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2013-03-03 07:18:26 AM
"We are baffled. We will not investigate further."

Seems appropriate.
 
2013-03-03 07:20:05 AM
More like some dumbass flicked a lit butt on that dry grass.
 
2013-03-03 07:21:49 AM

JonnyG: "We are baffled. We will not investigate further."

Seems appropriate.


Someone burned 10 square yards, and not a fark was given.
 
2013-03-03 07:22:57 AM
something something end times something Mayan prophecies something guns something something canned food something bomb shelter something laughing on the other side of your faces.
 
2013-03-03 07:26:21 AM
Just someone testing their phase conjugate tracking system.

/ Ooh, popcorn!
 
2013-03-03 07:27:12 AM
Praise Him!
 
2013-03-03 07:27:57 AM
Must have been one very bright street light !
 
2013-03-03 07:28:18 AM
This is why, serviceman Chung, We do not "eyeball it".

/You will be ruining someone's day.
/sometime, somewhere.
 
2013-03-03 07:28:34 AM

dogdaze: More like some dumbass flicked a lit butt on that dry grass.


You're probably right.

Yogimus: JonnyG: "We are baffled. We will not investigate further."

Seems appropriate.

Someone burned 10 square yards, and not a fark was given.


Hey, I don't disagree. Let's say some big beam of light did shine from the sky and start a fire, though... That's something that should be investigated.

But, yeah, my first thought was that it was far from some mysterious beam of light. Maybe it was just a giant magnifying glass. Or someone wearing hipster glasses.
 
2013-03-03 07:29:58 AM
derbyimages.woot.com
 
2013-03-03 07:34:38 AM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-03 07:36:17 AM
Sorry, my bad. I just got one of those overdriven 30-LED flashlights that takes a car battery to run. I was trying to find my car keys.
 
2013-03-03 07:36:26 AM
 
2013-03-03 07:39:04 AM
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-03-03 07:43:09 AM
<imnotsaying.....jpg>
 
2013-03-03 07:44:04 AM

way south: This is why, serviceman Chung, We do not "eyeball it".

/You will be ruining someone's day.
/sometime, somewhere.


From what movie/series is that? It sounds naggingly familiar, but i can't place it.
 
2013-03-03 07:46:17 AM
An alien laser pointer did that?
Their cat must be huge.
 
2013-03-03 07:48:08 AM
Remember on Star Wars where some of the laser blasts didn't connect?

Some of those must eventually connect with something flammable.
 
2013-03-03 07:48:10 AM
pbfcomics.com
 
2013-03-03 07:52:16 AM

wildcardjack: Remember on Star Wars where some of the laser blasts didn't connect?

Some of those must eventually connect with something flammable.


Nah, those laser blasts usually dissipate after a while, since it's just a bunch of energy coincidentally moving in the same direction, so space dust/hydrogen/random gravitational forces would act to dissipate it.
 
2013-03-03 07:53:22 AM

TommyDeuce: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 439x337]


I forget what star trek movie/show that was from, but it looks like it was created for a farking godzilla movie.

[its a fake.jpg]
 
2013-03-03 07:54:23 AM
img.gawkerassets.com

Reversed fire this time?
 
2013-03-03 07:58:04 AM

gerbilpox: [img.gawkerassets.com image 532x299]

Reversed fire this time?


newsimg.ngfiles.com

he's cha cha cha cha... delicious
 
2013-03-03 08:01:14 AM

Smoking GNU: way south: This is why, serviceman Chung, We do not "eyeball it".

/You will be ruining someone's day.
/sometime, somewhere.

From what movie/series is that? It sounds naggingly familiar, but i can't place it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLpgxry542M
 
2013-03-03 08:04:36 AM
LAY-ZUR.
www.iwatchstuff.com
 
2013-03-03 08:16:05 AM
The Fire Service says it will not investigate further.

Of course they won't. The government doesn't want people to know the truth about aliens.
 
2013-03-03 08:20:09 AM
What the culprit might look like:

i.imgur.com

/ill-tempered
 
2013-03-03 08:21:50 AM
*can't believe George Tsouloupouloudous hasn't been posted yet*
 
2013-03-03 08:24:21 AM

gerbilpox: What the culprit might look like:

[i.imgur.com image 627x287]

/ill-tempered


shriekingtree.com
 
2013-03-03 08:34:55 AM
It's NIBIRU!!! Everybody panic!!1!!1!!!!
 
