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2014-06-06 11:46:16 AM
The Smithsonian all depends on when you go. They shuffle around the exhibits at the American History museum all the time, so you might go there and be disappointed that a lot of the really cool stuff you were expecting to see isn't there. The last time I was there, like two years ago, a lot of the pop culture stuff like Archie Bunker's Chair and Fonzie's Jacket that had been there previously had been rotated out, and replaced with other stuff that I don't remember being quite as interesting. Problem is that they Smithsonian archives are enormous, and there simply isn't enough room for everything.
 
2014-06-06 12:23:56 PM

spman: The Smithsonian all depends on when you go. They shuffle around the exhibits at the American History museum all the time, so you might go there and be disappointed that a lot of the really cool stuff you were expecting to see isn't there. The last time I was there, like two years ago, a lot of the pop culture stuff like Archie Bunker's Chair and Fonzie's Jacket that had been there previously had been rotated out, and replaced with other stuff that I don't remember being quite as interesting. Problem is that they Smithsonian archives are enormous, and there simply isn't enough room for everything.


My only regret on my last trip to DC is that I didn't get to see every single Smithsonian museum as we only had 2 full days in town.  What I did get to see was absolutely incredible, did not regret that trip and was at no point in time "bored".  Though I must admit the air and space museum was the best.  The capsule the Apollo 11 astronauts returned to Earth in especially got me.  Not a mock up, not a replica, THE frogdamned thing they came back from walking on the farking moon in.

When I was there, Archie Bunker's chair was there, along with Dorothy's slippers and I think Fonzi's jacket, which was fairly meh but there were some cool things too.
 
2014-06-06 01:05:36 PM
The new Clinton Library.
 
2014-06-06 01:06:20 PM

nekom: My only regret on my last trip to DC is that I didn't get to see every single Smithsonian museum as we only had 2 full days in town. What I did get to see was absolutely incredible, did not regret that trip and was at no point in time "bored". Though I must admit the air and space museum was the best. The capsule the Apollo 11 astronauts returned to Earth in especially got me. Not a mock up, not a replica, THE frogdamned thing they came back from walking on the farking moon in.

When I was there, Archie Bunker's chair was there, along with Dorothy's slippers and I think Fonzi's jacket, which was fairly meh but there were some cool things too.


if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility
 
2014-06-06 01:06:31 PM
When I went there last year, of all the museums I went to, I thought the Air & Space museum was old and stuffy.  Sure, there are old things there, and it's a great place to go, but the whole place just seemed....old.

And a few weeks later, Boeing announced they were donating a bajillion dollars to renovate it.
 
2014-06-06 01:07:41 PM
Who's the dummy that thinks the Smithsonian is boring?
 
2014-06-06 01:07:57 PM

tlchwi02: nekom: My only regret on my last trip to DC is that I didn't get to see every single Smithsonian museum as we only had 2 full days in town. What I did get to see was absolutely incredible, did not regret that trip and was at no point in time "bored". Though I must admit the air and space museum was the best. The capsule the Apollo 11 astronauts returned to Earth in especially got me. Not a mock up, not a replica, THE frogdamned thing they came back from walking on the farking moon in.

When I was there, Archie Bunker's chair was there, along with Dorothy's slippers and I think Fonzi's jacket, which was fairly meh but there were some cool things too.

if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility


Or if you're in L.A., the California Science Center, where they have the Space Shuttle Endeavour.  An amazing display.
 
2014-06-06 01:16:28 PM

tlchwi02: nekom: My only regret on my last trip to DC is that I didn't get to see every single Smithsonian museum as we only had 2 full days in town. What I did get to see was absolutely incredible, did not regret that trip and was at no point in time "bored". Though I must admit the air and space museum was the best. The capsule the Apollo 11 astronauts returned to Earth in especially got me. Not a mock up, not a replica, THE frogdamned thing they came back from walking on the farking moon in.

When I was there, Archie Bunker's chair was there, along with Dorothy's slippers and I think Fonzi's jacket, which was fairly meh but there were some cool things too.

if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility


I am absolutely going to that facility on my next trip. That, and the National Archives. I've seen just about everything else in DC, but never those.
 
