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Captain Kidd
2005-Jan-11, 01:39 AM
http://home.comcast.net/~mcclanahans/coincidence.jpg

Candy
2005-Jan-11, 06:19 AM
Do you know how funny I look getting my foot up that high,
while trying to keep my balance without touching anything? 8-[

(for the photo on the left)

mickal555
2005-Jan-11, 06:42 AM
I don't get it they are just tap things

Colt
2005-Jan-11, 07:23 AM
The left is the pipe asembly for a standard commercial toilet and the thing on the right is a Star Trek spacestation... I'm not sure what the humor is supposed to be though. - Colt

Captain Kidd
2005-Jan-11, 12:31 PM
I kinda had to post and run that one without any explanation. Plus I was mildly curious if anybody else would get it or if Iím just off in the head.

I remember one show I watched where the FX guy stated that the shuttlecraft engines were BIC razor handles, the transporter was glitter swirled in water, and they said that other common items were incorporated into various designs.

To me at least, thereís a very suspicious resemblance between these two. I had intended to spice it up a bit by adding lines to divide the two into comparable sections but sick wife and hungry baby called me away. Iíve just always wondered if the result of drinking too much coffee and stress to design a space station combined to create it.

This evening Iíll update it to show the divisions Iím talking about. But for now: You have the conical disc of the station complete with a protrusion (ignoring the towers) similar to the hex bolt. Then a shaft with another curved conical section suspiciously like the hex connection below the handle. Another shaft followed by the cap to cover the penetration into whatever sanitary device itís installed on. The station's shaft even necks down similar to the pipe prior to the last buldge. Again, to me at least, thereís a very strong resemblance that makes me wonder.

8-[

Captain Kidd
2005-Jan-11, 12:42 PM
Nevermind, I used simple ol'e MS Paint. (I'm amazed I was able to upload it to my server though considering the tight reins they put on us and said reins have made us dearly behind on software updates.)

So here it is with the sectional lines of division:

http://home.comcast.net/~mcclanahans/coincidence2.JPG

Still just me?

gethen
2005-Jan-11, 01:32 PM
You have a baby and a sick wife. Maybe you've been spending too much time in the bathroom. :wink:

Swift
2005-Jan-11, 02:16 PM
You must love this (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077658/?fr=c2l0ZT1kZnxteD0yMHxzZz0xfGxtPTIwMHx0dD1vbnxwbj 0wfHE9SGFyZHdhcmUgV2Fyc3xodG1sPTF8bm09b24_;fc=1;ft =1) movie
http://www.alyon.org/generale/theatre/cinema/affiches_cinema/h/had-hid/hardware_wars.jpg

Candy
2005-Jan-11, 06:12 PM
http://home.att.net/~candy.stair/toilet.jpg
I see it, too. :wink:

Moose
2005-Jan-11, 06:16 PM
Looks more like a sparkplug to me.

Disinfo Agent
2005-Jan-11, 06:18 PM
It's as good a way to get inspiration as any other... :)

Candy
2005-Jan-11, 06:22 PM
Looks more like a sparkplug to me.
After what Disinfo Agent wrote, all I can do is visualize a young boy and an electric fence. I know it won't have the same affect, but it sure is funny pretending it does. :lol:

Disinfo Agent
2005-Jan-11, 06:31 PM
I was talking about the OP. Moose and I posted at the same time. :oops:

mike alexander
2005-Jan-11, 07:24 PM
Does it dock with a kilometer-wide wax ring?

jamestox
2005-Jan-12, 01:04 AM
Actually, Captain Kidd - You stumbled upon a "disguise" photo for the space program's latest and heaviest payload expendable launch vehicle, codenamed "American Standard I." I have a source at KSC that sneaked a picture to me (at great personal risk, I might add) of the launch for the very first trial flight:

http://home.att.net/~candy.stair/commode.jpg
First Flight of the American Standard I LHELV

My source noted that the launch took place at LC39A, since the STS program is currently grounded - and no other launch complex could handle AS-I's sheer size.

(Thanks for the assist, Candy - couldn't have done it without you!)

tmosher
2005-Jan-12, 01:51 AM
...ah another one of those chrome plated military projects.

Questions:
Do they have to jiggle the handle after engine shutdown?
Does it leave a lovely blue vapor trail after launch?

Captain Kidd
2005-Jan-12, 02:30 AM
Hehe!