2013-03-03 08:37:36 AM
Lightning!
 
2013-03-03 08:39:34 AM
img403.imageshack.us

Try it again but turn the power knob clockwise.
 
2013-03-03 08:40:45 AM
Or a bunch of jolly jokers with leftover incendiary rounds and a gallon of gas.
 
2013-03-03 08:41:13 AM

This Face Left Blank: Just someone testing their phase conjugate tracking system.

/ Ooh, popcorn!


Stop touching yourself, Kent!
 
2013-03-03 08:42:39 AM
I blame alien elephants.
 
2013-03-03 09:03:49 AM
Sorry about that, was aiming for Kane.

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-03 09:10:26 AM
At least they didn't greet anyone in person.  Because it usually means this...
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-03 09:18:10 AM

Bad_ad85: [pbfcomics.com image 850x283]


Leavin' satisfied, very satisfied.

/RIP PBF
 
2013-03-03 09:23:43 AM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-03 09:30:28 AM

way south: Smoking GNU: way south: This is why, serviceman Chung, We do not "eyeball it".

/You will be ruining someone's day.
/sometime, somewhere.

From what movie/series is that? It sounds naggingly familiar, but i can't place it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLpgxry542M


Oh, Ok. Never played that game (never had the hardware to be able to), but i could have sworn it was some sort of movie/series i've seen before.
Must have read that quote somewhere else on the internet somewhere.
 
2013-03-03 09:33:03 AM

Madbassist1: TommyDeuce: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 439x337]

I forget what star trek movie/show that was from, but it looks like it was created for a farking godzilla movie.

[its a fake.jpg]


Not sure if joking but I believe that is from Weird Science.

Yay, popcorn!
 
kth
2013-03-03 09:40:53 AM

Bad_ad85: [pbfcomics.com image 850x283]


great googly moogly.
 
2013-03-03 09:49:26 AM

here to help: Madbassist1: TommyDeuce: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 439x337]

I forget what star trek movie/show that was from, but it looks like it was created for a farking godzilla movie.

[its a fake.jpg]

Not sure if joking but I believe that is from Weird Science.

Yay, popcorn!


you're both fired.  Real Genius.
 
2013-03-03 09:49:48 AM

here to help: Madbassist1: TommyDeuce: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 439x337]

I forget what star trek movie/show that was from, but it looks like it was created for a farking godzilla movie.

[its a fake.jpg]

Not sure if joking but I believe that is from Weird Science.

Yay, popcorn!


I don't know if you guys are trolling or what.  Everyone knows that is from Revenge of the Nerds.
 
2013-03-03 10:00:56 AM

Grapple: you're both fired. Real Genius.


Same diff.

*ashamed*
 
2013-03-03 10:22:46 AM
i49.photobucket.com

Stellar Converter warning shot?
 
2013-03-03 10:25:08 AM

Madbassist1: TommyDeuce: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 439x337]

I forget what star trek movie/show that was from, but it looks like it was created for a farking godzilla movie.

[its a fake.jpg]


Looks like it's from Star Trek Enterprise 9/11, where the Xindi faction of Al-Queda deploys their space based WMD of Imagination on the FFS*, thereby turning Nice Archer into Angry Archer, after which, he and his trusty sidekick Dubya Tripp go off to the Space of the Iraq, to make Relentless Freedom.

* Fark Favourite State
 
2013-03-03 10:26:30 AM
Or, it's something else. dk/dc.
 
2013-03-03 10:29:52 AM
SFC: Spontaneous Field Combustion.

It's rarer than the human (SHC) form but there has been several recorded instances of SFC throughout history.
Many experts of SFC believes one of its first mentions is that of the biblical 'Burning Bush' of the Old Testament.

In more recent times, SFC has been seen in the Southern Yorkshire town of Bothamburp, England.
lh3.ggpht.com(note the mysterious grey ashes in the center of the burnt circle)


A field in Stockholm, Finland. A photo from 1952 with SFC experts investigating the phenomenon. They recorded the diameter of the area to be over 23ft.
www.outdoors.fi


In this extremely rare photo from 1998, a SFC event was captured for the very first time in progress.
apps.carleton.edu
The photographer, David Ellis, a teenager out photographing wild birds in North Hampshire, USA, is recorded as saying that the fire didn't seem hot. He said, 'It was like no fire I ever saw, man. The smoke I noticed first but I thought it was just kids getting high. Then I saw the flames but it felt cold. It was weird.'
 
