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2014-03-07 04:53:53 PM  
I'm OK with this.
 
2014-03-07 04:56:34 PM  
That said, Hunter compares his life to that of a "turd in the toilet bowl of life. I just kind of float." And before mentioning his girlfriend, the professional beekeeper Reeder says he would miss his bees the most.

He seems emotionally stable enough for a long-distance space trip/colonization.
 
2014-03-07 05:02:37 PM  
"The first group of volunteers is set to depart in 2024."

Never gunna happen, not in our lifetime anyway. Personally, I think it is just a test to see if they could get qualified volunteers to sign up for something like this.
 
2014-03-07 05:11:54 PM  
Punctuation. How does it work?
 
2014-03-07 05:12:10 PM  
The best thing we can do is empty out all the prisons and send every single convict we have on this journey.
Nothing can possibly go wrong with this idea.
 
2014-03-07 05:14:40 PM  
Not Mars, the Sun. Send them into the Sun. To die.
 
2014-03-07 05:20:47 PM  

Hector Remarkable: The best thing we can do is empty out all the prisons and send every single convict we have on this journey.
Nothing can possibly go wrong with this idea.


You want another Australia? In space? ARE YOU INSANE?
 
2014-03-07 05:27:00 PM  
This entire story is pretty stupid.  No one, volunteers or not, is going to Mars anytime soon.
 
2014-03-07 05:30:17 PM  
Venus would be better.
 
2014-03-07 05:31:06 PM  

rufus-t-firefly: That said, Hunter compares his life to that of a "turd in the toilet bowl of life. I just kind of float." And before mentioning his girlfriend, the professional beekeeper Reeder says he would miss his bees the most.

He seems emotionally stable enough for a long-distance space trip/colonization.


Yeah, rly - I'd like to bunk with him for the next 50 years. I'm sure he'll never, oh, maybe , slit my throat in my sleep.
 
2014-03-07 05:32:56 PM  
"Mars One Way" documents the thought process of Cody Reeder, Casey Hunter, Will Robbins, Katelyn Kane, and Ken Sullivan.

All right, there's no way that guy CAN'T go. Although, he needs to go whole hog and get his name changed to "Will Robinson".

Hell, if I din't have family, I'd go. Take away my wife, daughter and two stepkids, and I have nobody else besides a handful of friends and a few cousins anyway. It would be awesome to be remembered for something in history.
 
2014-03-07 05:40:50 PM  

Hector Remarkable: The best thing we can do is empty out all the prisons and send every single convict we have on this journey.
Nothing can possibly go wrong with this idea.


Isn't that the idea behind the Terrans in Starcraft?
 
2014-03-07 05:41:41 PM  

Carolus99: Hector Remarkable: The best thing we can do is empty out all the prisons and send every single convict we have on this journey.
Nothing can possibly go wrong with this idea.

Isn't that the idea behind the Terrans in Starcraft?


More or less. They were used as slave labor for expanding the empire of Earth.
 
2014-03-07 05:45:08 PM  
oh god but what if they breed, develop a self-sustaining society and then come back and enslave us?
 
2014-03-07 05:45:52 PM  
This is the one of the most stupid ideas in the history of manned spaceflight. These idiots seem to think that "colonizing" Mars means taking a rocket, settling into a comfortable little spacefort and living out their retirement years. Reality: they die horribly in six months after some critical piece of equipment fails, or they die horribly a little later from the cancer they contracted on the way due to the radiation, and which can't be treated because they're on MARS. All of which will happen in the full glare of the media spotlight, ensuring that no one goes back for a generation or more.

Don't get me wrong, I really want to see humans there within my lifetime. But this is the LAST way to go about doing it.
 
2014-03-07 05:55:08 PM  

Wolf_Blitzer: Reality: they die horribly in six months after some critical piece of equipment fails, or they die horribly a little later from the cancer they contracted on the way due to the radiation, and which can't be treated because they're on MARS. All of which will happen in the full glare of the media spotlight, ensuring that no one goes back for a generation or more.


