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(MSNBC)   Researchers discover plane abandoned in Antarctica back in 1912. Passengers in a state of suspended animation while flight crew awaits delivery of lemon-soaked paper napkins   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 114
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2010-01-02 02:47:36 PM  
Share and enjoy!
 
2010-01-02 02:49:05 PM  
wait'll they find a shoggoth. boy, won't THEY be surprised!
 
2010-01-02 02:49:15 PM  
"The statistical likelihood is that other civilisations will arise. There will one day be lemon-soaked paper napkins. Until then, there will be a short delay. Please return to your seats."
 
2010-01-02 02:50:11 PM  
Someone send for Kurt Russell and Wilford Brimley.
 
2010-01-02 02:53:16 PM  
ZPM still unavailable?
 
2010-01-02 02:58:47 PM  
The wings were damaged en route to Antarctica, so they were removed and the team tried to use it to tow supplies along the ice like an Antarctic swamp boat. Engine died fairly soon and it was abandoned. Called the Vickers Air Tractor.

i922.photobucket.com
 
2010-01-02 03:00:54 PM  
If you find something vaguely man-shaped buried in the ice, just let it lie.
 
2010-01-02 03:58:18 PM  
Very cool.

/Very
 
2010-01-02 04:35:49 PM  
Weaver95: wait'll they find a shoggoth. boy, won't THEY be surprised!

beat me to it.
 
2010-01-02 04:45:58 PM  
vossiewulf: Called the Vickers Air Tractor.

+1 to vossiewulf for saving an interesting but useless article.
 
2010-01-02 05:12:48 PM  
Somebody presses a button, shoe sales take off, next thing you know everybody's a bird and refuses to touch the ground again.

It can take a LONG time for lemon-soaked paper napkins to come around a second time.
 
2010-01-02 05:14:23 PM  
Subby +1

Unsung_Hero +10
for invoking the radio scripts!
 
2010-01-02 05:16:22 PM  
Headline FTFA: "Plane left on Antarctica in 1912 is found"

Plane left "on" Antarctica? Yeah, I left my plane on a continent. Right there on top of it. Sort of like leaving my wallet on the dresser. Or leaving a tip on the table.

No one would ever say, "Plane left on Europe" or "Plane left on Asia."
 
2010-01-02 05:18:26 PM  
Thing is, though, the ship is in an artificial universe, created so Zaphod could survive the Total Perspective Vortex.

/and also so the guide researchers can do research without missing happy hour.
 
2010-01-02 05:18:54 PM  

Researchers discover plane abandoned in Antarctica back in 1912. Passengers in a state of suspended animation while flight crew awaits delivery of lemon-soaked paper napkins


Was the interior decorated in brown hessian wall weave?
 
2010-01-02 05:18:54 PM  
Random Hitchhiker's references are a guaranteed +1 from me.
 
2010-01-02 05:19:32 PM  
www.wired.com
 
2010-01-02 05:20:21 PM  
But what about all the Virgin Mary statues loaded with cocaine?

/oh, not a Nigerian plane
 
GCD
2010-01-02 05:21:04 PM  
i46.tinypic.com

Anyone get this ad when they looked at the article?

What the fark does that image have to do with mortgage rates?!?
 
2010-01-02 05:22:31 PM  
Of course, when the U.S does this, we make sure to do it bigger!

farm3.static.flickr.com

/not mine
 
2010-01-02 05:22:43 PM  
Islamic terrorist now packing longjohns for Antarctic flight.
 
2010-01-02 05:24:46 PM  
SirAdrianDangerous: Subby +1

Unsung_Hero +10 for invoking the radio scripts!


I started with the books as a kid, and was given audio cassettes of the radio series as a teen, during which I also played (and actually won) the Infocom game. At some point I also watched the television miniseries.

It all sort of blends together after a while, and you can make what you want out of the whole sort of general mish-mash.

/saw the recent movie, too.
//In my opinion, the radio series was the best.
 
2010-01-02 05:27:10 PM  
GCD: Anyone get this ad when they looked at the article?

What the fark does that image have to do with mortgage rates?!?


2.bp.blogspot.com

At first I thought it was a turtle thing
 
2010-01-02 05:28:39 PM  
i777.photobucket.com
 
2010-01-02 05:30:40 PM  
Weaver95: wait'll they find a shoggoth. boy, won't THEY be surprised!

Damn, late.

/They're making a movie based on the novel, BTW
 
2010-01-02 05:31:44 PM  
Researchers discover plane abandoned in Antarctica back in 1912.

And we're just hearing about it now?
 
2010-01-02 05:31:50 PM  
I hope they find Fenchurch inside.
 
2010-01-02 05:31:58 PM  
Hopefully the passengers have been woken up at yearly intervals for coffee and sweet biscuits.


/thanks for flying transtellar cruise lines
//hey, is that really a piece of fairy cake?
 
2010-01-02 05:35:34 PM  
Was it operated by JetBlue?
 
2010-01-02 05:39:25 PM  
"The biggest news of the day is that we've found the air tractor, or at least parts of it!" team member Tony Stewart wrote

Stewart then rammed the air tractor into a nearby penguin, climbed from the wreckage, blamed the penguin for causing the accident, thanked his sponsors, ate a cheeseburger and got a little fatter.
 
2010-01-02 05:44:08 PM  
GCD: Anyone get this ad when they looked at the article?

What the fark does that image have to do with mortgage rates?!?


Anything to get your attention. The line dancing silhouettes stopped working.
http://consumerist.com/2009/12/who-is-this-banner-ad-targeting.html (new window)
 
2010-01-02 05:44:55 PM  
/They're making a movie based on the novel, BTW

Director Guillermo del Toro has written a screenplay based on Lovecraft's story, but in 2006 had trouble getting Warner Bros. to finance the project. Wrote Del Toro, "The studio is very nervous about the cost and it not having a love story or a happy ending, but it's impossible to do either in the Lovecraft universe.
 