2013-03-03 10:35:37 AM
Tazmania?

s23.postimage.org
 
2013-03-03 10:53:40 AM
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

It was the Russians
 
2013-03-03 10:55:43 AM
Wanted for questioning

www.kazak.com
 
2013-03-03 10:57:38 AM

GungFu: SFC: Spontaneous Field Combustion.

It's rarer than the human (SHC) form

...

Dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It's just not widely reported.
 
2013-03-03 10:58:04 AM

JonnyG: "We are baffled. We will not investigate further."

Seems appropriate.


And a new religion is born.
 
2013-03-03 11:02:47 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-03 11:04:27 AM
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-03-03 11:31:50 AM
So no one thinks it's China hacking one of our secret star wars satellite killer satellites?
 
2013-03-03 11:38:47 AM
I fell into a burning ring of fire
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
 
2013-03-03 11:50:06 AM
Someone hit the button.

ninjamonkey.us
 
2013-03-03 11:57:58 AM

TommyDeuce: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 439x337]


Popcorn for everyone!
 
2013-03-03 12:00:47 PM
I really should read the whole thread before posting.

/redundant comment is redundant
 
2013-03-03 12:23:04 PM
Spotted nearby, whistling nonchalantly:

i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-03 12:27:05 PM

Ivo Shandor: Spotted nearby, whistling nonchalantly:

[i.imgur.com image 768x410]


I suppose that is better than whistling in a distinctly chalant manner.
 
2013-03-03 12:28:34 PM

MythDragon: [i49.photobucket.com image 640x480]

Stellar Converter warning shot?


I miss that game.
 
2013-03-03 12:33:08 PM

BumpInTheNight: Bad_ad85: [pbfcomics.com image 850x283]

Leavin' satisfied, very satisfied.

/RIP PBF


There are a few new ones recently.
 
2013-03-03 12:38:49 PM

This Face Left Blank: Just someone testing their phase conjugate tracking system.

/ Ooh, popcorn!


A big mirror makes a big beam.
 
2013-03-03 12:47:12 PM
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-03 01:00:36 PM
Even aliens screw up making crop circles.
 
2013-03-03 01:28:25 PM
HEY NOW!

She said they were on Dantooine, not Earth, Dantooine.
 
2013-03-03 01:33:31 PM
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com

Get underground!  He's going after the children next!
 
2013-03-03 01:35:04 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-03 01:41:18 PM
www.smbc-comics.com
 
2013-03-03 01:42:01 PM
Assuming it was actually a bright light that ignited it... Could have been some very rare optical lensing via clouds, maybe? Perhaps heat lightning?
 
2013-03-03 01:55:05 PM
"We are baffled. We will not investigate further."

I say this about a dozen times a day.
 
2013-03-03 02:38:45 PM

wildcardjack: Remember on Star Wars where some of the laser blasts didn't connect?

Some of those must eventually connect with something flammable.


True, but they would spread out a lot before they got there. Lasers are "coherant light", all pointed in the same direction, but not perfectly. A laser battle would have to be quite close to your planet for the rays to arrive coherently enough to ignie flammables because the power spread out as the square of the distance. This is why the laser beams used by people in SF stories can be set to cut or heat or simply light large objects by expanding the beam from a very intense thin beam to a very wide, lower-power beam.
 
2013-03-03 02:47:45 PM
Could this "LASER beam" be something called "lightning"?

Or a tiny fire ball? These consist of plasma and while they are not totally understood, scientists have admitted that they exist ever since one flew through an airplane full of scientists. Sometimes you have to practically hit a scientist with the evidence before they will believe in it. Not that long ago, they refused to believe rocks fell from the sky, but one almost hit a French scientist with enough credit to make the argument that they do.

Two scenarios I think most likely: the grass was set on fire by a natural cause which is fairly rare, such as clear sky lightning or a meteorite of very small size but high temperature, or two, the scorched ground is unconnected with the light seen falling from the sky. The grass is clearly dry and flammable, but not very high. A cigarette tossed by a hoaxer who saw the light could be the cause rather than the light itself.

Either way, we are unlikely to ever know what caused it because it is a tiny localized fire and they sometimes happen spontaneously, and otherwise can be the result of any number of different causes.

