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Comment: The brakes are more powerful than the engine (Score 1) 911

by drhemi (#39675109) Attached to: Mandatory Brake-Override Proposed For All Cars

This has been tested by many of the car magazines. A Toyota Corolla's brakes are stronger than the engine and will stop the car from 50mph while under full throttle.

Popular Mechanics tested it here

Car and Driver tested it and the Corolla stopped only 16 feet longer than with no throttle.

Comment: Re:Why would they? (Score 2) 263

by drhemi (#38193562) Attached to: Will NASA Ever Recover Apollo 13's Plutonium From the Ocean

I guess I missed where either Ralph Nader or Dr. Cohen specified which form of plutonium that they were referring to. Maybe "plutonium oxide" means the ceramic oxide or maybe not. Plutonium metal spontaneously oxidizes to PuO2 in an atmosphere of oxygen so it could be as simple as that.

Besides it was an off hand comment. The point was that the public doesn't care, all they know is plutonium is bad and will kill you.

Comment: Re:Why would they? (Score 5, Insightful) 263

by drhemi (#38192006) Attached to: Will NASA Ever Recover Apollo 13's Plutonium From the Ocean

Because people believe the media's saber rattling and they believe Ralph Nader who said that plutonium is “the most toxic substance known to mankind.” Even though it isn't. It's just too bad Ralph didn't accept Dr. Bernard Cohen's challenge to ingest equal amounts of caffeine to plutonium.

Basically it's a "Won't somebody please think of the children!" kind of response and the government loves to keep idiots happy.


1928 Time Traveler Caught On Film? 685

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-hate-time-travel-stories dept.
Many of you have submitted a story about Irish filmmaker George Clarke, who claims to have found a person using a cellphone in the "unused footage" section of the DVD The Circus, a Charlie Chaplin movie filmed in 1928. To me the bigger mystery is how someone who appears to be the offspring of Ram-Man and The Penguin got into a movie in the first place, especially if they were talking to a little metal box on set. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"