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2013-02-15 09:49:50 AM
It would be like yesterday in Russia, but with more pizazz?
 
2013-02-15 09:49:50 AM
I'd run away.
 
2013-02-15 09:49:52 AM
Most people would disappear.  Those that were left would be normal humans and psychopathic, murderous, nutcases with a short life span.  The nutcases would soon die off and the normal humans would survive but have a strange affinity for vector-graphics video games like Tempest.
 
2013-02-15 09:49:53 AM
It's only 150 feet across.  Yes, it's moving very fast, but unless it was a direct hit on a major city, the deaths probably wouldn't reach 100.
 
2013-02-15 09:49:56 AM
Media Boner.
 
2013-02-15 09:50:20 AM
Leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back again
 
2013-02-15 09:51:48 AM
I'd say we'd be more or less f*cked, so there's no point in sweating it.
 
2013-02-15 09:52:25 AM
they're downplaying this, if it hit it would split earth in two
 
2013-02-15 09:53:50 AM

SpdrJay: It would be like yesterday in Russia, but with more pizazz?


Man, that was scary to watch on video!

`Vot dee f**kski iz dat?' (looks out window)
*KER-BOOOM - shatter*
`MY EYES!'
 
mjg
2013-02-15 09:54:03 AM
farm2.static.flickr.com
 
2013-02-15 09:54:14 AM
We need to put up a big sign.

2012 DA14 GO AWAY!
 
2013-02-15 09:54:48 AM
Every radio station on the planet starts playing that shiatty Aerosmith song over and over again?
 
2013-02-15 09:55:50 AM
It's not like it would destroy everything. Whatever city got hit would be leveled and pretty much everybody would be well and truly f*cked. But, everybody more than 1000 miles away? Eh, normal day with a few odd small earthquakes.
 
2013-02-15 09:56:16 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-15 09:56:47 AM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: It's only 150 feet across.  Yes, it's moving very fast, but unless it was a direct hit on a major city, the deaths probably wouldn't reach 100.


Any excuse to avoid talking about much-needed meteor control laws in this country.
 
2013-02-15 09:56:55 AM

devilEther: they're downplaying this, if it hit it would split earth in two


How long have you had your GED in astrophysics?
 
2013-02-15 09:57:12 AM
Whoa whoa whoa...

2012 DA14 ?

Don't you see?! We were fools! We got it wrong! We didn't understand the Mayans message!

EVERYBODY PANIC
 
2013-02-15 09:57:13 AM
Hopefully it would hit some terrible place like the Mideast, North Africa or Detroit.
 
2013-02-15 09:58:07 AM
I'm certain that the cockroaches would survive. And my first wife.
 
2013-02-15 09:58:23 AM
F'N global warming.
 
2013-02-15 09:58:40 AM
Depends on whether or not the sonic boom breaks my bottle of tequila.
 
2013-02-15 09:59:25 AM

jehovahs witness protection: Hopefully it would hit some terrible place like the Mideast, North Africa or Detroit.


If a meteor hit and devastated Detroit, how would any observe notice?

/I am, of course, not serious.
//The resulting improvement to the city would be immediately noticeable.
 
2013-02-15 09:59:31 AM
It would never happen. We still have oil drillers who can out-engineer NASA's best, land on the asteroid, blow it up and queue present-day Aerosmith.
 
2013-02-15 09:59:35 AM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: It's only 150 feet across.  Yes, it's moving very fast, but unless it was a direct hit on a major city, the deaths probably wouldn't reach 100.


Then again, the actual scientists (fta) said this:

This means that an asteroid like this would likely explode in the air, releasing the energy equivalent of about138 atomic bombs like the one that the Boeing B-29 SuperfortressEnola Gay dropped over Hiroshima on August 9, 1945

My guess is that if you explode the equivalent of 138 atomic bombs in ANY populated area, even a small town, deaths would be numerous.
 
2013-02-15 09:59:50 AM
wemeantwell.com

IT'S OVER!!!
 
2013-02-15 10:00:37 AM
If it landed in in Best Korea, they would go ape shiat and blame us.
 
2013-02-15 10:00:42 AM

SpdrJay: It would be like yesterday in Russia, but with more pizazz?


I couldn't find a thread for that, was there one?
 
2013-02-15 10:02:03 AM

UberDave: Most people would disappear.  Those that were left would be normal humans and psychopathic, murderous, nutcases with a short life span.  The nutcases would soon die off and the normal humans would survive but have a strange affinity for vector-graphics video games like Tempest.


LOLwut

/golf clap
 
2013-02-15 10:02:33 AM
No more boom today.

Boom tomorrow.
There's always a boom tomorrow.

/What?
/Look, somebody's got to have some damn perspective around here!
/Boom. Sooner or later. BOOM!
 
2013-02-15 10:03:29 AM

Wadded Beef: It would never happen. We still have oil drillers who can out-engineer NASA's best, land on the asteroid, blow it up and queue present-day Aerosmith.


