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kira
05-06-2008, 05:16 PM
A thread for fun facts. </p>

Crickets are known for their chirp (which only male crickets can do; male wings have ridges or "teeth" that act like a "comb and file" instrument). The left forewing has a thick rib (a modified vein) which bears 50 to 300 ridges. The chirp is generated by raising their left forewing to a 45 degree angle and rubbing it against the upper hind edge of the right forewing, which has a thick scraper (Berenbaum 1995). This sound producing action is called "stridulation" and the song is species-specific. Hence, crickets do not rub their hind legs together as is commonly believed.</p>

deuxmille
05-06-2008, 07:07 PM
They also are delicious when prepared well. Better than chips.

kira
05-06-2008, 08:32 PM
I have been told this. Two of my friends just ate them about two weeks ago. Not my cup of tea though...

Diego
05-07-2008, 12:30 AM
---------</p>

matthewhk
05-07-2008, 12:42 AM
love that asian chick in the second pic (if thats a real person at all)

Diego
05-07-2008, 12:45 AM
redacted

Hali
05-07-2008, 02:39 AM
HIV has a ridiculously high mutation rate, higher than basically all viruses. Aprx. 3.15 x 10<sup>-5</sup> forward SNP per base pair.</p>

This means that even though modern genetics has tools that should be able to target HIV, it actually changes itself so fast that by the time we identify a sequence to traget, it has already changed. </p>



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uparmoured
05-07-2008, 03:03 AM
Man who quickly walk into glass door is going to Bangkok...

kira
05-10-2008, 01:00 AM
The TOMATO:</p>

Botanically, a tomato is the ovary, together with its seeds, of a flowering plant: therefore it is a fruit or, more precisely, a berry.</p>

Most tomatoes today are picked before fully ripe. They are bred to continue ripening, but the enzyme that ripens tomatoes stops working when it reaches temperatures below 12.5 °C (54.5 °F). Once an unripe tomato drops below that temperature, it will not continue to ripen. Once fully ripe, tomatoes can be stored in the refrigerator but are best kept and eaten at room temperature. Tomatoes stored in the refrigerator tend to lose flavor, but will still be edible; thus the "Never Refrigerate" stickers sometimes placed on tomatoes in supermarkets.</p>

There is a competing hypothesis that says the tomato, like the word "tomato", originated in Mexico, where one of the two apparently oldest "wild" types grows. It is entirely possible that domestication even arose in both regions independently. Diversity data suggests the center of diversity for wild tomatoes is located in Peru, while that of cultivated tomatoes, in Mexico. Thus, it can be hypothesized that wild tomatoes were introduced from Peru to Mexico, where they were domesticated.
In any case, by some means the tomato migrated to Central America. Maya and other peoples in the region used the fruit in their cooking, and it was being cultivated in southern Mexico and probably other areas, by the 16th century. It is thought that the Pueblo people believed those who witnessed the ingestion of tomato seeds were blessed with powers of divination
</p>

"Tomato" also has been used as a slang word for an attractive woman. This use was most common from the 1920s through the 1940s, and only within the USA.
</p>

xadam
05-10-2008, 01:06 AM
"Tomato" also has been used as a slang word for an attractive woman. This use was most common from the 1920s through the 1940s, and only within the USA.</p>

</p>

somehow i don't think this would fly today at, say, pegu club.</p>

mamaboy
05-10-2008, 01:35 AM
malo kto znaet shto samoe rasspostrannenoe imia v brazilii ---jose , a samoe redkoe---vasilii timofeevich....

xadam
05-10-2008, 01:38 AM
malo kto znaet shto samoe rasspostrannenoe imia v brazilii ---jose , a samoe redkoe---vasilii timofeevich....</p>

yer smarter than google, apparently -- "<i style="color: grey;">We are not yet able to translate from Slovak into English.".[/i]
</p>

kira
05-11-2008, 02:09 AM
The oldest tree. Sometime around 7542 B.C., a spruce tree started growing on Fulu Mountain in Sweden. It is still growing. Spruce trees can produce exact clones of each other, and while the currently visible part of the tree is not 9,550 years old, scientists found pieces of wood beneath it that are that old with exactly the same genetic makeup as the above-ground part of the tree.</p>

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/9736/sprucetreemy5.jpg (http://imageshack.us)</p>

philip nod
05-11-2008, 02:10 AM
yeah, i knew that.