2014-06-06 01:16:48 PM
We want the funk

/gotta have the funk
 
2014-06-06 01:20:09 PM
tlchwi02:
if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility

Oh yes, that's #1 on my list for next time.  I got to see Atlantis once on the launch pad but that's as close as I've ever gotten to one.  I really think I could spend a solid week in DC, it's a freaking mecca for museum buffs.
 
2014-06-06 01:24:46 PM

tlchwi02: if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility


Word.  Probably the highlight of my most recent trip to the area.
 
2014-06-06 01:31:10 PM
The Museum of Natural History was fun.

/Of course, I was there in 1993.
//YMMV.
 
2014-06-06 01:34:58 PM
The real mothership ended up in a pawnshop in DC. I read that somewhere.

I had dinner with the man with some friends in his hotel room about so years ago. He actually pulled out a crack pipe and smoked a rock after his steak.
 
2014-06-06 01:36:17 PM
Have been there a couple weekends in a row taking around guests in town. I'm glad I got to see the Red Bull Stratos at the Air & Space. Got to see where they are building the African American Culture museum and it looks like a decent spot next to the American History. IIRC the Washington Post did a story about the original mothership and part of it is at a scrap yard/dump in PG county.
 
2014-06-06 01:40:01 PM

spman: Problem is that they Smithsonian archives are enormous, and there simply isn't enough room for everything.


They should do an inventory share with the vatican, except they can't display all that kiddy porn, I imagine.
 
2014-06-06 01:40:09 PM
Make sure you have your sunglasses on. Everybody's got to wear their sunglasses, so they can feel cool.


/Everything is on the One.
 
2014-06-06 01:42:00 PM

Ebenator


Who's the dummy that thinks the Smithsonian is boring?


An appallingly typical member of the US population.


PS "Who's the dummy who thinks..."
 
2014-06-06 01:50:01 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: Ebenator

Who's the dummy that thinks the Smithsonian is boring?


An appallingly typical member of the US population.


PS "Who's the dummy who thinks..."


P.S.
"Who's the dummy who thinks..."
 
2014-06-06 01:52:50 PM

theflatline: The real mothership ended up in a pawnshop in DC. I read that somewhere.

I had dinner with the man with some friends in his hotel room about so years ago. He actually pulled out a crack pipe and smoked a rock after his steak.


This is what I'd read.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/11/AR201 0 041103996.html

I didn't re-read it just now, but I seem to remember something about being out in some pasture or scrapyard.

And Dayton, OH is currently trying, and apparently feuding, over a funk museum here in town.  http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/3-funk-museum-plans-ru n -into-funk/nfkqG/

/I tell people I'm from Funkytown.
 
2014-06-06 02:02:07 PM
Oh great. How much money is it going to take to keep repairing the roof?
 
2014-06-06 02:08:25 PM

Kid Shelleen: theflatline: The real mothership ended up in a pawnshop in DC. I read that somewhere.

I had dinner with the man with some friends in his hotel room about so years ago. He actually pulled out a crack pipe and smoked a rock after his steak.

This is what I'd read.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/11/AR201 0 041103996.html

I didn't re-read it just now, but I seem to remember something about being out in some pasture or scrapyard.

And Dayton, OH is currently trying, and apparently feuding, over a funk museum here in town.  http://www.daytondailynews.com/news/news/local/3-funk-museum-plans-ru n -into-funk/nfkqG/

/I tell people I'm from Funkytown.


Could you take me sometime? Gotta make a move to a town thats right for me, ya know...
 
2014-06-06 02:08:30 PM

nekom: spman: The Smithsonian all depends on when you go. They shuffle around the exhibits at the American History museum all the time, so you might go there and be disappointed that a lot of the really cool stuff you were expecting to see isn't there. The last time I was there, like two years ago, a lot of the pop culture stuff like Archie Bunker's Chair and Fonzie's Jacket that had been there previously had been rotated out, and replaced with other stuff that I don't remember being quite as interesting. Problem is that they Smithsonian archives are enormous, and there simply isn't enough room for everything.

My only regret on my last trip to DC is that I didn't get to see every single Smithsonian museum as we only had 2 full days in town.  What I did get to see was absolutely incredible, did not regret that trip and was at no point in time "bored".  Though I must admit the air and space museum was the best.  The capsule the Apollo 11 astronauts returned to Earth in especially got me.  Not a mock up, not a replica, THE frogdamned thing they came back from walking on the farking moon in.

