Is This Something?

An old British reality TV show called Space Cadets took a group of people with little science education and transported them to a Russian cosmonaut-training station. And then sent three of them -- the winners -- up into near-earth orbit for five days.

Except they didn't do any of that -- it was a hoax perpetrated on the contestants. They didn't go to Russia, but rather just an abandoned American AF base in Britain made to look like Russia. And they didn't go to "near earth orbit" (with full earth gravity simulated by "gravity compensators"), they just went into a small space station set.

This isn't a real recommendation because I'm not sure how much other people will like it. I thought it was pretty watchable, though. It's not really that funny-- unlike other hoax shows like Joe Schmo, they've got a lot of money sunk on this set up (4.5 million pounds, I read) so they're pretty afraid to break out ridiculous comedy bits. The situation is already so implausible that they don't offer many Silly Comedy Antics to make it even more implausible.

It all on YouTube (as of this post), so who knows, maybe you're interested.

Part 1 of Episode 1 here.

I have no idea if this is Something. Reminds me of a Mission: Impossible episode. Which one? Kind of all of them. They did this every other week.

Cruelty Factor: I know a lot of people hate cruelty (I do too). Based on the reveal, it looks like all the contestants are only giggling-embarrassed about it, not distraught and not humiliated.

They are, however, as one says, "a bit heartbroken." But, spoiler, they do get to go into the real zero-g simulator "The Vomit Comet" as a reward. So, not a total loss as far as space-cadet training. Not as good as going into space, but it something.

Yes, the Space Cadets are not especially bright. I wouldn't say they're dumb, but they're not exactly Rocket Scientists. In fact, they note at the beginning they specifically screened out anyone who knew anything about astronomy or science (or anything, really) due to the fact that their central justification for Full Weight in Space -- "gravity compensators" -- was such a difficult pill to swallow.

I think I mostly liked this not because of the humor or hoax value, but because it really made me want to go into space. I pretty much just watched this thinking I wish this were real.

So I don't really look down on the would-be cosmonauts. They wanted it to be real too.

In related news, Deb Feyerick from CNN was just cast for the American version.

Language Warning: I forgot: this being British tv, they don't edit out the f-bombs, which are plentiful.

Below: In the beginning of the video, the "cosmonauts" see "the earth from space."

One explanation: One of the "cosmonauts" is actually an actor who's in on the con. He's there to help convince the actual contestants. So when you see a guy saying "I know where I am," that's the actor, making the odd point that even though he knows it's a hoax, parts of his brain find it sort of convincing. I suppose it's like seasickness, where your eyes are in conflict with what your inner ear is telling you.

That's an interesting point that gets made a lot: Subconsciously, these people know it's all fake. One girl actually speaks out in a nightmare, her brain revealing the truth about the "Russians" at space camp: "They're not foreign... Not foreign... Not foreign."

But by morning she's back at training -- her subconscious having shouted her the truth but her active mind having not heard it.

They had intended to show them this earlier -- this super-high-definition huge-screen projection -- but there was a moth loose in the warehouse and the shadow of its wings were fluttering hugely over the earth. So they had to delay "the money shot" until they caught the moth.

Posted by: Ace at 05:15 PM



Comments

1 Sorry, this is nothing.

Posted by: Meremortal, watching it brun at February 10, 2013 04:00 PM (1Y+hH)

2

a group of people with little science education ...


This is CNN!

Posted by: Comrade Arthur at February 10, 2013 04:00 PM (mJkp9)

3 probably fake.

Posted by: Vic at February 10, 2013 04:00 PM (53z96)

4 It's the "Average Joe" of space travel.

Posted by: no good deed at February 10, 2013 04:00 PM (mjR67)

5 How did they fake the blastoff? I find it hard to believe that anyone hasn't seen the G-Force thing, even if just on the tube.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at February 11, 2013 05:19 PM (evdj2)

6 I think I'd rather watch moron poor hot wax on his junk--from a hippie candle.

Posted by: tasker at February 11, 2013 05:19 PM (r2PLg)

7 *a* moron

Posted by: tasker at February 11, 2013 05:19 PM (r2PLg)

8 An old British reality TV show called Space Cadets took a group of people with little science education and transported them to a Russian cosmonaut-training station


Well, everyone knows we filmed that moon landing in NM. I mean really.

Posted by: Rosie at February 11, 2013 05:19 PM (wR+pz)

9 Time travel, on the other hand, is awesome!

Posted by: no good deed at February 11, 2013 05:20 PM (mjR67)

10 And having a rocket of some kind. You would think that would be required.

Posted by: toby928© for TB at February 11, 2013 05:20 PM (evdj2)

11 Iiiiitttts baaaack!

Posted by: Vic at February 11, 2013 05:20 PM (53z96)

12 Check out Rocket City Rednecks on Discovery Channel or TLC. The main guy CLAIMS to be a rocket scientist and works in the areospace industry. Him & his buddies are one step removed from "Hold muh beer & watch this!"

