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2020-07-29 9:51:03 AM  
...but when they do, they make incredibly precise calculations about trajectory, velocity, dart weight, Earth's gravitational pull, ambient air currents, relative humidity, solar wind, neutrino counts, shooter height, weight, strength, mood, manual dexterity, friction coefficient between dart knurling and skin roughness, wear patterns on the dart's flights, time of day, outside weather, and, at least until 2012, whether Sid Waddell was announcing.
 
2020-07-29 10:32:43 AM  
Throw?  No.

Strap monster boosters on them and fire them at the sky gods with a vengeance?  You're darn tootin'!
 
2020-07-29 11:03:16 AM  
Counterpoint: yes they do. The most wonderful darts.

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2020-07-29 12:03:29 PM  
Submitter, if your cunning plan was to paraphrase the well-known Einstein quote "God does not play dice", then you have failed in a most ignominous fashion. You sound like a stupid dork when you get it wrong. Darts? Are you sh*tting me? F*ck sake mate, if you're gonna write a headline, at least give it some f*cking thought.
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2020-07-29 12:16:26 PM  
Einstein would turn over in his grave. Not only does God play dice, the dice are loaded.
-- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang ,"Looking God In The Eye"
 
2020-07-29 12:22:40 PM  
Well, not anymore

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2020-07-29 12:25:33 PM  
Musk already put a Tesla in space.

Even then, why would anyone in the universe want a Dart?

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2020-07-29 3:10:37 PM  

UNC_Samurai: Einstein would turn over in his grave. Not only does God play dice, the dice are loaded.
-- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang ,"Looking God In The Eye"


Sorry, but he ripped off Professor Hawking, who said "Not only does God play dice, He sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen."
 
2020-07-29 8:08:36 PM  
God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won't tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.

Best. Quote about Quantum mechanics. Ever.
 
2020-07-30 3:07:10 PM  

Psychopusher: ...but when they do, they make incredibly precise calculations about trajectory, velocity, dart weight, Earth's gravitational pull, ambient air currents, relative humidity, solar wind, neutrino counts, shooter height, weight, strength, mood, manual dexterity, friction coefficient between dart knurling and skin roughness, wear patterns on the dart's flights, time of day, outside weather, and, at least until 2012, whether Sid Waddell was announcing.



I was going to say, that's precisely what they do, throw darts.  At a target that is several million miles away and moving at an incredible velocity, and then hitting the freaking thing.  How do they even calculate where to aim?  farking incredible.
 
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