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(Omaha World Herald)   Come for the steaks, stay for the fireballs in the street (but not too close): The Great Omaha manhole fireball photo mystery has been solved   ( omaha.com) divider line
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2013-01-29 07:51:57 PM  
Omaha: movie theaters and bars.

/and manhole fireballs
 
2013-01-29 08:35:50 PM  
CIA and NSA are tracking your every move, just ask them.
 
2013-01-29 08:38:17 PM  
And thanks to this writer's need to show off his cleverness, we now know a WHOLE LOT of personal information about a 23-year-old graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha... including exactly where she lives, how to get into the building, where she likes to hang out, and enough personal data to probably guess some passwords. We even know some of her online habits.

Does this seem irresponsible to anyone besides me?
 
2013-01-29 09:06:03 PM  
Nebraska-produced gay pron?
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No thanks.
 
2013-01-29 09:06:07 PM  

unlikely: And thanks to this writer's need to show off his cleverness, we now know a WHOLE LOT of personal information about a 23-year-old graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha... including exactly where she lives, how to get into the building, where she likes to hang out, and enough personal data to probably guess some passwords. We even know some of her online habits.

Does this seem irresponsible to anyone besides me?


Journalists don't know what responsibility is anymore.

Also I'm getting a 504 so I can't see it :(
 
2013-01-29 09:07:05 PM  
Link is fbxrd; 504 Gateway Timeout.
 
2013-01-29 09:08:24 PM  
FTA:504 Gateway Time-out

nginx


WHAT A REVELATION
 
2013-01-29 09:09:48 PM  

unlikely: And thanks to this writer's need to show off his cleverness, we now know a WHOLE LOT of personal information about a 23-year-old graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha... including exactly where she lives, how to get into the building, where she likes to hang out, and enough personal data to probably guess some passwords. We even know some of her online habits.

Does this seem irresponsible to anyone besides me?


paste the article if you have it cached?
 
2013-01-29 09:10:29 PM  
I just accessed the site and read the article.....it was interesting enough.  The writer did seem a bit up his own butt, but it wasn't obnoxious enough to make me click out of the tab.
 
2013-01-29 09:11:08 PM  
Reminds me of the time (70's or early 80's) that solvent (probably hexane) leaked from a Ralston Purina soybean processing plant into the sewers of St. Louis and asploded the streets. That was 100% real, though.
 
2013-01-29 09:11:27 PM  
I think the fireballs got their computerz. Disconnect befores they spreads!
 
2013-01-29 09:11:55 PM  
shenanigans!

/better headline. blah blah blah
 
2013-01-29 09:14:40 PM  

unlikely: And thanks to this writer's need to show off his cleverness, we now know a WHOLE LOT of personal information about a 23-year-old graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha... including exactly where she lives, how to get into the building, where she likes to hang out, and enough personal data to probably guess some passwords. We even know some of her online habits.

Does this seem irresponsible to anyone besides me?


Considering who the author is, just be happy the student isn't forced to withdraw from college in disgrace.
 
2013-01-29 09:14:48 PM  
I for one, welcome the return of our investigative journalists. But please don't post personal information, mmkkay?

and reddit is not a cesspool, except perhaps for the game of thrones reddits.
 
2013-01-29 09:19:49 PM  
Surely most people could tell that all but the first flame was amber streetlight reflection on the road? The color is different from the flame and matches the reflected pool of light on the left of the photo. It's pretty damn obvious.
 
2013-01-29 09:21:03 PM  

"Back at the office, I jumped onto my computer and dove into the online cesspool known as Reddit."


And right about now I can see Drew thinking, "Oh no you didn't!"

 
2013-01-29 09:22:12 PM  
It's amazing, every journalism class I took stressed that the story isn't about the writer and well, here we are.
 
2013-01-29 09:31:47 PM  
So you mean nobody noticed the one fireball out of the dozen streetlight reflections? Or at least it looks like a , so any cars on fire pictures for ummm research on what a fire on the street looks like?

itsastreetlight.jpeg
 
2013-01-29 09:35:19 PM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: It's amazing, every journalism class I took stressed that the story isn't about the writer and well, here we are.


