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Swift
2010-Nov-08, 04:20 PM
Someone sent this to me as humor. Which means it contains a lot of truth

http://img80.imageshack.us/img80/4280/nasa.png (http://img80.imageshack.us/i/nasa.png/)

Fazor
2010-Nov-08, 05:26 PM
Where's the bar for 'love triangle'?

Swift
2010-Nov-08, 05:53 PM
Where's the bar for 'love triangle'?
Isn't that covered under "Something blew up"? :D

The Backroad Astronomer
2010-Nov-08, 08:52 PM
If they hire these guys they might get more press.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b4WzWFKQ20

KaiYeves
2010-Nov-09, 10:01 PM
I've seen that graph before, but it's still funny.

SkepticJ
2010-Nov-10, 01:53 AM
I make my living off the evening news.
Just give me something, something I can use.
People love it when you lose, they love dirty laundry.

Well, I could've been an actor, but I wound up here.
I just have to look good, I don't have to be clear.
Come and whisper in my ear, give us dirty laundry.

Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down.
Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down.
Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down.
Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em all around.

We got the bubbleheaded bleach-blonde, comes on at five.
She can tell you about the plane crash with a gleam in her eye.
It's interesting when people die, give us dirty laundry.

Can we film the operation? Is the head dead yet?
You know the boys in the newsroom got a running bet.
Get the widow on the set, we need dirty laundry!

You don't really need to find out what's going on.
You don't really want to know just how far it's gone.
Just leave well enough alone, keep your dirty laundry.

Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down.
Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down.
Kick 'em when they're up, kick 'em when they're down.
Kick 'em when they're stiff, kick 'em all around.

Dirty little secrets, dirty little lies.
We got our dirty little fingers in everybody's pie.
Love to cut you down to size, we love dirty laundry.

We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing.
When it's said and done, we haven't told you a thing.
We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry!

--Don Henley's, Dirty Laundry

mike alexander
2010-Nov-10, 03:48 AM
Y'know, NASA should just build a Giant Exploding Rocket. That's all it would do. Go up, say, fifty miles and then BOOM! Biggest fireworks in history.

kamaz
2010-Nov-10, 06:21 PM
Why does the graph add up to 200%?

Fazor
2010-Nov-10, 06:53 PM
Because the "percent" of Nasa in the news for one reason is independent of the percent they could be in the news for another reason.

SeanF
2010-Nov-10, 07:23 PM
It's not the percent of NASA in the news, it's the odds of NASA being in the news when they do something particular.

The odds of a quarter coming up heads:

Throw with right hand: 50%
Throw with left hand: 50%
Throw with both hands: 50%

150%?

Fazor
2010-Nov-10, 07:38 PM
Regardless of how you interpret the poorly-worded x-axis, each 'event' is independent from the other, and thus it doesn't matter what they add up to. Your coin-flipping example is a good analogy.

AndreasJ
2010-Nov-10, 08:31 PM
Since this is science journalism, the numbers would add up only by coincidence anyway.

Buttercup
2010-Nov-10, 08:36 PM
Where's the bar which reads "Mars Landing!" :)

Fazor
2010-Nov-10, 08:44 PM
Where's the bar which reads "Mars Landing!" :)

"Did something cool"

slang
2010-Nov-13, 01:24 AM
Why does the graph add up to 200%?

Because when you blow something up, you need money. Simple! And if not that, it's to compensate for the other, negative, percentages that couldn't be displayed properly. And if not that, well, ummm.. something imaginary numbers something. Square root of triangle perhaps.

publiusr
2010-Nov-15, 10:18 PM
Jay Barbree sez:
"The only time MSNBC trots me out is when something goes wrong! And then back in the broom closet behind Obermann!


Space advocate in the Pentagon:
"Broom closet? You're lucky!"