Chinorlz
05-11-2008, 02:14 AM
Man who quickly walk into glass door is going to Bangkok...</P>


Man with hole in pocket feel cocky all day.</P>

kira
05-11-2008, 02:17 AM
/\ pnod </p>

hmmm.</p>

kira
05-11-2008, 02:18 AM
Man who quickly walk into glass door is going to Bangkok...</p>


Man with hole in pocket feel cocky all day.</p>

</p>

</p>

[86]</p>

kira
05-11-2008, 02:19 AM
To protect or not? On Monday, a federal judge gave the Interior Department until May 15 to come to a decision on whether to give polar bears protection under the Endangered Species Act. The ruling rejected the government's contention that the case was too complicated to decide before June 30 and stated that once made, the decision will take effect immediately. The federal Fish and Wildlife Service first issued a proposal in January 2007 to list the polar bear as threatened because higher global temperatures are melting the sea ice that the animals use as a platform to hunt seals, breed and make dens.</p>

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/7886/polarbearszf9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)</p>

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philip nod
05-11-2008, 02:25 AM
i miss knut </p>

http://img385.imageshack.us/img385/6312/l1010977ji2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

</p>

philip nod
05-11-2008, 02:26 AM
Man who quickly walk into glass door is going to Bangkok...</p>


Man with hole in pocket feel cocky all day.</p>

</p>

</p>

[86]</p>

</p>

man w cock in hole feels pocky all day</p>

kira
05-11-2008, 02:36 AM
i miss knut </p>

http://img385.imageshack.us/img385/6312/l1010977ji2.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

</p>

</p>

i[64] this. so sweet. look at his hands/paws...
</p>

kira
05-11-2008, 02:40 AM
Man who quickly walk into glass door is going to Bangkok...</p>


Man with hole in pocket feel cocky all day.</p>

</p>

</p>

[86]</p>

</p>

man w cock in hole feels pocky all day</p>

</p>

holey man feels cock in pocket all day</p>

Chinorlz
05-11-2008, 02:55 AM
Cocky man feels holes all day?

kira
05-11-2008, 02:57 AM
Cocky man feels holes all day?</p>

[87][87][87][87][87]</p>

This thread has been the best part of my day. I am crying from laughter now. Thank you Chinorlz and Pnod. I really needed that. [51]
</p>

kira
05-30-2008, 09:25 PM
The new $4000 trend in the suburbs. Astroturfing your lawn...what?

awlouie
05-30-2008, 09:44 PM
The new $4000 trend in the suburbs. Astroturfing your lawn...what?
</P>


Expensive,no maintenace, eco friendly but ugly!</P>

kira
05-31-2008, 11:11 AM
i prefer the real stuff.

ddohnggo
05-31-2008, 02:00 PM
http://www.nataliedee.com/102505/did-you-know.jpg

uparmoured
06-02-2008, 02:36 AM
Man who quickly walk into glass door is going to Bangkok...</p>


Man with hole in pocket feel cocky all day.</p>

</p>

</p>

[86]</p>

</p>

man w cock in hole feels pocky all day</p>

</p>

holey man feels cock in pocket all day</p>
Man with two hands in pocket don't feel 2 cocky...

ahlefeldt
06-02-2008, 07:11 PM
The sport Ultimate:</p>

When ultimate was created, it's goal was to gather the best elements from other teamsports into one new discipline, that was supposed to become the "ultimate" sport. The Japanese female national team is especially known for their uncompromising way of playing
</p>


</p>

philip nod
06-02-2008, 07:19 PM
Man who quickly walk into glass door is going to Bangkok...</p>


Man with hole in pocket feel cocky all day.</p>

</p>

</p>

[86]</p>

</p>

man w cock in hole feels pocky all day</p>

</p>

holey man feels cock in pocket all day</p>


Man with two hands in pocket don't feel 2 cocky...</p>

</p>

The Japanese female national team is especially known for their uncompromising way of playing w cocky holy man w no pockets in hand
</p>

justine
06-02-2008, 07:26 PM
French Mathematician Henri Poincaré first forumated E=MC^2? ... cross posting with what are you listening to? (/forums/permalink/98741/98741/ShowThread.aspx#98741)</p>

</p>

kira
06-02-2008, 07:29 PM
French Mathematician Henri Poincaré first forumated E=MC^2? ... cross posting with what are you listening to? (/forums/permalink/98741/98741/ShowThread.aspx#98741)</p>

</p>


cross posting poincare with mariah [:O][83]
</p>

Jon
06-02-2008, 07:34 PM
Germany is the most successful team in the history of the UEFA Euro Cup with 3 victories. France is second with 2. The Soviet Union won the first ever championship in 1960.</P>


In order to host the Euros a host country must have a minimum of 8 stadia, with at least one UEFA 5-star venue, and all with a minumum 4-star rating. Cross posting with Euro 2008. </P>

philip nod
06-02-2008, 07:47 PM
nobody loves knut anymore

kira
06-02-2008, 07:49 PM
nobody loves knut anymore
</p>

i still[64] knut- brought him down just for you.
</p>

http://img385.imageshack.us/img385/6312/l1010977ji2.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)
</p>

uparmoured
06-03-2008, 08:24 AM
Corduroy Pillows... They're making headlines...