He was doing the story in his spare time.
 
2013-01-29 09:51:23 PM  

Omahawg: shenanigans!

/better headline. blah blah blah


Your headline was bad and you should feel bad.


/Not subby

www.omaha.com


YOU SANK MY HOWARD STREET
 
2013-01-29 09:52:05 PM  
Taco Tuesday
 
2013-01-29 10:01:34 PM  

One Bad Apple: Omahawg: shenanigans!

/better headline. blah blah blah

Your headline was bad and you should feel bad.


/Not subby

[www.omaha.com image 533x400]


YOU SANK MY HOWARD STREET


i DO feel bad

incidentally, the flatiron hotel is where you were sent from chicago, st.louis, denver, or kc back in the 30s or 40s if you had attracted too much police action

cool out in omaha. eat a steak. visit the nice girls over at the bell hotel. etc. etc.
 
2013-01-29 10:02:36 PM  
OK. Just going to put this out there. I am a utility contractor and saw that photo and knew it wasnt real. you know how? Manholes are never that close together. The reason manholes are installed is typically because of 3 things: 1) a junction between two sewer mains (lines coming from a building are not mains- they are called service laterals) 2) horizontal direction change- You do not put bends or fittings in sewer mains- you have to install a manhole over these bends. The 45's you see in sewer lines are not in mains- only in service lines or drains. 3) Vertical changes in sewer mains.

Yes, manholes run through streets, but are typically in intersections where other mains intersect- especially in a flat place like Omaha where all the streets run 90 degrees to one another.

The picture shows alot of manholes close together- they dont install them that close together on flat streets laid out in a grid.
 
2013-01-29 10:06:09 PM  

SevenizGud: SockMonkeyHolocaust: It's amazing, every journalism class I took stressed that the story isn't about the writer and well, here we are.

He was doing the story in his spare time.


I'm not the one on trial here, senator.
 
2013-01-29 10:09:44 PM  
Before I write this off as shiat wankery, was there a photo of the photo in the wanking article? I did not see anything but 2 pages of 'I'm clever, look at MEEEEEEEEEEE' bullshiat. But I wasn't touching that page with Glen Beck's dick, as far as turning off no-script.
 
2013-01-29 10:13:58 PM  

poe_zlaw: OK. Just going to put this out there. I am a utility contractor and saw that photo and knew it wasnt real. you know how? Manholes are never that close together. The reason manholes are installed is typically because of 3 things: 1) a junction between two sewer mains (lines coming from a building are not mains- they are called service laterals) 2) horizontal direction change- You do not put bends or fittings in sewer mains- you have to install a manhole over these bends. The 45's you see in sewer lines are not in mains- only in service lines or drains. 3) Vertical changes in sewer mains.

Yes, manholes run through streets, but are typically in intersections where other mains intersect- especially in a flat place like Omaha where all the streets run 90 degrees to one another.

The picture shows alot of manholes close together- they dont install them that close together on flat streets laid out in a grid.


Bzzz, wrong assumption, downtown Omaha is built on the banks of the Missouri river, and the street in the picture is semi-steep.

// lives pretty close to there. Even used to live in the Rorick tower when i first moved to Omaha.
 
2013-01-29 10:17:23 PM  

poe_zlaw: OK. Just going to put this out there. I am a utility contractor and saw that photo and knew it wasnt real


If you read the entire article, the conclusion was that it IS a real, undoctored photograph, but that it only shows one flame. The other 'flames' are optical illusions caused by reflections between the panes of glass of the window through which the picture was taken.
 
2013-01-29 10:31:37 PM  
So it was streetlights, after all.

t.qkme.me
 
2013-01-29 10:33:22 PM  

Sum Dum Gai: poe_zlaw: OK. Just going to put this out there. I am a utility contractor and saw that photo and knew it wasnt real

If you read the entire article, the conclusion was that it IS a real, undoctored photograph, but that it only shows one flame. The other 'flames' are optical illusions caused by reflections between the panes of glass of the window through which the picture was taken.


Actually, I think the autohr got it wrong, and it's the reflection of the streetlights on the wet pavement.
 
2013-01-29 10:34:16 PM  

Klom Dark: poe_zlaw: OK. Just going to put this out there. I am a utility contractor and saw that photo and knew it wasnt real. you know how? Manholes are never that close together. The reason manholes are installed is typically because of 3 things: 1) a junction between two sewer mains (lines coming from a building are not mains- they are called service laterals) 2) horizontal direction change- You do not put bends or fittings in sewer mains- you have to install a manhole over these bends. The 45's you see in sewer lines are not in mains- only in service lines or drains. 3) Vertical changes in sewer mains.

Yes, manholes run through streets, but are typically in intersections where other mains intersect- especially in a flat place like Omaha where all the streets run 90 degrees to one another.

The picture shows alot of manholes close together- they dont install them that close together on flat streets laid out in a grid.

Bzzz, wrong assumption, downtown Omaha is built on the banks of the Missouri river, and the street in the picture is semi-steep.

// lives pretty close to there. Even used to live in the Rorick tower when i first moved to Omaha.


doesnt matter if its steep. if you read what i said, youll notice I said "change in vertical direction" the road could be straight down but it wouldnt need a manhole because the grade wouldnt change. there is no need to put manholes that close together. no civil engineer would design it thay. just sayin'. whatevs
 
2013-01-29 10:43:09 PM  

poe_zlaw: OK. Just going to put this out there. I am a utility contractor and saw that photo and knew it wasnt real. you know how? Manholes are never that close together. The reason manholes are installed is typically because of 3 things: 1) a junction between two sewer mains (lines coming from a building are not mains- they are called service laterals) 2) horizontal direction change- You do not put bends or fittings in sewer mains- you have to install a manhole over these bends. The 45's you see in sewer lines are not in mains- only in service lines or drains. 3) Vertical changes in sewer mains.

Yes, manholes run through streets, but are typically in intersections where other mains intersect- especially in a flat place like Omaha where all the streets run 90 degrees to one another.

The picture shows alot of manholes close together- they dont install them that close together on flat streets laid out in a grid.


I don't know who (or if anybody else is thinking this).

Oh Shut-Up Mr. Fancy Shorts Utility Contractor.
 
2013-01-29 11:02:53 PM  
subby fail, missed the most natural headline...
www.enemyplanet.com
 
2013-01-29 11:08:51 PM  

Flab: Sum Dum Gai: poe_zlaw: OK. Just going to put this out there. I am a utility contractor and saw that photo and knew it wasnt real

If you read the entire article, the conclusion was that it IS a real, undoctored photograph, but that it only shows one flame. The other 'flames' are optical illusions caused by reflections between the panes of glass of the window through which the picture was taken.

Actually, I think the autohr got it wrong, and it's the reflection of the streetlights on the wet pavement.


Only the smaller flame right of center in the intersection is the flame?
 
2013-01-29 11:29:06 PM  
Fireball was obviously part of an elaborate actuarial initiation rite.

/Omaha is a beef town, and a Warren Buffett town, and an insurance town.
//not obscure, but it is a book
 
2013-01-29 11:39:58 PM  

unlikely: And thanks to this writer's need to show off his cleverness, we now know a WHOLE LOT of personal information about a 23-year-old graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha... including exactly where she lives, how to get into the building, where she likes to hang out, and enough personal data to probably guess some passwords. We even know some of her online habits.

Does this seem irresponsible to anyone besides me?


The difficulty is that you would actually have to go to Omaha. It's not like you can fly there so you have to take a wagon train or something and do you know how many thousands of miles away that is?
 
2013-01-29 11:50:10 PM  
The photo is real. And it is also fake - but fake in a real way.

Allow me to explain.


nope, I'm okay with it as it stands have fun with your above average education from an above average university.

BTW are you Garrison Keillor's bastard son?
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-29 11:58:59 PM  
I like how this wasn't solved in any real way...He didn't bother to find out WHY flames were shooting up from the fracking underground?!

/Seems like THAT'S the real story to me...
//My money is on C.H.U.D.s
 
2013-01-30 12:05:57 AM  
I originally misread the headline as "The Great Obama manhole fireball photo mystery has been solved" I was rather disappointed when I clicked on the link. Really thought I was really going to see something off the wall.
 
2013-01-30 12:10:41 AM  

Smgth: I like how this wasn't solved in any real way...He didn't bother to find out WHY flames were shooting up from the fracking underground?!

Ya,

I'm thinking that's a rather unusual event, with some rather disturbing portent.
 
2013-01-30 12:35:50 AM  
Lost interest half way threw. How did it come out?
 
2013-01-30 01:25:11 AM  

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: unlikely: And thanks to this writer's need to show off his cleverness, we now know a WHOLE LOT of personal information about a 23-year-old graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha... including exactly where she lives, how to get into the building, where she likes to hang out, and enough personal data to probably guess some passwords. We even know some of her online habits.

Does this seem irresponsible to anyone besides me?

The difficulty is that you would actually have to go to Omaha. It's not like you can fly there so you have to take a wagon train or something and do you know how many thousands of miles away that is?


You can fly to Omaha, did it many times.

/but they will lose your luggage.
//experience
 
2013-01-30 02:13:35 AM  
Who the fark wrote that long winded POS article?  I had to read all that crap just to find out it was street light reflections off a wet road? They couldn't just say that and be done with it?
 
2013-01-30 03:26:11 AM  
THANKS OMAHA!
 
2013-01-30 04:02:28 AM  
I'm playing 3-6 Omaha right now at work, and I used to live in Omaha, so I'm really getting a kick...
 
2013-01-30 07:55:53 AM  
To make clear what the article failed to do in all that text, I've added a little guide to the picture.
hep.itp.tuwien.ac.at
A picture really is worth 1,000 words.
/Really, it's the streetlights reflecting off the wet pavement, but close enough
 
2013-01-30 09:58:36 AM  

poe_zlaw: Klom Dark: poe_zlaw: OK. Just going to put this out there. I am a utility contractor and saw that photo and knew it wasnt real. you know how? Manholes are never that close together. The reason manholes are installed is typically because of 3 things: 1) a junction between two sewer mains (lines coming from a building are not mains- they are called service laterals) 2) horizontal direction change- You do not put bends or fittings in sewer mains- you have to install a manhole over these bends. The 45's you see in sewer lines are not in mains- only in service lines or drains. 3) Vertical changes in sewer mains.

Yes, manholes run through streets, but are typically in intersections where other mains intersect- especially in a flat place like Omaha where all the streets run 90 degrees to one another.

The picture shows alot of manholes close together- they dont install them that close together on flat streets laid out in a grid.

Bzzz, wrong assumption, downtown Omaha is built on the banks of the Missouri river, and the street in the picture is semi-steep.

// lives pretty close to there. Even used to live in the Rorick tower when i first moved to Omaha.

doesnt matter if its steep. if you read what i said, youll notice I said "change in vertical direction" the road could be straight down but it wouldnt need a manhole because the grade wouldnt change. there is no need to put manholes that close together. no civil engineer would design it thay. just sayin'. whatevs


You said "they dont install them that close together on flat streets laid out in a grid.", those who are not shiat-tunnel engineers will not grok what means "change in vertical direction" in your mind.
 
2013-01-30 10:29:16 AM  
I'm a writer/reporter/journalist/whatever-you-want-to-call-it myself and I have been known to include the occasional "look how clever I am" flourish in my writing, but this guy was insufferable. I got about halfway through and then skimmed to the end just to find out what the answer was. Sheesh. Dial down the douchiness a bit next time, okay pal?
 
2013-01-30 11:06:38 AM  
Had to be a ginger...
 
2013-01-30 12:52:31 PM  

unlikely: And thanks to this writer's need to show off his cleverness, we now know a WHOLE LOT of personal information about a 23-year-old graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha... including exactly where she lives, how to get into the building, where she likes to hang out, and enough personal data to probably guess some passwords. We even know some of her online habits.

Does this seem irresponsible to anyone besides me?


Never thought of that, but thanks for pointing all that out.
 
2013-01-30 01:40:03 PM  
Are people dimwitted? The first thing I thought when I saw the photo was, "Hey, that first streetlight reflection looks like a fireball." The other, actual streetlight reflections don't look like fireballs.
 
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