The Slush: Anyone else see "batstronaut" in the headline and think Lisa Nowak (crazy diaper-wearing astronaut lady) killed herself?
robmilmel: JacksBlack: How cool. Wonder how far the little guy made it?Poor little guy. Probably kept up with you for the first mile or two...........
OtherLittleGuy: "I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."/obligatory
mookiedood: The bat exodus has begun. All eyes are on the dolphins./ just submitted this as a headline 2 minutes ago, before realizing this story had already been posted// bat's hardcore
orclover: /hope the lil guy froze to the side and got carried into orbit.
KingKauff: Am I the only one who wonders what the last thing to go throught that poor lil guy's mind was?
KingKauff: Am I the only one who wonders what the last thing to go through that poor lil guy's mind was?
anfrind: orclover: /hope the lil guy froze to the side and got carried into orbit.The bat was clinging to the external tank, which is jettisoned into the ocean after it runs out of fuel. So the best-case scenario is a free-fall into the ocean, at the terminal velocity of the external tank (which I'm sure is a lot higher than a bat's terminal velocity).
ElPresidente: He probably hung on until the aerodynamic forces grew too strong and he was blown off (so to speak), which would have been relatively soon after launch, considering how fast that thing accelerates. It's possible he survived, but bloody unlikely.
Embden.Meyerhof: We can't stop here! This is astronaut territory!
anonymous6494: Approves of Bats in space.There
Bathia_Mapes: robmilmel: JacksBlack: How cool. Wonder how far the little guy made it?Poor little guy. Probably kept up with you for the first mile or two...........Heh! First thing I thought of too.
Harry Lime: Bereft of his ability to fly and with nowhere to go, a courageous bat climbed aboard our Discovery with stars in his weak little eyes. The launch commenced, and Spacebat trembled as his frail mammalian body was gently pushed skyward. For the last time, he felt the primal joy of flight; for the first, the indescribable feeling of ascending toward his dream-a place far away from piercing screeches and crowded caves, stretching forever into fathomless blackness.Whether he was consumed in the exhaust flames or frozen solid in the stratosphere is of no concern. We know that Spacebat died, but his dream will live on in all of us.stolen from here:Link (new window)
ElPresidente: I've done it a few times with bugs on my windscreen that refuse to get off. Increase the speed gradually to see if they can hang on. Best bug hit 80 mph until I got bored and hit him with the windscreen washer and wiper./small things please small minds
WFern: Bathia_Mapes: robmilmel: JacksBlack: How cool. Wonder how far the little guy made it?Poor little guy. Probably kept up with you for the first mile or two...........Heh! First thing I thought of too.I did a Google search to find the joke. First result was this thread... Still confused.
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