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2012-02-27 04:16:58 PM  
ArkAngel : It'll burn up in our atmosphere and what's ever left will be no bigger than a Chihuahua's head

A really hot Chihuahua's head, traveling at a high rate of speed, but still.
 
2012-02-27 04:17:29 PM  
So what you're saying is I have a better chance of being killed by a meteor than winning the powerball.
 
2012-02-27 04:18:42 PM  

maidtina: I wish someone would explain the concept of "internet" to media companies... X_X


This, I would be more than happy to watch top gear legally on BBC's website but because I live in North America they don't give me that option.
 
2012-02-27 04:22:35 PM  
So, because of the energy crisis, God has resorted to throwing rocks.
 
2012-02-27 04:23:58 PM  

jaylectricity: First line of the article:

A report suggests that there should be 91 deaths every year from asteroid strikes, but what are the chances of that actually happening?

But Why Would I Read The Article?


It wasn't until the advent of the internet and message boards that I realized how many people truly have very low reading comprehension.

I'm not being snarky. It really is surprising. I think it may be a factor contributing to so many people saying stupid things.

Sure, there are some real idiots out there but I think that otherwise intelligent people can also come to piss poor conclusions when they honestly don't understand wtf they're reading but they think they do.
 
2012-02-27 04:24:36 PM  
leblogdepaularrieu.hautetfort.com
 
2012-02-27 04:29:27 PM  
maidtina: I wish someone would explain the concept of "internet" to media companies... X_X

Well, they sure have no idea what a Web proxy is!

Link for Brits (new window)
 
2012-02-27 04:32:02 PM  
...and now a link for people who like to start reading on the first page of an article:

Link (new window)
 
2012-02-27 04:33:42 PM  

SmellsLikePoo: /Drove me nuts they kept using Nasa (It is an acronym you dumb Brits: NASA)


The BBC style guide (developed initially for their newsreaders) is to capitalize acronyms based on how they are normally spoken - so Nasa because you don't say En Ay Ess Ay, but USA, Nato but USSR, etc., and have just carried on applying that style for their websites.
 
2012-02-27 04:37:38 PM  

xria: SmellsLikePoo: /Drove me nuts they kept using Nasa (It is an acronym you dumb Brits: NASA)

The BBC style guide (developed initially for their newsreaders) is to capitalize acronyms based on how they are normally spoken - so Nasa because you don't say En Ay Ess Ay, but USA, Nato but USSR, etc., and have just carried on applying that style for their websites.


Fair enough.

themoreyouknow.jpg
 
2012-02-27 04:45:31 PM  
I just said to my friend the other day.. "Hey I could die tomorrow... I could be struck by a meteorite while chasing down the ice cream truck guy for short changing me again..."
 
2012-02-27 04:48:59 PM  
If it hits Shanghai, it only needs to hit every 200,000 years or so to average out to their completely pointless 91 per year.
 
2012-02-27 04:50:21 PM  
Its actually the aerosmith song that kills them.
 
2012-02-27 04:53:24 PM  
www.nature.com

/hot
 
2012-02-27 04:57:57 PM  
GUYS!

GUYS ARE YOU LISTENING!

I know how to save us from the Asteroid! We assemble all the great industrialized nations of Earth, and work together to create a massive farking spring. Massive. I mean like the Great Farking Wall of farking springs. The Great Farking Spring. That can be what we call it.

Anyways, we build this spring right, like a monster truck suspension spring on steroids irradiated with gamma rays and angry spring, and put a big ol' net or something across the top. The net can be made of chain link fence or something, like a farking fishing net, but made out of farking metal! Nothing is stronger than metal, not even asteroids.

We can even add a giant farking piston, like a bike tire pump thats had its ride pimped all chrome and huuuge, nice tight seals. Spare no expense, the fate of the human race is at stake. So hook the hose from the piston up to a big turbine and BAM! Energy crisis solved too.

So then just plop the whole massive farking spring and piston assembly from hell in front of the asteroid, then wait for that sucker to fly in and then...nothing. Farking nothing. World still exists because the asteroid bounced off to scare some planet full of a people less resilient than ours!

/Trust me, it will work, this nice Coyote promised me...
 
2012-02-27 05:00:07 PM  
Hmmm, and here I am sitting on an inflatable donut worried about the hemorrhoid impacts.
 
