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(Guardian)   Astronomers want to drop bowling balls from airplanes onto the Bonneville salt flats in Utah   ( divider line
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2003-02-06 10:07:47 AM  
I've seen an ad where a car was dropped out of a plane, that would be cool. But I heard that an elephant corpse was dropped out of a plane, but with no confirmation as to the truth. That would be very cool!
2003-02-06 10:08:31 AM  
is this one of those paint splotch/porn paintings from the other day?

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2003-02-06 10:09:59 AM  
I vote they drop Jacko from a plane
2003-02-06 10:10:34 AM  
Actually, Reidsb, they're using 'career' correctly.

2003-02-06 10:13:29 AM  
I vote they drop Jacko from a plane

Don't be stupid, he's Peter Pan and he can fly.
2003-02-06 10:20:42 AM  
Galileo says, "Been there, done that."
2003-02-06 10:22:19 AM  
That silly putty drop really shizzled my nizzle.

Good clean fun!

I suggest downloading the video.

2003-02-06 10:25:45 AM  
"I wanna dip my balls in it!" -- The State (Best Sketch Comedy Show Ever)
2003-02-06 10:27:10 AM  
I love "The State", what ever happened to them?
2003-02-06 10:36:20 AM  
"Did you see that? That Bowling Ball went through that window, man." (said in my best stoner voice)
2003-02-06 10:37:56 AM  
2003-02-06 10:40:26 AM  
Look up, guys, 62 mile wide asteroid coming our way. It will impact the North Sea aproximately in the vacinity of Newfoundland. Triangulated position: 5346parsec16634lon6609234lat, near Pleades cluster.
2003-02-06 10:44:06 AM  
Obviously not a relative of Peter, Valentine or Andrew.

/semi-obscure reference
2003-02-06 10:55:07 AM  
02-06-03 10:44:06 AM Trapped-in-CH
Obviously not a relative of Peter, Valentine or Andrew.

/semi-obscure reference

I give up. What is the reference

2003-02-06 10:56:09 AM  
They should set up a 7-10 split at ground zero just for shiats and giggles.
2003-02-06 10:59:09 AM  
Nobody pointed out the career error in the first paragraph?

The only thing I can contribute is that it seems very strange that a story about Utah was reported by a British news service.
2003-02-06 11:00:56 AM  
Ender's game - Orson Scott Card. Child (and Adult) geniuses, the Hedgemon (Locke), Demostethes and Ender: Peter, Valentine and Andrew Wiggins.

Good book.

I probably spelled Demostethes wrong.
2003-02-06 11:06:12 AM  
I will have to read it.

2003-02-06 11:07:03 AM  
The prospect of high speed bowling balls plunging into the weather stations, geology researchers or racing car enthusiasts that populate the salt flat was simply not acceptable, they announced.

Your plan is unsound.
2003-02-06 11:16:41 AM  
I once dropped a bowling ball from the roof of a four story building.

It landed in a perfectly manicured yard and buried itself about halfway. It was at night and the yard had floodlights to light up the facade of the building.

It was friggin' beautiful with the yellow light glistening of the newly splattered dew and soft moist clumps of earth surrounding the half-visible blue and white-swirled sphere, emblazoned with it's former owner's name "RUBY".

I'll never forget that night.
2003-02-06 11:19:34 AM  
Actually, Reidsb, they're using 'career' correctly

Doesn't matter anymore, they deleted my post, for some reason.
2003-02-06 11:20:13 AM  
Excuse me, do you have 16-pound balls?
2003-02-06 11:25:19 AM  
The newest reality TV show......

Catch It And You Keep It!
2003-02-06 11:44:37 AM  
As a huge fan of bowling, I have to sa--

What? You say this has nothing to do with actual bowling? Then why do I care abo--

Oh...dropping stuff from a plane? Alright. I'm in.
2003-02-06 12:09:46 PM  
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2003-02-06 12:48:12 PM  
that site was an ass to the astronomers
2003-02-06 01:58:18 PM  
Did the Gods do this once before??
2003-02-06 02:24:24 PM  
'I'm not stupid!' In Bean's experience, that was a sentence never uttered except to prove its own inaccuracy." -Orson Scott Card, Ender's Shadow
2003-02-06 02:27:39 PM  
I wouldn't mind so much dropping the bowling balls out of the plane, but I sure wouldn't want to be the guy running around out there setting up the pins.
2003-02-06 02:31:55 PM  
T-34, Bowling Alley from Korea, 1947-1954

/i got nothin
2003-02-06 02:33:49 PM​ley.jpg

If you REALLY want to see the bad host names' pic.
2003-02-06 02:47:30 PM  
UltraFractal art entitled "Celestial Bowling Alley"

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2003-02-06 03:16:39 PM  

On saturday morning before hearing about Columbia, I was telling the wife that we should drop bowling balls, cars, people, etc from space and watch the light show as the re-enter the eaths atmosphere.