Posted by: rickb223 at February 11, 2013 05:20 PM (GFM2b)

13 U.N. IPCC panelists?

Posted by: Tilikum the Killer Assault Whale at February 11, 2013 05:21 PM (uhftQ)

14 Teh Space. How does it work?

Posted by: Vinman at February 11, 2013 05:21 PM (nEvyg)

15 It's just a rejected SNL skit. It's less than nothing.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 11, 2013 05:21 PM (+z4pE)

16 Meh.

Posted by: teej at February 11, 2013 05:22 PM (GnJ7A)

17 And having a rocket of some kind. You would think that would be required.

Nah. Teleportation & a little bluetooth dongle.

Posted by: rickb223 at February 11, 2013 05:22 PM (GFM2b)

18 Gravity Compensators - how do they fucking work?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 11, 2013 05:23 PM (+z4pE)

19 They could never fool me.

Posted by: Climate Scientologist at February 11, 2013 05:24 PM (C8mVl)

20 Space travel is only possible because steel doesn't burn. Everyone knows that.

Posted by: Rosie at February 11, 2013 05:24 PM (wR+pz)

21
remember Ruth Buzzi and Jim Nabors as wacky ROBOTS in LOST SAUCER?

Posted by: soothsayerwing plover at February 11, 2013 05:24 PM (8dspl)

22 Stop watching TV, Ace. You'll feel much better.

Posted by: occam's brassiere at February 11, 2013 05:24 PM (7tURs)

23 I would be tempted to try to infiltrate, just to jack with everyone (and see how long it took the producers to twig to What's Up).

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Keeper of Ampersands and Breitbart Login Spaces at February 11, 2013 05:25 PM (GBXon)

24
She's a man baby.

http://sonofsoylentgreen.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/11.jpg

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at February 11, 2013 05:26 PM (p/cQy)

25
In related news, Deb Feyerick from CNN was just cast for the American version.


The entire post was a setup for that joke, wasn't it?

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 11, 2013 05:27 PM (SY2Kh)

26
An old British reality TV show, back when Britain was flush with cash....

I wonder what government funded television will look like when the Brits are really hard up for cash? Or is that when you don't cheap out on the bread and circuses?

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at February 11, 2013 05:27 PM (AC0lD)

27 They have them behind chicken wire?

These are CHAV's, the same as white trash in the US. Idiots.

Council House (The projects) Always Violent

Posted by: Billy Bob, Pseudo Intellectual at February 11, 2013 05:28 PM (wR+pz)

28
It brings up memories of the stupid "Moon Hoax" thing.

But, um....the Brits don't have a Space Program.
They even use a picture of our Shuttle, on the stupid logo for this show.

So, how do these idiots think that they're going into space...when their country doesn't even have a Space Program?

Posted by: wheatie at February 11, 2013 05:28 PM (w27/Q)

29 In Soviet Russia, comedy show laughs at you !!

Posted by: Lurkasaurus at February 11, 2013 05:28 PM (o45Nv)

30 Based on the reveal, it looks like all the contestants are only
giggling-embarrassed about it, not distraught and not humiliated.


So rather unlike "Invasion Iowa." I still occasionally want to punch The Shat in the face.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 05:29 PM (/kI1Q)

31 If you want to watch the funniest fake movie set-up ever, you need to watch:

"Windy City Heat", done by Comedy Central years ago.

Basic background -- guy is borderline retarded, does improv acting all the time, and his buddies, who f with him all the time, get CC to do an entire fake movie that they convince the mark is the real deal.

This is seriously one of the funniest fucking things I have ever watched. Also, CC was sued by the guy for this so they never re-ran it. And yes, I bought the DVD over the internet. Drink a six pack and watch the hilarity ensure.

One funny from the movie, they literally throw this guy in a dumpster that is filled with manure8-9 times to make sure "it looksreal."

The Japanese "investor" is named Mr. Hiroshima Nagasaki.

Fucking priceless.

Posted by: Prescient11 at February 11, 2013 05:29 PM (tVTLU)

32 Space travel is only possible because steel doesn't burn. Everyone knows that.

Space travel isn't possible. Einstein proved that it's impossible to travel faster than the speed of sound.

Posted by: Deb Feyerick at February 11, 2013 05:29 PM (SY2Kh)

33 "With little science education."
Probably climate-deniers duped by Big Oil and psychiatrists.

Posted by: Climate Scientologist at February 11, 2013 05:30 PM (C8mVl)

34
Hates Cruelty?
This won't serve you well in Alextopia.

Posted by: garrett at February 11, 2013 05:30 PM (QdMnW)

35 >>>How did they fake the blastoff? I find it hard to believe that anyone hasn't seen the G-Force thing, even if just on the tube.

