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2013-11-09 08:22:25 PM
Yep, because fire in a space ship is a FANTASTIC idea!
 
2013-11-09 08:22:43 PM
Symbolic gestures? In my subsidized tree house for adults?
 
2013-11-09 08:25:09 PM
Actually the torch went to space for the first time back for Atlanta. This is the first spacewalk.
 
2013-11-09 08:27:32 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Symbolic gestures? In my subsidized tree house for adults?


It's more likely than you think.
 
2013-11-09 08:37:51 PM

Rhino_man: Yep, because fire in a space ship is a FANTASTIC idea!


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2013-11-09 08:39:12 PM

Rhino_man: Yep, because fire in a space ship is a FANTASTIC idea!


Have you ever seen fire in zero gravity? It's beautiful. It's like liquid it... slides all over everything. Comes up in waves.

/And they just kept hitting him, wave after wave. He was screaming for me to save him.
 
2013-11-09 08:39:22 PM
Since the flame doesn't appear to be lit, wouldn't it currently be the Olympic Stick?
 
2013-11-09 08:43:54 PM
AN Olympic torch, not THE Olympic torch.  There's a bunch of them.
 
2013-11-09 08:52:24 PM
If I was an astronaut and they handed me an Olympic torch, I would've chucked that thing straight at the sun because that's just how I roll. Then all the female astronauts would all take their tops off right in the middle of space out of respect. We'd all have a space orgy and I'd blow a space wad right at earth. It'd probably knock some hot chick up and they'd tell stories for all eternity about it just like those stories about how Zeus knocked up some Ancient Greek sluts.
 
2013-11-09 08:58:45 PM
Too bad the shuttles are retired.
can't light the torch on the way down
 
2013-11-09 09:07:26 PM

Revenge of the Muttonstache: If I was an astronaut and they handed me an Olympic torch, I would've chucked that thing straight at the sun because that's just how I roll. Then all the female astronauts would all take their tops off right in the middle of space out of respect. We'd all have a space orgy and I'd blow a space wad right at earth. It'd probably knock some hot chick up and they'd tell stories for all eternity about it just like those stories about how Zeus knocked up some Ancient Greek sluts.


I hate to ruin your power fantasy, but good luck getting an erection in micro-gravity/having any fun.

Which raises the question: Would space sex be any good? Recent research suggests it would not. For one thing, zero gravity can induce nausea-a less-than-promising sign for would-be lovers. Astronauts also a lot in flight, meaning sex without gravity would likely be hot, wet, and surrounded by small droplets of sweat. In addition, people normally experience lower blood pressure in space, which means reduced blood flow, which means ... well, you know what that means.
 
2013-11-09 09:10:05 PM

Revenge of the Muttonstache: If I was an astronaut and they handed me an Olympic torch, I would've chucked that thing straight at the sun because that's just how I roll. Then all the female astronauts would all take their tops off right in the middle of space out of respect. We'd all have a space orgy and I'd blow a space wad right at earth. It'd probably knock some hot chick up and they'd tell stories for all eternity about it just like those stories about how Zeus knocked up some Ancient Greek sluts.


+1 for 'space wad'.

/would also have used 'space whores'
 
2013-11-09 09:40:49 PM
NPR said this morning this is the 3rd time it's gone to space:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/06/243476438/olympic-tor ch -relay-headed-to-space

"And this trip isn't the first time an Olympic torch has left the planet - one flew with Space Shuttle Columbia in 1996 before the Atlanta games, and another in 2000 on Space Shuttle Atlantis, before the Sydney Olympics. "

<citation provided>
 
2013-11-09 09:42:47 PM

bbfreak: Revenge of the Muttonstache: If I was an astronaut and they handed me an Olympic torch, I would've chucked that thing straight at the sun because that's just how I roll. Then all the female astronauts would all take their tops off right in the middle of space out of respect. We'd all have a space orgy and I'd blow a space wad right at earth. It'd probably knock some hot chick up and they'd tell stories for all eternity about it just like those stories about how Zeus knocked up some Ancient Greek sluts.

