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(Kansas.com)   City council to get tough on heavy water users. We're looking at YOU, Robert Oppenheimer   (kansas.com) divider line 63
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2013-02-27 11:41:22 PM  

iheartscotch: Ok, my first green. I submit random stuff from time to time. Usually with a reference to an obscure or not so obscure movie.

So, there I was, just minding my own business; I saw this article about heavy water use. My mind went directly to Robert Oppenheimer.

I'd like to thank all of you magnificent bastards for upvoting my submission; and the various mods who control these things. Most of all, I'd like to thank Unfreakable for TF.


Seriously chap, awesome job.

Cool story bro:

I used to work at a call center. I was a quiet guy. Never said much. Every now and then there would be a lull in calls, and I could scour the web and read stuff on the internet. Some other guy in his cube next to me saw that I was fascinated with what I was reading.

"What're you reading about?"

"Heavy water." (more specifically I was reading about the Norwegian Heavy Water Sabotage)

"The stuff that makes that scum on your shower door."

..."No, not hard water... (he receives a call, cannot continue to listen). I receive a call. A couple of minutes go by.

He chimes in, during the next lull "Yeah, I mean they have water softeners and stuff for that. You've never heard of heavy water?"

"No, it's heavy water, stuff used in the development of nuclea... (he receives a call)"

The whole time someone else is eavesdropping. They think I'm also talking about hard water- "You don't know what heavy water is?" (with a tone in their voice of disgust, as if I'm a farking dolt).

There is nothing in this world more irritating to me than communicating something perfectly, but the other person has the perception that you are the idiot, when they think you are talking about something completely unrelated from the subject at hand. I never said another word to another employee while employed there. Thankfully my time working at a call service center was short lived.

This thread is why I love fark. It restores my faith in humanity that other people actually know shiat, the really really obscure shiat (relative). I love that people on here are usually a couple standard deviations above the mean. It's as if all those people I never got to discuss the cool stuff with in life are all here. I wish I could meet and talk to people like you in the real world all day.
 
2013-02-28 12:01:16 AM  

Oldiron_79: Im sure Heisenburg would have liked to have had more heavy water.


I am uncertain about that.
 
2013-02-28 12:37:55 AM  

OscarTamerz: Missed it by that much submittard.  Edward Teller built the H-bomb which used hydrogen isotope compounds for fusion after Oppenheimer got the boot for being a commie rat bastard.


I bet you are fun at parties.

If there is one thing worse than a grammar-Nazi it's a punchline fundamentalist.
 
2013-02-28 01:23:24 AM  
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2013-02-28 01:27:35 AM  

iheartscotch: Ok, my first green. I submit random stuff from time to time. Usually with a reference to an obscure or not so obscure movie.

So, there I was, just minding my own business; I saw this article about heavy water use. My mind went directly to Robert Oppenheimer.

I'd like to thank all of you magnificent bastards for upvoting my submission; and the various mods who control these things. Most of all, I'd like to thank Unfreakable for TF.


Well played old chap!

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HoratioGates: OscarTamerz: Missed it by that much submittard.  Edward Teller built the H-bomb which used hydrogen isotope compounds for fusion after Oppenheimer got the boot for being a commie rat bastard.

I bet you are fun at parties.

If there is one thing worse than a grammar-Nazi it's a punchline fundamentalist.


/Looking at The Making Of The Atomic Bomb literally four feet from where I'm sitting
//agree
 
2013-02-28 02:09:50 AM  

Nexzus: Every time I read about water shortages in our friendly neighbour to the south, I get a little bit more anxious.

Though it seems Brazil has the lead in fresh water supply, followed by Russia.


No wonder they say not to drink it.

 

Oldiron_79: Im sure Heisenburg would have liked to have had more heavy water.


He might or might not have.

iheartscotch: Ok, my first green. I submit random stuff from time to time. Usually with a reference to an obscure or not so obscure movie.


Great headline.
 
2013-02-28 03:52:58 AM  

OscarTamerz: Missed it by that much submittard.  Edward Teller built the H-bomb which used hydrogen isotope compounds for fusion after Oppenheimer got the boot for being a commie rat bastard.



Oppenheimer was a proponent of fusion boosted fission designs, which certainly uses hydrogen to increase the efficiency of the fission process. Furthermore, while heavy water is not used in actual weapons, it is has been used in the enrichment process of plutonium--something Oppenheimer would have been greatly interested in. Given this I applaud subby's headline and waive my index finger at you in a stern disapproving manner (regardless of whether or not Oppenheimer was a "commie rat bastard").
 
2013-02-28 06:57:39 AM  
Tune in later this summer for "Wichita City Council fining residents for brown lawns"
 
2013-02-28 09:03:27 AM  
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2013-02-28 01:11:33 PM  
No swimming in the heavy water. No singing in the acid rain.
 
2013-02-28 01:12:36 PM  
Fun fact:  You can get drunk drinking heavy water. Bonus: No hang over.

Some scientist wasted some expensive heavy water discovering this. The stuff was $75 a shot when the source of this factoid created it. Not a cheap drunk.
 
2013-02-28 06:04:59 PM  
FTA: Someone who uses 22,500 gallons of water a month in the summer

fark. Who needs 22,500 gallons of water? There should be regressive prices. The first 1,000 gallons cheap, 1001-5000 double, 5001-10000 double, etc.

/I thought the 2800 gallons we were using was a bit high
 
2013-02-28 11:12:22 PM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: FTA: Someone who uses 22,500 gallons of water a month in the summer

fark. Who needs 22,500 gallons of water? There should be regressive prices. The first 1,000 gallons cheap, 1001-5000 double, 5001-10000 double, etc.

/I thought the 2800 gallons we were using was a bit high


They measure yours in gallons? I think ours is cubic feet, because no way are we using 11,000 gallons every quarter...
 
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