Beware evildoers for the 7 Flushers have arrived!
http://home.comcast.net/~mcclanahans/7.jpg


Or for the more modern:
http://home.comcast.net/~mcclanahans/sw.jpg

I'm going to stop...



...for now!

Hmm, I need an evil laugh emoticon... Candy? Got one?

Disinfo Agent
2005-Jan-12, 11:41 AM
The picture in the OP actually reminds me of something else (http://www.ralphmcquarrie.com/ralph/galart/index.html). (Click below the picture on the right.)

Of course, they were all probably inspired by jellyfish...

jamestox
2005-Jan-12, 02:05 PM
...ah another one of those chrome plated military projects.

Questions:
Do they have to jiggle the handle after engine shutdown?
Does it leave a lovely blue vapor trail after launch?

Just heard back from "Orangetree" at the Cape, tmosher, so I asked those questions. The answers:

1. Actually, yes, they have. In the first test launch and in subsequent engine test firings, they've had trouble with "clean" shutdowns. Some residuals remain in the chamber and have to be flushed with liquid fuel. The engines' probably are designed for multiple restarts.

2. "Orangetree" didn't report seeing one. He speculated that blue emissions in the exhaust might be difficult to see against the sky.

You seem to know quite a bit about specific technical details of this launch vehicle, tmosher. Did you work on the AS-I project? The LHELV program appears under civilian control, but the military would definitely be interested in heavy-lift-to-GEO capacity.

J.

PS Your questions made "Orangetree" nervous.....

Colt
2005-Jan-12, 02:57 PM
Ape this, monkeys!


http://img32.exs.cx/img32/6045/ape_this1.jpg


Sometimes it doesn't suck to not have a life. - Colt

Captain Kidd
2005-Jan-12, 03:23 PM
I need to rename this thread to Fun with Flushers.

kucharek
2005-Jan-12, 03:31 PM
There is an old German sf tv-series from the mid-Sixties (pre "Star Trek"!), "Raumpatrouille Orion" (Space Patrol Orion), where they actually used some bathroom fittings for decoration of the spacecraft. Famous were also an electric iron as some control and plastic cups as roof decoration. Some photos:

http://www.raumpatrouille.de/img/iron.jpg
http://www.checkpoint-interactive.de/magazin/magazin0703/kino/orion01_1.jpg
http://rhein-zeitung.de/magazin/kino/galerie/r/raumpatrouilleorion/szene/szene08_n.jpg


The series became real cult some twenty years later and a few years ago, they cut a movie from the old stuff. Didn't work.

Here (http://www.raumpatrouille.de/kinotrailer.htm) you can download some trailers, also in english, showing some of the above mentioned stuff. Have fun.

Harald

kucharek
2005-Jan-12, 03:48 PM
http://img87.exs.cx/img87/2813/as124972781wd.jpg

Disinfo Agent
2005-Jan-12, 03:56 PM
It's a FAKE! It isn't flushing! :evil:

Candy
2005-Jan-14, 04:50 PM
Hmm, I need an evil laugh emoticon... Candy? Got one?
This is the best I could find. http://www.click-smilies.de/sammlung0304/teufel/devil-smiley-009.gif

sts60
2005-Jan-14, 05:24 PM
Dr. McCoy's handheld patient analyzer was a salt shaker...

Gillianren
2005-Jan-14, 09:43 PM
I remember one show I watched where the FX guy stated that the shuttlecraft engines were BIC razor handles, the transporter was glitter swirled in water, and they said that other common items were incorporated into various designs.
[

ah, Reading Rainbow. that was the one episode where you could actually believe that LeVar knew everyone there . . . .

Candy
2005-Jan-14, 11:21 PM
Dr. McCoy's handheld patient analyzer was a salt shaker...
I'm glad you used the word salt, since we are using a bathroom theme. :lol:

Van Rijn
2005-Jan-15, 01:46 AM
Oh, very good. When I looked at the picture, I too had the thought of doing a Star Trek version of "Hardware Wars." I can just see the exciting scene with the "Enterprise" completing a docking maneuver with the space station.

Somewhat related: A couple years ago for Halloween, my costume was "Star Trek Geek Crewman": I had on a very Star Trekish style jacket, my PDA and flip phone at my belt, holding a laser pointer in my hand. I could tap on the PDA for appropriate tricorder sounds (there was an LCARS background on screen, of course), or tap on it with one hand for a phaser sound at the same time I "beamed" my laser pointer with the other. The PDA was the only thing that took any time to set up. It was sweet and it was all real hardware!