When I was there, Archie Bunker's chair was there, along with Dorothy's slippers and I think Fonzi's jacket, which was fairly meh but there were some cool things too.


Growing up in DC the Smithsonian museums ruined me for other Museums.  I remember my first trip to the Feild Museum in Chicago when I moved there as an adult and I was like "PAY ADMISSION? to get Into a MUSEUM?  Fark you long and hard!"
 
2014-06-06 02:09:06 PM

GameSprocket: Oh great. How much money is it going to take to keep repairing the roof?


But think of how much they will save on the water bill
 
2014-06-06 02:09:18 PM
Link
/Lazy
 
2014-06-06 02:10:14 PM

nekom: Oh yes, that's #1 on my list for next time. I got to see Atlantis once on the launch pad but that's as close as I've ever gotten to one. I really think I could spend a solid week in DC, it's a freaking mecca for museum buffs.


also, its not just the space shuttle (although that is clearly the centerpiece) It cover something like 150 acres and features pretty much every military aircraft we've ever flown, most of the military aircraft we've flown against, an incredible selection of civilian planes, 'copters, rockets and a birds eye view of the hanger where they refurbish all of the stuff (if you go on the right day you can see them working.)
 
2014-06-06 02:11:10 PM
How did they get it inside? Did they have to tear the roof off the mothersucker?
 
2014-06-06 02:11:17 PM

Pants full of macaroni!!: tlchwi02: if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility

Word.  Probably the highlight of my most recent trip to the area.


the Shuttle is cool but they have a SR-71 BLACKBIRD there, one you can get close enough to literally touch.....shudder
 
2014-06-06 02:15:11 PM

LessO2: When I went there last year, of all the museums I went to, I thought the Air & Space museum was old and stuffy.  Sure, there are old things there, and it's a great place to go, but the whole place just seemed....old.


Write your congressman and get them to fund NASA so we get more cool stuff.
 
2014-06-06 02:16:20 PM

vudukungfu


P.S.
"Who's the dummy who thinks..."


Not necessarily: one may use either "PS" or "P.S.".


Postscript - Merriam-Webster Online
www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postscript
Merriam‑Webster
Definition of postscript from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary with audio ... comes from the Latin post scriptum and can be abbreviated either p.s. or ps.

postscript noun - Cambridge Dictionary
dictionary.cambridge.org/.../p...
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
(abbreviation PS) a short remark or message added to the bottom of a letter after you have signed your name, usually introduced by the abbreviation PS: There ...
 
2014-06-06 02:18:59 PM

Magorn: Pants full of macaroni!!: tlchwi02: if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility

Word.  Probably the highlight of my most recent trip to the area.

the Shuttle is cool but they have a SR-71 BLACKBIRD there, one you can get close enough to literally touch.....shudder


Do you think they left the keys in there?

WHY HAVE WE BEEN UNABLE TO MAKE ANYTHING THAT AWESOME SINCE?!
 
2014-06-06 02:19:49 PM

Psylence: Kid Shelleen: theflatline: 

/I tell people I'm from Funkytown.

Could you take me sometime? Gotta make a move to a town thats right for me, ya know...


I'm petitioning for Kettering to be renamed Boogie Wonderland, too.

Can't decide if this thing would be more appropriate in a Funk museum or maybe we should just put it in the Air Force museum here in town.
 
2014-06-06 02:22:39 PM

Magorn: Pants full of macaroni!!: tlchwi02: if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility

Word.  Probably the highlight of my most recent trip to the area.

the Shuttle is cool but they have a SR-71 BLACKBIRD there, one you can get close enough to literally touch.....shudder


Yup.  I have a picture of it taken head-on.  I don't care who you are, nothing looks quite as badass.
 
2014-06-06 02:30:56 PM

Psylence: Magorn: Pants full of macaroni!!: tlchwi02: if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility

Word.  Probably the highlight of my most recent trip to the area.

the Shuttle is cool but they have a SR-71 BLACKBIRD there, one you can get close enough to literally touch.....shudder

Do you think they left the keys in there?

WHY HAVE WE BEEN UNABLE TO MAKE ANYTHING THAT AWESOME SINCE?!


