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(SeattlePI)   Los Angeles port welcomes massive rubber duck, though fears that a giant, irradiated Ernie from Sesame Street may not be far behind   (seattlepi.com) divider line 49
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2014-08-21 07:39:56 AM  
Is he about to put the hammer down?
 
2014-08-21 07:47:44 AM  
I've always wanted to see the ol' 1963 B-film, "Godzilla vs. Ernie"...
 
2014-08-21 08:38:54 AM  

dittybopper: Is he about to put the hammer down?


Damn you.  Now the song is stuck in my head.
 
2014-08-21 08:49:45 AM  
It's a Trojan Duck from Oregon!
 
2014-08-21 08:52:25 AM  

I_Am_Weasel: dittybopper: Is he about to put the hammer down?

Damn you.  Now the song is stuck in my head.


www.nealromanek.com

You would prefer another earworm, a different song? Then name the genre! I grow tired of asking this so it will be the last time: *Where* is the rebel base?
 
2014-08-21 08:55:28 AM  
Hotrod Lincoln!  Hotrod Lincoln!
 
2014-08-21 09:05:44 AM  
1) Can something inflatable really be called a sculpture?
2) Are we sure this really isn't just Google repackaging their barges to be more under the radar?
 
2014-08-21 09:07:43 AM  
Dumb photo caption says these have "sailed around the world." If by that you mean, "were inflated near the shore and floated in various harbors around the world," you're basically telling the truth. But there are no epic Rubber Ducky voyages across oceans.
 
2014-08-21 09:09:24 AM  

LazyMedia: Dumb photo caption says these have "sailed around the world." If by that you mean, "were inflated near the shore and floated in various harbors around the world," you're basically telling the truth. But there are no epic Rubber Ducky voyages across oceans.


Au contraire, mon frere:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-464768/Thousands-rubber-duck s- land-British-shores-15-year-journey.html
 
2014-08-21 09:15:07 AM  

dittybopper: Is he about to put the hammer down?


Call me when he is about to go a hunting bear.
 
2014-08-21 09:17:29 AM  

dittybopper: LazyMedia: Dumb photo caption says these have "sailed around the world." If by that you mean, "were inflated near the shore and floated in various harbors around the world," you're basically telling the truth. But there are no epic Rubber Ducky voyages across oceans.

Au contraire, mon frere:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-464768/Thousands-rubber-duck s- land-British-shores-15-year-journey.html


Different duckies. Those weren't voyaging, anyway; they were just flotsam. I'm talking about this particular giant inflatable doing a Kon Duki voyage.
 
2014-08-21 09:17:48 AM  

I_Am_Weasel: Hotrod Lincoln!  Hotrod Lincoln!


My pappy said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin'
If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln"

Have you heard this story of the Hot Rod Race
When Fords and Lincolns was settin' the pace
That story is true, I'm here to say
I was drivin' that Model A

It's got a Lincoln motor and it's really souped up
That Model A body makes it look like a pup
It's got eight cylinders, uses them all
It's got overdrive, just won't stall

With a 4-barrel carb and a dual exhaust
With 4.11 gears you can really get lost
It's got safety tubes, but I ain't scared
The brakes are good, tires fair

Pulled out of San Pedro late one night
The moon and the stars was shinin' bright
We was drivin' up Grapevine Hill
Passing cars like they was standing still

All of a sudden in a wink of an eye
A Cadillac sedan passed us by
I said, "Boys, that's a mark for me"
By then the tail light was all you could see

Now the fellas was ribbin' me for bein' behind
So I thought I'd make the Lincoln unwind
 Took my foot off the gas and man alive
I shoved it on down into overdrive

Wound it up to a hundred-and-ten
My speedometer said that I hit top end
My foot was glued like lead to the floor
That's all there is and there ain't no more

Now the boys all thought I'd lost my sense
And telephone poles looked like a picket fence
They said, "Slow down! I see spots!
The lines on the road just look like dots"

