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(NPR)   A look at how the human race almost went extinct before it ever even really got started. Yes, a super volcano was involved   (npr.org) divider line 93
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2012-10-23 01:27:23 PM  
Yeh whatever. I call BS. They don't know what they think they know.
 
2012-10-23 01:28:34 PM  
Surely they mean 'super flood'?
 
2012-10-23 01:29:18 PM  
We can still become extinct, or devolve to apes.

We haven't "made it" and we're not too big to fail.
 
2012-10-23 01:31:14 PM  
well we're all gonna die. yellowstone will blow. that'll do it.
 
2012-10-23 01:32:04 PM  
I'm not sure we would fare much better this time. I've seen the movies, they are all disaster themed for a reason.
 
2012-10-23 01:32:35 PM  

halloran: Yeh whatever. I call BS. They don't know what they think they know.


A sound and reasoned counter argument citing the fallibility of research methods and interpretation. Please, continue, enlighten us with your own scientific theories based on the evidence available and your own methodologies.
 
2012-10-23 01:32:43 PM  
Call it 'Kil'la Ka'boo'ma'.

'Toba' is just its slave name.
 
2012-10-23 01:33:59 PM  
Luckily for us, God told one of the cavemen to build a massive airship out of stone and round up two of every dinosaur to be taken on board, where they floated safely above the ash cloud until it dissipated.
 
2012-10-23 01:34:37 PM  
Nice graphics.
 
2012-10-23 01:34:54 PM  

mungo: Surely they mean 'super flood'?


Surely it could be both? Ask Utnapishtim.
 
2012-10-23 01:36:00 PM  

sodomizer: We can still become extinct, or devolve to apes.

We haven't "made it" and we're not too big to fail.


yep, a gamma ray burst could blow the atmosphere right off our planet, iirc...
 
2012-10-23 01:36:23 PM  
Stop calling it the 'Human Race'

It's a Contest, for farks sake!
 
2012-10-23 01:37:04 PM  

Biness: well we're all gonna die. yellowstone will blow. that'll do it.


Well if there was a supervolcanic eruption in 70,000 BC and a bunch of cave men probably numbering less than 100 million could survive, I get the feeling that a population of 7 billion with advanced technology would be able to pull through it.
 
2012-10-23 01:39:00 PM  
Add all of us up, all 7 billion human beings on earth, and clumped together we weigh roughly 750 billion pounds.

Most of that thanks to Texas and the Southeast U.S.
 
2012-10-23 01:39:41 PM  
I want crowds of people crammed onto every square foot of earth's surface, shoulder to red rubbed shoulder, with a single sneeze infecting someone two thousand miles away in less that sixty seconds, confused people not knowing who else is chewing the very food that's in their mouth, fingers in anuses and penises in vaginas ripping through a sexual shoving match, someone cries and fifty people around them feel sad, someone dies and there body doesn't shimmy down to the ground for days, rotting as it stands propped between snarling angry epitomes of madness, fearing more than anything lightning again because the loud boom makes everyone for eight square blocks shiat themselves, shiatting all over each other's legs, and the electricity travels outward in a sphere, electrocuting the human synapses between the first struck and the guy still wearing rubber soled boots, and the only question on our minds is right off a bumper sticker on car that got trampled by millions of footfalls over the space of a few weeks - who farted?
 
2012-10-23 01:40:52 PM  
I saw this episode of Ancient Aliens already.
 
2012-10-23 01:41:05 PM  
I for one await the gamma ray burst, like the one that caused a mass extinction event 450 million years ago.
 
2012-10-23 01:41:35 PM  
http://diversionsofthegroovykind.blogspot.com/2010/12/12-days-of-chris tmas-2010-black-and.html
Alfred Bester was way ahead of you, pal.
 
2012-10-23 01:42:08 PM  

Pochas: Biness: well we're all gonna die. yellowstone will blow. that'll do it.