I hate to ruin your power fantasy, but good luck getting an erection in micro-gravity/having any fun.

Which raises the question: Would space sex be any good? Recent research suggests it would not. For one thing, zero gravity can induce nausea-a less-than-promising sign for would-be lovers. Astronauts also a lot in flight, meaning sex without gravity would likely be hot, wet, and surrounded by small droplets of sweat. In addition, people normally experience lower blood pressure in space, which means reduced blood flow, which means ... well, you know what that means.


Listen up chuckle tits. You don't need to go running around these parts mucking our space orgy fantasies with your damndable "facts"

just because youve never managed to land yer self an earth babe, let alone a saucy astonautress doesn't meen you can slather your poor self esteem all over the rest of us REAL MEN who can totes get a boner in zero G
 
2013-11-09 09:47:36 PM
This is an adequate first step towards the first Moon Olympics.
 
2013-11-09 09:52:33 PM

MrEricSir: This is an adequate first step towards the first Moon Olympics.


It was short lived... in retrospect, having the athletes compete nude like in ancient Greece may have been a mistake.
 
2013-11-09 09:57:24 PM

bbfreak: Revenge of the Muttonstache: If I was an astronaut and they handed me an Olympic torch, I would've chucked that thing straight at the sun because that's just how I roll. Then all the female astronauts would all take their tops off right in the middle of space out of respect. We'd all have a space orgy and I'd blow a space wad right at earth. It'd probably knock some hot chick up and they'd tell stories for all eternity about it just like those stories about how Zeus knocked up some Ancient Greek sluts.

I hate to ruin your power fantasy, but good luck getting an erection in micro-gravity/having any fun.

Which raises the question: Would space sex be any good? Recent research suggests it would not. For one thing, zero gravity can induce nausea-a less-than-promising sign for would-be lovers. Astronauts also a lot in flight, meaning sex without gravity would likely be hot, wet, and surrounded by small droplets of sweat. In addition, people normally experience lower blood pressure in space, which means reduced blood flow, which means ... well, you know what that means.



Strangely enough, my wife is now disapoint. Thanks man, thanks a lot.
 
2013-11-09 09:59:34 PM

bbfreak: Revenge of the Muttonstache: If I was an astronaut and they handed me an Olympic torch, I would've chucked that thing straight at the sun because that's just how I roll. Then all the female astronauts would all take their tops off right in the middle of space out of respect. We'd all have a space orgy and I'd blow a space wad right at earth. It'd probably knock some hot chick up and they'd tell stories for all eternity about it just like those stories about how Zeus knocked up some Ancient Greek sluts.

I hate to ruin your power fantasy, but good luck getting an erection in micro-gravity/having any fun.

Which raises the question: Would space sex be any good? Recent research suggests it would not. For one thing, zero gravity can induce nausea-a less-than-promising sign for would-be lovers. Astronauts also a lot in flight, meaning sex without gravity would likely be hot, wet, and surrounded by small droplets of sweat. In addition, people normally experience lower blood pressure in space, which means reduced blood flow, which means ... well, you know what that means.


Didn't Chris Hadfield admit that astronauts on the space station masturbate?  He said something like "the station's a big place and you can find somewhere to be alone".
 
2013-11-09 10:06:36 PM
Soon, the Olympic flame will be taken into open space for the first time in history.

Now that would be impressive.
 
2013-11-09 10:13:44 PM

OhioKnight: MrEricSir: This is an adequate first step towards the first Moon Olympics.

It was short lived... in retrospect, having the athletes compete nude like in ancient Greece may have been a mistake.


They can hold it at Newt's moon base. I guess there be no more complaining because the women beach volleyball had to wear tracksuits sometime at the London Olympics.
 
2013-11-09 10:17:51 PM
In space, no one can hear you curling.
 
2013-11-09 10:24:42 PM

MrEricSir: This is an adequate first step towards the first Moon Olympics.


0G long jump record will be mine damn it!

/And triple jump
//And high jump
//No pole vault though, I'd like to come down at some point.
 
2013-11-09 10:28:41 PM

Bondith: Since the flame doesn't appear to be lit, wouldn't it currently be the Olympic Stick?