Took a corner, sideswiped a truck
Crossed my fingers just for luck
 My fenders was clickin' the guardrail posts
 The guy beside me was white as a ghost

Smoke was comin' from out of the back
 When I started to gain on that Cadillac
Knew I could catch him, I thought I could pass
Don't you know by then we'd be low on gas

We had flames comin' from out of the side
Feel the tension, man, what a ride! I said,
"Look out, boys, I've got a license to fly"
And that Caddy pulled over and let us by

Now all of a sudden she started to knockin'
And down in the dips she started to rockin'
 I looked in my mirror; a red light was blinkin'
 The cops was after my Hot Rod Lincoln

They arrested me and they put me in jail
And called my pappy to throw my bail
And he said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin'
If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln!"
 
2014-08-21 09:21:15 AM  

alabasterblack: I_Am_Weasel: Hotrod Lincoln!  Hotrod Lincoln!

My pappy said, "Son, you're gonna' drive me to drinkin'
If you don't stop drivin' that Hot Rod Lincoln"


Which was an answer song to Hot Rod race

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbtZu9ObbT8
 
2014-08-21 09:27:51 AM  
img.fark.net
Approves
 
2014-08-21 09:29:59 AM  
Anybody else misread that headline?
 
2014-08-21 09:31:23 AM  
What a giant irradiated Ernie (and Bert) might look like

cdn.phys.org

And here's Big Bird for comparision

www.sciencenews.org
 
2014-08-21 09:34:16 AM  
...is looking for a duck with rubber consistency of massive size:

unrealitymag.bcmediagroup.netdna-cdn.com
 
2014-08-21 09:39:54 AM  
Good one, Subby. Perhaps a giant Bert is behind the giant Ernie, too.
 
2014-08-21 09:45:17 AM  
s9.postimg.org
Looks like he's brought along some serious firepower there.
 
2014-08-21 09:48:22 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: [s9.postimg.org image 628x378]
Looks like he's brought along some serious firepower there.


The last time those guns were fired, they blew up a bunch of people inside the turret. So not skurred.
 
2014-08-21 09:51:14 AM  

Tom_Slick: dittybopper: Is he about to put the hammer down?

Call me when he is about to go a hunting bear.


With rabbit ears?
 
2014-08-21 09:52:17 AM  
I chose the form of the Destructor. Something that could never hurt me.
 
2014-08-21 09:56:36 AM  

Fano: Tom_Slick: dittybopper: Is he about to put the hammer down?

Call me when he is about to go a hunting bear.

With rabbit ears?


no, with wabbit ears
 
2014-08-21 09:59:57 AM  
Next up, a giant rubber dick in San Francisco bay.
 
2014-08-21 10:00:40 AM  
What is the significance?
 
2014-08-21 10:01:33 AM  
s3files.core77.com
 
2014-08-21 10:04:41 AM  
Wow, that duck was interesting the first 23 times it made an appearance.  But now, number 24 just seems to have lost all it's luster.  Wake me up for number 25.
 
2014-08-21 10:07:12 AM  
For the Tall Ships Festival? In light air, you could always deflate the duck to provide a little breeze.

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-21 10:11:04 AM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: [s9.postimg.org image 628x378]
Looks like he's brought along some serious firepower there.


That's what I was thinking. The duck means business this time!
 
2014-08-21 10:13:12 AM  
You said rubber "duck," correct? being Southern California, you san understand my mistake.
 
2014-08-21 10:14:03 AM  
What did you DO, Ray?
 
2014-08-21 10:27:04 AM  
I'm awfully fond of this story.
 
2014-08-21 10:27:05 AM  
Ex-Texan:

You said rubber "duck," correct? being Southern California, you san understand my mistake.

img.youtube.com
 
2014-08-21 10:31:56 AM  
And the giant duck was pulled in to shore by a giant pulley.
 
2014-08-21 10:33:55 AM  

dittybopper: Is he about to put the hammer down?


