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(Slash Gear)   Strange damage reports surface after Friday's Russian meteor explosion. Rumors of a small child wrapped in a red blanket found in the center of the meteorite wreckage remain unconfirmed   (slashgear.com) divider line 67
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2013-02-18 08:12:24 AM  
Of course it's a "red" blanket.

25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-02-18 08:17:55 AM  
Super headline is super.

Plus 1.
 
2013-02-18 08:34:03 AM  
Bookie meteor odds:

Meteor is Tyrael:  1 to 150
Meteor is Superman:  1 to 400
Meteor is Lavos:  1 to 1,200
Bill Cosby has part of the meteor in a coffee can and is now able to speak to dogs:  1 to 64,000

Place your bets now
 
2013-02-18 08:34:47 AM  
This is going to be one of those things we learn from. Like how we all know to get to high ground when the ocean recedes suddenly. Stay away from windows when the sky is suddenly filled with the bright glow of a fireball.
 
2013-02-18 08:36:18 AM  
What windows the shock wave breaks depends the location of building and other obvious factors.  So why is it surprising?

We can expect that anything that naturally failed around this time to be falsely blamed on the incident.  People want to blame it on whatever unusual event just happened rather than the usual breakage.  And in a city of a million people, we can expect a lot of devices to have died on that day.
 
2013-02-18 08:37:24 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: This is going to be one of those things we learn from. Like how we all know to get to high ground when the ocean recedes suddenly. Stay away from windows when the sky is suddenly filled with the bright glow of a fireball.


And don't spit into the wind. Don't tug on Superman's cape.
 
2013-02-18 08:38:32 AM  
So.. sonic boom is now classified as an explosion?
 
2013-02-18 08:38:36 AM  

brobdiggy: Bookie meteor odds:

Meteor is Tyrael:  1 to 150
Meteor is Superman:  1 to 400
Meteor is Lavos:  1 to 1,200
Bill Cosby has part of the meteor in a coffee can and is now able to speak to dogs:  1 to 64,000

Place your bets now


Damn we are soooo boned if its Lavos

/so glad I get the reference
 
2013-02-18 08:38:40 AM  
Russian Teenage Atomic Mutant Ninja Superman

tshirtgroove.com
 
2013-02-18 08:39:28 AM  
It could happen...

i284.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-18 08:46:40 AM  
My electric can opener failed that day also!

To whence do I mail my meteor damage claim?
 
2013-02-18 08:47:30 AM  
Windows crashing is not really news.
 
2013-02-18 08:47:48 AM  

nulluspixiusdemonica: So.. sonic boom is now classified as an explosion?


It's a series of outwardly expanding shock waves.  Why not?
 
2013-02-18 08:48:17 AM  

TheMysteriousStranger: What windows the shock wave breaks depends the location of building and other obvious factors.  So why is it surprising?


It's nice that we have the explanation, but it's still a strange view.

graphics8.nytimes.com

www.globalnews.ca

www.timeslive.co.za

s1.ibtimes.com
 
2013-02-18 08:52:46 AM  

nulluspixiusdemonica: So.. sonic boom is now classified as an explosion?


a best initial estimate of the total energy of the event is about 300 kilotons of TNT-equivalent
You think a sonic boom did that?
 
2013-02-18 08:53:27 AM  
I would not rule out something to do with the window installation either. Comrade! We ran out of screws for the windows on the top floor? So, keep going, nobody will notice.
 
2013-02-18 08:53:35 AM  
One more.

i6.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-18 08:54:25 AM  
And no one posts a pic os 70's SNL Bill Murray as Russian Superman...

/I am disspoint
 
2013-02-18 08:56:48 AM  
Arkanaut:  It's a series of outwardly expanding shock waves.  Why not?

 "exploding over populated areas causing injury and large amounts of damage "
There is less than zero evidence that *anything* exploded... Continuing to spread this particular lie around the place for the delicious "drama" it injects into the narrative helps nobody.
 