They convinced them the russians had a horizontal (plane-like) shuttle craft and faked it with a bit of noise and hydraulics.

Plus... Look, I think the old Con Artist's rule applies: People believe what they want to believe. They all did get very excited about space. I imagine the winners were chosen based on being the most excited.

The interesting thing about the show, to me, is that they are constantly guessing that this is all fake-- they say it all the time -- but none of them actually believe it's fake. They keep saying "This is so unbelievable, what if we were just in a set?" but then they laugh about that possibility.

Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:30 PM (LCRYB)

36 I am with Meremortal. This is nothing.

I will check back for the next thread.

Posted by: Miss Marple at February 11, 2013 05:30 PM (GoIUi)

37
In the past I made my feelings known about laser weapons and transporters in space adventures.

Here's another silly device to add to my list: Life-signs sensors.

As in: "Captain, sensors are detecting no life forms on the planet (or on the other spaceship)."



Posted by: soothsayer at February 11, 2013 05:30 PM (KeJAW)

38 These people use to rule the world world.

See how quickly Socialism can destroy. Barely over 50 years after WWII this is what you get.

Is this the future for us?

Posted by: Billy Bob, Pseudo Intellectual at February 11, 2013 05:31 PM (wR+pz)

39
>>How did they fake the blastoff?<<


You know, I've faked it.

Posted by: Cosmo Kramer at February 11, 2013 05:31 PM (QdMnW)

40 >>>Gravity Compensators - how do they fucking work?

Quite well, thank you. The "Cosmonauts" note how "smooth" the ride is, and how you can "barely even tell you're moving at all."

Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:31 PM (LCRYB)

41 Hilarious.

And sad no private firm has launched a bid to mine asteroids, orbit Jupiter, land someone on Mars or begin planning interstellar travel.

Re-watched Cosmos the other day and wept at how stagnant we have been. Ya'll should have landed someone on Mars before I was born, and that was in 1985.

Posted by: CAC at February 11, 2013 05:32 PM (twQE8)

42 How is that illusion different from the illusion we're living? A matter of degree and production values, I would think.

Posted by: . at February 11, 2013 05:32 PM (Q8Wa9)

43 In our culture, getting your mug on TV, no matter what for, is considered an accomplishment of great import.





Sort of like being "Foist" on an AoSHQ comments thread.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 11, 2013 05:32 PM (qqZuQ)

44
Also: "shields"

I almost forgot that one.

And: "Captain, they're powering up weapons!"

Posted by: soothsayer at February 11, 2013 05:32 PM (ZgBZU)

45
The interesting thing about the show, to me, is that they are constantly guessing that this is all fake-- they say it all the time -- but none of them actually believe it's fake. They keep saying "This is so unbelievable, what if we were just in a set?" but then they laugh about that possibility.

Did anyone else think about network news when reading this?

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at February 11, 2013 05:32 PM (AC0lD)

46 Oh and ace if you are really, really interested in the space stuff, did you see my book recommendations for astronomy?

Best time to get hands on with the stuff, especially with the comets coming through. A lot of telescope companies are pushing out great stuff for dirt cheap.

Posted by: CAC at February 11, 2013 05:33 PM (twQE8)

47 12 Check out Rocket City Rednecks on Discovery Channel or TLC. The main guy CLAIMS to be a rocket scientist and works in the areospace industry. Him his buddies are one step removed from "Hold muh beer watch this!"

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It's on NatGeo.

And Travis Taylor actually *is* a rocket scientist, for NASA and the DoD.
Some of his buddies on that show, work for JPL.

'Rocket City', in case you don't know...is otherwise known as Huntsville, AL -- the birthplace of the American Rocket Program.

Posted by: wheatie at February 11, 2013 05:33 PM (w27/Q)

48
Had a dog, in college, that would go nuts whenever the Enterprise went to 'Red Alert'.
She'd run around the house like Margot Kidder.

Posted by: garrett at February 11, 2013 05:33 PM (QdMnW)

49 This is Britain. People act giggly embarrassed when they are humiliated. Not eberyone, but enough.
.
Then again, I HATE embarrassment porn with the heat of a million suns, so there you are.
.
I hate it so much I've never even seen Something About Mary, unlike, it seems, everyone else.

Posted by: Merovign, Dark Lord of the Sith's mobile at February 11, 2013 05:34 PM (6X6V2)

50 I was about to go all full rant on how I don't watch reality shows and how they blow and then I realized that I watched 10 seasons of American Chopper and the last two seasons of Ink Master and off and on the The Ultimate Fighter.

If I were a lefty, I could just have made my rant and ignored the obvious hipocrisy. What a life.

Posted by: polynikes at February 11, 2013 05:34 PM (m2CN7)

51
Even when I was a kid I knew you couldn't stay in "near earth orbit" for five straight days.

Posted by: Ed Anger at February 11, 2013 05:34 PM (tOkJB)

52 "Near earth orbit"???