Well if there was a supervolcanic eruption in 70,000 BC and a bunch of cave men probably numbering less than 100 million could survive, I get the feeling that a population of 7 billion with advanced technology would be able to pull through it.


we're soft now. this is obama's america
 
2012-10-23 01:42:26 PM  

spentmiles: I want crowds of people crammed onto every square foot of earth's surface, shoulder to red rubbed shoulder, with a single sneeze infecting someone two thousand miles away in less that sixty seconds, confused people not knowing who else is chewing the very food that's in their mouth, fingers in anuses and penises in vaginas ripping through a sexual shoving match, someone cries and fifty people around them feel sad, someone dies and there body doesn't shimmy down to the ground for days, rotting as it stands propped between snarling angry epitomes of madness, fearing more than anything lightning again because the loud boom makes everyone for eight square blocks shiat themselves, shiatting all over each other's legs, and the electricity travels outward in a sphere, electrocuting the human synapses between the first struck and the guy still wearing rubber soled boots, and the only question on our minds is right off a bumper sticker on car that got trampled by millions of footfalls over the space of a few weeks - who farted?


You're my kind of people, insofar as any kind of people are my kind of people. I thought Soylent Green was a comedy about product placement.
 
2012-10-23 01:45:44 PM  
According to geneticists who study mitochondrial DNA, the human race was reduced to only a few thousand individuals about 70,000 years ago. Putting that together with the volcanic eruption happened because of a chance meeting between a couple of scientists.

Discovery channel used to tech stuff.
 
2012-10-23 01:46:57 PM  

spentmiles: I want crowds of people crammed onto every square foot of earth's surface, shoulder to red rubbed shoulder, with a single sneeze infecting someone two thousand miles away in less that sixty seconds, confused people not knowing who else is chewing the very food that's in their mouth, fingers in anuses and penises in vaginas ripping through a sexual shoving match, someone cries and fifty people around them feel sad, someone dies and there body doesn't shimmy down to the ground for days, rotting as it stands propped between snarling angry epitomes of madness, fearing more than anything lightning again because the loud boom makes everyone for eight square blocks shiat themselves, shiatting all over each other's legs, and the electricity travels outward in a sphere, electrocuting the human synapses between the first struck and the guy still wearing rubber soled boots, and the only question on our minds is right off a bumper sticker on car that got trampled by millions of footfalls over the space of a few weeks - who farted?


Wow, who gave Spentmiles PCP?
 
2012-10-23 01:47:13 PM  
Most recent supervolcano eruption:

Link

This is why Kiwi's are so cool. The north island is the essentially the largest, and most recently active supervolcano on the planet.

That's why I decided to fly down there, get married, and procreate on it. My offspring deserve to be born on supervolcanoes.
 
2012-10-23 01:49:49 PM  
The statement in the headline is remarkably un-supported by any provable facts in the article.
 
2012-10-23 01:50:13 PM  
And by "super volcano" I assume you mean Obama. This is just the sort of thing he would do.
 
2012-10-23 01:51:12 PM  

biatchqueen: spentmiles: I want crowds of people crammed onto every square foot of earth's surface, shoulder to red rubbed shoulder, with a single sneeze infecting someone two thousand miles away in less that sixty seconds, confused people not knowing who else is chewing the very food that's in their mouth, fingers in anuses and penises in vaginas ripping through a sexual shoving match, someone cries and fifty people around them feel sad, someone dies and there body doesn't shimmy down to the ground for days, rotting as it stands propped between snarling angry epitomes of madness, fearing more than anything lightning again because the loud boom makes everyone for eight square blocks shiat themselves, shiatting all over each other's legs, and the electricity travels outward in a sphere, electrocuting the human synapses between the first struck and the guy still wearing rubber soled boots, and the only question on our minds is right off a bumper sticker on car that got trampled by millions of footfalls over the space of a few weeks - who farted?

Wow, who gave Spentmiles PCP?


Whoever it was better not stop any time soon.
 
2012-10-23 01:52:23 PM  

cefm: The statement in the headline is remarkably un-supported by any provable facts in the article.


Try following all the links.
 
2012-10-23 01:53:13 PM  
We have been teetering on the edge of extension other times too. Mostly from environmental factors out of our control. It's quite sobering to read about.
 
2012-10-23 01:53:50 PM  
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-10-23 01:54:14 PM  

verbaltoxin: I for one await the gamma ray burst, like the one that caused a mass extinction event 450 million years ago.


THIS!
 