2013-02-18 08:56:59 AM  
Oh FFS... The fact that sound/energy waves broke some stuff and not others is not strange. I'd imagine it all depends on the composition of the glass and how that energy hit it.

HURR I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT!! IT'S JEBUS/ALIENS/0BOOGER DEATH RAY! MUST BUY GUNS!!

/not a science talkin' guy
 
2013-02-18 08:57:02 AM  

nulluspixiusdemonica: So.. sonic boom is now classified as an explosion?


I suppose, technically yes. But there was also an additional explosion of the meteor itself.

Funny that the Russian officials are not letting media outlets near the impact on the lake.
 
2013-02-18 08:58:05 AM  

AntonChigger: brobdiggy: Bookie meteor odds:

Meteor is Tyrael:  1 to 150
Meteor is Superman:  1 to 400
Meteor is Lavos:  1 to 1,200
Bill Cosby has part of the meteor in a coffee can and is now able to speak to dogs:  1 to 64,000

Place your bets now

Damn we are soooo boned if its Lavos

/so glad I get the reference



content.ytmnd.com
 
2013-02-18 08:58:35 AM  
Lucky it wasn't Tunguska-like.
 
2013-02-18 09:00:52 AM  

Sybarite: Of course it's a "red" blanket.

[25.media.tumblr.com image 400x590]


Don't worry, we've got someone on it.   media.giantbomb.com
 
2013-02-18 09:01:04 AM  

SuperChuck: nulluspixiusdemonica: So.. sonic boom is now classified as an explosion?

a best initial estimate of the total energy of the event is about 300 kilotons of TNT-equivalent
You think a sonic boom did that?


They've updated that to 500 kilotons now. Good thing it exploded high in the atmosphere instead of close to the ground.

If you want to learn how to cuss in Russian, bring up some of the YouTube videos.
 
2013-02-18 09:05:36 AM  

SuperChuck: nulluspixiusdemonica: So.. sonic boom is now classified as an explosion?

a best initial estimate of the total energy of the event is about 300 kilotons of TNT-equivalent
You think a sonic boom did that?


That just astonishes me - almost 19 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
 
2013-02-18 09:05:36 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: Funny that the Russian officials are not letting media outlets near the impact on the lake.


Not really. If a fragment of the meteor did, in fact, land there you want to keep people out to the greatest extent possible until scientists can come and examine things.

As an analogy, think of a crime scene: lots of people stomping around everywhere will contaminate the scene. Similarly, people stepping on meteorites can break or contaminate them in such a way as to reduce their scientific value.

/does research on meteorites
 
2013-02-18 09:07:53 AM  
Kneel before Zodofsky.
 
2013-02-18 09:08:13 AM  
Do they have insurance in Russia? I would imagine here in the good old USA the insurance company's would be tripping over themselves denying claims because act of god.
 
2013-02-18 09:08:28 AM  
And as far as the electronics borking up it might just be the thing messed with electrons in the atmosphere or some other garbledygook and blew out the ultra sensitive components in the devices... or as was mentioned up thread they were about to screw up anyway and the meteorite had nothing to do with it.

Solar flares, lightening strikes, fluctuations in the earths magnetism can mess with electronics. Having a space rock come ripping through the atmosphere like that is bound to have some kind of effect on our little doodads designed around quantum mechanics. Sh*t we don't even fully understand how some of the freaky sh*t at the quantum level works. We just follow the equations to achieve the results they predict.

/again... not a science talking guy
//been watching a lot physics docs lately though
///therefore I know everything
 
2013-02-18 09:09:27 AM  

AntonChigger: Damn we are soooo boned if its Lavos

/so glad I get the reference


Nah, we're good, it's already after 1999.

/'Sides, if it is Lavos, that means at least one of us get a GODDAMN AIRSHIP!
//And would probably be smart enough to go "Okay, you guys take the gate to fight lavos, we'll take the time machine, that way six of us can beat him down at once."
 