Posted by: rickl at February 11, 2013 05:35 PM (zoehZ)

53 >>>Oh and ace if you are really, really interested in the space stuff, did you see my book recommendations for astronomy?

no I didn't -- is it in email?

Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:35 PM (LCRYB)

54 Very interesting.

Tell me more about this "cosmonaut" progam.

Posted by: Mahmoud Ahmadinehad at February 11, 2013 05:35 PM (piMMO)

55 The Hollywood version of this is "Idiocracy," which pretty much captures current American LoFo voters.....

Posted by: Devan at February 11, 2013 05:35 PM (w3cmD)

56 42---" How is that illusion different from the illusion we're living?"
Posted by: . at February 11, 2013 05:32 PM (Q8Wa9)

You need to get clear.
Really.
And recycle.

Posted by: Climate Scientologist at February 11, 2013 05:35 PM (C8mVl)

57
>>>The Japanese "investor" is named Mr. Hiroshima Nagasaki.

And the executive at the network was Mr. John Quincy Adams.

Posted by: soothsayer at February 11, 2013 05:36 PM (LPRBM)

58 >>>"Near earth orbit"???

or "Low earth orbit" or "near space" or something. Somewhere where you're in space but still have 70% gravity.

The gravity compensators do the rest!!!

Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:36 PM (LCRYB)

59 So, how do these idiots think that they're going into space...when their country doesn't even have a Space Program?
Posted by: wheatie at February 11, 2013 05:28 PM (w27/Q)


---------------------------------------------


And ours does???

Posted by: Soona at February 11, 2013 05:36 PM (drE9i)

60 They should have never told them it was fake then followed them to see how it affected their lives.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 11, 2013 05:36 PM (w+Dvf)

61 >> In related news, Deb Feyerick from CNN was just cast for the American version.

DAMMIT! I was soooo looking forward to sockpuppeting that bint in the comments.

Posted by: Andy at February 11, 2013 05:36 PM (C/NnJ)

62
This post reminds me.Well, not really the post, because I didn't read that...but the comments.

I want to dirty up the Orbit girl.

Posted by: garrett at February 11, 2013 05:36 PM (QdMnW)

63 Posted by: occam's brassiere at February 11, 2013 05:24 PM (7tURs)

Good handle.

Posted by: occam's beaver at February 11, 2013 05:36 PM (p/cQy)

64 I hear there's an anchor over at CNN that might be convinced to take a trip an asteroid.

Posted by: Mahmoud Ahmadinehad at February 11, 2013 05:37 PM (piMMO)

65 "Near earth orbit"???
Posted by: rickl at February 11, 2013 05:35 PM (zoehZ)


Yeah like on the floor a few inches off mother earth

Posted by: Nevergiveup at February 11, 2013 05:38 PM (9Bj8R)

66 OT, but ace, what is that comedic style in which it makes you feel uncomfortably embarassed for the person making an embarrasing fool of himself but never realizing it?

I hate that type of comedy. Thats why though I love the Office, sometimes I would actually turn it when the Michael Scott character was doing it.

Posted by: polynikes at February 11, 2013 05:38 PM (m2CN7)

67 off murderous sock

Posted by: Niedermeyer's Dead Horse at February 11, 2013 05:38 PM (piMMO)

68 And sad no private firm has launched a bid to mine asteroids, orbit
Jupiter, land someone on Mars or begin planning interstellar travel.


They haven't for the same reason that NASA shouldn't. There's not much money in farming Mars rocks.

I did read something recently about a possible effort to mine asteroids, but I doubt it'll happen. Mostly because it's a stupid idea.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 11, 2013 05:38 PM (SY2Kh)

69 Tell me about this Kobayashi.

Posted by: Agent Cuyan at February 11, 2013 05:38 PM (QdMnW)

70 Soothsayer!!!!!

Absolutely. The funniest thing in the entire movie is that the guy asks logical questions, regarding the stunt bat and the "real bat".

I'm assuming you saw the whole thing. Seriously, I tear up just when I describe it to friends, it's that fucking funny. They think I'm insane.

Posted by: Prescient11 at February 11, 2013 05:38 PM (tVTLU)

71 no I didn't -- is it in email?
Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:35 PM (LCRYB)
Nah it was in a thread.
Here you go:
Nightwatch by Terrace Dickenson
Turn Left at Orion by Guy Consigliano
COSMOS (which I'm sure you saw)
The Backyard Astronomer's Guide by Terrace Dickenson
and if you were going hands-on, I'd consider reading through Nightwatch and checking out Orion's XT series telescopes. They have enormous bang for the buck with 8" mirrored dobs for less than $400 shipped. That's enough lightgathering power to cut through even the worst sky pollution imaginable.

Posted by: CAC at February 11, 2013 05:38 PM (twQE8)

72 Kim Jong Il is revered in North Korea for his invention of "gravity compensators".

Posted by: t-bird at February 11, 2013 05:39 PM (FcR7P)

73 CLAIMS to be a rocket scientist and works in the areospace industry.
Him his buddies are one step removed from "Hold muh beer watch this!"


I work in the aerospace industry, and I virtually hang out with you nerf herders. Meanwhile, none of my cow-orkers are half as interesting as "Hold muh beer watch this!"

I also originally read that as "areola space." Pretty sure this is a sign I need a break.

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 05:39 PM (/kI1Q)

74 People believe what they want to believe.

*****

Heck, Hillary really believed she was taking hostile fire when she trotted across the tarmac in Yugoslavia or wherever it was back in the day.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 11, 2013 05:39 PM (qqZuQ)

75 Those function as a hybrid introduction to concepts of astronomy with teaching you how to operate and look for astronomical objects, all the way up to basic instructions on astrophotography.

Posted by: CAC at February 11, 2013 05:40 PM (twQE8)

76 "Near earth orbit"???

Geosynchronous, in fact.

Posted by: t-bird at February 11, 2013 05:40 PM (FcR7P)

77 Space travel isn't possible. Einstein proved that it's impossible to travel faster than the speed of sound.


Posted by: Deb Feyerick


pfffffft. Idiot. Do you have a degree in soundology?

ps. can I have my job back now?

Posted by: Contessa Brewer at February 11, 2013 05:41 PM (6TB1Z)

78 They keep saying "This is so unbelievable, what if we were just in a set?" but then they laugh about that possibility.

I would love to play 5 card draw with these people. "No sweetie, two 2's beat three aces. Count the dots. Two 2's have four. Three aces have 3".

Posted by: rickb223 at February 11, 2013 05:41 PM (t7yLL)

79 Tell me about this Kobayashi.

He lost the Mustard Belt to Joey Chestnut.

USA! USA! USA!

Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 05:41 PM (/kI1Q)

80 Did they hit any cell phone satellites?

My service sucks and ATT says they are having satellite problems.

Posted by: Billy Bob, Pseudo Intellectual at February 11, 2013 05:42 PM (wR+pz)

81 I also originally read that as "areola space." Pretty sure this is a sign I need a break.




Posted by: HeatherRadish™ needs a beer at February 11, 2013 05:39 PM (/kI1Q)


That's hot.

Posted by: © Sponge at February 11, 2013 05:42 PM (xmcEQ)

82 Space travel isn't possible. Einstein proved that it's impossible to travel faster than the speed of sound.


Posted by: Deb Feyerick at February 11, 2013 05:29 PM (SY2Kh)

So that's why I never smell my own farts?

Posted by: Billy Bob, Pseudo Intellectual at February 11, 2013 05:43 PM (wR+pz)

83 OT, but ace, what is that comedic style in which it makes you feel
uncomfortably embarassed for the person making an embarrasing fool of
himself but never realizing it?



I hate that type of comedy.


I do too. The whole premise is built on "man those guys are dumb, not like me". The premise is usually false.

Posted by: pep at February 11, 2013 05:44 PM (6TB1Z)

84 Why is there a cage between the front and back of the capsule? How was that explained?

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 11, 2013 05:44 PM (w+Dvf)

85 I added this part to the post; I found this part of the show very interesting:

That's an interesting point that gets made a lot: Subconsciously, these people know it's all fake. One girl actually speaks out in a nightmare, her brain revealing the truth about the "Russians" at space camp: "They're not foreign... Not foreign... Not foreign."

But by morning she's back at training -- her subconscious having shouted her the truth but her active mind having not heard it.

Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:44 PM (LCRYB)

86 I do too. The whole premise is built on "man those guys are dumb, not like me". The premise is usually false.

I hear you brother.

Posted by: Fredo Corleone at February 11, 2013 05:45 PM (6TB1Z)

87 >>That's an interesting point that gets made a lot: Subconsciously, these people know it's all fake


That's why we all believe in the "moon landing".

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 11, 2013 05:45 PM (w+Dvf)

88 That's why we all believe in the "moon landing".


Posted by: Dr Spank at February 11, 2013 05:45 PM (w+Dvf)

Speak for yourself. It's obvious they are in NM.

See how the flag is blowing in the wind.

Posted by: Rosie at February 11, 2013 05:47 PM (wR+pz)

89 >>>I do too. The whole premise is built on "man those guys are dumb, not like me".

I don't like that thing either. In all of these shows, they have to be careful to not be cruel or SEEM to be cruel.

This show is actually sort of cruel. As I added, one girl says she's "kind of heartbroken."

But it's not all cruel. Or, there are (for me) points of interest that outweigh the cruel factor.

I wasn't just sitting their laughing at these people; I think most people could be fooled if someone spent $4.5 million pounds and had a staff of 40 people to fool them.