2012-02-27 05:16:03 PM  

Dr.Fey: [g-ecx.images-amazon.com image 331x500]

Start reading using Amazon's preview feature. This sounds like a pretty fun read. (new window)


It is! The roving black hole chapter will give you nightmares...
 
2012-02-27 05:16:28 PM  
 
2012-02-27 05:19:37 PM  

xria: SmellsLikePoo: /Drove me nuts they kept using Nasa (It is an acronym you dumb Brits: NASA)

The BBC style guide (developed initially for their newsreaders) is to capitalize acronyms based on how they are normally spoken - so Nasa because you don't say En Ay Ess Ay, but USA, Nato but USSR, etc., and have just carried on applying that style for their websites.


Em eye see kay ee why

Em oh you es eeeeeee!!!
 
2012-02-27 05:23:51 PM  

Dr.Fey: [g-ecx.images-amazon.com image 331x500]

Start reading using Amazon's preview feature. This sounds like a pretty fun read. (new window)


As long as it isn't written like his blog. For some reason I can't stand his blog.

/which sucks, 'cos I am an astronomy nerd
 
2012-02-27 05:29:12 PM  

sno man: no-one ever been smoked by a meteorite even once, period


3 alleged deaths. (new window)

/alleged
 
2012-02-27 05:34:21 PM  

sno man: Statistical averaging notwithstanding. One small city (500k) getting flattened every 5500ish years kinda thing.


Is a mean a useful metric for a distribution that skew? The average value really isn't a useful indicator of central tendency for that data set.
 
2012-02-27 05:46:39 PM  

This text is now purple: sno man: Statistical averaging notwithstanding. One small city (500k) getting flattened every 5500ish years kinda thing.

Is a mean a useful metric for a distribution that skew? The average value really isn't a useful indicator of central tendency for that data set.


I like the example of the world trade center up thread for that too.
 
2012-02-27 05:48:38 PM  

Jake Havechek: Ben Affleck can't act for shiat.


Because of asteroids?
 
2012-02-27 05:54:30 PM  
my_cats_breath_smells_like_cat_food:

I lost it right here:

Nothing is stronger than metal, not even asteroids.
 
2012-02-27 05:57:19 PM  

This text is now purple: sno man: Statistical averaging notwithstanding. One small city (500k) getting flattened every 5500ish years kinda thing.

Is a mean a useful metric for a distribution that skew? The average value really isn't a useful indicator of central tendency for that data set.


It is if your goal is hype.
 
2012-02-27 06:14:49 PM  
 
2012-02-27 06:21:32 PM  
Asteroids do not concern me, Admiral Subby. I want that ship beer, not excuses.
 
2012-02-27 06:40:06 PM  
Summon the BA! Phil, it's your turn! ^-^
 
2012-02-27 06:56:56 PM  
Oh, hi, space.

;)
 
2012-02-27 07:08:36 PM  

sno man: If there should be 91 deaths every year, why has this never happened even once in any year since we have been paying attention?
In fact, why has no-one ever been smoked by a meteorite even once, period?


The Earth is huge. It's not small, it's enormous.

The objects that smack into the earth tend to be very small to rather large (around a ton if it's manmade junk, anything bigger we notice). The vast majority of the shiat that crashes into the earth every year, lands in the ocean. Still, that leaves a lot of land chock full of people who should get hit by junk.

Well, the reality is, people aren't very big in term of space occupied. Thusly, people haven't gotten smoked mostly through sheer luck and statistical improbability.

It's likely that more than one person in history has been on the receiving end of a space rock, but we've only got a century that we've been looking at.
 
2012-02-27 07:18:27 PM  
Correct. The surface of the Earth is very big. We are very small. Packed assholes to elbows, all 7 billion of us wouldn't occupy a New England township. So statistically, yadda-yadda.
 
2012-02-27 07:22:05 PM  
Since the point is fear-mongering, it seems to me that a scarier headline would claim that someone just like you is horribly killed by an asteriod every 4 days. Ooooow, I'm scared now!
 
2012-02-27 07:29:47 PM  

3dougnight: Since the point is fear-mongering, it seems to me that a scarier headline would claim that someone just like you is horribly killed by an asteriod every 4 days. Ooooow, I'm scared now!


