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Comment Re:What is wrong in America? (Score 1) 741

I spend a lot of time in Western Europe, they don't even make you take your belt off at the airport. Try again, slick.

I live in Western Europe and they actually usually do make you take your belt off at the laptop. I fly several times per week. Shit, last week I was in Edinburgh and not only did I have to take my laptop out of my carry-on, I had to take it out of it's sleeve! 'What, does X-ray not see through Neoprene?' 'Sir, are you declining to follow my instructions?' Make no mistake, airport security is as preposterous here as it is in the States.

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The Story of My As-Yet-Unverified Impact Crater 250

tetrahedrassface writes "When I was very young, my dad took me on a trip to his parents' farm. He wanted to show me 'The Crater.' We walked a long way through second generation hardwoods and finally stood on the rim of a hole that has no equal in this area. As I grew up, I became more interested in The Crater, and would always tell friends about it. It is roughly 1,200 feet across and 120 feet deep, and has a strange vibe about it. When you walk up to it, you feel like something really big happened here. Either the mother of all caves is down there, or a large object smashed into this place a long, long time ago. I bought aerial photos when I was twelve and later sent images from GIS to a geologist at a local university. He pretty much laughed me out of his office, saying that it was a sinkhole. He did wish me luck, however. It may be sinkhole. Who knows? Last week I borrowed a metal detector and went poking around, and have found the strangest shrapnel pieces I have ever seen. They are composed of a metal that reacts strongly to acids. The largest piece so far reacted with tap water and dish-washing detergent. My second trip today yielded lots of strange new pieces of metal, and hopefully, one day the truth will be known. Backyard science is so much fun. And who knows; if it is indeed a cave, maybe Cerberus resides there."

Comment Re:Dude, your dose must be through the roof ... no (Score 1) 413

I was there in May 2009 and I had much the same experience as you did. Unfortunately my friends and I opted to join a big tour instead of paying for a private one; the stragglers from the bus constantly kept us behind schedule, eventually to the point that we didn't get a chance to see the KGB offices or the swimming pool, both of which we'd been promised a tour of. I was fucking enraged. Anyway, we also had dosimeters and were told where we could and couldn't go. I'm not too worried about my kids being born with two legs. I'm pretty certain I'll go back, and this time pay up for a private tour.

Comment What? (Score 1) 171

Maybe they should look at other, more effective road safety measures, like installing limiters for trucks that stop them exceeding 56mph (like they do in the UK).

Being overtaken by a tractor/trailer at 70+mph is quite disconcerting.

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