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(Discovery)   Did the Soviets cover up the deaths of cosmonauts prior to launching Sputnik or Yuri Gagarin's mission? Don't know, but "phantom Soviet cosmonaut" is a cool Halloween costume   (news.discovery.com) divider line 91
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2012-10-29 12:32:10 PM
Ground control to Major Tomovich...
 
2012-10-29 12:34:35 PM
Dibs on Phantom Soviet Cosmonaut as a band name.
 
2012-10-29 12:43:14 PM
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I hate phantom spaceman!
 
2012-10-29 12:59:08 PM
Of course they did. Hello!
 
2012-10-29 01:06:59 PM
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Not amused, citizen.
 
2012-10-29 01:08:19 PM
This is an old conspiracy theory, but it does have some merit to it.
 
2012-10-29 01:29:54 PM
After having seen that documentary footage in Apollo 18, there's no doubt in my mind.
 
2012-10-29 01:43:51 PM
Wow, that's a lot of words to answer the initial question with "nah".
 
2012-10-29 02:06:53 PM

CraicBaby: Ground control to Major Tomovich...


Take your cyanide pills and put your helmet on
 
2012-10-29 02:06:56 PM
Эй! Кто выключил свет?
 
2012-10-29 02:07:03 PM
"Hey! Who turned out the lights?"
 
2012-10-29 02:07:41 PM
Short answer: yes. Long answer: yeeeeeesssssss.

/ they could have covered up dozens of failed space launches and we would never know about it
 
2012-10-29 02:08:01 PM
Of course they did. Because the Reds are untrustworthy, scheming, liars.

Unlike our brave American heroes who are clad in righteousness and honor.
 
2012-10-29 02:08:59 PM
I don't think you should have to explain a costume, and there's no way I wouldn't have to explain "phantom Soviet cosmonaut" to the average person.
 
2012-10-29 02:09:07 PM
Holy cow. I just wrote a short story with China doing that... two weeks ago. Sweet!
 
2012-10-29 02:09:18 PM
Y'know, I seen me a mermaid once. I even seen me a shark eat an octopus. But I ain't never seen no phantom Russian cosmonaut.
 
2012-10-29 02:09:34 PM
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2012-10-29 02:09:36 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Of course they did. Because the Reds are untrustworthy, scheming, liars.

Unlike our brave American heroes Space Marines who are clad in righteousness and honor.


FTFY just for fun :p .

/The Emperor protects
 
2012-10-29 02:09:42 PM
Hard to cover up a huge rocket launch. But still, much much easier than in the U.S., what with all the citizens walking around the launch sites in Florida and all those TV cameras and newspapers and everything.
 
2012-10-29 02:10:00 PM
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2012-10-29 02:10:05 PM

HST's Dead Carcass: This is an old conspiracy theory, but it does have some merit to it.


Yeah, this. This is an example of the rare conspiracy theory that I would NOT be surprised if it were true.
 
2012-10-29 02:10:48 PM
I think this belongs here. Sort of:

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2012-10-29 02:11:08 PM
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2012-10-29 02:11:25 PM
Cover it up? The Soviets wouldn't cover that up. They threw people into space all the time. There are recordings of the damn audio of one of them burning up in orbit, and Yuri Gagarin was pretty open about it in the press.

Want to hear a Russian cosmonaut die because no one wanted to tell the boss the space ship was a heap of crap?

NPR has the goods.
 
2012-10-29 02:14:20 PM
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2012-10-29 02:15:13 PM

znapel: Y'know, I seen me a mermaid once. I even seen me a shark eat an octopus. But I ain't never seen no phantom Russian cosmonaut.


Tragic death could have been avoided if only he had verified his range to target. One ping only, please.
 
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2012-10-29 02:15:44 PM

galahad05: Hard to cover up a huge rocket launch. But still, much much easier than in the U.S., what with all the citizens walking around the launch sites in Florida and all those TV cameras and newspapers and everything.


Not really. They covered up the N-1 explosion and their entire manned lunar program.
 
2012-10-29 02:16:52 PM

GameSprocket: [venturebrosblog.com image 600x441]


Came for this

/AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
//AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!1!!!!!
 
2012-10-29 02:17:11 PM
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2012-10-29 02:18:46 PM

AverageAmericanGuy: Of course they did. Because the Reds are untrustworthy, scheming, liars.

Unlike our brave American heroes who are clad in righteousness and honor.



Actually, yeah. Sorry if it sounds too "America rah rah!" for you, but that's only a slightly-exaggerated account of how the space race went down. You should Google the audio recording of Yuri Gagarin, a genuine hero, as he burned to death on re-entry, cursing the incompetent, corrupt @ssholes who made him go up in a piece of shiat spacecraft.
 
2012-10-29 02:21:25 PM

shower_in_my_socks: AverageAmericanGuy: Of course they did. Because the Reds are untrustworthy, scheming, liars.

Unlike our brave American heroes who are clad in righteousness and honor.