#2 [TotalFark]
2010-01-02 05:46:10 PM  
MRS. TURPIN. The Verrifast Plane Company announce the departure of flight one to over the hills and far away. Will passengers for flight one, please assemble at gate one. Passengers are advised that there is still plenty of time to buy eccles cakes.

- 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' Episode 22
 
2010-01-02 05:48:20 PM  
vossiewulf: The wings were damaged en route to Antarctica, so they were removed and the team tried to use it to tow supplies along the ice like an Antarctic swamp boat. Engine died fairly soon and it was abandoned. Called the Vickers Air Tractor.

It was too early in the state of aircraft development for any plane to operate in such adverse conditions. In fact it was too early for anyone even to know a plane couldn't operate in them.
 
2010-01-02 05:49:19 PM  
Weaver95: wait'll they find a shoggoth. boy, won't THEY be surprised!

They won't find it. It may find them, however.
 
2010-01-02 05:50:33 PM  
riscirock: /They're making a movie based on the novel, BTW

Director Guillermo del Toro has written a screenplay based on Lovecraft's story, but in 2006 had trouble getting Warner Bros. to finance the project. Wrote Del Toro, "The studio is very nervous about the cost and it not having a love story or a happy ending, but it's impossible to do either in the Lovecraft universe.


Pussies.
 
2010-01-02 05:54:46 PM  
TheOther: ZPM still unavailable?

I'm watching SG1 now, so I got a kick out of your reply!
 
2010-01-02 05:57:02 PM  
Weaver95: wait'll they find a shoggoth. boy, won't THEY be surprised!

win.
 
2010-01-02 06:00:52 PM  
I wonder why the aircraft surrendered to the cold so quickly?

Didn't the people taking it there know what the temperatures would be, It's like they thought they were protected by some kind of imaginary line from the invading cold, and when it waffled the storm's troopers of white snowflakes marched right around without a fight.

I hope the plane will now be liberated by brave men from half way around the world!
 
2010-01-02 06:04:34 PM  
 
2010-01-02 06:04:56 PM  
riscirock: /They're making a movie based on the novel, BTW

Director Guillermo del Toro has written a screenplay based on Lovecraft's story, but in 2006 had trouble getting Warner Bros. to finance the project. Wrote Del Toro, "The studio is very nervous about the cost and it not having a love story or a happy ending, but it's impossible to do either in the Lovecraft universe.


If anyone could do it, it would be Del Toro.

/loved both Hellboy movies
 
2010-01-02 06:07:58 PM  
Hopefully the passengers have been woken up at yearly intervals for coffee and sweet biscuits.


new FAA regulations only require serving the passengers every 3 years
 
2010-01-02 06:12:39 PM  
Came for the Hitchhikers references and am leaving very happy. Now do I exit the door or the window?
 
2010-01-02 06:13:03 PM  
MemeSlave: Weaver95: wait'll they find a shoggoth. boy, won't THEY be surprised!

win.


It's been years since I read Mountains of Madness but wasn't something else down there besides shoggoths? Some other civilisation that got entangled with them in a war of extermination or some such?

/Fark, I invoke thee!
 
2010-01-02 06:14:12 PM  
Nakito: Headline FTFA: "Plane left on Antarctica in 1912 is found"

Plane left "on" Antarctica? Yeah, I left my plane on a continent. Right there on top of it. Sort of like leaving my wallet on the dresser. Or leaving a tip on the table.

No one would ever say, "Plane left on Europe" or "Plane left on Asia."


Well, it's not like there are any nations there. So I guess they could have said what ice shelf it was on. Or just said "the Plains of Leng."
 
2010-01-02 06:14:13 PM  
"The wings were damaged en route to Antarctica, so they were removed and the team tried to use it to tow supplies along the ice like an Antarctic swamp boat."


I think what REALLY happened was that the propeller blasted everything behind it with ice shards, which quickly accumulated on everything in tow until the extra weight was too much for the engine to pull.

they shoulda just poked holes in the gas tank and ignited the whole thing and went home. They were in the antarctic for gods sake. Some people have waaaay too much money and/or time on their hands I guess.

oh well...I gotta go try to beat Modern Warfare II on veteran level again.
 
2010-01-02 06:14:29 PM  
and it not having a love story or a happy ending,

John Carpenter did just a fine and dandy job of J.Campbell's "who goes there" in The Thing
 
2010-01-02 06:16:08 PM  
Last thing dictated on the flight recorder: "Come inIdlewild. Do you read me, Idlewild? We are going to make one more pass."
 
2010-01-02 06:16:22 PM  
Fano: Nakito: Headline FTFA: "Plane left on Antarctica in 1912 is found"

Plane left "on" Antarctica? Yeah, I left my plane on a continent. Right there on top of it. Sort of like leaving my wallet on the dresser. Or leaving a tip on the table.

No one would ever say, "Plane left on Europe" or "Plane left on Asia."

Well, it's not like there are any nations there. So I guess they could have said what ice shelf it was on. Or just said "the Plains of Leng."


It might have been "On the Mountains of Madness."
 
2010-01-02 06:18:25 PM  
riscirock: and it not having a love story or a happy ending,

John Carpenter did just a fine and dandy job of J.Campbell's "who goes there" in The Thing


Best thing about The Thing: No women, no romatic love interest. No dumb reason for a scientist that doesn't seem to have a real purpose other than get chased by the monster. Therefore, anybody can die, no saving the damsel. Dramatically speaking, it was a great decision.
 
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