Faust
06-03-2008, 09:51 AM
Germany is the most successful team in the history of the UEFA Euro Cup with 3 victories. France is second with 2. The Soviet Union won the first ever championship in 1960.</p>


In order to host the Euros a host country must have a minimum of 8 stadia, with at least one UEFA 5-star venue, and all with a minumum 4-star rating. Cross posting with Euro 2008. </p>

</p>

good info</p>

mortalveneer
06-03-2008, 11:41 AM
This was shamelessly stolen from the Etruscan's away message, but it's pretty cool, so I thought I'd share it here...</p>

</p>

Trichobatrachus robustus actively breaks its own bones to
produce claws that puncture their way out of the frog's toe pads,
probably when it is threatened.
</p>

"Some other frogs have bony spines that project from their wrist,
but in those species it appears that the bones grow through the skin
rather than pierce it when needed for defence," says Blackburn.</p>











At rest, the claws of T. robustus,
found on the hind feet only, are nestled inside a mass of connective
tissue. A chunk of collagen forms a bond between the claw's sharp point
and a small piece of bone at the tip of the frog's toe.</p>











The
other end of the claw is connected to a muscle. Blackburn and his
colleagues believe that when the animal is attacked, it contracts this
muscle, which pulls the claw downwards. The sharp point then breaks
away from the bony tip and cuts through the toe pad, emerging on the
underside.</p>

</p>

http://www.newscientist.com/channel/life/dn13991-horror-frog-breaks-own-bones-to-produce-claws.html?feedId=online-news_rss20</p>

</p>

kira
06-06-2008, 12:02 AM
[:O] Climbers today in nyc (http://www.wnbc.com/news/16510197/detail.html?dl=mainclick)

kira
06-12-2008, 11:07 PM
Is a Cherry a Berry?</p>

No, a cherry is not a berry the correct term for a cherry is a Drupe. Drupes are fleshy and juicy, but not throughour the entire fruit. Drupes have an outer fleshy layer and an inner woody layer called the stone (a.k.a. pit) that surrounds the seed. They are grow on trees and berries grow on bushes.
</p>

</p>

</p>

Avantster
07-11-2008, 09:13 AM
$0.10 per SMS at 160 characters per message works out to around $1,000 per megabyte. </p>

This is easily
100x the revenue extracted from shipping TCP/IP data over "cellular
networks," with the most expensive providers, and yet, functionally,
SMS is vastly inferior to TCP/IP instant messaging services on almost
all counts. SMS is limited by message size, media type, and it is
high-latency. </p>

This triumph of premium pricing over a total mismatch in
supply-demand dynamics for the functionality makes SMS one of the great
marketing accomplishments of the century.</p>

Faust
07-11-2008, 11:59 AM
$0.10 per SMS at 160 characters per message works out to around $1,000 per megabyte. </p>

This is easily
100x the revenue extracted from shipping TCP/IP data over "cellular
networks," with the most expensive providers, and yet, functionally,
SMS is vastly inferior to TCP/IP instant messaging services on almost
all counts. SMS is limited by message size, media type, and it is
high-latency. </p>

This triumph of premium pricing over a total mismatch in
supply-demand dynamics for the functionality makes SMS one of the great
marketing accomplishments of the century.</p>

</p>

Google will kill this in due time.</p>

Speaking of which - did you know that google has a free phone directory? No need to pay $1 a call to your provider - dial 1-800-GOOG-411.</p>

Avantster
07-11-2008, 01:24 PM
I look forward to that day. [Y]
</p>

I had no idea. Cool! That's US only, I'm guessing...
</p>

kira
07-14-2008, 10:59 PM
A patch test allergy test from a dermatologist consists of sticking big taped pieces of allergens to your back. Then, they put another layer of tape over that to keep it secure, which does not work. Then, you must keep them on for 72 hours. You can not exercise, take a deep bath, or get your back wet at all. You go back at the end of the 72 hours at which point they will look at all of the little irritated spots on your back and tell you what you are allergic to. </p>

