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(In Serbia News)   North America to collide with Europe in the new movie "Speed 4: Continental Drift"   (inserbia.info) divider line 48
    More: Interesting, North America, Europe, continental drifts, convergence, Richter magnitude scale, Pangaea, tectonic plates, subduction  
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2013-06-18 09:55:10 AM
Was there was a Speed 3?
 
2013-06-18 10:13:24 AM
This is bad for everyone, Florida is going to give Europe a host of ctd's, and America will never get rid of that Frech smell.
 
2013-06-18 10:34:14 AM
If this continent exceeds 0.1 cm per year, the entire landmass will explode!
 
2013-06-18 10:43:14 AM
media.tumblr.com
 
2013-06-18 10:50:15 AM
It's headed right for us!
 
2013-06-18 10:50:59 AM
Hehe, "cleavage".
 
2013-06-18 11:02:01 AM
Um, maybe. Or not. It's not even an active subduction zone. Meanwhile, there are plenty of active zones all up and down the Pacific coast of North America.

Also, InSerbia? Are you a regular reader, subby?
 
2013-06-18 11:06:27 AM
It'll cut flight times.
 
2013-06-18 11:14:05 AM
 
2013-06-18 11:15:23 AM
Wouldn't subsistence along the Iberian Peninsula be countered by divergence at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge?
 
2013-06-18 11:18:55 AM

Tyrosine: Wouldn't subsistence along the Iberian Peninsula be countered by divergence at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge?


Came in to say this.
 
2013-06-18 11:26:58 AM
cache.io9.com

He seems up for the job.
 
2013-06-18 11:31:26 AM
Welp, that settles it.  I'm moving to an island where there are no continents.
 
2013-06-18 11:35:39 AM
FTA:  Geologists have discovered cleavages that could move North America closer to Europe.

www.backpackertours.co.uk
 
2013-06-18 11:48:19 AM
Great now illegals from England will be bringing their spotted dick and weird language here.
 
2013-06-18 11:48:19 AM
Because of Global Warming?
 
2013-06-18 11:50:29 AM
Evidently this is a repeat from yesterday. Now I see why subby chose InSerbia as his go-to site for plate tectonic research.
 
2013-06-18 11:51:27 AM

m1ke: Because of Global Warming?


Don't start with that crap. If people don't understand the difference between AGW and plate tectonics, they can just check themselves right out of the Geek Tab.
 
2013-06-18 11:56:45 AM

theorellior: Evidently this is a repeat from yesterday. Now I see why subby chose InSerbia as his go-to site for plate tectonic research.


actually, it was what popped up on Google News. I don't choose the source, I just make the headlines
 
2013-06-18 11:57:36 AM
The real question is 'how can Al Gore make money off of this?'
 
2013-06-18 12:24:46 PM

Nemo's Brother: AAAAALLLLLL GOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRE!


It's deja vu all over again!
 
2013-06-18 12:33:20 PM
Cleavage, is there anything it can't do?
 
2013-06-18 12:42:52 PM

Nemo's Brother: The real question is 'how can Al Gore make money off of this?'


Well, there's one dumbfark. STFU and GTFO.
 
2013-06-18 01:34:17 PM

Tyrosine: Wouldn't subsistence along the Iberian Peninsula be countered by divergence at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge?


It's a race! Go, Mid-Atlantic Ridge!

/don't care if this is a dupe, this is a better headline
 
2013-06-18 01:35:15 PM

Odd Bird: FTA:  Geologists have discovered cleavages that could move North America closer to Europe.

[www.backpackertours.co.uk image 360x344]


I'm in favor of giving these researchers support.
 
2013-06-18 01:45:13 PM
As a geologist, I fully support this newfound transatlantic cleavage. Opa!
 
2013-06-18 01:46:46 PM

m1ke: Because of Global Warming?


Global warming might or might not help on this one. After all, the more water there is in the Atlantic, the more resistance there is to continental drift. On the other hand, the water  will be less dense and salty and may just float on top, slopping onto beaches, instead of resisting the continental flow.

In any case, global warming will be over before much happens on the continental drift front. IIRC, they only move a matter of inches a year. Time scales, how do they farking work?
 
