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KaiYeves
2009-Mar-10, 09:44 PM
So, today I had the very good fortune of visiting the headquarters of the United Nations here in New York City with my Social Studies class from school. Being a big fan of the UN, I really enjoyed it. We even got to go inside of the actual General Assembly chamber! (Nobody was there at the time, but still!)

There was a Sputnik model hanging in the lobby over an art installation. Awesome to see it there, it looked perfect.

Also in the lobby, and near the escalators, there was an engraved crystal signed by several astronauts. A lot of the signatures were hard to read, but I could pick out Sultan al-Saud's name.

While sending a postcard home (Yeah, I know we'll get it tomorrow, but I want the special postmark) I picked up a free booklet about some space-related stamps the UN had made in 2007 for the 50th anniversary of the Space Age. I also bought a super-cool poster about Spirit and Oppy in the gift shop!

Apparently, there's a moon rock somewhere in the complex as well, but our group didn't get to see it. Anyway, the space-related things that I did see didn't surprise me, because the UN clearly knows better than anybody that we're all on one world, among many!

mugaliens
2009-Mar-11, 08:26 PM
Awesome! Did you stick your bubblegum under any of the tables?

Seriously, that must have been a neat experience, Kai. Reminds me of the two field trips we too to Washington D.C. when I was in high school.

tofu
2009-Mar-11, 09:30 PM
Being a big fan of the UN, I really enjoyed it.

Wow, I don't think I've ever heard of anyone liking the UN. Have they ever done anything worthwhile? Have you read their universal declaration of human rights, and noticed how they slipped article 29 paragraph 3 in there?

KaiYeves
2009-Mar-11, 10:40 PM
Awesome! Did you stick your bubblegum under any of the tables?
Nah, I didn't want to cause any incidents, and I don't really chew bubblegum much, anyway. But I donated six dollars and seven cents to UNICEF, which sort of made me feel better about the fact that I haven't trick-or-treated for them in a while. (My school stopped giving out the little boxes, and I don't know where to get them otherwise.)

Jeff Root
2009-Mar-12, 11:54 AM
Kai,

I visited the UN the one and only time I was in New York, on summer
vacation with my family when I was 14. That was way back in 1967.
I remember three or four views as vividly as if it were just last month.
The General Assembly chamber, the Security Council chamber, and
especially the main lobby, in which they had a big Foucault pendulum.
I don't know whether it is still there. Did you see it? I knew at the
time that a pendulum like that loses energy to friction as it swings,
and that, because it isn't at one of Earth's poles, it takes longer than
24 hours to make a complete circle. So I knew that it must need a
little push to keep it going, and frequent adjustment to keep accurate
time. But the tour guide didn't know that and apparently nobody who
heard me ask about it or the guide's response knew enough physics to
realize that it didn't just keep on swinging forever on its own, once
started.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

geonuc
2009-Mar-12, 11:56 AM
There's a moon rock at the UN?

Disinfo Agent
2009-Mar-12, 12:12 PM
Wow, I don't think I've ever heard of anyone liking the UN.You clearly need to get out more.

Did the building remind you of anything, KaiYeves? ;)

Argos
2009-Mar-12, 01:14 PM
I donated six dollars and seven cents to UNICEF,

You´re a good girl, Kai. Congrats. I have some beefs with the UN GA, but UNICEF does a great job.

tofu
2009-Mar-12, 02:16 PM
You clearly need to get out more.

or... you need to hang out with people who think critically.

mahesh
2009-Mar-12, 02:19 PM
There's a moon rock at the UN?
Allegedly. Apparently.
Hmmm, it needs a bit of looking into....

What about the Space / Moon Treaty? Only six nations have signed! Not including the leading space-faring nation! ...geonuc, get your legal hat on!

You did well Kai. I love your sentiments about it and the UN.
Your heart is in the right place. :)

Disinfo Agent
2009-Mar-12, 02:42 PM
or... you need to hang out with people who think critically.I hang out with people from all walks of life. That's how I know about a whole range of opinions different from my own.

Buttercup
2009-Mar-12, 04:23 PM
How nice.

When it comes to manned space exploration, however, I am fiercely nationalist.

NEOWatcher
2009-Mar-12, 05:27 PM
Wow, I don't think I've ever heard of anyone liking the UN. Have they ever done anything worthwhile? Have you read their universal declaration of human rights, and noticed how they slipped article 29 paragraph 3 in there?
Please; we are talking about the tourism of the UN building, not the actions of thier inhabitants.

Demigrog
2009-Mar-12, 06:40 PM
Did you feel unsafe on your tour (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/10/AR2007081002017.html)? :)

Swift
2009-Mar-12, 07:57 PM
or... you need to hang out with people who think critically.
Don't hijack this thread, particularly into a political discussion about the UN

KaiYeves
2009-Mar-13, 01:05 AM
in which they had a big Foucault pendulum.
I don't know whether it is still there. Did you see it?
Yes, it was across from the Sputnik model, by the "Canadian Doors".


There's a moon rock at the UN?
My mom said there is, and that it was a gift from the US. She saw it once, but I guess it wasn't in the area where we were.


Did you feel unsafe on your tour?
I felt very safe. I actually didn't want to leave.

Jeff Root
2009-Mar-13, 03:45 AM
That "unsafe" comment seems rather silly. The kind of fire detection
and control measures New York City wants the UN to install could make
a big difference to someone working in an inside office on the fifteenth
floor, where they are shut off from the rest of the world... but tour
groups -- so far as I know -- stay on the first two floors, mostly in
big rooms and big hallways, close to the exits. A tour group could be
in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it wouldn't be endangered
by the UN complex's lack of proper fire detection and control.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

mfumbesi
2009-Mar-13, 11:03 AM
Cool to hear about your trip.
I learned something new today, I wasn't aware that the UN kept any Space related memorabilia....thank you for sharing Kai.
And $6 thing just made me proud of knowing you.

NEOWatcher
2009-Mar-13, 02:01 PM
That "unsafe" comment seems rather silly...
Thus, the smiley.
But; it does sound like an increased risk to an event happening (not one that I would worry myself though)


A tour group could be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it wouldn't be endangered by the UN complex's lack of proper fire detection and control.
I wouldn't want to be run over by a fleeing diplomat. :lol:

Tucson_Tim
2009-Mar-13, 03:19 PM
Feeling Spacey is probably better than Being John Malkovich. :)

Argos
2009-Mar-13, 05:21 PM
Feeling Spacey is probably better than Being John Malkovich. :)

Or feeling spaced out at the UN. :shifty:

KaiYeves
2009-Mar-14, 12:29 AM
I learned something new today, I wasn't aware that the UN kept any Space related memorabilia....thank you for sharing Kai.
I knew they probably had some, but I didn't expect so much. They have an Office for Outer Space Affairs (http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/oosa/en/OOSA/index.html), though, so perhaps I should have expected it.


And $6 thing just made me proud of knowing you.
I'm sure anybody here would have done the same thing.

Rue
2009-Mar-14, 03:55 PM
That's great. It is on my list of NYC things to see.