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(Slate)   Was the Earth hit by a gamma-ray burst 1235 years ago? Bonus: Unlike most rhetorical titles, the answer may be "yes"   (slate.com) divider line 13
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2013-01-21 02:17:05 PM
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Fun Fact: Did you know that Charlemagne conquered the kingdom of the Lombards in 774 AD by turning into a 10 foot tall green rage monster?
2013-01-21 02:12:07 PM
5 votes:
That would explain all those 8th century Illuminations of people walking backwards with their thumbs out...
2013-01-21 02:44:17 PM
4 votes:
The Carolinian Renaissance was protected from barbarians by a group of young nobles and peasants with extraordinary powers. They were led by a Jesuit monk named Francis Xavier.
2013-01-21 02:26:33 PM
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2013-01-21 03:52:19 PM
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I May Be Crazy But...: Autistic Hiker: A nearby exploding star, or supernova, is almost certainly not the culprit. To generate the energy needed to create the carbon and beryllium seen, it would have to have been less than 1000 light years away. That would've made it so bright it would've been visible in daylight! Also, no 1200-year-old supernova remnant has been detected, and it would be incredibly obvious if it existed (the Crab nebula is 1000 years old and more than 6000 light years way, for example, and is one of the brightest supernova remnants in the sky).

GaaAAAAh brain dead science reporting. The Crab Nebula is 7500 years old. It was detected 1000 years ago.

But it's better to model things without a universal "now" in some cases, and instead to let "now" be an expanding sphere (expanding at the speed of light, of course). Which is clearly what the author had in mind, as opposed to being a careless and easily confused person.


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2013-01-21 03:25:55 PM
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'The answer may be yes' is an awesome way to lend credibility to ridiculous questions, though, you have to admit.

Are Washington Redskins helmets made from the skulls of slaughtered Ojibwe? The answer may be yes...
2013-01-21 01:55:25 PM
2 votes:
Did anyone Hulk out?
2013-01-21 05:54:48 PM
1 votes:

texdent: Did anyone Hulk out?


it was a short duration GRB so the effects were minor

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2013-01-21 03:58:24 PM
1 votes:

Autistic Hiker: A nearby exploding star, or supernova, is almost certainly not the culprit. To generate the energy needed to create the carbon and beryllium seen, it would have to have been less than 1000 light years away. That would've made it so bright it would've been visible in daylight! Also, no 1200-year-old supernova remnant has been detected, and it would be incredibly obvious if it existed (the Crab nebula is 1000 years old and more than 6000 light years way, for example, and is one of the brightest supernova remnants in the sky).

GaaAAAAh brain dead science reporting. The Crab Nebula is 7500 years old. It was detected 1000 years ago.


If it's 1000 years old and 6000 light years away, we wouldn't be able to see it for another 5000 years.
2013-01-21 03:31:58 PM
1 votes:

xynix: Deep Contact: RexTalionis: Fun Fact: Did you know that Charlemagne conquered the kingdom of the Lombards in 774 AD by turning into a 10 foot tall green rage monster?

He also wiped out the dinosaurs.

Ummm No. That was Jesus.


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Twasn't, it were Daleks. And Jesus wept.
2013-01-21 03:23:34 PM
1 votes:
I suddenly remembered my Charlemagne: "Let my armies be the rocks and the trees - and the birds in the sky."
2013-01-21 03:15:07 PM
1 votes:

RexTalionis: Fun Fact: Did you know that Charlemagne conquered the kingdom of the Lombards in 774 AD by turning into a 10 foot tall green rage monster?


"HULK NO CHEESE-EATING SURRENDER MONKEY! RRAWWWRR!!!"
2013-01-21 03:05:08 PM
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RexTalionis: Fun Fact: Did you know that Charlemagne conquered the kingdom of the Lombards in 774 AD by turning into a 10 foot tall green rage monster?


This caused Pope Adrian I to seek out the help of a left-handed pugilist from the Greek city of Phila-Delphia for assistance.
 
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