2013-06-18 01:57:17 PM
This idea reminds me of 1) the Father Ted episode which parodies Speed. Father Ted gets a milkman who is very popular with the ladies fired on a morals complaint and the milkman rigs the milk float (milk truck) with a bomb which will explode if the milk float goes over 4 miles per hour. Father Dougal is driving. Their comical attempts to save him (by prayer and holding special masses) lead to a simpler by only partially effective solution. Dougal lives but the milk float is blown up. The milkman is a victim of poetic or at least comedic justice.

I love Father Ted. Sadly, my parents do not get it or any other wacky comedy since the days of Monty Python.

The other thing 2) it reminds me of is a Tundra cartoon (by a cartoonist from Alaska) which parodies Speed by having floating ice about to collide (in very slow motion) with a bit of ice where an Inuit (formerly Eskimo) is fishing. I expect that idea has been used by several one panel cartoons because slow=glacial=ice. In fact, I am sure I have seen the same gag with a glacier instead of drift ice.

Speed  has a premise that is ripe for parody. It's one of those movies you can't avoid knowing in detail despite never having seen them because the parodies have piled up so thick the whole plot and every easily parodied line or scene is known to you second hand. I wrote a parody of Star Wars well before I ever saw the movie and won first prize from the school newspaper ($10).
 
2013-06-18 02:13:49 PM

brantgoose: IIRC, they only move a matter of inches a year.


"If this continent goes slower than 1 cm per year, we're all dead!"
 
2013-06-18 02:16:47 PM

brantgoose: In fact, I am sure I have seen the same gag with a glacier instead of drift ice.

 
2013-06-18 02:24:47 PM

brantgoose: After all, the more water there is in the Atlantic, the more resistance there is to continental drift.


On the other hand, water helps lubricate the subducting plate, so it might speed things up.
 
2013-06-18 02:35:39 PM

Tyrosine: Wouldn't subsistence along the Iberian Peninsula be countered by divergence at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge?


Yeah, I was going to say that logic pretty much says that the prediction of North America hitting Europe is pretty much crap for that reason.
 
2013-06-18 02:46:23 PM
 
2013-06-18 03:47:56 PM

FrancoFile: Tyrosine: Wouldn't subsistence along the Iberian Peninsula be countered by divergence at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge?

Came in to say this.


Yep.

The atlantic ocean is in fact, getting larger and the pacific is shrinking. The rate at which this is occuring is very miniscule though.
 
2013-06-18 04:05:03 PM

h2oincfs: relevant xkcd.


imgs.xkcd.com

Grow, Chicago, grow!
 
2013-06-18 04:14:16 PM

brantgoose: This idea reminds me of 1) the Father Ted episode which parodies Speed. Father Ted gets a milkman who is very popular with the ladies fired on a morals complaint and the milkman rigs the milk float (milk truck) with a bomb which will explode if the milk float goes over 4 miles per hour. Father Dougal is driving. Their comical attempts to save him (by prayer and holding special masses) lead to a simpler by only partially effective solution. Dougal lives but the milk float is blown up. The milkman is a victim of poetic or at least comedic justice.

I love Father Ted. Sadly, my parents do not get it or any other wacky comedy since the days of Monty Python.

The other thing 2) it reminds me of is a Tundra cartoon (by a cartoonist from Alaska) which parodies Speed by having floating ice about to collide (in very slow motion) with a bit of ice where an Inuit (formerly Eskimo) is fishing. I expect that idea has been used by several one panel cartoons because slow=glacial=ice. In fact, I am sure I have seen the same gag with a glacier instead of drift ice.

Speed  has a premise that is ripe for parody. It's one of those movies you can't avoid knowing in detail despite never having seen them because the parodies have piled up so thick the whole plot and every easily parodied line or scene is known to you second hand. I wrote a parody of Star Wars well before I ever saw the movie and won first prize from the school newspaper ($10).


Yeah, that Father Ted episode was so brilliant that not only is the film no longer able to take seriously (oh come on, yeah Speed 2 was crap but don't pretend Speed didn't entertain!) but also all other parodies of the film fall a long distance away.
 
2013-06-18 04:19:49 PM

WelldeadLink: h2oincfs: relevant xkcd.

[imgs.xkcd.com image 740x397]

Grow, Chicago, grow!


can I just be dense here and wonder where the hell all of the water for this to happen went? I mean, I really do believe in the whole ice age thing and all, anyone care to fill me in in retard terms?
 
2013-06-18 04:26:29 PM

xxcorydxx: WelldeadLink: h2oincfs: relevant xkcd.