I am on my 9th hour. [:(]
</p>

Secretside
07-14-2008, 11:13 PM
hang in there, kira! I've never undergone one of those (I'd cry like a little child), but I've heard some horror stories.
</p>

Chinorlz
07-15-2008, 12:01 AM
A patch test allergy test from a dermatologist consists of sticking big taped pieces of allergens to your back. Then, they put another layer of tape over that to keep it secure, which does not work. Then, you must keep them on for 72 hours. You can not exercise, take a deep bath, or get your back wet at all. You go back at the end of the 72 hours at which point they will look at all of the little irritated spots on your back and tell you what you are allergic to. </p>

I am on my 9th hour. [:(]
</p>

</p>

So sorry Kira :(</p>

Yeah the classic grid allergen test. There is unfortunately no more efficient way to find out what you're allergic to you know?</p>

Hang in there! Maybe wearing something that's snug to the body will hold them in place better and bother you less?</p>

kira
07-15-2008, 12:49 AM
Thanks guys. [51] I have had smaller scratch tests where they use needles to inject the allergen right underneath the skin. But that was on my forearm and upper arm. This is much harder than I expected. I cant reach anything. I cant tell if it is the tape that is itching or the test. I feel like I have body armor on, besides that it probably looks horrible. Not that I can really see it since it is on my back.[86] I already had to go and meet one of my friends and have them retape me b/c the tape had started to pull away...[72] I think this week is just meant to not be an easy week.[:(]

Avantster
07-15-2008, 01:03 AM
Go Kira, be strong! http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/Avantster/Smilies/bb.gif
</p>

Really, Albert?[:(]
I've had the 'prick' test many years ago on my forearm where they prick your skin with a needle and apply drops of liquid allergen in a grid. The results were available much faster, but you ended up with a funny grid of scabs on your arm (didn't leave any scars). Perhaps that's outdated..</p>

edit: oh, you've already had that! wasn't that one enough?
</p>

kira
07-15-2008, 01:20 AM
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/Avantster/Smilies/bb.gifi need this emoticon!!!!!!!! I absolutely [64] it. </p>

The prick test was not easy either, but I think there is more room for error there? Albert? not sure. The woman that did the one on my arm went too deep and my arm was full of bruises for 2 wks... I know in the end this is a good thing, b/c the alternative is way too traumatic. I need to find the cause. But I also have the thought that what if i dont find the cause with this round. then, there will be more tests...[72]</p>


</p>

AKA*NYC
07-15-2008, 10:44 AM
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 12px; "><h1 class="storyheadline" style="font-size: 32px; font-weight: bold; margin-top: 15px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-left: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); ">Dollar plumbs new low versus euro</h1><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 32px; font-weight: bold;">http://money.cnn.com/2008/07/15/markets/dollar/index.htm<br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></span></div></span>

Faust
07-15-2008, 11:27 AM
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/Avantster/Smilies/bb.gifi need this emoticon!!!!!!!! I absolutely [64] it. </p>

</p>

Done. Hang in there, and I'll buy you a ticket to Dark Knight at IMAX.</p>

On a SECRET SIDE note, I love your new avatar. [73]</p>

Secretside
07-15-2008, 11:32 AM
just for you, Faust. just for you.
</p>

Faust
07-15-2008, 11:35 AM
just for you, Faust. just for you.
</p>

</p>

[51]</p>

Faust
07-15-2008, 11:54 AM
<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 12px;"><h1 class="storyheadline" style="margin: 15px 0px 10px; font-size: 32px; font-weight: bold; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Dollar plumbs new low versus euro</h1><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 32px; font-weight: bold;">http://money.cnn.com/2008/07/15/markets/dollar/index.htm<br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></span></div></span></p>

Thank our government, namely their mismanaged behemoths Freddie and Fanny.</p>

kira
07-16-2008, 02:04 AM
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/Avantster/Smilies/bb.gifi need this emoticon!!!!!!!! I absolutely [64] it. </p>

</p>

Done. Hang in there, and I'll buy you a ticket to Dark Knight at IMAX.</p>

On a SECRET SIDE note, I love your new avatar. [73]</p>

</p>

Thank you sooooo much for the emoticon [51] I am sure that I will use it along with the others frequently. I see that pea pod used it before i did. [86] </p>

i am not here for opening weekend of Dark Knight, i am in LA [:'(][74] but if you have not seen it by the time i get back count me in definitely !!!!!
</p>

kira
07-16-2008, 03:05 AM
A patch test allergy test from a dermatologist consists of sticking big taped pieces of allergens to your back. Then, they put another layer of tape over that to keep it secure, which does not work. Then, you must keep them on for 72 hours. You can not exercise, take a deep bath, or get your back wet at all. You go back at the end of the 72 hours at which point they will look at all of the little irritated spots on your back and tell you what you are allergic to. </p>

