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(Slate)   No, Mars won't get as big as the Moon next week. What the fark is wrong with people?   (slate.com) divider line 69
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2013-08-22 05:22:08 PM
Mars is bigger than the moon.

Oh, you meant in viewing size from Earth.

That would be pretty farking cool, though.
 
2013-08-22 05:38:43 PM
You can't rail against stupid people if you keep using the words "as big as" with out the word "look."   Also, if chain emails that nobody pays attention to make you furious.  Also, if you let chain emails onto your Facebook wall.
 
2013-08-22 06:10:38 PM
Also, I heard about this lady who was driving home when the car behind her started flashing its lights and honking.  She thought it was a crazy person following her or a gang or something so she didn't want to drive home.  Instead she drove to the police station, but she was afraid when the other car pulled in behind her.  Turns out he was trying to warn her because Mars was in the back seat with a knife!
 
2013-08-22 06:13:41 PM
www.slate.com

I'm glad that this image has been made, so that if I see any of this B.S. I can post it. I have some family members who need to bookmark snopes.com
 
2013-08-22 06:21:32 PM

Gig103: [www.slate.com image 568x272]

I'm glad that this image has been made, so that if I see any of this B.S. I can post it. I have some family members who need to bookmark snopes.com


9000 hours in paint.
 
2013-08-22 06:24:28 PM

Gig103: [www.slate.com image 568x272]

I'm glad that this image has been made, so that if I see any of this B.S. I can post it. I have some family members who need to bookmark snopes.com


This looks shooped
 
2013-08-22 06:27:25 PM
It'd be kind of exciting to walk outside and see Mars visibly bigger than the moon. I mean, sure, we're all about to die horribly, but we get a front row seat to two planets crashing into each other.
 
2013-08-22 06:29:15 PM
DON'T MESS WITH EARTH!
 
2013-08-22 06:32:43 PM

Bslim: DON'T MESS WITH EARF!


/ftfy
 
2013-08-22 06:34:59 PM
i466.photobucket.com
 
2013-08-22 06:37:51 PM

Mentalpatient87: It'd be kind of exciting to walk outside and see Mars visibly bigger than the moon. I mean, sure, we're all about to die horribly, but we get a front row seat to two planets crashing into each other.


sciencefun.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-08-22 06:38:21 PM
August 22, 2013 is the day Marty and Doc went into the future.
 
2013-08-22 06:40:13 PM
A dismal education system that encourages parental disengagement and that focuses on teaching to a test rather the imbuing students with a love of learning and knowledge that takes good teachers and turns them hopeless coupled with a small but vocal minority hell bent on making the public education system wither and die so they can make a buck through charter and private schools?
 
2013-08-22 06:41:03 PM

Mentalpatient87: It'd be kind of exciting to walk outside and see Mars visibly bigger than the moon. I mean, sure, we're all about to die horribly, but we get a front row seat to two planets crashing into each other.


i105.photobucket.com
i105.photobucket.com
I wish I could remember things with my boobs!
 
2013-08-22 06:47:19 PM
img546.imageshack.us
 
2013-08-22 06:47:49 PM

Lando Lincoln: Mars is bigger than the moon.


First thing that came to mind for me too!
 
2013-08-22 06:54:27 PM

Precision Boobery: [img546.imageshack.us image 483x555]


I got a similar answer from a cousin of mine (the a combo of "Did I ask you" and "Don't ever correct me again") when I pointed out irreducible complexity was a lie.
 
2013-08-22 06:54:55 PM
Lando Lincoln:

That would be pretty farking cool, though.

It would be.  Like the 'supernova' that was going to happen last year; the media and numpties were saying the sky was going to light up and global auroras and such.   Really god damn cool stuff... if it weren't impossible.

Mars hanging in the sky like the Moon would be freaking sweet... it's probably mean we're about to slam in to it though.
 
2013-08-22 07:00:42 PM

Precision Boobery: img546.imageshack.us


Hah, that's awesome. On my tour of Denali there was this old man filming out the window and kept saying to the camera "Look what JESUS made, not DARWIN." It took so much restraint to point out that he doesn't even understand his own religion (because Jesus is a savior not the creator), and that Darwin didn't create evolution he just proved it.
 
2013-08-22 07:01:14 PM
cdn.theatlantic.com
 
2013-08-22 07:01:50 PM
On a side note, atmospheric effects can produce some crazy images in the sky.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirage_of_astronomical_objects
 
2013-08-22 07:02:55 PM

Precision Boobery: [img546.imageshack.us image 483x555]


holy crap my minds blown... how can you science fact (made up) then same breath science is wrong....
 
2013-08-22 07:06:25 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: [cdn.theatlantic.com image 650x434]


Ohh no.  Not again.
 
2013-08-22 07:13:33 PM
Facebook... the only community with a lower collective IQ than police departments.
 