Well, satellites with high-resolution optics pretty much eliminated the need for spy planes.  But yeah, that was one kickass bird.  Heard an anecdote, perhaps true or perhaps a joke, that an SR-71 requested FL600, the ATC said "If you can get up there, buddy, it's all yours." to which he replied "Roger, descending six zero zero"
 
2014-06-06 02:32:35 PM

nekom: Psylence: Magorn: Pants full of macaroni!!: tlchwi02: if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility

Word.  Probably the highlight of my most recent trip to the area.

the Shuttle is cool but they have a SR-71 BLACKBIRD there, one you can get close enough to literally touch.....shudder

Do you think they left the keys in there?

WHY HAVE WE BEEN UNABLE TO MAKE ANYTHING THAT AWESOME SINCE?!

Well, satellites with high-resolution optics pretty much eliminated the need for spy planes.  But yeah, that was one kickass bird.  Heard an anecdote, perhaps true or perhaps a joke, that an SR-71 requested FL600, the ATC said "If you can get up there, buddy, it's all yours." to which he replied "Roger, descending six zero zero"


But satellites and the like just don't capture the imagination of a little kid who just wants to fly.... :(
 
2014-06-06 02:42:46 PM

Englebert Slaptyback: - Cambridge Dictionary


stopped reading there. . .
 
2014-06-06 02:46:25 PM

Psylence: nekom: Psylence: Magorn: Pants full of macaroni!!: tlchwi02: if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility

Word.  Probably the highlight of my most recent trip to the area.

the Shuttle is cool but they have a SR-71 BLACKBIRD there, one you can get close enough to literally touch.....shudder

Do you think they left the keys in there?

WHY HAVE WE BEEN UNABLE TO MAKE ANYTHING THAT AWESOME SINCE?!

Well, satellites with high-resolution optics pretty much eliminated the need for spy planes.  But yeah, that was one kickass bird.  Heard an anecdote, perhaps true or perhaps a joke, that an SR-71 requested FL600, the ATC said "If you can get up there, buddy, it's all yours." to which he replied "Roger, descending six zero zero"

But satellites and the like just don't capture the imagination of a little kid who just wants to fly.... :(


Does this help any?  This MAY be what we replace the Blackbirds with when we retired them:
www.militaryimages.net
 
2014-06-06 02:49:50 PM

vudukungfu


Englebert Slaptyback: - Cambridge Dictionary

stopped reading there. . .


Uh huh. If you stopped on the second then you must have seen the first:


Postscript - Merriam-Webster Online
www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postscript
Merriam‑Webster
Definition of postscript from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary with audio ... comes from the Latin post scriptum and can be abbreviated either p.s. or ps.


There ya go. HAND.
 
2014-06-06 02:52:12 PM

Magorn: nekom: spman: The Smithsonian all depends on when you go. They shuffle around the exhibits at the American History museum all the time, so you might go there and be disappointed that a lot of the really cool stuff you were expecting to see isn't there. The last time I was there, like two years ago, a lot of the pop culture stuff like Archie Bunker's Chair and Fonzie's Jacket that had been there previously had been rotated out, and replaced with other stuff that I don't remember being quite as interesting. Problem is that they Smithsonian archives are enormous, and there simply isn't enough room for everything.

My only regret on my last trip to DC is that I didn't get to see every single Smithsonian museum as we only had 2 full days in town.  What I did get to see was absolutely incredible, did not regret that trip and was at no point in time "bored".  Though I must admit the air and space museum was the best.  The capsule the Apollo 11 astronauts returned to Earth in especially got me.  Not a mock up, not a replica, THE frogdamned thing they came back from walking on the farking moon in.

When I was there, Archie Bunker's chair was there, along with Dorothy's slippers and I think Fonzi's jacket, which was fairly meh but there were some cool things too.

Growing up in DC the Smithsonian museums ruined me for other Museums.  I remember my first trip to the Feild Museum in Chicago when I moved there as an adult and I was like "PAY ADMISSION? to get Into a MUSEUM?  Fark you long and hard!"


YEah me too, first time at a museum out of town and I was shocked they charged you. I like the out of town people that visit me and ask how much it costs to get into the museums or zoo. I usually tell them that I wil take care of it.
 