2012-10-23 01:56:08 PM  
Funny that Krakatoa didn't make the list, it sure threw up a cloud of ash that affected the world for several years
 
2012-10-23 01:56:21 PM  
Super Volcano?

Yeah right. NExt you are going to tell me we were almost wiped out by Megashark or Crocosaurus.

Not going to buy it.
 
2012-10-23 02:03:24 PM  

spentmiles: I want crowds of people crammed onto every square foot of earth's surface, shoulder to red rubbed shoulder, with a single sneeze infecting someone two thousand miles away in less that sixty seconds, confused people not knowing who else is chewing the very food that's in their mouth, fingers in anuses and penises in vaginas ripping through a sexual shoving match, someone cries and fifty people around them feel sad, someone dies and there body doesn't shimmy down to the ground for days, rotting as it stands propped between snarling angry epitomes of madness, fearing more than anything lightning again because the loud boom makes everyone for eight square blocks shiat themselves, shiatting all over each other's legs, and the electricity travels outward in a sphere, electrocuting the human synapses between the first struck and the guy still wearing rubber soled boots, and the only question on our minds is right off a bumper sticker on car that got trampled by millions of footfalls over the space of a few weeks - who farted?


Thank dog you're back on form. Cut the trolling and update your blog whydontcha?
 
2012-10-23 02:06:53 PM  
All the wimmins croaked? Maybe that's why humans in Europe had to resort to farking Neanderthals.
 
2012-10-23 02:09:13 PM  
verbaltoxin
I for one await the gamma ray burst, like the one that caused a mass extinction event 450 million years ago.

It was a meteorite that caused the mass extinction...they found traces of it all over the world
 
2012-10-23 02:09:55 PM  

cajunns: Funny that Krakatoa didn't make the list, it sure threw up a cloud of ash that affected the world for several years


www.readthespirit.com

My fav cartoon as a child.

It's pretty obscure, you've probably never seen it
 
2012-10-23 02:10:03 PM  

biatchqueen:
Wow, who gave Spentmiles PCP?


I think he secretes it naturally.
 
2012-10-23 02:16:24 PM  

spentmiles: I want crowds of people crammed onto every square foot of earth's surface, shoulder to red rubbed shoulder, with a single sneeze infecting someone two thousand miles away in less that sixty seconds, confused people not knowing who else is chewing the very food that's in their mouth, fingers in anuses and penises in vaginas ripping through a sexual shoving match, someone cries and fifty people around them feel sad, someone dies and there body doesn't shimmy down to the ground for days, rotting as it stands propped between snarling angry epitomes of madness, fearing more than anything lightning again because the loud boom makes everyone for eight square blocks shiat themselves, shiatting all over each other's legs, and the electricity travels outward in a sphere, electrocuting the human synapses between the first struck and the guy still wearing rubber soled boots, and the only question on our minds is right off a bumper sticker on car that got trampled by millions of footfalls over the space of a few weeks - who farted?


The mark of Gideon?
 
2012-10-23 02:17:07 PM  
I'm looking for data on the huge hole in the ground where a mountain range used to be.

That much material would make a cube of rock 8.5 miles on a side. It would require THREE Mt Everests (down to sea level) to get that much volume! Where is the hole?
 
2012-10-23 02:17:35 PM  

Pinner: Stop calling it the 'Human Race'

It's a Contest, for farks sake!


Do I get a Certificate of Participation or something?

how about a box of Rice-a-Roni?
 
2012-10-23 02:19:35 PM  

madgonad: I'm looking for data on the huge hole in the ground where a mountain range used to be.

That much material would make a cube of rock 8.5 miles on a side. It would require THREE Mt Everests (down to sea level) to get that much volume! Where is the hole?


Have you seen your mom bent over in the shower?
 
2012-10-23 02:23:03 PM  

madgonad: I'm looking for data on the huge hole in the ground where a mountain range used to be.

That much material would make a cube of rock 8.5 miles on a side. It would require THREE Mt Everests (down to sea level) to get that much volume! Where is the hole?


Apparently, in your head.
 