I always liked how they drilled 800 feet into an asteroid the size of Texas and it split it in half.
 
2013-02-15 10:05:00 AM

Odd Bird: SpdrJay: It would be like yesterday in Russia, but with more pizazz?

I couldn't find a thread for that, was there one?


Second greenlight on the main page today.
 
2013-02-15 10:05:47 AM
Arama-gone-on to better things. Maybe intelligent octopi?

/humanity sucks
 
2013-02-15 10:05:54 AM
Hopefully they would be able to expand the ship's hyperpace bubble around the entire asteroid and have it pass through the Earth instead.
 
2013-02-15 10:07:11 AM

Mega Steve: Every radio station on the planet starts playing  shiatty Aerosmith songs over and over again?


FTFY
 
2013-02-15 10:07:24 AM
It'd be cool if we could throw some sort of ultra-strong chain around a passing asteroid.  Then it could pull the entire earth through space.  We could tour the universe and visit far away places like the moon without worrying about the intricacies of long-range space travel.  It'd be like an intergalactic hover-round carrying all the fat people of earth on incredible adventures.  Then, when we wanted to go a different direction, we could cut ties and lasso another passing asteroid.  Scientists are good with the details, but they can't see big picture stuff like I can.
 
2013-02-15 10:10:21 AM
duck and cover.
 
2013-02-15 10:10:35 AM

AnotherOldFart: [wemeantwell.com image 424x524]

How does showing a picture of a politician help?

 
2013-02-15 10:10:39 AM
This is just a distraction from Benghazi by the liberal media.
 
2013-02-15 10:11:36 AM
Any surviving conspiracy theorists would insist that if you watch the footage really carefully, the pre-strike explosion is clearly visible &/or audible thus proving it was a false flag operation.
 
2013-02-15 10:13:53 AM

UberDave: Most people would disappear.  Those that were left would be normal humans and psychopathic, murderous, nutcases with a short life span.  The nutcases would soon die off and the normal humans would survive but have a strange affinity for vector-graphics video games like Tempest.


superradnow.files.wordpress.com

Wants your newsletter...
 
2013-02-15 10:15:46 AM
its gonna hit Oklahoma.
 
2013-02-15 10:17:48 AM
static01.mediaite.com

OBAAAAAMAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
 
2013-02-15 10:18:55 AM
BalugaJoe
its gonna hit Oklahoma.

I wonder if Vegas has odds on thing... who am I kidding Vegas has odds on everything.
 
2013-02-15 10:19:11 AM
 
2013-02-15 10:19:41 AM
I'd look up all of those girls who promised me a chance if I were the last man on earth.
 
2013-02-15 10:20:38 AM

SpectroBoy: Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: It's only 150 feet across.  Yes, it's moving very fast, but unless it was a direct hit on a major city, the deaths probably wouldn't reach 100.

Then again, the actual scientists (fta) said this:

This means that an asteroid like this would likely explode in the air, releasing the energy equivalent of about138 atomic bombs like the one that the Boeing B-29 SuperfortressEnola Gay dropped over Hiroshima on August 9, 1945

My guess is that if you explode the equivalent of 138 atomic bombs in ANY populated area, even a small town, deaths would be numerous.


Well...no, the scientists didn't say that. They said they estimated it would have an explosive power of 2.9 (airburst) to 3.3 megatons (groundburst), which is approximately 138 times the power of the Hiroshima bomb. I get that TFA's author was just trying to make a comparison that more people could get, but I daresay the effects of exploding 138 Little Boys simultaneously would be a bit different from detonating one 3.3 megaton device.

If they wanted to be more accurate, it would be more like Teak shot of Operation Hardtack, detonated at a much lower altitude, likely minus the magnetic effects. Or, to put it another way, it's be along the lines of getting hit by 7-10 of the US's current nuclear ICBMs over the same area, in the same spot.

Would you like to know more? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HARDTACK_Teak

Wanna see what it'd do to your hometown?
http://www.carloslabs.com/projects/200712B/GroundZero.html
Unfortunately, the closest weapon listed on their site in terms of possible energy level is a Mk28(1.4mt), which is about half the power they say the asteroid could be; if you'd like to "real world" this, imagine all the circles are about 50% larger.

/has a nuke fetish
 
2013-02-15 10:20:43 AM
I don't know what would happen if it hit. I DO know what IS going to happen and I can't friggin wait.
collider.com
 
2013-02-15 10:21:31 AM
I'm stocking up on AC/furnace filters.  I'm guessing we would get one doozy of a dust storm.
 
2013-02-15 10:23:04 AM

Theory Of Null: If it landed in in Best Korea, they would go ape shiat and blame us.


But we could claim the North Korean regime was doing atmospheric A-bomb tests. And really, who is going to believe a country that has a cookbook for bark?
 
2013-02-15 10:23:24 AM
I think it might go something like this;

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhh*BOOM*
 
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