As an old Mission: Impossible fan, I'm interested in the basic idea-- can you con people like this, if you have a huge amount of money and actors and planners to do it?

Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:47 PM (LCRYB)

90 That they "don't have much scientific knowledge" is putting it nicely. Could it be they don't have much of that knowledge because they're short stacked on knowledge in the first place?

Posted by: Whatev at February 11, 2013 05:48 PM (A7Wh1)

91 Maybe they should have had a simulated meteor strike and then sucked all the air out. Something those little hipsters could write home about.

Posted by: Soona at February 11, 2013 05:48 PM (iLLvz)

92 Oddly enough, the word 'areola' is derived from a latin word for space.

"New Latin, from Latin, small open space, diminutive of area


First Known Use: 1664"- Merriam Webster



So, "areola space literally means "space space".





Or alternatively it could be rendered as "double nippled".

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 11, 2013 05:48 PM (qqZuQ)

93 68 68 And sad no private firm has launched a bid to mine asteroids, orbit Jupiter, land someone on Mars or begin planning interstellar travel.

They haven't for the same reason that NASA shouldn't. There's not much money in farming Mars rocks.
I did read something recently about a possible effort to mine asteroids, but I doubt it'll happen. Mostly because it's a stupid idea.

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Last I checked...China and Russia are in a race to get to the Moon, to mine for Helium3 and anything else they can find there.

The Russian program is sort of private, with a Russian billionaire providing a lot of the funding for it.
The Chicoms are 'all in' on their project, though.

Posted by: wheatie at February 11, 2013 05:48 PM (w27/Q)

94 I actually took a positive lesson from it: Take 9 people who are not particularly interested in the wonders all around them, show them a bit of those wonders, and watch their minds suddenly wake up to it all.

Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:48 PM (LCRYB)

95 if you want CRUEL, take a gander at Japanese TV


excruciating, it is sometimes

Posted by: DOA in Scrambletown, FLA at February 11, 2013 05:49 PM (Dll6b)

96
her subconscious having shouted her the truth but her active mind having not heard it.

Ahh....obama voters.

Posted by: occam's retriever at February 11, 2013 05:49 PM (p/cQy)

97 The whole premise is built on "man those guys are dumb"

Ok, hah-hah, the joke's over, MFM. Who did we really elect?

Posted by: t-bird at February 11, 2013 05:50 PM (FcR7P)

98 I think most people could be fooled if someone spent $4.5 million pounds and had a staff of 40 people to fool them.

Possibly. OTOH, Joe Biden could be fooled by a 5 year old kid with a wooden nickel.

Posted by: pep at February 11, 2013 05:51 PM (6TB1Z)

99 I don't like that thing either. In all of these shows, they have to be careful to not be cruel or SEEM to be cruel.

This show is actually sort of cruel. As I added, one girl says she's "kind of heartbroken."

But it's not all cruel. Or, there are (for me) points of interest that outweigh the cruel factor.

I wasn't just sitting their laughing at these people; I think most people could be fooled if someone spent $4.5 million pounds and had a staff of 40 people to fool them.

As an old Mission: Impossible fan, I'm interested in the basic idea-- can you con people like this, if you have a huge amount of money and actors and planners to do it?

Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:47 PM (LCRYB)

______________________

On some level it's depressing.

I was going to change my sock handle but sadly it applies.

When we were all making fun of the CNN babe blaming Global Warming for the asteroid--

how many people in their audience knew that was a ludicrous question?

I know Liberal voters that would have called me crazy--if I even tried to begin to explain it to them.

CNN has more than 4.5 million pounds and 40 staff members to fool them.

Posted by: CNN Your Global Warming Channel at February 11, 2013 05:52 PM (r2PLg)

100 Oh, for a good cheap Kindle read, pick up The Martian by Andy Weir.

Good combination of humor, space nerdity, and story. It's about a smart-ass astronaut / engineer who gets stranded alone on a small Mars outpost and has to work out how to survive.

Fun book, very easy read, mostly written first person. IIRC the first line of the book is "I'm fucked".


Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 11, 2013 05:52 PM (SY2Kh)

101 Possibly. OTOH, Joe Biden could be fooled by a 5 year old kid with a wooden nickel.

"Mr.? Can I play with your train?"
"Sure kid. For a nickle".

Posted by: rickb223 at February 11, 2013 05:53 PM (t7yLL)

102
58 >>>"Near earth orbit"??? or "Low earth orbit" or "near space" or something. Somewhere where you're in space but still have 70% gravity. The gravity compensators do the rest!!!
Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:36 PM (LCRYB)


You could do a great fake reality show about this I think. Have them wear moonshoes.

Posted by: buzzion at February 11, 2013 05:53 PM (GULKT)

103 In the past I made my feelings known about laser weapons and transporters in space adventures.



Here's another silly device to add to my list: Life-signs sensors.



As in: "Captain, sensors are detecting no life forms on the planet (or on the other spaceship)."