The flame went out at least forty four times previously. Olympic Stick, indeed.

I think this means that these Olympics will be fake unless they go back to Greece and get new fire.
 
2013-11-09 10:48:06 PM

sheep snorter: Too bad the shuttles are retired.
can't light the torch on the way down


Sure they could.  Just need to deorbit on the right trajectory to land precisely on the big Olympic brazier and before you know it, their flaming corpses, wreckage, and technically the torch as well, are lighting it well enough.

Talk about one hell of a lighting ceremony.
 
2013-11-09 10:48:21 PM
Sorry, all, I like this idea.
 
2013-11-09 11:08:29 PM
Was the modifier "currently" necessary?  Serious pet peeve, almost as bad as the overuse of "actually".
 
2013-11-09 11:09:19 PM
***must resist urge to make Challenger and Columbia torch joke***
 
2013-11-09 11:36:39 PM
Hey, this is something to TALK about. Let's make those assholes more money.
 
2013-11-09 11:50:58 PM

Rhino_man: Yep, because fire in a space ship is a FANTASTIC idea!


Hey, it worked in movies like Armageddon and Gravity.

Oh wait, they both resulted in the space stations blowing up. Never mind.
 
2013-11-09 11:57:53 PM
Passed on my headline for this?!  Boooo.
 
2013-11-10 12:11:19 AM

JasonOfOrillia: Rhino_man: Yep, because fire in a space ship is a FANTASTIC idea!

Have you ever seen fire in zero gravity? It's beautiful. It's like liquid it... slides all over everything. Comes up in waves.

/And they just kept hitting him, wave after wave. He was screaming for me to save him.


Ok. That's it. Had it pushed from my mind for good. Then you bring it back.

*pushes detonator*
 
2013-11-10 01:22:41 AM
img.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-10 02:41:48 AM

mr lawson: ***must resist urge to make Challenger and Columbia torch joke***

 
2013-11-10 02:43:28 AM

bbfreak: Revenge of the Muttonstache: If I was an astronaut and they handed me an Olympic torch, I would've chucked that thing straight at the sun because that's just how I roll. Then all the female astronauts would all take their tops off right in the middle of space out of respect. We'd all have a space orgy and I'd blow a space wad right at earth. It'd probably knock some hot chick up and they'd tell stories for all eternity about it just like those stories about how Zeus knocked up some Ancient Greek sluts.

I hate to ruin your power fantasy, but good luck getting an erection in micro-gravity/having any fun.

Which raises the question: Would space sex be any good? Recent research suggests it would not. For one thing, zero gravity can induce nausea-a less-than-promising sign for would-be lovers. Astronauts also a lot in flight, meaning sex without gravity would likely be hot, wet, and surrounded by small droplets of sweat. In addition, people normally experience lower blood pressure in space, which means reduced blood flow, which means ... well, you know what that means.


You forgot cracking open a cold beer. Then just letting the beer globs float into your mouth.
 
2013-11-10 08:13:09 AM
Per the NASA website, it costs 10,000 bucks per pound to get something to space.  The torch is 800 grams.  That means this completely useless gesture costs about 18 thousand dollars.  I know 20 grand is a drop in the bucket as far as budgets go, but don't whine about having no money for stuff when you waste the money you do have on pointless things.
 
2013-11-10 08:22:23 AM

mjbok: Per the NASA website, it costs 10,000 bucks per pound to get something to space.  The torch is 800 grams.  That means this completely useless gesture costs about 18 thousand dollars.  I know 20 grand is a drop in the bucket as far as budgets go, but don't whine about having no money for stuff when you waste the money you do have on pointless things.


That's two whole toilet seats for the soldiers.
 
2013-11-10 01:47:41 PM

mjbok: Per the NASA website, it costs 10,000 bucks per pound to get something to space. The torch is 800 grams. That means this completely useless gesture costs about 18 thousand dollars.


Those are average prices. If the ship's going up anyway, 800 grams of torch just means 800 fewer grams of some other cargo items (and that's only if the ship was loaded to 100% of its capacity).
 
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