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(The Raw Story)   The Sicilian Space Program celebrates its first triumph as they successfully launch a cannoli into space. No, really   (rawstory.com) divider line 28
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2014-03-06 01:29:21 PM  
And here I thought "Sicilian Space Program" was a euphemism for throwing a guy out the window of a highrise.
 
2014-03-06 01:38:06 PM  
Now I'm a superstitious man. And if some accident should befall our space program - if a rocket burns up on reentry, if space debris knocks it out of orbit, if the cannoli is eaten by martians - I'm gonna blame some of the people in this room.
 
2014-03-06 01:45:50 PM  

BunkoSquad: Now I'm a superstitious man. And if some accident should befall our space program - if a rocket burns up on reentry, if space debris knocks it out of orbit, if the cannoli is eaten by martians - I'm gonna blame some of the people in this room.


Leave the booster, orbit the Cannoli
 
2014-03-06 01:46:08 PM  
leave the gun, launch the cannoli
 
2014-03-06 01:49:25 PM  
Came for the Godfather. Leaving with a craving for Italian pastry.
 
2014-03-06 01:55:28 PM  
The thing I learned today: Cannolo is singular for cannoli.

I thought somebody was just being dumb. Turns out "somebody" was.
 
2014-03-06 01:57:57 PM  
They're working their way up to sending a specimen.
 
2014-03-06 02:03:04 PM  
Attached to a large helium-filled balloon, a home-made spacecraft called the 'Cannolo Transporter' equipped with two cameras and a GPS tracker, captured stunning and comical images as the cannolo soared above the clouds towards space.

It rose to at least 29,768 meters
[...]

So no, not really. Not even a third of the way into space, and nowhere near an actual orbit.
 
2014-03-06 02:03:46 PM  

BunkoSquad: Now I'm a superstitious man. And if some accident should befall our space program - if a rocket burns up on reentry, if space debris knocks it out of orbit, if the cannoli is eaten by martians - I'm gonna blame some of the people in this room.


Very well done.
 
2014-03-06 02:04:38 PM  
That ... that was just beautiful.
 
2014-03-06 02:14:02 PM  
Always fun to watch fellow geeks at play. And leave it to the Italians to do it so stylishly...

/always wondered: since it's unmanned, wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to use hydrogen instead of wasting helium?
 
2014-03-06 02:16:01 PM  
Did they leave the gun in orbit?
 
2014-03-06 02:25:05 PM  
Autoplay advertising can visit Sicily and flip off the village....
 
2014-03-06 02:29:18 PM  
Inconceivable!
 
2014-03-06 02:29:45 PM  
Way to reenforce Italian stereo types or did someone mix up lunch and launch?
 
2014-03-06 02:34:36 PM  

grimlock1972: Way to reenforce Italian stereo types or did someone mix up lunch and launch?


Billy was a mountain...
 
2014-03-06 02:41:46 PM  

mark12A: Always fun to watch fellow geeks at play. And leave it to the Italians to do it so stylishly...

/always wondered: since it's unmanned, wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to use hydrogen instead of wasting helium?


Yes, but you still have humans near it during preparations for launch.  You definitely don't want to be the guy who ignites a hundred cubic feet of hydrogen with a static shock.  The people who use hydrogen (e.g. the meteorologists who launch balloons a couple times a day from thousands of sites) go through a lot of effort to avoid ignition hazards, and it's often simpler and cheaper for hobbyists to just pay for the helium.
 
2014-03-06 03:30:22 PM  

grimlock1972: Way to reenforce Italian stereo types or did someone mix up lunch and launch?


someone misread the memo.  they were supposed to launch the murder weapon and keep the cannoli.
 
2014-03-06 03:51:15 PM  
It's just a soundstage at Olive Garden.
 
2014-03-06 04:36:15 PM  
Jebedallo Kermano is pleased with the mission's success.
 
2014-03-06 05:07:02 PM  
... yeah, we can call this a Kerbal thread.

i.imgur.com
/Triumphant launch of the iron cannoli
 
2014-03-06 05:43:55 PM  

BunkoSquad: Now I'm a superstitious man. And if some accident should befall our space program - if a rocket burns up on reentry, if space debris knocks it out of orbit, if the cannoli is eaten by martians - I'm gonna blame some of the people in this room.


who-is-awesome.com
 
2014-03-06 06:33:25 PM  

BunkoSquad: Now I'm a superstitious man. And if some accident should befall our space program - if a rocket burns up on reentry, if space debris knocks it out of orbit, if the cannoli is eaten by martians - I'm gonna blame some of the people in this room.


I apologize...

i.imgur.com

FOR NOTHING!

 
2014-03-06 07:18:28 PM  

Manfred J. Hattan: They're working their way up to sending a specimen.


Aayy! I ah see a whata you do there!
 
2014-03-06 08:30:57 PM  
Well, it's good to know that space is getting settled enough to have the Mafia in it.
 
2014-03-07 12:08:29 AM  
Was it the lovely Italian cannoli, possibly doctored with chocolate mini chips and/or maraschino cherry bits, (preferably without the half pint of fake whipped cream and/or cup of hershey's syrup poured all over it that I have recently been receiving at an ever increasing frequency in U.S. restaurants.)

Or the Sicilian cannoli - I kinda liked the chopped pistachios they put on the end, but the filling was full of tutti frutti candies - they reminded me of chopped up gummy bears left on the counter for a month.

If it's the latter, maybe it's some kind of alien deterrent device... (j/k).
 
2014-03-07 08:05:44 AM  

Cpl.D: ... yeah, we can call this a Kerbal thread.

[i.imgur.com image 850x478]
/Triumphant launch of the iron cannoli


Your tumescent cannolo is missing something. It needs a pair of a-spicy-meat-ball-a's.

/Who ordered the Extra Large Italian Sausage?
//llllladies...
 
2014-03-07 05:58:04 PM  

mark12A: Always fun to watch fellow geeks at play. And leave it to the Italians to do it so stylishly...

/always wondered: since it's unmanned, wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to use hydrogen instead of wasting helium?


Until some broad walks by in a staticy sweater, then it's all "Oh the humanity!".

/Danger zone.
 
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