Newsflash...

This just in: someone, somewhere will be catastrophically collisioned by an errant asteroid from OUTER SPACE!

Oh, wait, there's a footnote:

Someone on FARK!

Holy shiat!

P.S. Their family will bank on sale of the asteroid to NASA and will graciously hand out TF memberships after forming the second FARK Fund of Endowment ever.
 
2012-02-27 07:30:59 PM  

Yaxe: sno man: If there should be 91 deaths every year, why has this never happened even once in any year since we have been paying attention?
In fact, why has no-one ever been smoked by a meteorite even once, period?

The Earth is huge. It's not small, it's enormous.

The objects that smack into the earth tend to be very small to rather large (around a ton if it's manmade junk, anything bigger we notice). The vast majority of the shiat that crashes into the earth every year, lands in the ocean. Still, that leaves a lot of land chock full of people who should get hit by junk.

Well, the reality is, people aren't very big in term of space occupied. Thusly, people haven't gotten smoked mostly through sheer luck and statistical improbability.

It's likely that more than one person in history has been on the receiving end of a space rock, but we've only got a century that we've been looking at.


You didn't read the article, know how I can tell?
 
2012-02-27 08:18:23 PM  

GoBadgers: I wonder how many per year are attacked by robots?


1. Robot assassins attempt to kill a woman on average every few years since 1984. Her name is Sarah Connor.

2. In Futurama, robots attack humans on a regular basis, and have killed millions (although millions of robots have been killed by people like Zap Brannigan also). This works out to at least a few thousand a year over the next thousand years.

3. Much of humanity is killed by robots in the future according to the Terminator franchise (five movies and counting). The number of people killed by robots per year could be in the millions over the next thousand years, making robots nearly as deadly as diarhhea or tooth decay.

4. If you count the pointless lives of people in the Matrix (three? four? movies), billions could be "killed" by the machines in the next century or two. But that's silly. You'd have to count all the people on the web who have no lives if you counted people used as batteries.

5. We're already up to tens of millions a year and I've only done eight movies and a couple of TV series thus far.

6. There is no rule 6.

7. This is getting sillier by the minute, so I will end by saying that in the future, everybody will be killed by robots over and over again in video games, raising the annual mortality rate above 100%.
 
2012-02-27 08:18:37 PM  
There's one that's going to kill every human on earth. Some faster than others.

It's already on the collision course.

It could come tomorrow, or it could come in 100 million years. But it is coming.
 
2012-02-27 08:20:47 PM  
Articles like this exist for one reason only: to bait the asteroids into making the first move. Careful, BBC, you're playing with fire.
 
2012-02-27 08:23:12 PM  

brantgoose: GoBadgers: I wonder how many per year are attacked by robots?

1. Robot assassins attempt to kill a woman on average every few years since 1984. Her name is Sarah Connor.

2. In Futurama, robots attack humans on a regular basis, and have killed millions (although millions of robots have been killed by people like Zap Brannigan also). This works out to at least a few thousand a year over the next thousand years.

3. Much of humanity is killed by robots in the future according to the Terminator franchise (five movies and counting). The number of people killed by robots per year could be in the millions over the next thousand years, making robots nearly as deadly as diarhhea or tooth decay.

4. If you count the pointless lives of people in the Matrix (three? four? movies), billions could be "killed" by the machines in the next century or two. But that's silly. You'd have to count all the people on the web who have no lives if you counted people used as batteries.

5. We're already up to tens of millions a year and I've only done eight movies and a couple of TV series thus far.

6. There is no rule 6.

7. This is getting sillier by the minute, so I will end by saying that in the future, everybody will be killed by robots over and over again in video games, raising the annual mortality rate above 100%.


Sounds like I need insurance against robot attacks.
 
2012-02-27 08:33:57 PM  
I alived with aguys who did asteroids. Nobody adied, but all athree of them were aangry all the atime.
 
2012-02-27 08:34:26 PM  
In the Terry Pratchett novel, Going Postal, the Golem who is hired to keep an eye on the Postmaster General so he doesn't flee the city, explains that by conning people out of their money, the Postmaster General, aka the late con artist Moist Van Lipwig who was literally hanged within a few seconds of his life, killed a fractional person for each dollar that he stole. It turns out that he all too literally caused the death of the father of the girl he is infatuated with, but in principle, Mr. Pump is correct--stealing money does causes premature mortality, so x micro-morts per $10,000 can be attributed to con artists and other thieves such as arms dealers and bankers and doctors and cable installers.