2014-06-06 02:58:57 PM

Magorn: Psylence: nekom: Psylence: Magorn: Pants full of macaroni!!: tlchwi02: if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility

Word.  Probably the highlight of my most recent trip to the area.

the Shuttle is cool but they have a SR-71 BLACKBIRD there, one you can get close enough to literally touch.....shudder

Do you think they left the keys in there?

WHY HAVE WE BEEN UNABLE TO MAKE ANYTHING THAT AWESOME SINCE?!

Well, satellites with high-resolution optics pretty much eliminated the need for spy planes.  But yeah, that was one kickass bird.  Heard an anecdote, perhaps true or perhaps a joke, that an SR-71 requested FL600, the ATC said "If you can get up there, buddy, it's all yours." to which he replied "Roger, descending six zero zero"

But satellites and the like just don't capture the imagination of a little kid who just wants to fly.... :(

Does this help any?  This MAY be what we replace the Blackbirds with when we retired them:
[www.militaryimages.net image 720x540]


I want to believe!

...and hope that its not another unmanned craft.
 
2014-06-06 03:01:32 PM
Soul is a ham-hoc in your cornflakes
 
2014-06-06 03:02:35 PM
 
2014-06-06 03:11:23 PM
i835.photobucket.com
 
2014-06-06 03:25:11 PM

Psylence: I want to believe!

...and hope that its not another unmanned craft.


Manned aircraft are pointless for reconnaissance.
 
2014-06-06 03:35:26 PM

tlchwi02: nekom: My only regret on my last trip to DC is that I didn't get to see every single Smithsonian museum as we only had 2 full days in town. What I did get to see was absolutely incredible, did not regret that trip and was at no point in time "bored". Though I must admit the air and space museum was the best. The capsule the Apollo 11 astronauts returned to Earth in especially got me. Not a mock up, not a replica, THE frogdamned thing they came back from walking on the farking moon in.

When I was there, Archie Bunker's chair was there, along with Dorothy's slippers and I think Fonzi's jacket, which was fairly meh but there were some cool things too.

if you liked the air and space and get back to DC, see if you can make it out to the dulles facility where they have the space shuttle. its an amazing facility


THIS THIS THIS

The Udvar-Hazy Center was PHENOMENAL.

I knew there was something there at Silver Hill for years, but hadn't known exactly what they'd built there or what they would have on display, but my wife, daughter and I headed up there last summer to check it out.

I'll never forget walking in the front entrance, and looking down the long elevated walkway to the back wall, which had a lifesize mural of the nose of the Space Shuttle on it. I thought, oh, that's cool - I wonder what they've got to see in that section?

As I walked closer towards the back wall, my jaw dropped open further and further as I realized what I'd thought had been a lifesized mural turned out to be an actual. Freaking. Space. Shuttle. Sitting right there, large as life, as big as day.

It was a good day...

http://airandspace.si.edu/visit/udvar-hazy-center/
 
2014-06-06 03:36:06 PM

The_Sponge: The Museum of Natural History was fun.

/Of course, I was there in 1993.
//YMMV.


When you were there, did they still have the ancient Mesapotamia exhibit with the 4500 year old human skeletons on display (including one posed to look like it was trying a break a goat skeleton by grabbing its horns)?  I believe they removed the skeletons from public view after complaints it was culturally offensive and disrespectful to the dead.

I also remember the skeleton of the giant ground sloth.  It (or a good replica) later showed up on the last episode of the Conan O' Brien-hosted Tonight Show holding a garden hose that squirted cavier on a Picasso.
 
2014-06-06 03:36:57 PM
It would have been some awesome level of trolling if they put the Mothership in the Air and Space museum.
 
2014-06-06 03:45:08 PM
 
2014-06-06 03:56:22 PM
Swing down, sweet chariot, stop, an' let me ride. . . .
 
2014-06-06 03:57:06 PM

jaytkay: Psylence: I want to believe!

...and hope that its not another unmanned craft.

Manned aircraft are pointless for reconnaissance.


Unmanned aircraft are pointless for daydreaming about. I can go fly R/C jets now.
 
2014-06-06 04:57:05 PM

mechgreg: It would have been some awesome level of trolling if they put the Mothership in the Air and Space museum.


Well for a while Darth Vader, C3P0 and R2D2 were on display there, I think they moved them over to the american history with the muppets.
 
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