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    Man to Launch Homemade Rocket to Prove Earth is Flat

    I feel like there are myriad ways in which this could go horribly wrong. Also, the damn thing is steam powered. (At least it's renewable energy?)

    From the WaPo: "Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill him, Mike Hughes told the Associated Press, his journey into the atmosflat will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program."

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...earth-is-flat/
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    I eagerly await the launch date.
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    Sounds safe enough to me.
    I'm gonna have to get serious about finishing that space shuttle I've been working on.

    It's red, white and blue - it would be since I'm mainly making it out of empty Budweiser cans.

    Gee - proving the earth is flat.

    I wonder why NASA never thought about that?
    Next time I'm flying to wherever at 30,000 feet I really must remember to look out the window to see the lack of curvature on the planet below me.
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    So many things can go wrong, it boggles the mind. I can't wait.
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    Guys like this make the world a far more interesting place.

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    Do what???? LMAO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john*thomas View Post
    Guys like this make the world a far more interesting place.
    Indeed - and he's also a two-for-one "double threat".

    We're talking about him here and we'll probably be talking about him in the Darwin Awards thread too.
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    Jim you beat me to It I was going to say I bet he'll be in the Darwin thread before to long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pkstracy View Post
    Jim you beat me to It I was going to say I bet he'll be in the Darwin thread before to long.
    We can only hope - but it's a confident kind of hope - sort of like when hoping that the sun will rise tomorrow.
    It takes a lot of idiots doing what idiots do to keep a thread like that going.
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    I sense a Darwin award winner in the future.

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    Jim I agree, LOL, Domino, yeah so far that is the thought of a few of us on here.
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    It's launch day!!
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    Of course, if the guy manages to get airborne and look down at the globe - they call it a "globe" for a reason - he'll have no choice but to confess that his very own eyes are part of the international conspiracy trying to hide the fact that the earth is flat.

    Obviously, there are some old, big-money companies that stand to lose billions of dollars a year if the truth comes out about that.

    One might say that the repercussions will be felt to the four corners of the earth.

    Se y'all later in the Darwin thread!
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    Seems it has been delayed, dammit!

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/25...-man-says.html
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    Failure to launch! DAMNit.
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    Here is something to whet your appetite. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRjb9cr7tIU
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    Bahahaha! ������
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimC View Post
    Indeed - and he's also a two-for-one "double threat".

    We're talking about him here and we'll probably be talking about him in the Darwin Awards thread too.
    Yep, when he does it will be the next Darwin Awards winner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theotherlondon View Post
    Yep, when he does it will be the next Darwin Awards winner.
    Maybe so, but he has already survived one such grand attempt.
    Most people get something common or bland listed as the cause of death on their death certificates:

    Natural causes
    Homicide
    Suicide

    How many people actually qualify for "death by misadventure"?
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    I was done at "steam powered". It doesn't get 1 foot off the ground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulination View Post
    I was done at "steam powered". It doesn't get 1 foot off the ground.
    I think you're underestimating his skill as a rocket scientist.
    The guy is a professional limo driver for crying out loud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    I sense a Darwin award winner in the future.
    And the prize of the hour goes to:

    MAD MIKE HUGHES!

    Mad Mike collected his Darwin Award yesterday, (Saturday, February 23,2020) when his homemade, steam powered rocket crashed in the California desert.
    Just to refresh your memory, Mad Mike was on a quest to prove that the earth is flat by launching himself 5000 feet into the atmosphere in a homemade rocket because no living thing - especially not members of the human race - has ever soared to such heights and brought back pictures (that aren't fake) clearly demonstrating the shape of the earth.

    Here's the story:

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/22/us/sc...ead/index.html

    I don't get it.
    He had a solid plan that involved numbers and math and thinking and everything.

    I mean you hear about plans like this and think, "What could possibly go wrong?"; I guess maybe you could crash and be killed or something like that.
    Too bad that never occurred to Mad Mike, if it had he might be alive today and focusing on his other life's work - to prove that average humans can easily survive grizzly bear attacks by, "running away".

    RIP, Mike.
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    here's the video - the parachute separates from the capsule right from the start

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pbnbQZcAWs

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    What in the absolute fuck. Just like the old Craigslist hook-up dates: equal parts sad, funny, dangerous, and horrifying.

    Not out to hold anyone responsible other than him...including the Science Channel videographers...but, I wonder what happened to his 50/50 business partner, Mr. Waldo Stakes. I mean, more like 51/49 since only one of them got into the actual fucking thing. So regarding Mr. Stakes, it begs the second dumbest question, immediately following “The earth’s flat, ain’t it?”:

    Where’s Waldo?
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    That was an unfortunate turn of events for Mad Mike.
    But we all take our chances - Mad Mike was willing to risk his life in order to rocket himself to the dizzying height of 5000 feet in order to see for himself if the earth is flat.
    He constructed a homemade, steam-powered rocket, climbed aboard his untested flying machine, and the rest is un-reversible history.
    Hopefully, but doubtfully; he reached close enough to the stars to gaze out the window and see for himself whatever the fuck he needed to see to prove to himself what every person of average intelligence above the age of three already knows.

    I also have to wonder if it never occurred to him that he could have hopped a 30-minute commercial flight from LA to Salt Lake for about $100 bucks and seen the planet from about 25,000 feet up or so.
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    Should NOT have bought his rocket from Acme. Never worked out for the Coyote. Now he is as flat as the Earth he hoped for. Derp.
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    There had to be more to his shtick than we're hearing about.
    OK, you think the earth is flat.
    How do you arrive at the "fly to 5000 feet" gimmick to prove to yourself that it's flat or not?
    But OK, you think the earth is flat, and you think you can fly to 5000 feet to find out the truth, damn - so now you've got to build a steam powered rocket for that?

    You can take a trip down to the local airport and pay for a flying lesson in a single engine Cessna.
    You'll get to a couple, maybe three thousand feet; but guess what? From about 100-150 feet up you can clearly see a well defined curvature of the earth.

    Not enough to convince ya?
    OK - hop a short flight to anywhere on a commercial jet.
    You'll be cruising at about 30,000 feet, just like 10's of thousands of people do in safety every single day that dawns over this oval-shaped planet.

    No, there was more going on here that we're hearing about, nobody is this freaking stupid.
    I suspect that the stunt was supposed to succeed and provide "evidence" that some even bigger stunt was needed.

    There again, the dumbass actually got himself killed in a homemade, steam powered rocket; so I suppose maybe we have heard the whole story.
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    There was seemingly a article on space.com saying that the flight to 5000ft was only gonna be one of several tests. Some reporters who knew him are saying the whole 'doing it to prove the earth was flat' story was nothing more than a PR Stunt that he used so he could get the funding he needed and he knew he would get sponsors if he claimed he was trying to prove it.

    https://www.latimes.com/california/s...illed-in-stunt

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    The "Earth is flat" was obviously for the attention. It's sad it didn't work out for him but as I said before the accident, guys like this make the world a more interesting place. Many have died pursuing what they went after. We had many test pilots die and even astronauts die in the pursuit of flight into space.

    Look at how many have died in their attempt to climb Mt Everest.

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    ...and splat!
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    Yep. Closed Casket funeral.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cleanskull View Post
    Should NOT have bought his rocket from Acme. Never worked out for the Coyote. Now he is as flat as the Earth he hoped for. Derp.
    LMAO!!!!

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    One less Donald Trump voter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theotherlondon View Post
    One less Donald Trump voter.
    Yeah baby :0)
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