This being the case, we are all murderers, albeit on a small scale. A very small scale indeed, perhaps, if we are scrupulously honest. Maybe only a few micro-morts. Who killed the Kennedies? It was you and me. Well, mostly you. I was a child at the time.

In a similar vein, many Farkers will remember the website that purports to calculate how many "slaves" work for you in African diamond mines, coffee plantations, Kenyan flower farms, etc., due to international trade and slavery. Every cup of coffee, every $4 rose, every gram of gold, every carat of diamonds you buy has some blood on it, some slaves behind its production. Even "blood free" diamonds from Canada are not totally blood free because some poor Inuit will die because of the mines, either as a prostitute or by drinking themselves to death, even though it'll be a small mortality compared to the wholesale mortality of the free-for-all that is going on in the Congo, formerly Zaire, formerly the Belgian Congo, etc. A country that keeps changing its name should not be trusted.

We are all micro-murderers, involuntarily and unconsciouslessly perhaps, which is a lot better than being a real murderer (like about one in a thousand Americans, the people that you meet, when you're walking down the street, the people that you meet each day).

We are also micro-serfs and micro-victims by being addicted to various things. We are even micro-suicides each time we take a stupid or pointless risk.

But even tiny probabilities add up surprisingly fast if you apply compound interest or spread them over a large enough population. How many people do goldfish have to kill before humanity wises up and puts a stop to the carnage? God only knows. It would be foolish to try to calculate the sum total of the mayhem that goldfish cause.

After all, somebody always "wins the lottery", regardless of the name of the game or its honesty or lack thereof.
 
2012-02-27 08:55:26 PM  

Jake Havechek: Ben Affleck can't act for shiat.


Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.
 
2012-02-27 09:16:20 PM  
lh4.googleusercontent.com


Uchiha_Cycliste: Ben Affleck shiat. Affleck

 
2012-02-27 09:53:56 PM  

redonkulon: sno man: If there should be 91 deaths every year, why has this never happened even once in any year since we have been paying attention?
In fact, why has no-one ever been smoked by a meteorite even once, period?

I saw a story in Spike TV's 1,000 ways today where a religious guy was 'smoked' by a meteor at a party he was trying to convince everyone to attend his prayer group the next day.

Leave it to the ultra conservative ninny to be the only person to get blasted at a kegger.


The stories on that show are generally made up. Not all, but most.
 
2012-02-27 09:55:57 PM  

Donnchadha: brantgoose: GoBadgers: I wonder how many per year are attacked by robots?

1. Robot assassins attempt to kill a woman on average every few years since 1984. Her name is Sarah Connor.

2. In Futurama, robots attack humans on a regular basis, and have killed millions (although millions of robots have been killed by people like Zap Brannigan also). This works out to at least a few thousand a year over the next thousand years.

3. Much of humanity is killed by robots in the future according to the Terminator franchise (five movies and counting). The number of people killed by robots per year could be in the millions over the next thousand years, making robots nearly as deadly as diarhhea or tooth decay.

4. If you count the pointless lives of people in the Matrix (three? four? movies), billions could be "killed" by the machines in the next century or two. But that's silly. You'd have to count all the people on the web who have no lives if you counted people used as batteries.

5. We're already up to tens of millions a year and I've only done eight movies and a couple of TV series thus far.

6. There is no rule 6.

7. This is getting sillier by the minute, so I will end by saying that in the future, everybody will be killed by robots over and over again in video games, raising the annual mortality rate above 100%.

Sounds like I need insurance against robot attacks.


I have a rock that can stop them.
 
2012-02-27 11:51:56 PM  
www.nyrockman.com
 
2012-02-28 09:52:05 AM  

Jerkwater: It's just not really widely reported.


..right.

/globule
 
2012-02-29 12:54:15 AM  

sno man: If there should be 91 deaths every year, why has this never happened even once in any year since we have been paying attention?
In fact, why has no-one ever been smoked by a meteorite even once, period?


Farkers just aren't picking up what you're putting down, man. I getcha.
 
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