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(NBC News)   Helicopter crashes in Antarctica. Eyewitnesses report that it was chasing after a dog shortly before the accident occurred   (worldnews.nbcnews.com) divider line 52
    More: Scary, Antarctica, Australian Antarctic Division, aviation accidents and incidents, Australian Associated Press, New Zealand Herald, helicopters  
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2013-12-02 01:13:53 PM
Because it's not like us. Because it's from outer space. What do you want from me?
 
2013-12-02 01:14:29 PM
Couldn't find a pub?
 
2013-12-02 01:17:50 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-02 01:18:11 PM

markfara: Because it's not like us. Because it's from outer space. What do you want from me?


Whatever it is, it's weird and pissed off.
 
2013-12-02 01:19:10 PM
thumbs.anyclip.com
'You got a pet. ... If your dog is lost, you don't look for an hour then call it quits; you get your ass out there and you find that farkin' dog!
 
2013-12-02 01:21:59 PM
Where did they get all those flamethrowers?


Both films. (The Carpenter one and the "prequel")

Is it common to supply Arctic stations with flamethrowers?
 
2013-12-02 01:22:46 PM
SPOT .... OF THE ANTARCTIC !
 
2013-12-02 01:23:01 PM
media.aintitcool.com

Helicopter in question?
 
2013-12-02 01:23:27 PM
I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter,
TIED TO THIS FUKING COUCH!
 
2013-12-02 01:23:50 PM
kylecrick.com
Mechanical difficulties, honest!
Then some dog ran-off with my scotch bottle.
 
2013-12-02 01:30:33 PM
cdn.crooksandliars.com
 
2013-12-02 01:32:12 PM
You've got to be farking kidding me.
 
2013-12-02 01:36:25 PM
So, they dig up this old meme, they cart it back, thaw it out, it wakes up, probably not in the best of moods...
 
2013-12-02 01:36:40 PM
The thing is, helicopters are different from planes. An airplane by it's nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly. A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying; immediately and disastrously. There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.

This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why in generality, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts and helicopter pilots are brooding introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened it is about to.

- Harry Reasoner, 1971

/yes, I know about autorotation
 
2013-12-02 01:45:52 PM
I just want to know if real helicopters are as finicky to fly as the ones in GTA5 because, man, fark those helicopters!
 
2013-12-02 01:52:20 PM
OK, I'll be "the one"...

What's with the dog reference?

Years ago the guys at VXE-6 would be on the scene to deal with this.
 
2013-12-02 01:52:42 PM

Primitive Screwhead: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter,
TIED TO THIS FUKING COUCH!


Came for this, leaving happy.
 
2013-12-02 01:56:36 PM

tallen702: Primitive Screwhead: I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter,
TIED TO THIS FUKING COUCH!

Came for this, leaving happy.



Probably the best line in the movie.

Although, my friends and I use "The first god***n week of winter" after the first snow of the year.  It's tradition.
 
2013-12-02 01:57:35 PM

Old_Chief_Scott: OK, I'll be "the one"...

What's with the dog reference?

Years ago the guys at VXE-6 would be on the scene to deal with this.


Its a reference to 'All Dogs go to Heaven 3 where the helicopter follows Mutt's soul to Dog Heaven and causes a crisis.
 
2013-12-02 02:00:02 PM
Warm and sheltered? It's Antarctica - they are probably inside the wreckage and the temperature is a balmy 5 degrees F.
 
2013-12-02 02:06:26 PM

craigdamage: Where did they get all those flamethrowers?

Both films. (The Carpenter one and the "prequel")

Is it common to supply Arctic stations with flamethrowers?


No, but it is common to supply them to Antarctic stations.
 
2013-12-02 02:09:06 PM

dittybopper: No, but it is common to supply them to Antarctic stations.


That was cold, dude.
 
2013-12-02 02:10:01 PM

Old_Chief_Scott: OK, I'll be "the one"...

What's with the dog reference?


Oh, noTHING

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images.wikia.com
 
2013-12-02 02:10:16 PM

Old_Chief_Scott: OK, I'll be "the one"...

What's with the dog reference?

Years ago the guys at VXE-6 would be on the scene to deal with this.


Check out John Carpenter's "The Thing".
 
2013-12-02 02:11:15 PM

MadMattressMack: The thing is, helicopters are different from planes. An airplane by it's nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly. A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying; immediately and disastrously. There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.

This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why in generality, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts and helicopter pilots are brooding introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened it is about to.

- Harry Reasoner, 1971

/yes, I know about autorotation


6,000 moving pieces, all built by the lowest bidder, flying in close formation.

-How the grunts describe a Huey.
 
2013-12-02 02:12:53 PM

MadMattressMack: The thing is, helicopters are different from planes. An airplane by it's nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly. A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying; immediately and disastrously. There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.

This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why in generality, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts and helicopter pilots are brooding introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened it is about to.

- Harry Reasoner, 1971

/yes, I know about autorotation


Or as we say around here, a helicopter is a loose collection of parts flying in formation.
 
2013-12-02 02:35:14 PM
Crazy swedes.
 
2013-12-02 02:39:31 PM

MadMattressMack: The thing is, helicopters are different from planes. An airplane by it's nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly. A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying; immediately and disastrously. There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.

This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why in generality, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts and helicopter pilots are brooding introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened it is about to.

- Harry Reasoner, 1971

/yes, I know about autorotation


Many years ago, I took an intro helicopter pilot lesson. The instructor was wearing a t-shirt that read "Helicopter pilots don't fly, we beat the air into submission". Cool guy, wish I'd been able to go for the license, but it was crazy expensive. :/

/all the good Thing references already made
//Tekeli-li! Tekeli-li!
 
