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October 20, 2012

Overnight Open Thread

Hey there is some celestial action going on tonight as the Meteor Shower Created By Halley's Comet Peaks Tonight. I think of it as an emissary of SMOD.

The Orionid meteor shower will reach its zenith overnight from Saturday to Sunday (Oct. 20-21) as Earth plows through debris shed by Halley’s Comet on its path around the sun. The most impressive display should come a few hours before dawn Sunday, when our planet hits the densest patch of Halley’s detritus.

h/t to rd brewer for the photo


Survival Tip

Well, we might have to have a plan B to maintain the AoS HQ Lifestyle in the event of a nuclear war. Steer Clear Of Beer After A Nuclear Explosion.

"A nuclear explosion puts out a tremendous amount of neutrons and neutrons can transmute elements and make them radioactive," said Henning, who specializes in experimental particle astrophysics. "Generally heavier elements are more susceptible to this than light elements."

Metal cans, silicate bottles, and beer that may have picked up coppers and other contaminants in the brewing process are all much more susceptible to holding on to radiation than pure H20 in carbon-based plastic. But since most water sources are contaminated with radiation-drawing substances like chloride and potassium, Henning says the real problem would be finding truly pure water.


You know what? If I'm near ground zero and survive, Ima gonna have a damn beer or two. And probably a smoke. Just sayin'.

Touch And Go

Sometimes I miss being a "shooter". Sometimes. Then I remember those days being in the cold rain for hours on the flight deck. No sir, don't miss those days.

Strange DUI

Life is too short to do stuff like this. If it is true. Woman Accused Of Driving Drunk After Drinking Half A Bottle Of Hand Sanitizer.

Officers arrested her after she failed a field sobriety test, blowing a blood alcohol level of .17. Wilcox “admitted to drinking one half of a bottle of hand sanitizer,” police told the Press.

“I just saw it there so I drank it,” Wilcox told the station.

WTNH reports that Wilcox drank the equivalent of 32 shots of vodka.


Um, that last statement does not compute. 32 shots of vodka would be a tad more than .17 on the BAC reading.

Lake Vostok

Good news. They didn't find any living organisms or anything that will wipe out humanity. Yet. Vostok's Microbes Elusive In First Measurements Of Surface Water. But they're gonna keep trying so it's only a matter of time before some prehistoric thing gets released that causes some SyFy creature to actually form or something.

Office Space Redux

What's not to like?

Catnip

How Does Catnip Affect Humans?

In the 1600's, catnip was commonly prepared in tea to remedy nervous headaches, hysteria, and insanity. But somewhat contradictorily, one historical reference stated that chewing the root will make even the "most quiet person fierce and quarrelsome."

In the 1960's, catnip was briefly popular as a replacement drug for marijuana. A couple of reports indicated that it can produce auditory and visual hallucinations, as well as produce feelings of euphoria and intoxication, very similar to marijuana. In 2001, one motivated experimenter smoked five bowls of catnip, intermixed with huffing cigarettes, and reported that it had "similar effects to pot, minus the high." He also documented that tobacco "easily doubled" catnip's effects, a statement which is actually corroborated by far more legitimate research.

Kitteh Video

Kitteh parkour.

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