[imgs.xkcd.com image 740x397]

Grow, Chicago, grow!

can I just be dense here and wonder where the hell all of the water for this to happen went? I mean, I really do believe in the whole ice age thing and all, anyone care to fill me in in retard terms?


Ah, the ocean was so much lower then, it's higher than that now.
 
2013-06-18 04:27:51 PM

xxcorydxx: can I just be dense here and wonder where the hell all of the water for this to happen went? I mean, I really do believe in the whole ice age thing and all, anyone care to fill me in in retard terms?


The ocean. During the height of the ice age, sea level was 300 ft below where it is today. Then the ice melted and it filled back up.
 
2013-06-18 04:39:18 PM

Dracolich: xxcorydxx: WelldeadLink: h2oincfs: relevant xkcd.

[imgs.xkcd.com image 740x397]

Grow, Chicago, grow!

can I just be dense here and wonder where the hell all of the water for this to happen went? I mean, I really do believe in the whole ice age thing and all, anyone care to fill me in in retard terms?

Ah, the ocean was so much lower then, it's higher than that now.


theorellior: xxcorydxx: can I just be dense here and wonder where the hell all of the water for this to happen went? I mean, I really do believe in the whole ice age thing and all, anyone care to fill me in in retard terms?

The ocean. During the height of the ice age, sea level was 300 ft below where it is today. Then the ice melted and it filled back up.


thanks guys, who needs google anyway?
 
2013-06-18 04:49:18 PM

xxcorydxx: Dracolich: xxcorydxx: WelldeadLink: h2oincfs: relevant xkcd.

[imgs.xkcd.com image 740x397]

Grow, Chicago, grow!

can I just be dense here and wonder where the hell all of the water for this to happen went? I mean, I really do believe in the whole ice age thing and all, anyone care to fill me in in retard terms?

Ah, the ocean was so much lower then, it's higher than that now.

theorellior: xxcorydxx: can I just be dense here and wonder where the hell all of the water for this to happen went? I mean, I really do believe in the whole ice age thing and all, anyone care to fill me in in retard terms?

The ocean. During the height of the ice age, sea level was 300 ft below where it is today. Then the ice melted and it filled back up.

thanks guys, who needs google anyway?


The other cool part is that the weight of all that ice was so much that large chunks of the northern hemisphere is still rebounding upwards now the ice has gone, even though it been thousands of years since then.
 
2013-06-18 04:51:40 PM

xria: xxcorydxx: Dracolich: xxcorydxx: WelldeadLink: h2oincfs: relevant xkcd.

[imgs.xkcd.com image 740x397]

Grow, Chicago, grow!

can I just be dense here and wonder where the hell all of the water for this to happen went? I mean, I really do believe in the whole ice age thing and all, anyone care to fill me in in retard terms?

Ah, the ocean was so much lower then, it's higher than that now.

theorellior: xxcorydxx: can I just be dense here and wonder where the hell all of the water for this to happen went? I mean, I really do believe in the whole ice age thing and all, anyone care to fill me in in retard terms?

The ocean. During the height of the ice age, sea level was 300 ft below where it is today. Then the ice melted and it filled back up.

thanks guys, who needs google anyway?

The other cool part is that the weight of all that ice was so much that large chunks of the northern hemisphere is still rebounding upwards now the ice has gone, even though it been thousands of years since then.


Like those face and body creases you stare at in the mirror after sleeping on wrinkly sheets, right?
 
2013-06-18 05:01:56 PM

xria: The other cool part is that the weight of all that ice was so much that large chunks of the northern hemisphere is still rebounding upwards now the ice has gone, even though it been thousands of years since then.


In fact, Hudson Bay is probably a temporary depression that will slowly lift out of the Arctic over the next 5000 years.
 
2013-06-18 05:01:58 PM
This is great, I'll finally be able to drive to Europe, or fly Southwest to Paris.
 
2013-06-18 05:12:01 PM
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Sounds about right.
 
2013-06-18 05:33:33 PM

Begoggle: Smartest:
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Sounds about right.


Wouldn't it be great if opinions mattered?
 
2013-06-19 07:05:59 AM
If Sandra Bullock is in it, I'll watch it.
i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-19 09:15:50 AM
this is how bad obama wants us to be like europe.

that or we are about to build one awesome-ass megatron.
 
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