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Offline pinnah

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« on: September 21, 2011, 09:10:41 AM »
Space trash headed back to earth.  The size of a school bus.

I am hoping for night time viewing; could be a heck of a light show.
Do you think you could get out of the way if you saw it coming?

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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2011, 09:19:31 AM »
The *minimum* velocity would be something like 50 m/s, so if it was a small one and you happened to be looking in the right direction you could probably get clear. Statistically speaking, you'd probably jump right in front of a car though. ;)
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2011, 09:27:20 AM »
The *minimum* velocity would be something like 50 m/s, so if it was a small one and you happened to be looking in the right direction you could probably get clear. Statistically speaking, you'd probably jump right in front of a car though. ;)
If it was on course to hit you, unless you knew how big it was you wouldn't know when it was about to hit you as it would appear to not be moving, just getting bigger.
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2011, 11:04:03 PM »
"I wondered why the Frisbee was getting bigger, and then it hit me." ...LOL
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2011, 07:06:58 AM »
Chances of someone on earth getting hit by this particular piece of space debris: 1:3200. Chances of YOU getting hit by this particular piece of space debris: 1:~7 trillion.

Unless you get spontaneously combusted first!
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2011, 07:11:50 AM »
Chances of someone on earth getting hit by this particular piece of space debris: 1:3200. Chances of YOU getting hit by this particular piece of space debris: 1:~7 trillion.

Unless you get spontaneously combusted first!

Coincidently I read an article on BBC's website today about someone in Ireland spontaneously combusting.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15032614

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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2011, 07:59:19 AM »
Chances of someone on earth getting hit by this particular piece of space debris: 1:3200. Chances of YOU getting hit by this particular piece of space debris: 1:~7 trillion.

Unless you get spontaneously combusted first!

Coincidently I read an article on BBC's website today about someone in Ireland spontaneously combusting.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15032614

too many potatoes. As a high potasium food potatoes are a great risk factor in spontaneous combustion. As yoru body concentrates the potasium, at some point a critical point is reached where the potasium reacts with the water in your body releasing hydrogen at such an alarming rate as to cause it to ignite upon exiting your blood stream. At least that's my theory  ;D
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2011, 08:04:51 AM »
Chances of someone on earth getting hit by this particular piece of space debris: 1:3200. Chances of YOU getting hit by this particular piece of space debris: 1:~7 trillion.

Unless you get spontaneously combusted first!

Coincidently I read an article on BBC's website today about someone in Ireland spontaneously combusting.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15032614

too many potatoes. As a high potasium food potatoes are a great risk factor in spontaneous combustion. As yoru body concentrates the potasium, at some point a critical point is reached where the potasium reacts with the water in your body releasing hydrogen at such an alarming rate as to cause it to ignite upon exiting your blood stream. At least that's my theory  ;D

Well, as theories go, I'm sure it's no more/less far fetched than many other ones out there.

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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2011, 04:29:11 AM »
Think the cases of Russian spontaneous combustion are also a case of too many potatoes, though in a distilled form? Nah, most of the Russian vodka is cheap crap, the product of column or continuous distillation of grain or even cheaper sugar sources. On the other hand there are some great Polish potato vodkas and they're not spontaneously combusting from it. Maybe it's just an Irish thing.

My best advice.... If you start to spontaneously combust, douse yourself with Guinness. On second thought, probably too late after you wait for the perfect pour. Maybe there's a good purpose for the quick pour or the widget cans?
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