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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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