2013-02-18 09:10:49 AM  
FTA It's strange enough that so many people were able to capture video of the meteorite that streaked over Russia on Friday

Said reporter who's new to the Internet.
 
2013-02-18 09:11:15 AM  

nulluspixiusdemonica: So.. sonic boom is now classified as an explosion?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BArpqYspIgU

I highly doubt a sonic boom did that damage.  I know the jets are a lot smaller but they are still pretty damn close to those people with no ill effects.
 
2013-02-18 09:17:46 AM  

wildstarr: I highly doubt a sonic boom did that damage.


i50.tinypic.com

It didn't. It was obviously an attack. CBS morning news confirms it.
 
2013-02-18 09:17:52 AM  

AntonChigger: Damn we are soooo boned if its Lavos


Meh, I can take him.

/boots up dream team of Ayla, Frog, and Lucca
 
2013-02-18 09:19:28 AM  
Lil red riding hood got hit by a meteor?
 
2013-02-18 09:21:54 AM  

Fubegra: If you want to learn how to cuss in Russian, bring up some of the YouTube videos.


Heh.  We were watching it on the local news and you could hear in one of the videos cursing in Russian.  I started laughing, and the distaffbopper asked me why.  When I told her what just slipped past the local news self-censoring, she laughed also.
 
2013-02-18 09:22:22 AM  

traylor: TheMysteriousStranger: What windows the shock wave breaks depends the location of building and other obvious factors.  So why is it surprising?

It's nice that we have the explanation, but it's still a strange view.

[graphics8.nytimes.com image 600x407]
[www.globalnews.ca image 620x413]
[www.timeslive.co.za image 630x400]
[s1.ibtimes.com image 490x366]


To top if off, those are actually the Before photos.
 
2013-02-18 09:22:29 AM  
Infrasound? How incredibly infra dig.
 
2013-02-18 09:29:13 AM  

LDM90: SuperChuck: nulluspixiusdemonica: So.. sonic boom is now classified as an explosion?

a best initial estimate of the total energy of the event is about 300 kilotons of TNT-equivalent
You think a sonic boom did that?

That just astonishes me - almost 19 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.


Had we known that back in 1945, we could have used a meteorite.
 
2013-02-18 09:43:39 AM  
The city of Nasbladiyastimovnikova had all the letter "Z's" knocked entirely out of it's name.
And I hear the city if Svadiblostovichniyakasta sustained damage into the hundred of rubles.

Supermanskinovitch anyone?

I guess when it's really farking cold outside there's not much else to do than invent new names with all your extra letters.
 
2013-02-18 09:50:30 AM  
The link was super, man.
 
2013-02-18 10:03:07 AM  
ihatepeacocks.com

And this is how the world ends...
 
2013-02-18 10:05:58 AM  

JosephFinn: Sybarite: Of course it's a "red" blanket.

[25.media.tumblr.com image 400x590]

Don't worry, we've got someone on it.   [media.giantbomb.com image 539x550]


The best thing about the graphic collection is the little page of sketches in the back detailing that sweet farking hat.
 
2013-02-18 10:47:37 AM  
Wanted for questioning...

images.wikia.com
 
2013-02-18 10:56:21 AM  
so subby...catch that on twitter or the cnn article?

/still admirable
 
2013-02-18 11:19:17 AM  

God--: Bill Murray as Russian Superman


Actually it was a Nazi Superman "Uberman" ... he used his xray vision to reveal that Jimmy Oldstein was actually a Jew.
 
2013-02-18 11:22:18 AM  
Are we sure an alien virus wasn't on the meteor, getting ready to turn us into Chimera?
 
2013-02-18 11:46:10 AM  
The pattern of breakage is odd on the pictures above. It'd be interesting to see a diagram of the damage as relating to location of the sonic boom and other buildings in their way. It could show how the shock wrapped around and moved through the town. I'd expect more upper floors shattered than lower floors but it doesn't seem to be the case.
 
2013-02-18 11:47:14 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
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