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Comment Addendum (Score 1) 312

Gotta love the "correction" at the end of TFA[1]:

NEWS.com.au would like to apologise for their error - as we all know, Betelgeuse is the second biggest star in the Orion constellation, not the universe.

Second brightest, perhaps, but you could probably fit Rigel inside of Betelgeuse well over three thousand times.

Now to fix the rest of the wildly overblown claims in the story...

Comment The volcano at the entrance to Hell (Score 1) 422

I was at Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland last year, and noticed a certain touchscreen phone lying in the mud at the base of a giant volcanic crater. I figured it was a dead bit of electronics but picked it up anyway. When I later tried charging it, I was surprised to see it turn on, and indeed work perfectly. There was a bit of water damage behind the screen, but over the next couple of days that faded away, leaving only a little sprinkling of sediment. Turned out its owner had lost it in March sometime, and I'd found it in June.

What worried me at first was that, next to an ominous black cone in a remote, nearly deserted, highly volcanic area choked with flies and smelling of sulphur, within sight of a smoking crater once believed to be the entrance to Hell, I'd found this shiny black object glinting in the sun at me, just waiting to be picked up...

Comment Look, more 80s nostalgia. (Score 1) 131

I definitely have some fond memories of looking through my dad's stacks of OMNI. Of course, I also liked looking through his stacks of Penthouse...

OMNI had a lot of neat-o stuff, like some pretty awesome paper airplane designs. It was also the first place I saw a stereogram, which at the time was just an array of black and white dots, but started showing up everywhere a few years later, in colour, as those "Magic Eye" pictures.

Didn't care too much for all the supernatural stuff, but I always liked that montage scene in the middle of Ghostbusters where the dudes start showing up on magazine covers, and an OMNI cover goes by with pictures of their proton packs and ghost traps.

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