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Toutatis
2004-May-04, 12:04 AM
As does Space.com for failing to cite the source of the rumor!!! http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/images/smiles/eusa_naughty.gif

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/mystery_monday_040503.html

Regards
D. Sarandon

Archer17
2004-May-04, 12:19 AM
Agreed. It's amazing what a combination of an April Fool's joke and lack of research by those exposed to it can develop into. As you're probably aware, we've actually had some readers of that magazine take shots at us for addressing the queries of some that were exposed to this tall tale. BTW, what ever made you choose a name like Toutatis? It gotta be one of the ugliest asteroids out there! :wink:

Maksutov
2004-May-04, 01:40 AM
Agreed. It's amazing what a combination of an April Fool's joke and lack of research by those exposed to it can develop into. As you're probably aware, we've actually had some readers of that magazine take shots at us for addressing the queries of some that were exposed to this tall tale. BTW, what ever made you choose a name like Toutatis? It gotta be one of the ugliest asteroids out there! :wink:

Yeah, that was really something...folks came here asking if it's a hoax or not, then when it was shown to be a hoax, they got all bent out of shape because we wrecked their fantasy. Human nature...there's nothing natural about it.

Re that asteroid photo, it's always looked to me like one of the Martian attack machines from the 1950s movie War of the Worlds. The death ray "wand" is a little thick, but maybe it's a beefed-up version. :)

Toutatis
2004-May-04, 04:25 AM
BTW, what ever made you choose a name like Toutatis?

That's a looooooong story!!! ;-)


It gotta be one of the ugliest asteroids out there!


Ahhhh! Perspective!!! http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif

'Beauty’, it is said, ‘is altogether in the eye of the beholder'...

You see a grotesque mineral formation -- Whereas I see a MIGHTY duck!!! --- Being, as I am, an advocate of under-appreciated (because copious) aves - I find it more than just slightly amusing that many of our species are now intimidated by anas platyrhynchos’ intrepid 'patron' http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif

Very best regards
Sarandon

ToSeek
2004-May-04, 02:45 PM
You see a grotesque mineral formation -- Whereas I see a MIGHTY duck!!! --- Being, as I am, an advocate of under-appreciated (because copious) aves - I find it more than just slightly amusing that many of our species are now intimidated by anas platyrhynchos’ intrepid 'patron' http://www.badastronomy.com/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_lol.gif


My wife thought it was a sculpture of a horse's head.

Musashi
2004-May-04, 04:47 PM
In that picture, I think it looks like a primative carving of a leaping horse. (Isn't it obvious that Parthians must have carved it and put it in orbit after being visited by aliens who gave them the technology to do such things? ;))

Ut
2004-May-04, 04:54 PM
No, it's definitely a comsic super duck from beyond the Moon. Soon, it will land on Earth and eat all us humans alive.

beskeptical
2004-May-04, 09:24 PM
So what was the source of the internet rumor/April Fools joke?

Musashi
2004-May-04, 09:27 PM
The April edition of Maxim magazine.

Maksutov
2004-May-05, 12:49 AM
No, it's definitely a comsic super duck from beyond the Moon. Soon, it will land on Earth and eat all us humans alive.

Plus this "Toutatis" business is just a cover story. Its real name is Howard. Its yet-to-be-discovered satellite is named Lucas. :wink: