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2013-02-11 02:59:05 PM
The question comes from basically Religious/Magical thinking:

Religious: Is this God's punishment or warning to humans for causing global warming?

Magical: Bad things cause bad things.

 1) Global warming is bad.
 2) Being hit by a meteor is bad.
 3) therefore 1 will cause 2.
 
2013-02-11 02:59:21 PM

jehovahs witness protection: ut liberals will still be stupid enough to take it as a distinct possibility.


Not really, no.

Conservatives will think this, though, because they tend to like projecting their own fear/gullibility on to others.

(DUCT TAPE AND SARAN WRAP AND JAYSUS, SAVE US FROM THE TERRORIST GAS ATTACK!)
 
2013-02-11 02:59:55 PM
jaw
floor
 
2013-02-11 03:03:14 PM
Eh, that was actually pretty forgivable.  If you do a lot of public reading or reciting you're going get things garbled on occasion when you try to do something else at the same time.  Ask basically anyone that's ever been in a stage play, mixing together two sets of lines that are adjacent but don't actually go together is very common.
 
2013-02-11 03:05:45 PM
Inertia is a property of matter.

/Got nothing at all.
 
2013-02-11 03:06:17 PM
This would be a lot more newsworthy if Bill Nye had said "yes".

Since he didn't, the skeptics really have to try to focus attention on the person asking the question.
 
2013-02-11 03:06:49 PM

dittybopper: We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
Comes on at five
She can tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
It's interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry



Damn you. That's one of the few songs that, as soon as its mentioned or hinted at, it gets stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

And I don't even like Don Henley.

/The Portal theme is another one
//You now have it stuck in your head too
///"This was a triumph...."
 
2013-02-11 03:06:53 PM

Theory Of Null: He should of said fark you and ripped his mic off.


If only, i have to applaud his restraint.
 
2013-02-11 03:07:58 PM
She needs to go on Millionaire
i305.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-11 03:10:17 PM
But how will we employ the sheeps bladder to stop the Earthquakes? That is what I want to know.
 
2013-02-11 03:13:53 PM

Tillmaster: He also put the fear of God into me by mentioning that the asteroid will miss us by 15 minutes. That's bloody close.


Well, in astronomy terms, yes. But when the Earth is moving at 1100 miles a second (and it's diameter is 8000 miles), not really.

So it'll miss us by about a million miles. Roughly 4x the distance to the moon. We've had lots of close calls before. As it turns out, space is so big that it is actually hard for anything to hit anything else.
 
2013-02-11 03:15:30 PM
lol.

Of course, global warming causes everything.
 
2013-02-11 03:17:40 PM

Ishkur: So it'll miss us by about a million miles. Roughly 4x the distance to the moon. We've had lots of close calls before. As it turns out, space is so big that it is actually hard for anything to hit anything else.


Well, yes, but there's also a lot of stuff flying around out there, which is why things *do* hit other things.
 
2013-02-11 03:18:30 PM
I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt and say she was trolling
 
2013-02-11 03:19:25 PM

Ishkur: Tillmaster: He also put the fear of God into me by mentioning that the asteroid will miss us by 15 minutes. That's bloody close.

Well, in astronomy terms, yes. But when the Earth is moving at 1100 miles a second (and it's diameter is 8000 miles), not really.

So it'll miss us by about a million miles. Roughly 4x the distance to the moon. We've had lots of close calls before. As it turns out, space is so big that it is actually hard for anything to hit anything else.


How you explain subby's Mom?  Cuz we've all hit that.
 
2013-02-11 03:19:53 PM

Felgraf: Ishkur: So it'll miss us by about a million miles. Roughly 4x the distance to the moon. We've had lots of close calls before. As it turns out, space is so big that it is actually hard for anything to hit anything else.

Well, yes, but there's also a lot of stuff flying around out there, which is why things *do* hit other things.


Yes, but on geologic time scales.
 
2013-02-11 03:20:40 PM

Arkanaut: Sanchez


www.globalnerdy.com

"I AM NAKED IN MY DRESSIN ROOM HIGH ON CRCK AND PCP PLZ CALL MY AGENT - ricksanchezcnn. "
 
2013-02-11 03:21:36 PM

Ishkur: /The Portal theme is another one
//You now have it stuck in your head too
///"This was a triumph...."


No I don't:  I've never seen it.

I did used to own a Triumph, though.  Spitfire Mk IV.
 
2013-02-11 03:22:28 PM

Ishkur: Tillmaster: He also put the fear of God into me by mentioning that the asteroid will miss us by 15 minutes. That's bloody close.

Well, in astronomy terms, yes. But when the Earth is moving at 1100 miles a second (and it's diameter is 8000 miles), not really.

So it'll miss us by about a million miles. Roughly 4x the distance to the moon. We've had lots of close calls before. As it turns out, space is so big that it is actually hard for anything to hit anything else.


Correction:  The earth is moving about 66,600MPH.  That's 1110 miles per MINUTE.  Or about 18.5 miles a second.  Although some people think it's closer to 30mps.
 
2013-02-11 03:22:50 PM
Bill should have explained with a straight face that it was caused by a black hole passing through the plane of the solar system at nearly right angles.
 
2013-02-11 03:24:21 PM

Felgraf: Well, yes, but there's also a lot of stuff flying around out there, which is why things *do* hit other things.


Yeah, but the solar system has really quieted down over the past billion years and all the heavy bombardment stuff has long gone. It's like... have you ever spilled dry rice all over the carpet, and you vacuum it all up immediately but there are always a few stragglers that you missed, and you'll find them months later?

That's what the solar system is like.
 
2013-02-11 03:25:58 PM

durbnpoisn: Correction: The earth is moving about 66,600MPH. That's 1110 miles per MINUTE. Or about 18.5 miles a second. Although some people think it's closer to 30mps.


Thank you for correcting my ad hoc math. I was too lazy to use google calculator.

That did seem a little fast at first glance.
 
2013-02-11 03:27:04 PM

dittybopper: OnlyM3: Surool


This question is a direct result of christian scientific suppression
Because the "C" in CNN stands for "Christian" after all.

// good lord you're an idiot.

Christiane Amanpour.

It sort-of works.

/Little known fact:  CNN is actually a recursive acronym that stands for "CNN News Network".


CNN's not news?
 
2013-02-11 03:33:56 PM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Bill should have explained with a straight face that it was caused by a black hole passing through the plane of the solar system at nearly right angles.


approves:
img.youtube.com

/of course, the solution is to change the gravitational constant of the Universe
 
2013-02-11 03:37:06 PM

xria: DECMATH: Earl of Chives: She's just a talking head, and they're trained to read the teleprompter, and interject minimal wisdom of their own.   I blame the producer for making it confusing on her dumb ass, more than i blame her.

This is the correct answer.

Blame?  I credit the producers.  Interviewers like this should be no smarter than half the audience, to make the guests explain things in ways that more people can understand, which keeps their attention.

Imagine if they were all W.F. Buckley level.  It'd be fun for the guests, but most of the audience would surf over to the Springers, judges, and game shows.

Ok, but there has to be limits. I mean, this is equivalent to asking "If I light a fire, does a baseball thrown by someone a few miles away tend to curve into the flames?"


Ah, but you see, global warming causes the atmosphere to expand, like a balloon filled with hot air. That results in increased drag on things grazing the upper atmosphere, like the ISS or a close-passing meteor, so yes.  Actually, it's the opposite - global warming is causing the upper atmosphere to contract due to the increase in CO2 concentration, resulting in less drag on satellites. And no, the meteor is too far away for any of this to matter.
 
2013-02-11 03:37:13 PM
www.adventuresinpoortaste.com

CNN: Yeah she works for us.
 
2013-02-11 03:37:22 PM

Ishkur: dittybopper: We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
Comes on at five
She can tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
It's interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry


Damn you. That's one of the few songs that, as soon as its mentioned or hinted at, it gets stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

And I don't even like Don Henley.

/The Portal theme is another one
//You now have it stuck in your head too
///"This was a triumph...."


I can help with that.

Mana Mana.

You're welcome
 
2013-02-11 03:37:58 PM
Damn. Second part of that was supposed to be invisible to see what bites I could catch.
 
2013-02-11 03:40:15 PM

xanadian: CNN is trying to out-FOX FOX.


This creates a balance after Fox used the picture of the same-sex couple on the story about marriage. It helps maintain the news network homostatis.
 
2013-02-11 03:40:43 PM
I did not know about Shuttle Colombia reaching 18x the speed of light.  It's a shame they all died because now we'll never know how they were able to reach and exceed light speed...they took their secret with them.
 
2013-02-11 03:41:20 PM
Space is big.  Really big.  You might think it's a long walk to the store, but it's nothing compared to space.

Bill Bryson summed it up pretty well in A Short History of Nearly Everything.  I will paraphrase, as there is no way I could remember this verbatim.

None of the maps of the solar system you have ever seen are even remotely drawn to scale.  Some images even show the planets casting shadows over each other.  But this is a necessary deceit to get them all to fit on one piece of paper.  It is pretty much impossoble to show the solar system to scale.  Even if you added lots of fold out pages to your book, you couldn't even come close.
If you shrank everything down to where Jupiter was the size of a pea, Pluto would still be 7 miles away, and only about the size of a bacteria.  If you shrank Jupiter even smaller, to the size of a period, Pluto would still be 15 feet away, and about the size of a molecule.  On this scale, Alpha Centuri would be about 10,000 miles away.

I'm sure that's not exact, but it's a pretty good representation.
 
2013-02-11 03:44:59 PM
what did Bill say after he stopped laughing?  or is he still laughing?
 
2013-02-11 03:53:45 PM

durbnpoisn: If you shrank everything down to where Jupiter was the size of a pea, Pluto would still be 7 miles away, and only about the size of a bacteria. If you shrank Jupiter even smaller, to the size of a period, Pluto would still be 15 feet away, and about the size of a molecule. On this scale, Alpha Centuri would be about 10,000 miles away.
I'm sure that's not exact, but it's a pretty good representation.


I actually did something similar in one of my books, using actual scale dimensions:

Let's say the Earth is the size of a marble. Using this marble as a scale dimension, the moon is about the size of a small pea and is orbiting Earth from a foot away. That might not seem like such a great distance until you realize that in 1969 a microscopic grain of sand under its own power left the marble and landed on the pea, stayed there for a few days, and returned safely. That is a very long distance for a grain of sand - too small to be seen with the naked eye - to travel all by itself. Even an inch is an incredible distance at this scale, and that grain of sand traveled over two entire feet of nothingness.

In this model, the sun is a yellow Volkswagon bug, and if it were hovering in the end zone of a football field, our marble Earth would be orbiting it from the opposite end zone. There is another marble - a dirty brown one - around the 30 yard line on Earth's side, and there is a smaller pea around the 40 yard line on the sun's side. But other than, there is nothing else on the field. At least, that would be there all the time.

Let's pretend this football field of the inner solar system is in downtown Manhatten. Mars is an orange seed and is somewhere in the upper deck. Jupiter is a basketball, and it is in the furthest possible parking spot outside the stadium. Saturn is a pogo ball and it's somewhere on the waterfront. Uranus is a honeydew melon hanging out at the Statue of Liberty. Neptune is a blue tennis ball in Central Park somewhere. Pluto is in Newark.

Beyond that we have the Kuiper Belt which is a mass of individual sand particles, none of them bigger than a sesame seed, scattered out beyond New York City, and the Scattered Disk which has additional dust from as far away as Boston. And then there's the hypothesized Oort Cloud, dust in the wind circling a small car in a football stadium in Manhatten, from as far away as, theoretically, Germany (which would be exactly one light-year from our hypothetical sun car).

If you think this sounds like a very crowded and busy solar system, keep in mind that these are all small, comparatively insignificant objects (our blue marble Earth is the sixth largest thing in an area the size of the eastern seaboard) separated by miles and miles of empty, black nothingness. It's like a still ocean in the dead of night with a bunch of little milk carton boats on it, circling barely out of sight from one another. One of them has a lit candle.

The nearest star, Alpha Centauri, can't even be placed anywhere near this scale model solar system. The furthest point we can put anything from our Manhatten football stadium sun car is barely half the distance there - somewhere in the Indian ocean. And there is nothing along the way. No rest stop, no way point, not even a buoy. Did I mention that we are the size of a microscopic grain of sand?
 
2013-02-11 03:57:40 PM

durbnpoisn: Space is big.  Really big.  You might think it's a long walk to the store, but it's nothing compared to space.

Bill Bryson summed it up pretty well in A Short History of Nearly Everything.  I will paraphrase, as there is no way I could remember this verbatim.

None of the maps of the solar system you have ever seen are even remotely drawn to scale.  Some images even show the planets casting shadows over each other.  But this is a necessary deceit to get them all to fit on one piece of paper.  It is pretty much impossoble to show the solar system to scale.  Even if you added lots of fold out pages to your book, you couldn't even come close.
If you shrank everything down to where Jupiter was the size of a pea, Pluto would still be 7 miles away, and only about the size of a bacteria.  If you shrank Jupiter even smaller, to the size of a period, Pluto would still be 15 feet away, and about the size of a molecule.  On this scale, Alpha Centuri would be about 10,000 miles away.

I'm sure that's not exact, but it's a pretty good representation.


Not quite.  Smaller scale ratio than that.  Here comes the Nye:

http://youtu.be/97Ob0xR0Ut8
 
2013-02-11 04:03:05 PM

FloydA: Any Pie Left: For some reason, very few news drones I've seen on TV know how to talk to Bill. They all kind of seem to blank out at his nerd clothes and just get derpy.


This is a particularly egregious example, but I have to admit, nearly anyone is going to look a bit slow when compared to Bill Nye.


Protip: You don't become the host of a kids show if you're particularly good at anything science related.
 
2013-02-11 04:03:29 PM
If this were Facebook, I would have hit "Like" on Ishkur's post.
As it is, you get a "Smart" vote.
 
2013-02-11 04:05:21 PM

Bullseyed: FloydA: Any Pie Left: For some reason, very few news drones I've seen on TV know how to talk to Bill. They all kind of seem to blank out at his nerd clothes and just get derpy.


This is a particularly egregious example, but I have to admit, nearly anyone is going to look a bit slow when compared to Bill Nye.

Protip: You don't become the host of a kids show if you're particularly good at anything science related.



explain, pls.
 
2013-02-11 04:06:12 PM
Wow, talk about a failed story transition. This was equal parts dumb as rocks and slip of the tongue. Good to see Bill Nye didn't just crush her soul because of it.
 
2013-02-11 04:06:13 PM

OnlyM3: Surool


This question is a direct result of christian scientific suppression
Because the "C" in CNN stands for "Christian" after all.

// good lord you're an idiot.


Speaking of idiots, here we have idiot OnlyM3 who can't tell parody from actual statements. Libtards claim that Fox gets stuff wrong because Christians hate evolution derpy derp derp. Therefore, Surool said that CNN must also be getting it wrong because they are Christians who hate evolution.
 
2013-02-11 04:17:07 PM
Lets see if we can complete the chain reaction.

Meteor oribit close intersect to earths----->Meteor is in Meteorologist----->Meteorologist does the weather----->Weather is being changed by global warming---->DERPITTY DERP DERP?

She got it wrong...It's obvious that the Meteors are the cause of global warming.  Not the other way around.
 
2013-02-11 04:19:36 PM

Ishkur: Felgraf: Well, yes, but there's also a lot of stuff flying around out there, which is why things *do* hit other things.

Yeah, but the solar system has really quieted down over the past billion years and all the heavy bombardment stuff has long gone. It's like... have you ever spilled dry rice all over the carpet, and you vacuum it all up immediately but there are always a few stragglers that you missed, and you'll find them months later?

That's what the solar system is like.



I read that as "dry ice" and was very confused.
 
2013-02-11 04:25:22 PM

Bullseyed: OnlyM3: Surool:This question is a direct result of christian scientific suppression and CNN's "no minimum IQ" requirement for on-air personalities.

Because the "C" in CNN stands for "Christian" after all.

// good lord you're an idiot.

Speaking of idiots, here we have idiot OnlyM3 who can't tell parody from actual statements. Libtards claim that Fox gets stuff wrong because Christians hate evolution derpy derp derp. Therefore, Surool said that CNN must also be getting it wrong because they are Christians who hate evolution.


I'm sorry. I must have some microscopic bit of optimism left in me because Poe's Law keeps biting me on the ass. I jokingly blamed the stupidity of the question on the fact that christians no longer allow the free teaching of science. All other interpretations of my statement are wrong.
 
2013-02-11 05:04:40 PM

Ishkur: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: Bill should have explained with a straight face that it was caused by a black hole passing through the plane of the solar system at nearly right angles.

approves:
[img.youtube.com image 480x360]

/of course, the solution is to change the gravitational constant of the Universe


Very funny post.  Eat any good books lately?
 
2013-02-11 05:05:00 PM
Y'know, I used to think there was no way people could be that stupid.

This dunderhead managed to prove me wrong...
 
2013-02-11 05:07:48 PM

ManateeGag: what did Bill say after he stopped laughing?  or is he still laughing?


Everything is true. God's an astronaut,
Oz is over the rainbow and Midian is
where the monsters live.
 
2013-02-11 05:15:03 PM

Surool: This question is a direct result of christian scientific suppression


It makes only slightly less sense to blame the Permian mass extinction.  It was a long time ago, get over it.
 
2013-02-11 05:17:11 PM

BraveNewCheneyWorld: Surool: This question is a direct result of christian scientific suppression

It makes only slightly less sense to blame the Permian mass extinction.  It was a long time ago, get over it.


Clearly, you missed the last of my posts before commenting.
 
2013-02-11 05:26:03 PM
econewsnetwork.org
Is the Science Guy gonna have to choke a biatch?
 
2013-02-11 05:46:03 PM

Any Pie Left: For some reason, very few news drones I've seen on TV know how to talk to Bill. They all kind of seem to blank out at his nerd clothes and just get derpy.


I've noticed that.  Nye gets more dumbass questions than anyone else for some reason, and I don't really get it.  He's a really bright guy and he's very good at what he does, but he's not some intimidating expert in an obscure field.  I don't know what it is that inspires the extra-hard derping.
 
2013-02-11 05:49:07 PM

Freudian_slipknot:

A better link with Bill's response

That man is a true pro.

Don't forget the Bill Nye faked an experiment with Al Gore...
 
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