Posted by: soothsayer at February 11, 2013 05:30 PM (KeJAW)

Life-form sensors work indirectly. They check for tax returns. Because you know if something lives, something else will tax it.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 11, 2013 05:54 PM (673KB)

104 We'll be launching at 1G force until we are in orbit, in about 5-10 minutes. You will feel nothing.

Posted by: Whatev at February 11, 2013 05:54 PM (A7Wh1)

105 >>>On some level it's depressing.

well sure that too.

But there are larger points here. As other commenters point out about "Obama voters," the point here is not that these people are especially dumb.

The point is that they are especially average, and that this crap happens every single day.

We don't call it a "hoax," though. We call it the Media.

Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:54 PM (LCRYB)

106 Actually, this looks a lot like the type of science programing that kids see every Sat. morning. A lot of simulation, make-believe and.......GLOBAL WARMING.

Posted by: Soona at February 11, 2013 05:54 PM (drE9i)

107 CNN has more than 4.5 million pounds and 40 staff members to fool them.

Sweet! I guess they DID hire me, after all.

Posted by: Michael "Gravity Well" Moore at February 11, 2013 05:54 PM (ggRof)

108 No one knows why there a chain link fence in the orbiter?

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 11, 2013 05:55 PM (w+Dvf)

109
With little science education."
Probably climate-deniers duped by Big Oil and psychiatrists.


Nah, they're EPA employees.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this shit. at February 11, 2013 05:57 PM (+z4pE)

110 108 No one knows why there a chain link fence in the orbiter?
---
To keep terrorists out of the pilot area. And spacecraft try to keep the unnecessary weight down by using chain link instead of solid iron.

Posted by: Whatev at February 11, 2013 05:57 PM (A7Wh1)

111 108 No one knows why there a chain link fence in the orbiter?
Posted by: Dr Spank at February 11, 2013 05:55 PM (w+Dvf)

*******

To keep the chickens in the luggage compartment.

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 11, 2013 05:57 PM (qqZuQ)

112 >>>I pretty much just watched this thinking I wish this were real.

>>>So I don't really look down on the would-be cosmonauts. They wanted it to be real too.

ehhhh. For the amount of money they spent on the hoax, they could have bought all three tickets on Virgin Galactic, and actually sent them into space.

Posted by: MikeTheMoose Offering Moobats Gasoline and Matches at February 11, 2013 05:58 PM (0q2P7)

113 If you're worried about terrorists in the cockpit you may need to reevaluate your astronaut screening process.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 11, 2013 05:59 PM (w+Dvf)

114 Feel sorry for the guy that thought this was going to be his launch pad into the history books and a lifetime of paid appearances. So much so that he told his boss to go fuck himself when he won.

Posted by: Whatev at February 11, 2013 06:00 PM (A7Wh1)

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 11, 2013 06:00 PM (SY2Kh)

116 105 >>>On some level it's depressing.

well sure that too.

But there are larger points here. As other commenters point out about "Obama voters," the point here is not that these people are especially dumb.

The point is that they are especially average, and that this crap happens every single day.

We don't call it a "hoax," though. We call it the Media.
Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:54 PM (LCRYB)

______________

Yep.

During holidays I had relatives visit who would declare --

We are not discussing politics!

Then they would insist on watching MSNBC for hours and they would yell stuff at the TV set whenever a Republican was on.

But shut up! We are not discussing politics!!

These people are miserable.

Posted by: CNN Your Global Warming Channel at February 11, 2013 06:01 PM (r2PLg)

117 If you're worried about terrorists in the cockpit you may need to reevaluate your astronaut screening process.

Posted by: Dr Spank


Something something Muslim outreach!

Posted by: NASA at February 11, 2013 06:01 PM (NTBjC)

118 As an old Mission: Impossible fan, I'm interested in
the basic idea-- can you con people like this, if you have a huge
amount of money and actors and planners to do it?





Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 05:47 PM (LCRYB)

"They" have managed to convince 51% of Americans that Obama is competent. (and no, I'm not snarking on Americans. It seems even more Canadians share that belief. It is to weep)

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 11, 2013 06:01 PM (673KB)

119 try "the adventures of eggplant" sometime.

A hint - Japanese.

Posted by: Obamao at February 11, 2013 06:01 PM (JtyGg)

120

What?! No Muzzie Outreach Officer?!

The show sucks.

Posted by: J.J. Sefton at February 11, 2013 06:01 PM (XkWWK)

121 108
No one knows why there a chain link fence in the orbiter?


It protect from Gama rays. That's a steel fence, it won't burn or let Gama rays through.