Came to say "It'd just be a matter of time before they ALL DIED due to circumstance or unnatural causes," see that it's been covered.

The "everything will go pretty much as planned" is always the LEAST LIKELY outcome when talking about space missions, especially highly experimental ones like this. This ain't a routine shuttle flight to deploy a satellite.
 
2014-03-07 05:57:40 PM  
I'm as big a Sci Fi geek as the next Farker, and I especially love the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, but every story about colonizing Mars is pure fiction.  They all depend on "Terraforming", which may as well be replaced by "Magic".  If we could terraform Mars we could easily fix our "Global Warming" problem on Earth.

Even if you could terraform Mars, how are you going to create a magnetic field around the planet?

Without being able to overcome these two hurdles, life on Mars would be as much fun as living 60 years in a backyard nuclear war bunker.
 
2014-03-07 06:01:21 PM  

charlesmartel11235: oh god but what if they breed, develop a self-sustaining society and then come back and enslave us?


How? They're all women.
 
2014-03-07 06:02:31 PM  

xsarien: charlesmartel11235: oh god but what if they breed, develop a self-sustaining society and then come back and enslave us?

How? They're all women.


http://youtu.be/SkWeMvrNiOM
 
2014-03-07 06:13:42 PM  
Subby that would suck so much it would create a black hole and doom us all.
 
2014-03-07 06:33:26 PM  
You likely won't have bee hives, vinyl records, chickens or PBR on mars you stupid hipsters.
 
2014-03-07 06:36:50 PM  

crotchgrabber: Hector Remarkable: The best thing we can do is empty out all the prisons and send every single convict we have on this journey.
Nothing can possibly go wrong with this idea.

You want another Australia? In space? ARE YOU INSANE?


How cool would it be to find a lot of different life on Mars, even it was all poisonous and wanted to kill us?
 
2014-03-07 06:59:10 PM  
Wouldn't it be cool if one of the first volunteers was named "Picard?"

Just sayin'
 
2014-03-07 07:18:42 PM  
There's a guy who's going to leave his wife and kids?  Really?  Wife I understand, but two kids...  you kind of have a responsibility to them, guy.
 
2014-03-07 07:36:43 PM  

Iknhaton: I'm as big a Sci Fi geek as the next Farker, and I especially love the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, but every story about colonizing Mars is pure fiction.  They all depend on "Terraforming", which may as well be replaced by "Magic".  If we could terraform Mars we could easily fix our "Global Warming" problem on Earth.

Even if you could terraform Mars, how are you going to create a magnetic field around the planet?

Without being able to overcome these two hurdles, life on Mars would be as much fun as living 60 years in a backyard nuclear war bunker.


Don't need to.
 
2014-03-07 07:37:08 PM  

Diagonal: Punctuation. How does it work?


I understand there is a lack of apostrophes in space.
 
2014-03-07 07:43:03 PM  

oryx: Venus would be better.


he's so brave he's so brave

FOR SCIENCE!
 
2014-03-07 08:08:01 PM  

Fano: Diagonal: Punctuation. How does it work?

I understand there is a lack of apostrophes in space.


Theres at least one, its just so very very very small.
Like, really small.
 
2014-03-07 08:35:56 PM  
Shh... Don't tell the space nuts that they're fools to consider going to Mars. If we can get a bunch of the planet's dumbest, most naive people to hop in a rocket and fly to a planet where we'll never see them again, I say more power to them. `Hope they like Tang and pooping into a vacuum hose.
 
2014-03-07 09:22:37 PM  
And here I thought we would have to start a rumor about a space goat and everything.  Now they are willing to just leave the planet on their own.
 
2014-03-07 09:59:43 PM  

Nix Nightbird: Shh... Don't tell the space nuts that they're fools to consider going to Mars. If we can get a bunch of the planet's dumbest, most naive people to hop in a rocket and fly to a planet where we'll never see them again, I say more power to them. `Hope they like Tang and pooping into a vacuum hose.