2013-08-22 07:13:33 PM
Seeing as how we go through this every year, why even bother? Just say, "Cool! I'm going to be at work, but if you can take a photo of it for me I'll pay you $10." 'Cos you know they'll be out there looking around and wondering why they can't see it.

Then you just slap them.
 
2013-08-22 07:23:03 PM
I'm pretty sure this has been going around since at least 1997
 
2013-08-22 07:40:59 PM
If people keep falling for it, people will keep posting it
 
2013-08-22 07:47:44 PM

fang06554: On a side note, atmospheric effects can produce some crazy images in the sky.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirage_of_astronomical_objects


Yup.  Last year I was crossing the bridge near my house and the moon was absolutely huge.  Like, took up 1/3 of the sky.  Very cool.  And as you watched it, it got smaller and smaller.

But, yeah, I didn't go all double-rainbow guy.  Its just optics.
 
2013-08-22 08:30:16 PM

downstairs: fang06554: On a side note, atmospheric effects can produce some crazy images in the sky.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirage_of_astronomical_objects

Yup.  Last year I was crossing the bridge near my house and the moon was absolutely huge.  Like, took up 1/3 of the sky.  Very cool.  And as you watched it, it got smaller and smaller.

But, yeah, I didn't go all double-rainbow guy.  Its just optics.


Best one I saw was about 30 miles out at sea from NYC, at about 4 or 5 am (before sunrise, but skyline was starting to light up), you could barely make out the top of the empire state building, almost completely translucent, and taking up about 10% of the horizon.

/Really wish I'd had a camera
 
2013-08-22 08:38:14 PM

Precision Boobery: [img546.imageshack.us image 483x555]


Does this person never go upstairs?
 
2013-08-22 08:39:57 PM

OnlyM3: Facebook... the only community with a lower collective IQ than police departments.


Youtube.
 
2013-08-22 09:08:14 PM

meat0918: Precision Boobery: [img546.imageshack.us image 483x555]

I got a similar answer from a cousin of mine (the a combo of "Did I ask you" and "Don't ever correct me again") when I pointed out irreducible complexity was a lie.


What, are you suggesting that you can compress random data?  No, it refers to the idea that DNA can't possibly exist, can't encode biological features, and humans aren't 90% any visible life and >98% chimp?  And that it was coined by a guy born the year before DNA was discovered?  Ok, that's stupid.

The funny thing is that irreducible complexity is pretty common (and it pretty much requires completely not designed or evolved).  DNA pretty much proves the exact opposite *very* fast.
 
2013-08-22 09:13:56 PM
Every few months or whatever we get this "story".
 
2013-08-22 09:22:57 PM

Tiberius Gracchus: OnlyM3: Facebook... the only community with a lower collective IQ than police departments.

Youtube. commenters


FTFY. There are some pretty good educational and news channels.
 
2013-08-22 09:36:51 PM
You are wrong.

Mars will always be bigger than the moon, but it will never have a larger angular diameter when viewed from earth.
 
2013-08-22 09:42:33 PM

Precision Boobery: [img546.imageshack.us image 483x555]


Religious nuts are the nuttiest.
 
2013-08-22 09:46:21 PM
What's the movie about a planet (or the moon?) getting really close to Earth? And Claire Danes (I think it was Clair Danes) is a bride who's going bonkers.

I'm not finding it in IMDB so it's probably not Claire Danes.
 
2013-08-22 09:51:42 PM
Sure but what about photoshop can it still be the same size tehere?
 
2013-08-22 10:04:16 PM

FloydA: Also, I heard about this lady who was driving home when the car behind her started flashing its lights and honking.  She thought it was a crazy person following her or a gang or something so she didn't want to drive home.  Instead she drove to the police station, but she was afraid when the other car pulled in behind her.  Turns out he was trying to warn her because Mars was in the back seat with a knife!


Did Mars choloroform her and she woke up in a bathtub of ice with lipstick written on the mirror call 911 and now she has to be on dialysis because mars took her kidneys and sold them?  Because I know a guy that happened to.  Mars is such an asshole.
 
2013-08-22 10:16:25 PM
jaytkay:

What's the movie about a planet (or the moon?) getting really close to Earth? And Claire Danes (I think it was Clair Danes) is a bride who's going bonkers.

I'm not finding it in IMDB so it's probably not Claire Danes.


Melancholia.
 
2013-08-22 10:20:37 PM

Bacontastesgood: FloydA: Also, I heard about this lady who was driving home when the car behind her started flashing its lights and honking.  She thought it was a crazy person following her or a gang or something so she didn't want to drive home.  Instead she drove to the police station, but she was afraid when the other car pulled in behind her.  Turns out he was trying to warn her because Mars was in the back seat with a knife!