2012-10-23 02:24:17 PM  

spentmiles: I want crowds of people crammed onto every square foot of earth's surface, shoulder to red rubbed shoulder, with a single sneeze infecting someone two thousand miles away in less that sixty seconds, confused people not knowing who else is chewing the very food that's in their mouth, fingers in anuses and penises in vaginas ripping through a sexual shoving match, someone cries and fifty people around them feel sad, someone dies and there body doesn't shimmy down to the ground for days, rotting as it stands propped between snarling angry epitomes of madness, fearing more than anything lightning again because the loud boom makes everyone for eight square blocks shiat themselves, shiatting all over each other's legs, and the electricity travels outward in a sphere, electrocuting the human synapses between the first struck and the guy still wearing rubber soled boots, and the only question on our minds is right off a bumper sticker on car that got trampled by millions of footfalls over the space of a few weeks - who farted?


You sir, need to write a book, then a screenplay. Most entertaining thing I've read all day.
 
2012-10-23 02:24:24 PM  

Pinner: madgonad: I'm looking for data on the huge hole in the ground where a mountain range used to be.

That much material would make a cube of rock 8.5 miles on a side. It would require THREE Mt Everests (down to sea level) to get that much volume! Where is the hole?

Have you seen your mom bent over in the shower?


Not since she died.

Anyway, I found the hole. A crater lake 50x20 miles - did the math. Yeah, if this hole was caused by a single volcanic blast it could have tossed that much material. Damn. If you have ever been to Crater Lake, OR - that lake is 1/20 the size of the Sumatran lake that filled in the hole.
 
2012-10-23 02:25:56 PM  

pennysdeuce: spentmiles: I want crowds of people crammed onto every square foot of earth's surface, shoulder to red rubbed shoulder, with a single sneeze infecting someone two thousand miles away in less that sixty seconds, confused people not knowing who else is chewing the very food that's in their mouth, fingers in anuses and penises in vaginas ripping through a sexual shoving match, someone cries and fifty people around them feel sad, someone dies and there body doesn't shimmy down to the ground for days, rotting as it stands propped between snarling angry epitomes of madness, fearing more than anything lightning again because the loud boom makes everyone for eight square blocks shiat themselves, shiatting all over each other's legs, and the electricity travels outward in a sphere, electrocuting the human synapses between the first struck and the guy still wearing rubber soled boots, and the only question on our minds is right off a bumper sticker on car that got trampled by millions of footfalls over the space of a few weeks - who farted?

You sir, need to write a book, then a screenplay. Most entertaining thing I've read all day.


...Also, maybe a song for TOOL.
/amiright?
 
2012-10-23 02:26:30 PM  

ISO15693: cajunns: Funny that Krakatoa didn't make the list, it sure threw up a cloud of ash that affected the world for several years

[www.readthespirit.com image 400x325]

My fav cartoon as a child.

It's pretty obscure, you've probably never seen it


There is nothing obscure about Voltron
 
2012-10-23 02:27:38 PM  

spentmiles: I want crowds of people crammed onto every square foot of earth's surface, shoulder to red rubbed shoulder, with a single sneeze infecting someone two thousand miles away in less that sixty seconds, confused people not knowing who else is chewing the very food that's in their mouth, fingers in anuses and penises in vaginas ripping through a sexual shoving match, someone cries and fifty people around them feel sad, someone dies and there body doesn't shimmy down to the ground for days, rotting as it stands propped between snarling angry epitomes of madness, fearing more than anything lightning again because the loud boom makes everyone for eight square blocks shiat themselves, shiatting all over each other's legs, and the electricity travels outward in a sphere, electrocuting the human synapses between the first struck and the guy still wearing rubber soled boots, and the only question on our minds is right off a bumper sticker on car that got trampled by millions of footfalls over the space of a few weeks - who farted?


Sounds like Larry Niven's short story "Bordered in Black".
 
2012-10-23 02:30:48 PM  

Ranger Joe: Sounds like Larry Niven's short story "Bordered in Black".


I had the same thought. Couldn't remember the name of the story. Too lazy to Google it.
 
2012-10-23 02:30:58 PM  
Old data is so exciting
 
2012-10-23 02:32:40 PM  

Two16: [ecx.images-amazon.com image 300x300]


That's what I came here for.
 
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