Posted by: Rosie at February 11, 2013 06:03 PM (wR+pz)

122 They should have had fake trouble on board and told everyone on board they would have to parachute to the ground.

Posted by: Dr Spank at February 11, 2013 06:03 PM (w+Dvf)

123 Seriously though, do we think they were more excited about being in "outer space", or "on TV"?

Posted by: Seamus Muldoon at February 11, 2013 06:03 PM (qqZuQ)

124 Should have told them the controls had a major malfunction, and played the video of them drifting towards the sun so I could laugh at their dying remarks. Is that mean?

Posted by: Whatev at February 11, 2013 06:04 PM (A7Wh1)

125 In Fake Soviet Russia, comet vomits you!

Posted by: Whackoff Smirnoff at February 11, 2013 06:05 PM (yn6XZ)

126 Yes, that's mean. Funny, but mean.

Posted by: Mark at February 11, 2013 06:05 PM (PcU4h)

127 I'm skeptical of any and every reality TV type show, with the possible exception of stuff like "Cops".

Given all the time and money they poured into this show, for example, what do you think they'd have done if the "contestants" discovered it was without question fake half way through filming?

Would they have just said "nice try" and went with the footage they had, or took the "contestants" aside and told them to play along?

I'm guessing the latter.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 11, 2013 06:05 PM (SY2Kh)

128 Re-watched Cosmos the other day and wept at how stagnant we have been. Ya'll should have landed someone on Mars before I was born, and that was in 1985.

I blame Nixon and this fucking war.

Posted by: Wesley at February 11, 2013 06:06 PM (evdj2)

129 93, and against the law. Space treaty has no provisions for mineral rights.

Posted by: Jean at February 11, 2013 06:06 PM (DZ9ke)

130 They would have had to cancel production. They're not actors. Once the jig is up, it's up.

Posted by: Mark at February 11, 2013 06:07 PM (PcU4h)

131 "The Truman Show".

Posted by: OxyCon at February 11, 2013 06:11 PM (U7XyJ)

132 Last I checked...China and Russia are in a race to get to the Moon, to mine for Helium3 and anything else they can find there.

I suspect they want to go to the Moon for the first time for the same reason we went there for the first time.

There isn't that much use for He3, and it can be manufactured on Earth. Going to the Moon to mine He3 is like swimming to Japan to buy a Playstation 3.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 11, 2013 06:11 PM (SY2Kh)

133 93, and against the law. Space treaty has no provisions for mineral rights.

Posted by: Jean at February 11, 2013 06:06 PM (DZ9ke)


Good luck with trying to enforce it, if you don't have space-going capability yourself. Whoever has de-facto control of the Moon has de-facto control of Earth, because you could simply build a big railgun there, and bombard targets on Earth with huge rocks traveling at cosmic speeds. SMOD on-demand.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 11, 2013 06:12 PM (673KB)

134 >>>or the amount of money they spent on the hoax, they could have bought all three tickets on Virgin Galactic, and actually sent them into space.

which is exactly why I kept thinking, "They should do this for real, with Virgin Galactic tickets as the prize."

Posted by: ace at February 11, 2013 06:14 PM (LCRYB)

135 because you could simply build a big railgun there, and bombard targets
on Earth with huge rocks traveling at cosmic speeds. SMOD on-demand.


This word, "simply"...

Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 11, 2013 06:15 PM (SY2Kh)

136 Who needs a rocket?
Xenu drove a Prius.

Posted by: Climate Scientologist at February 11, 2013 06:19 PM (C8mVl)

137 This word, "simply"...


Posted by: Hollowpoint at February 11, 2013 06:15 PM (SY2Kh)


No shit. It would be a tremendous undertaking. But if one were going to mine the Moon, a railgun would likely be the means you would use to get the product out of the Moon's gravity well, and back to Earth for sale. And a railgun could be used as a weapon, too. Point is, one does not want to cede control of the Moon to potential hostiles. Which means you have to retain the ability to go there.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at February 11, 2013 06:23 PM (673KB)

138 97
Ok, hah-hah, the joke's over, MFM. Who did we really elect?

Posted by: t-bird at February 11, 2013 05:50 PM (FcR7P)


Thread winner.

Posted by: rickl at February 11, 2013 06:35 PM (sdi6R)

139 I could see a certain type of psychopath trying to pull this trick off on someone here in the States. Because they would think they are the bestest there ever was, perfect to every degree, when in fact they are just narcisstic psychopaths. With trendy eyeglasses.

What kind of moth was it?

Posted by: E. at February 11, 2013 06:41 PM (PIYjT)

140 That's an interesting point that gets made a lot: Subconsciously, these people know it's all fake. One girl actually speaks out in a nightmare, her brain revealing the truth about the "Russians" at space camp: "They're not foreign... Not foreign... Not foreign."

____________

That's a mind bender.

Jungian.

Posted by: tasker at February 11, 2013 07:56 PM (r2PLg)

141 "I hate that type of comedy."

Me too. This is just plain cruel and could have long-term psychological effects about trust. Not Teh Funneh.

Posted by: Filly at February 11, 2013 08:08 PM (PAMs/)






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