NASA to conspiracy theory: Drop Dead

NASA to the Internet: Comet Elenin will not kill us all. (Via Louie Baur)



  1. Well…if its a comet, then it probably won’t kill us all. After all, its a big ball of ice and loose rocks, right? more than likely without a direct hit it would break up in the upper atmo and turn into a great cloud, blocking sunlight for decades…

    Or just vaporize.

  2. I think of him whenever one of these stories comes around. He was the best. He and Gene Shepard shaped so many of our minds. 

    He still does the occasional broadcast but I never manage to catch it. Is there a “clock radio” recording application out there? Like TiVo for radio? Something that would, say, open up itunes or a browser and record a web broadcast at a certain time? 

    1. There’s an application for linux called podget that’s supposed to do this, but if it’s being broadcast over a shoutcast server or something that won’t work. You’d probably have to schedule a player to run and dump the audio (using cron and mplayer will do this easily for periodically repeating schedules, for values of ‘easily’ that include reading the mplayer and cron manpages and finding the right options).

  3. NASA has entirely failed to address the issue of the comet generating a deadly miasma.

    1. I would link you to NASA’s press release about comet-based miasma (namely, disproving the Pern String theory), but I’m afraid I can’t see much behind all this orange paint. ;)

  4. Meh. Not worried about it. Any time there’s a comet about to wipe out all life a plucky group of adventurers always seems to save the day.

    Just so long as there Chocobos to ride into battle the earth will be safe…. oh, crap.

    1. The great thing about apocalypses is that when they work right nobody is around to complain about them. It’s only when they malfunction (and we get a plucky bunch of survivors who just happened to be in a cave deep under the antarctic polar ice cap when the bomb went off) that the apocalypse is something to have worried about (retroactively).

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