2013-12-02 02:43:06 PM
And now before giving you the details of the helicopter crash, I bring you a warning: Everyone of you looking at my post, tell the world, tell this to everybody wherever they are. Watch the skies. Everywhere. Keep looking. Keep watching the skies.
 
2013-12-02 02:45:01 PM

craigdamage: Where did they get all those flamethrowers?


Both films. (The Carpenter one and the "prequel")

Is it common to supply Arctic stations with flamethrowers?


Any good engineer could whip up a flame thrower with the supplies found at a military style base (gaskets, pressurized tanks, propane, gasoline) etc. which is what I am pretty sure they mentioned doing in the original movie
 
2013-12-02 02:54:09 PM
It's a heavily-referenced movie, but is it good?  Worth my $5 and investment of 2 hours?
 
2013-12-02 03:05:23 PM

craigdamage: Is it common to supply Arctic stations with flamethrowers?


I don't know about flamethrowers, but probably some form of backpack worn torch would be pretty common to help melt ice/frozen whatever.  Probably not much modification required to turn them into a flame thrower.
 
2013-12-02 03:20:47 PM

NuttierThanEver: craigdamage: Where did they get all those flamethrowers?


Both films. (The Carpenter one and the "prequel")

Is it common to supply Arctic stations with flamethrowers?

Any good engineer could whip up a flame thrower with the supplies found at a military style base (gaskets, pressurized tanks, propane, gasoline) etc. which is what I am pretty sure they mentioned doing in the original movie


They had them already. I believe this qualifies as an aluminum Christmas tree in the movie. In both the arctic and Antarctica, flamethrowers are used to remove large amounts of snow which can inundate buildings at certain times of year. A plow may not start or be covered itself. Shovelling would be too dangerous - the exertion at low temperatures has knocked off an appreciable amount of people (my great grandfather, for instance).

Think about a flamethrower as a stick of TNT. If used correctly, it becomes a useful time saving tool. Forestry people and fire fighters also sometimes have flamethrowers.

Lastly, my phone is telling me "plow" isn't a word? Wth?
 
2013-12-02 03:24:41 PM

Whiskey Dickens: It's a heavily-referenced movie, but is it good?  Worth my $5 and investment of 2 hours?


Oh HELL yes! It's up there with Repo Man and Return of the Living Dead for quotable movies...
 
2013-12-02 03:24:58 PM
Someone here posted a link to an award winning short story written from the thing's perspective. It is an awesome read and you should look it up and read it.

/on mobile and not good for links
 
2013-12-02 03:25:50 PM

Whiskey Dickens: It's a heavily-referenced movie, but is it good?  Worth my $5 and investment of 2 hours?


Mid 80's. Directed by John Carpenter. Staring Kurt Russell. Special effects and creature make-up by Rob Botton. You bet your arse it's worth the time and money to watch it.

Still one of my favorite horror movies, next to Alien.
 
2013-12-02 03:27:38 PM
Was in a helicopter that landed in Antarctica...during the "summer" season.  That was pretty damn scary.
 
2013-12-02 03:27:47 PM

spickus: Crazy swedes.


They're Norwegian, spickus.
 
2013-12-02 03:36:09 PM

craigdamage: Where did they get all those flamethrowers?


They obviously borrowed them from Yaphet Kotto & Harry Dean Stanton.
 
2013-12-02 04:03:16 PM

Whiskey Dickens: It's a heavily-referenced movie, but is it good?  Worth my $5 and investment of 2 hours?


Yes. It's a good, paranoia filled slow burn of a movie
 
2013-12-02 04:17:40 PM

StrikitRich: Helicopter in question?


But can you spot Wilford Brimley in that pic?
 
2013-12-02 04:32:50 PM

craigdamage: Where did they get all those flamethrowers?


Both films. (The Carpenter one and the "prequel")

Is it common to supply Arctic stations with flamethrowers?


Well, you got to store them somewhere between major wars, why not Antarctica?
 
2013-12-02 04:39:11 PM
Did El Capitan get a chance to use his popgun?
 
2013-12-02 05:06:43 PM
"The Australian Antarctic Division, which chartered the helicopter, "

Farking snowbirds and tourists!
 
2013-12-02 05:12:36 PM

McGrits: Someone here posted a link to an award winning short story written from the thing's perspective. It is an awesome read and you should look it up and read it.

/on mobile and not good for links


"The Things" by Peter Watts

http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/watts_01_10/

/ALL THE THINGS!
 
2013-12-02 05:43:49 PM
www.twistermc.com
Kids love em.
 
2013-12-02 09:30:25 PM

farkingismybusiness: [www.twistermc.com image 400x267]
Kids love em.


Fun fact:  There aren't any federal regulations that apply to owning a flamethrower.  You want to own one, not a problem so long as your state doesn't care.
 
2013-12-03 01:12:04 AM

Whiskey Dickens: It's a heavily-referenced movie, but is it good?  Worth my $5 and investment of 2 hours?


If you liked Escape from New York, you'll probably like The Thing better, being without the ham-handed political overtone. If you hated it, don't bother. If you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to find both.

/Escape from LA is more of a giant middle finger to the whole world, especially the original's fans, but the music is still great.
 
2013-12-03 09:28:55 AM
The Thing is far scarier for having no CGI, just real, juicy, slimy, meaty props.
 
2013-12-03 10:50:01 AM

Valiente: The Thing is far scarier for having no CGI, just real, juicy, slimy, meaty props.


THIS!

/ick!
 
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