If you want scientists to believe in something, you may have to hit them with it.

The gorilla was a myth until the mid-1860s, meteorites until the early 1800s, and fireballs until, IIRC, a bit before I was born.

This is a case where "it was on the ground already" just might be the truth, whatever Charles Hoy Fort would say with his tongue in cheek. But I am willing to entertain alternatves, but not believe it was a laser, human or alien.

LASERS DON'T WORK THAT WAY!
 
2013-03-03 03:00:20 PM

jamspoon: [encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com image 255x198]

It was the Russians


It was Best Korea's military deploying a shark in space.
 
2013-03-03 04:27:48 PM
Me and my friend and this boy named Eddie, we was bored one afternoon...

/obscure?
//I'll answer: Not on Fark
 
2013-03-03 04:39:39 PM

gerbilpox: [img.gawkerassets.com image 532x299]

Reversed fire this time?

Reversed


Chairfaced Chipendale !!!
 
2013-03-03 04:42:02 PM
What the article said:  The Fire Service says it will not investigate further.

What the article SHOULD say:   The Fire Service says it was told not investigate further.
 
2013-03-03 04:50:53 PM

brantgoose: Could this "LASER beam" be something called "lightning"?

Or a tiny fire ball? These consist of plasma and while they are not totally understood, scientists have admitted that they exist ever since one flew through an airplane full of scientists. Sometimes you have to practically hit a scientist with the evidence before they will believe in it. Not that long ago, they refused to believe rocks fell from the sky, but one almost hit a French scientist with enough credit to make the argument that they do.

Two scenarios I think most likely: the grass was set on fire by a natural cause which is fairly rare, such as clear sky lightning or a meteorite of very small size but high temperature, or two, the scorched ground is unconnected with the light seen falling from the sky. The grass is clearly dry and flammable, but not very high. A cigarette tossed by a hoaxer who saw the light could be the cause rather than the light itself.

Either way, we are unlikely to ever know what caused it because it is a tiny localized fire and they sometimes happen spontaneously, and otherwise can be the result of any number of different causes.

If you want scientists to believe in something, you may have to hit them with it.

The gorilla was a myth until the mid-1860s, meteorites until the early 1800s, and fireballs until, IIRC, a bit before I was born.

This is a case where "it was on the ground already" just might be the truth, whatever Charles Hoy Fort would say with his tongue in cheek. But I am willing to entertain alternatves, but not believe it was a laser, human or alien.

LASERS DON'T WORK THAT WAY!


You mean Earth lasers don't work that way...
 
2013-03-03 05:29:25 PM

brantgoose: wildcardjack: Remember on Star Wars where some of the laser blasts didn't connect?

Some of those must eventually connect with something flammable.

True, but they would spread out a lot before they got there. Lasers are "coherant light", all pointed in the same direction, but not perfectly. A laser battle would have to be quite close to your planet for the rays to arrive coherently enough to ignie flammables because the power spread out as the square of the distance. This is why the laser beams used by people in SF stories can be set to cut or heat or simply light large objects by expanding the beam from a very intense thin beam to a very wide, lower-power beam.


That's why they have "turbo" lasers.

/Also... lightning you primitive bush bunnies.
 
2013-03-03 08:22:47 PM
Alien laser pointer, or,... a bolt of lightning?

img29.imageshack.us
 
2013-03-03 08:40:21 PM
www.startrek.com
Well, at least Fark would be happy.
 
2013-03-04 12:31:47 AM
Spontaneous combustion is not rare in any way. In fact, it is a rather common occurrence with: Haybales, Compost heaps, and any area that has dead vegitation densely packed.
 
2013-03-04 02:19:01 AM

Evil Mackerel: MythDragon: [i49.photobucket.com image 640x480]

Stellar Converter warning shot?

I miss that game.


download and install it then.  I prefer the Plasma Cannon and Damper Field over Disrupters/Phasors+ClassX&PhasingCloak
 
2013-03-04 11:57:14 AM

SquiggsIN: Evil Mackerel: MythDragon: [i49.photobucket.com image 640x480]

Stellar Converter warning shot?

I miss that game.

download and install it then.  I prefer the Plasma Cannon and Damper Field over Disrupters/Phasors+ClassX&PhasingCloak


Eh, once you get to the point you van build Doom Stars, you've already won anyhow. At that point all you are fighting is Antareans really, if that. Or mopping up.
 
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