OK, we're done here.
 
2014-08-21 10:36:22 AM  
This headline is way more entertaining when you misread duck...
 
2014-08-21 10:40:25 AM  

dittybopper: Is he about to put the hammer down?


He crashed through the gate doing 98.
 
2014-08-21 10:40:46 AM  
i1297.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-21 11:33:29 AM  

LazyMedia: Dumb photo caption says these have "sailed around the world." If by that you mean, "were inflated near the shore and floated in various harbors around the world," you're basically telling the truth. But there are no epic Rubber Ducky voyages across oceans.


Phrases can be read to mean different things which are still correct. If I sail near Chicago, Rome, New Zealand, and Hong Kong, then I have sailed around the world. It doesn't mean I actually went "around" in a circle. Just as 'around' doesn't always mean 'in a circle', 'sail' doesn't mean that it was powered by wind into a sail. It can refer to ships moving by engine as well, or even to how people walk.
 
2014-08-21 11:34:35 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: What a giant irradiated Ernie (and Bert) might look like

[cdn.phys.org image 500x254]

And here's Big Bird for comparision

[www.sciencenews.org image 850x454]


Explanation, or link, please?
 
2014-08-21 11:40:51 AM  
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-21 12:26:13 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: What a giant irradiated Ernie (and Bert) might look like

[cdn.phys.org image 500x254]

And here's Big Bird for comparision

[www.sciencenews.org image 850x454]


We don't allow faster than light neutrinos in here, said the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar.
 
2014-08-21 12:27:31 PM  
ts1.mm.bing.net
Giant Duck? We got this.
 
2014-08-21 02:48:27 PM  
Can someone bring the ducky to Walvisbay please?
 
2014-08-21 02:58:20 PM  

LazyMedia: Day_Old_Dutchie: [s9.postimg.org image 628x378]
Looks like he's brought along some serious firepower there.

The last time those guns were fired, they blew up a bunch of people inside the turret. So not skurred.


Well the USS Missouri and USS Wisconsin worked fine in GW1.
 
2014-08-21 04:51:20 PM  

skrame: Glockenspiel Hero: What a giant irradiated Ernie (and Bert) might look like

[cdn.phys.org image 500x254]

And here's Big Bird for comparision

[www.sciencenews.org image 850x454]

Explanation, or link, please?


These are results from Ice Cube, the one of the coolest (literally) experiments out there.  It's a neutrino telescope at the south pole.  Basically, you dig a hole in the ice about 2.5 km deep, then put a long string of detectors in the bottom 1 km and let the top freeze over.  Now bury 85 more strings (5160 total detectors) in a huge array that's a cubic kilometer in total size, a mile under the ice surface.

Bert, Ernie and Big Bird are three very high energy captures they've made, running about a 1000 trillion electron volts.  The plots show the intensity of the light at the various detectors- a single neutrino capture carried light hundreds of meters through the ice.


tylerdurden217: We don't allow faster than light neutrinos in here, said the bartender. A neutrino walks into a bar.


And promptly trips over a badly laid cable
 
2014-08-21 04:59:39 PM  
If a massive rubber pigeon follows the duckie, I guess Bert will be there too.
 
2014-08-21 06:56:13 PM  
I thought they lost that thing
 
2014-08-22 09:08:07 AM  

Glockenspiel Hero: These are results from Ice Cube, the one of the coolest (literally) experiments out there. It's a neutrino telescope at the south pole. Basically, you dig a hole in the ice about 2.5 km deep, then put a long string of detectors in the bottom 1 km and let the top freeze over. Now bury 85 more strings (5160 total detectors) in a huge array that's a cubic kilometer in total size, a mile under the ice surface


My electronics teacher in the late 80's, Kent Petersson, worked on IceCube or the proof of concept project, AMANDA. He even went to the South Pole, helping with the installation of the detectors. I remember seeing him in an article about the neutrino detectors in Göteborgs-Posten, but I can't remember when.
 
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