked
 
2009-03-03 01:42:34 PM  
Did they mention that the sun is a mass of incandescent gas? A gigantic nuclear furnace?
 
2009-03-03 01:43:49 PM  

Doc Daneeka: Did they mention that the sun is a mass of incandescent gas?


So am I, after a 3 hour sitting at my local Mexican buffet.
 
2009-03-03 01:43:59 PM  
A+ Subby
 
2009-03-03 01:44:52 PM  
Farked. But the headline wins so hard it doesn't matter.
 
2009-03-03 01:45:55 PM  
Nice headline, Subby. BABlog rules.
 
2009-03-03 01:47:42 PM  

Doc Daneeka: gigantic nuclear furnace?


Where hydrogen is converted to Helium at temperatures of millions of degrees?

helix400: John Nash: Isn't number 3 wrong? Doesn't Einstein's equation refer to fission and the sun createsenergy through fusion?

No, it's correct. Below iron on the periodic table, energy is released when fusing elements. Above iron, energy is released when elements are split.

So the sun will keep fusing elements fuel until it reaches iron. Then it will go nova (not supernova), and slowly die off as a white dwarf.

/I think I've got that correct...


Seems close enough.
 
2009-03-03 01:53:03 PM  
I came to make a TMBG reference, but I see that my work here is already done.

/wipes hands on pants and walks away whistling in the dark.
 
2009-03-03 01:57:40 PM  
My supervisor had to come over to my laptop and see what I was chortling at, so I had to explain the joke to him.

+1, subby.
 
2009-03-03 01:59:46 PM  
Meh. It's been done before, but it's still funny. +1 subby.
 
2009-03-03 02:04:34 PM  
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2009-03-03 02:09:26 PM  
TMBG was, of course, the first thing that popped into my mind when I read the headline. After reading the TMBG references in the thread, that song will now be stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Stoopid earworms.

/Well done, subby
 
2009-03-03 02:10:00 PM  
I must say I learned something from the article:

Use the "Next" and "Back" buttons under the images to navigate this post; each "Next" takes you to the next item.

Whoa! Crazy stuff. Who knew?
 
2009-03-03 02:10:06 PM  
Oh no, the sun!
What is it?
It's a burning ball of gas, but that's beside the point.

/obvious
 
2009-03-03 02:16:09 PM  
Subby,

[image from i310.photobucket.com too old to be available]
 
Tui
2009-03-03 02:30:27 PM  
9:13, Personal note: When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six, I did. At first the brightness was overwhelming, but I had seen that before. I kept looking, forcing myself not to blink, and then the brightness began to dissolve. My pupils shrunk to pinholes and everything came into focus and for a moment I understood. The doctors didn't know if my eyes would ever heal. I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly daylight crept in through the bandages, and I could see, but something else had changed inside of me. That day I had my first headache.
 
2009-03-03 02:33:22 PM  

helix400: John Nash: Isn't number 3 wrong? Doesn't Einstein's equation refer to fission and the sun createsenergy through fusion?

No, it's correct. Below iron on the periodic table, energy is released when fusing elements. Above iron, energy is released when elements are split.

So the sun will keep fusing elements fuel until it reaches iron. Then it will go nova (not supernova), and slowly die off as a white dwarf.

/I think I've got that correct...


So that is how cybertron is created.
 
2009-03-03 02:39:55 PM  
Link's farked.

Good headline though.

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moar funny pictures
 
2009-03-03 02:45:15 PM  
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2009-03-03 02:51:17 PM  
It's as if years of enduring that cliche was just to culminate to this headline. Well played, subby!

This, after "This is bad news. . . for Obama" in an article about his mother-in-law moving into the White House.
 
2009-03-03 02:55:44 PM  

helix400: John Nash: Isn't number 3 wrong? Doesn't Einstein's equation refer to fission and the sun createsenergy through fusion?

No, it's correct. Below iron on the periodic table, energy is released when fusing elements. Above iron, energy is released when elements are split.

So the sun will keep fusing elements fuel until it reaches iron. Then it will go nova (not supernova), and slowly die off as a white dwarf.

/I think I've got that correct...


Just a minor clarification, all of the elements are created by fusion, but you can't fuse anything higher on the Periodic Table than iron in a normal star. You need a supernova to get the amount of energy needed to create the heavier elements. Oh, and that means that any elements you find laying around that are heavier than iron came from a supernova. The universe is awesome. Like a hot dog.

To get energy out, you could technically use fission or fusion, but it's really difficult to fuse anything bigger that Hydrogen and Helium, and it's not usually very efficient to fission anything smaller than Uranium. YMMV.

\Briefly considered a physics major.
\\I hate calculus, so I gave up on that.
 
2009-03-03 02:58:45 PM  
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// The local solar mass has a razor-sharp sense of sarcasm.
 
2009-03-03 03:21:35 PM  
Well I did know a bunch of those facts but I'm a physics major so hey what do I know?
 
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