Actually, yeah. Sorry if it sounds too "America rah rah!" for you, but that's only a slightly-exaggerated account of how the space race went down. You should Google the audio recording of Yuri Gagarin, a genuine hero, as he burned to death on re-entry, cursing the incompetent, corrupt @ssholes who made him go up in a piece of shiat spacecraft.


Gagarin wasn't the one that burned up. He was the backup pilot for that launch.

Link to the audio is above a couple of posts.
 
2012-10-29 02:21:28 PM

shower_in_my_socks: AverageAmericanGuy: Of course they did. Because the Reds are untrustworthy, scheming, liars.

Unlike our brave American heroes who are clad in righteousness and honor.


Actually, yeah. Sorry if it sounds too "America rah rah!" for you, but that's only a slightly-exaggerated account of how the space race went down. You should Google the audio recording of Yuri Gagarin, a genuine hero, as he burned to death on re-entry, cursing the incompetent, corrupt @ssholes who made him go up in a piece of shiat spacecraft.


Gagarin died in a plane crash.
 
2012-10-29 02:21:50 PM

shower_in_my_socks: . You should Google the audio recording of Yuri Gagarin, a genuine hero, as he burned to death on re-entry, cursing the incompetent, corrupt @ssholes who made him go up in a piece of shiat spacecraft.


Wrong guy. See Rent Party's link.
 
2012-10-29 02:22:49 PM

shower_in_my_socks: AverageAmericanGuy: Of course they did. Because the Reds are untrustworthy, scheming, liars.

Unlike our brave American heroes who are clad in righteousness and honor.


Actually, yeah. Sorry if it sounds too "America rah rah!" for you, but that's only a slightly-exaggerated account of how the space race went down. You should Google the audio recording of Yuri Gagarin, a genuine hero, as he burned to death on re-entry, cursing the incompetent, corrupt @ssholes who made him go up in a piece of shiat spacecraft.



CORRECTION: It was Komarov who burned alive while cursing the Russian space organization.
 
2012-10-29 02:22:54 PM
Has anyone else pointed out to shower_in_my_socks the...

Nevermind.
 
2012-10-29 02:22:58 PM
Came for Venture Bros., leaving satisfied.
 
2012-10-29 02:23:28 PM

Rent Party: Gagarin wasn't the one that burned up. He was the backup pilot for that launch.


AverageAmericanGuy: Gagarin died in a plane crash.


Old_Chief_Scott: Wrong guy. See Rent Party's link.



Already corrected myself.
 
2012-10-29 02:24:36 PM
Go Team Venture!
 
2012-10-29 02:25:09 PM

Diogenes: After having seen that documentary footage in Apollo 18, there's no doubt in my mind.


Now that was a great premise ruined by a mediocre execution (but who am I to judge, I really liked Capricorn One).
 
2012-10-29 02:25:46 PM
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2012-10-29 02:26:28 PM
SeesWhatYouDidThere:

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Best Scooby Doo ever.
 
2012-10-29 02:26:52 PM
Robert A. Heinlein wrote a story called "Pravda means 'Truth'" that detailed when he and his wife went to Russia. Heinlein's wife actually studied Russian for two years to the point where she could think in Russian. It helped with the tightly controlled tourist industry at the time. Sometimes, they could get away from their "guide" - when they did, they found that people were much more open.

Heinlein commented how he and Ginny met some Army cadets in a park. They were all very excited because the Soviet Union had launched a man into space! Heinlein felt saddened because the Americans were once again beat. The next day the story changed and it was claimed that there was no cosmonaut on that particular rocket, but a test dummy. Heinlein mentioned that her recalled hearing that there may have been some issues with that mission's retro-rockets and that the cosmonaut died in space.

The Russians have a history of "erasing" cosmonauts from pictures, just like they've done with other people. It surely didn't happen randomly.
 
2012-10-29 02:27:16 PM
While I wouldn't be shocked if it were true, almost every other secret about the Soviets has been leaked by now, so why wouldn't this be leaked?

Also, a lot of the "lost cosmonauts" rumors were debunked... Not sure if all were, but a good number were
 
2012-10-29 02:27:21 PM
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2012-10-29 02:30:05 PM
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2012-10-29 02:30:24 PM

machoprogrammer: While I wouldn't be shocked if it were true, almost every other secret about the Soviets has been leaked by now, so why wouldn't this be leaked?


Yeah, I'd think that if it actually happened, there would be more hard evidence than we currently have. Somebody who worked the pad or in launch control would have come out and said "Yes, we launched so and so, and he never came back alive, so they hushed it all up." Unless they were super-secretive about putting a man in the capsule there's just too many people who would have known there was one guy shot into space who was thereafter unaccounted for.
 
2012-10-29 02:32:37 PM
Is this one of the 30 or so Hurricane Sandy threads? Headline sucks. I didn't get the joke on this one.
 
2012-10-29 02:33:06 PM
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"Maybe we should finally tell them the big secret, that all the chimps we sent into space came back super intelligent."

"No, I don't think we'll be telling them that."
 
2012-10-29 02:34:21 PM
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2012-10-29 02:38:01 PM
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