Did Mars choloroform her and she woke up in a bathtub of ice with lipstick written on the mirror call 911 and now she has to be on dialysis because mars took her kidneys and sold them?  Because I know a guy that happened to.  Mars is such an asshole.


Don't be dense. Mars is the one going to all of the gas stations and movie theaters hiding HIV infected needles in the pump handles and seat cracks.
 
2013-08-22 10:24:00 PM

maxheck: jaytkay:

What's the movie about a planet (or the moon?) getting really close to Earth? And Claire Danes (I think it was Clair Danes) is a bride who's going bonkers.

I'm not finding it in IMDB so it's probably not Claire Danes.

Melancholia.


Does that need to go on my to-watch list?
 
2013-08-22 10:25:08 PM
On Aug. 27, Mars won't be anywhere near Earth; in fact it'll be on the other side of the Sun, about as far away as it can be

This is the part I didn't get when I saw this stupid thing, I mean it's not until April of next year that Mars is at it's closest. Besides Mars reaches opposition with Earth every 2.2 years meaning about every 2 years we get a "super mars" not once in a lifetime.
 
2013-08-22 10:26:31 PM
We had something as cool as a big Mars on Tuesday that no one noticed: a lunar reversal. That is the rare event where the moon turns around and you can see the dark side. Unfortunately, it happened during the day, and we missed it. Maybe next time.
 
2013-08-22 10:30:12 PM

maxheck: Melancholia.


Thank you.

I think I blocked out the details because Kirsten Dunst's character was a great portrayal of life with my bi-polar ex.
 
2013-08-22 10:37:01 PM

Bacontastesgood: FloydA: Also, I heard about this lady who was driving home when the car behind her started flashing its lights and honking.  She thought it was a crazy person following her or a gang or something so she didn't want to drive home.  Instead she drove to the police station, but she was afraid when the other car pulled in behind her.  Turns out he was trying to warn her because Mars was in the back seat with a knife!

Did Mars choloroform her and she woke up in a bathtub of ice with lipstick written on the mirror call 911 and now she has to be on dialysis because mars took her kidneys and sold them?  Because I know a guy that happened to.  Mars is such an asshole.


Also, I heard that if you eat, you're supposed to wait at least half an hour before you go to Mars or you'll get a cramp and die.   Plus, Hollywood tries to keep this a secret, but every movie-biz insider knows it's true that this one time, Richard Gere stuck Mars up his ass and he had to be rushed to the hospital to get it removed.


(Forward this post to all your friends and Mars will send you a million dollars.)
 
2013-08-22 10:44:58 PM

FloydA: Bacontastesgood: FloydA: Also, I heard about this lady who was driving home when the car behind her started flashing its lights and honking.  She thought it was a crazy person following her or a gang or something so she didn't want to drive home.  Instead she drove to the police station, but she was afraid when the other car pulled in behind her.  Turns out he was trying to warn her because Mars was in the back seat with a knife!

Did Mars choloroform her and she woke up in a bathtub of ice with lipstick written on the mirror call 911 and now she has to be on dialysis because mars took her kidneys and sold them?  Because I know a guy that happened to.  Mars is such an asshole.

Also, I heard that if you eat, you're supposed to wait at least half an hour before you go to Mars or you'll get a cramp and die.   Plus, Hollywood tries to keep this a secret, but every movie-biz insider knows it's true that this one time, Richard Gere stuck Mars up his ass and he had to be rushed to the hospital to get it removed.


(Forward this post to all your friends and Mars will send you a million dollars.)


Done! When will I get my million?

/I have no friends, so it was easy.
 
2013-08-22 11:01:40 PM
I am fair certain that the article writer has been trolled.
 
2013-08-22 11:07:53 PM

Bacontastesgood: FloydA: Also, I heard about this lady who was driving home when the car behind her started flashing its lights and honking.  She thought it was a crazy person following her or a gang or something so she didn't want to drive home.  Instead she drove to the police station, but she was afraid when the other car pulled in behind her.  Turns out he was trying to warn her because Mars was in the back seat with a knife!

Did Mars choloroform her and she woke up in a bathtub of ice with lipstick written on the mirror call 911 and now she has to be on dialysis because mars took her kidneys and sold them?  Because I know a guy that happened to.  Mars is such an asshole.


It's well known that Mars was behind the assassination of Anwar Sadat.
 
2013-08-22 11:16:42 PM
jonny_q:

maxheck: jaytkay:

What's the movie about a planet (or the moon?) getting really close to Earth? And Claire Danes (I think it was Clair Danes) is a bride who's going bonkers.

I'm not finding it in IMDB so it's probably not Claire Danes.

Melancholia.

Does that need to go on my to-watch list?


It's not a bad movie, sort of a quiet psychological drama... Don't bother if you want Sci-Fi, the looming, beautiful planet of doom is just there as a metaphor.
 
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