Yeah, I don't think your average hard left and right nutjubs or reality TV junkies are the type that would volunteer for something like this.
 
2014-03-07 10:20:37 PM  
The Marching Morons by C.M. Cornbluth...

Anyways, you couldn't get Honey Boo-Boo's momma off the ground.
 
2014-03-07 11:03:27 PM  

grinding_journalist: Came to say "It'd just be a matter of time before they ALL DIED due to circumstance or unnatural causes," see that it's been covered.


Considering 382 construction workers have died in the past two years just building a new soccer stadium in Qatar I think a few deaths to COLONIZE FRICKING MARS is a small price to pay. I mean, human presence on Mars or a new soccer stadium for the World Cup? Which is a better cause to die for?
 
2014-03-08 12:44:13 AM  
I picture this ending like that South Park episode where they send a whale to the moon.
 
2014-03-08 04:31:46 AM  
I could only make it through a handful of paragraphs before this odd depression came over me.
 
2014-03-08 04:55:58 AM  
"Send Bieber, all the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo's mom and Miley Cyrus with a bunch of cameras ebola samples. The ratings would pay for the trip "
 
2014-03-08 05:46:33 AM  
I've seen this movie.


Link
 
2014-03-08 06:49:24 AM  

Wolf_Blitzer: This is the one of the most stupid ideas in the history of manned spaceflight. These idiots seem to think that "colonizing" Mars means taking a rocket, settling into a comfortable little spacefort and living out their retirement years. Reality: they die horribly in six months after some critical piece of equipment fails, or they die horribly a little later from the cancer they contracted on the way due to the radiation, and which can't be treated because they're on MARS. All of which will happen in the full glare of the media spotlight, ensuring that no one goes back for a generation or more.

Don't get me wrong, I really want to see humans there within my lifetime. But this is the LAST way to go about doing it.


but with a pickaxe, torches and some seed they should be fine!

/yeah, you're right
 
2014-03-08 07:32:43 AM  
Fact: Earth is producing assholes faster than we can kill them with guns, car accidents and drug overdoses.
Fact: Even with reduced launch costs we cannot fit enough of the asshole population on a rocket to make a difference.
Fact: I have never been on TV, never farked a Kardashian, never been elected to anything and fit a space suit (with some modifications to the middle bit).
Fact: With a few hot female scientists it is possible for me to populate a planet.

The conclusions are obvious.
I'll pack my bags and wait at pad 39B.
 
2014-03-08 08:43:41 AM  

Nix Nightbird: Shh... Don't tell the space nuts that they're fools to consider going to Mars. If we can get a bunch of the planet's dumbest, most naive people to hop in a rocket and fly to a planet where we'll never see them again, I say more power to them. `Hope they like Tang and pooping into a vacuum hose.


Deed you say.... Fuels?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-08 10:09:14 AM  
I was thinking Ukraine. How about that as a consolation. Hell I'll promise to watch it. Worst case the shooting starts and there is no loss on our part.
 
2014-03-08 07:39:06 PM  
I'm fine with sending our worst and dimmist to the deepest darkest reaches of space, or directly into the center of the sun.

but, I do NOT want them to be the foundation of the genetic stock that might be the life boat of humanity.
 
2014-03-09 03:30:48 AM  
All the difficulties with sending people to Mars are overcomeable, even with today's technology, if expensive.  Something could go wrong, but everything COULD go right as well (probably won't, but whatever).

The primary problem I see is not mechanical failure or radiation, it's boredom.  Stuck in just a few small habitats with the same small group of people, no possibility of change or advancement, no ability to interact with the rest of humanity in real time, limited to what entertainment you can get sent to you without too much degradation via 14 minute delayed radio transmission...they'd all go insane and kill each other just for something new to do.
 
2014-03-09 04:04:23 AM  

Mercutio74: There's a guy who's going to leave his wife and kids?  Really?  Wife I understand, but two kids...  you kind of have a responsibility to them, guy.


Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids...in fact, it's cold as hell.
 
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