The Smith Cloud is our Galaxy’s Fart Coming Back to Us

I learned about the Smith Cloud today via the video below from NASA. It’s a gas cloud the mass of about 2 million Suns (not much astronomically), moving at a high velocity of about 700,000 miles per hour. It’s one of many circling the Milky Way, but one that is coming back to collide with the Milky Way. When it does, it’ll just kind of merge in and cause a lot of new stars to form from all the gas and energy it carries, not much more. Boring, with a slightly mysterious history likely unraveled, unless you look at it in a different way with a scientifically apt metaphor…

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Canadian Navy Leaks Zero Emissions Eco-Submarine

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In a what might have been a staged accident today, the Canadian Navy left one of its submarines out to dry for all to see in Halifax Harbour. Naturally, this prompted natural questions of curiosity from the general public and media sources because military submarines aren’t usually put on display completely out of water. When asked, nobody in the Canadian Navy was willing to go on record to comment. However, a few Seaman not authorized to talk about the issue were willing to share this exclusive information in exchange for some real food.

Supposedly, what we had seen was a prototype of a new Canadian Navy Zero Emissions Submarine. That’s correct in what they said. Zero emissions!

A prototype of the Canadian Navy's Zero Emission Submarine

A prototype of the Canadian Navy's Zero Emission Submarine, Halifax Apr 06 2009 (click to enlarge)

The Zero Emission Submarine is something the Canadian Navy is extremely proud of because it will once and for all demonstrate the Canadian Navy submarine fleet’s technological supremacy over the Disney World submarine fleet.
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“Just one fart from Mickey Mouse produces an infinitely more CO2 and other greenhouse gases than this EcoSub ever will!” — the unnamed naval informant declared with glee before letting one go himself.
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However, the Disney World Submarine Fleet strongly disputed the claim of the Zero Emission Submarine to be false. Admiral Duck iTwittered yours truly during my run to get a wider angle photo of the platform on which the “EcoSub” rested to confirm their suspicion of how the EcoSub worked.

The mobile Dockwise ship platform on which the Canadian Navy EcoSub rested, Halifax Apr 06 2009 (click to enlarge)

The mobile Dockwise ship platform on which the Canadian Navy EcoSub rested, Halifax Apr 06 2009 (click to enlarge)

According to Disney World, the only way the Zero Emissions Submarine could be that way is because it is being transported by the Dockwise platform on which it is shown in the picture. That said, Disney did concede another possibility the EcoSub had zero emissions is because the sub actually can’t go anywhere on its own, though not missing the opportunity to point out its submarines actually go somewhere. Still, Disney said the implication this was a functional submarine with zero emissions was misleading, though it is envious of the Canadian Navy marketing machine.
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“We have internal sources within the Canadian Navy that tell us the exposure of the submarine was a real accident. We also believe a second submarine in the gap in the picture also fell overboard. Finally, we believe there was even a further gaffe in trying to cover up the accidental exposure, which failed when the Captain ordered the sub to dive and couldn’t figure out why it did not for over two hours. That the Canadian Navy were able to spin it into an environmental story with the concept of an EcoSub, without so much as lying one word, was brilliant! I don’t know if we could have come up with anything close to such a story, for all the marketing and spin that Disney is known for. We need to send in Jack Sparrow to do some head hunting there… in the non-violent, metaphorical sense, of course.”
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No matter which story you believe to be true, some combination thereof, or neither, there’s no doubting a Navy with as much negative press as it has had with the debacle of its submarine purchases could hardly afford to put its submarines on display like it did today, having to be carried away on another ship.

Most Likely To… The Evolution of a Facebook Tagging Meme

Note: Since this posting, I have evolved Facebook picture tagging memes on my own ideas far beyond this concept I saw. My ideas involve real world and life actions rather than just associating ideas. They are listed under the Action memes category, involving what I call Facebook 2.0 tagging memes.

The pictorial Facebook tagging memes that have been going around in many variations seems to have evolved into that common high school year book feature, the Most Likely To… page. I saw one just hours ago, but it was so poorly done (mostly due to almost unreadable small type) I went and created my own, text, picture compilation and all. Here’s how to get it:

  • Click on the picture below to get it at full size.
  • Right click on that picture and save to your computer.
  • Upload it to your Facebook profile.
  • Tag your friends or let them tag themselves.

Please click here for a complete list of over 100 Facebook picture tagging memes on this site with which you can use for fun with your friends.

In case you don’t recognize some of the people in my new version, they are as follows, left to right:

  • Top: Peyton Manning, Wangari Matthai, Osama bin Laden, Paris Hilton, Jet Li
  • Middle: Pamela Anderson, Bob Dylan, Oprah Winfrey, the current Dalai Lama, Sue Johannson
  • Bottom: Claudia Schiffer, Martha Stewart, Bill Gates, Anna Nicole Smith, Barack Obama

You can Google these people if you want to know more about who they are, and maybe guess why I’ve put labeled each as such.

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