I'm always doing crap like that. The sniper in Washington started right after I said that there are too many people on earth and that we should start culling members of society, possibly Wal-Mart shoppers.

That's nothing. I remember a discussion witha friend of mine where we were explaining to a third party that god hates him. Nothing personal, god just hates everyone. That happened on September 10th, 2001
2003-02-06 03:48:05 PM  
OK, oddly enough, I have in my possession a presentation that a friend's dad wrote for the government (I can't remember if it was in the late 60's or early 70's) that's mighty close to this concept. It was to determine the feasibility of dropping spent fuel rods into dry lakes/deserts/ect from satellites. (I think. I'll have to look when I get home) The testing involved hardcore geological surveys, gas fired cannons, and all testing was done in an indoor environment. Losta cool pictures of metal rods being fired into large dirt-filled plexglass pits with graphs painted on them, plus how to build large gas fired cannons :-)

Both friend and dad are now dead, but I inherited all his books. (He was a mechanical engineer working for the Army COE for most of his adult life). I'm at work or I'd scan some sections for your enjoyment.

Bottom line -- if it's expensive and has the slimmest chance of a use, the government has already wasted tons of cash on it.

And yes, I know you think I'm full of sh*t.
2003-02-06 03:51:03 PM  
Why are they worried about the environment!? It's SALT! Several hundred square miles of salt! Inedible, inhostpitable to life. The most valuable things out there are a piece of modern art and Interstate-80 between Salt Lake and Wendover.

/Salt Lake escapee
/as seen in SLC Punk!
2003-02-06 04:05:34 PM  
The Bonneville Salt Flats are a national treasure.

that said:

I am for dropping bowling-balls with the astronomers still
holding onto them from airplanes.

The red colored residue will surely make it easier to find the
impact craters
2003-02-06 04:24:27 PM  
beavis and butthead drop'em off of tall buildings first!
2003-02-06 04:24:41 PM  
Bowling balls. Onto the salt flats.

You gotta be farkign kidding me.
2003-02-06 04:26:17 PM  
Bowling balls? Boooooring.

I wonder what would happen if you dropped a donkey from 10,000 feet up? Discuss.

-Suicide Mule rocks your lame ass!
2003-02-06 04:55:45 PM  
Not only am I in favor of this, but I'd pay good money to drop the stuff myself! I'm sorry, but it's just cool to drop stuff from great heights and watch them go SPLAT. These dudes could charge open admission and people'd be lined up around the frickin block to take a crack at this.
2003-02-06 05:11:03 PM  

Like a hefty bag full of tomato soup
2003-02-06 05:11:55 PM  
I nominate "bowling balls from outer space" as best band name of the day.
2003-02-06 05:47:32 PM  
No way...

A hundred comments now about an article with the word "Utah" in the title and no mention of the Mormons yet...
2003-02-06 05:54:53 PM  
"02-06-03 04:26:17 PM Niknatas
Bowling balls? Boooooring.

I wonder what would happen if you dropped a donkey from 10,000 feet up? Discuss."

I know what would happen, you'd have alot of PETA folks mad at you.

"02-06-03 08:53:32 AM Forsythe P. Jones
Why not take the skinheads bowling instead? ;)"
Am I the only one who gets this reference?
(Btw i saw CVB a few weeks ago on their reunion tour, Woot!)


I had a dream, i wanted to sleep next to plastic.
2003-02-06 05:56:24 PM  
Honest to God, this story was in print new scientist like six weeks ago, and on the website even earlier - how did it take so long to filter thru? (ditto many of the stories preceding the WWN one in the guardian... and we all know the musical dna is a couple weeks old at least)

I thought the world now worked faster than it did in phileas foggs day..
2003-02-06 06:13:40 PM  
I had a dream last night...
...but I forget what it was.

TTSB has just been rereleased, i think, it's been on the radio a couple times ;) great tune
2003-02-06 07:01:24 PM  
What the hell is strange about that? Seems cool to me...
2003-02-07 06:44:40 AM  
Why not take the skinheads bowling instead? ;)"
Am I the only one who gets this reference?

Nope. I was literally listening to that song on Friday -- it's on a mix tape an old boyfriend of mine gave me back in high school. Go figure . . .
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