I am on my 9th hour. [:(]
</p>

</p>

So sorry Kira :(</p>

Yeah the classic grid allergen test. There is unfortunately no more efficient way to find out what you're allergic to you know?</p>

Hang in there! Maybe wearing something that's snug to the body will hold them in place better and bother you less?</p>

</p>

dr neglected to tell me that it takes 48hrs for the allergic reaction to start happening when it comes to a contact allergen- looked it up and read about it- so basically everyday the itching is going to get worse until they take the patches off thursday morning.- only 32 more hours to go- i am going to start looking like cat rubbing up against walls in order to scratch my back [86] </p>

then will remove them just in time to walk around in LA or Taos in a bathing suit with red splotches all over my damn back [71]</p>

but kira remains strong [88] (had to use it)
</p>

kira
07-16-2008, 11:05 PM
OMG. the last twelve hours are the absolute worst. [71] i am not sure if i am going to make it. i can not reach the spots that are itching on my back. and i think it is literally driving me insane.[70]

Avantster
07-17-2008, 12:29 AM
Keep fighting, Kira. http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/Avantster/Smilies/boxing.gif
</p>

By the way, what brought about the tests in the first place?
</p>

kira
07-17-2008, 12:50 AM
i love that emoticon too- where do you guys find these. or maybe you should not tell me. i already have a problem using them...</p>

um. the tests. since the winter, this weird thing comes and goes on my eyes. they get really dry (eczema patches) and then get really red and itch- normal ezcema. but when it gets really irritated because it is on my eyes they swell and i look like someone beat me to a pulp... not to mention that it is really uncomfortable and so traumatizing to have to walk around like that- i had to become accustomed to wearing sunglasses everywhere, inside and outside. it will clear up for a few weeks and then come back. so the dr said that it is most likely caused by something that i am coming in contact with every so often, that i am not aware of... thus the numbered swatches on my back as an attempt to try to figure out what that something is. hopefully there will not be a round two.
</p>

</p>

</p>

Avantster
07-17-2008, 10:21 AM
they're from other forums. not long to go!</p>

irritable eyes are pretty bad - my dad had an chronic eye condition with irregular cornea causing unbearable pain. only treatment was cortical steroids, of which prolonged use causes cataracts, which it did. had to have an op. to replace the lens in the eye, and now it's ok. not to scare you though, yours sounds completely different!
</p>

you're probably already thought about any possible new shower/hair/makeup products you've been using, so the test sounds like the right thing to do - best find the cause now!</p>

kira
07-17-2008, 01:54 PM
they're from other forums. not long to go!</p>

irritable eyes are pretty bad - my dad had an chronic eye condition with irregular cornea causing unbearable pain. only treatment was cortical steroids, of which prolonged use causes cataracts, which it did. had to have an op. to replace the lens in the eye, and now it's ok. not to scare you though, yours sounds completely different!
</p>

you're probably already thought about any possible new shower/hair/makeup products you've been using, so the test sounds like the right thing to do - best find the cause now!</p>

</p>

yes- this is what i have to use right now...the only thing that seems to keep it from coming back.</p>

test showed nothing but slight irritation to a few things to be aware of but none of them strong enough to cause what is happening. bad irritation to the tape though- so now i know not to use medical tape all over my back for three days[86] so off to allergist for round two and more extensive testing. i was soooo hoping for the dr to go oh it is just simply this... but life is not that simple. [:(]</p>

kira
07-17-2008, 02:04 PM
Enough allergy talk.</p>

Did you know that there is a difference between BOTTLED water and bottled WATER?</p>

from the book Fine Water: A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Most Distinctive BOTTLED WATERS</p>

Much bottled water is really bottled municipal tap water in the US, government and industry estimate that municipal water makes up 25% to 40% of the bottled water sold. American bottlers are also permitted by the FDA to label water as spring water even when it's treated with chemicals or pumped to the surface through a well near a true spring. For example, wells across southern Maine pump water to be sold as Nestle's Poland Spring, which is sourced neither from Poland Spring nor any other spring.</p>

BOTTLED water- The characteristic of this type is that it is bottled, providing a convenient package for on the go hydration.</p>

bottled WATER- These very special waters express terroir. They are bottled at the source, they may be naturally carbonated and are treated only minimally if at all.</p>

</p>

</p>


</p>

Chinorlz
07-17-2008, 04:08 PM
http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/Avantster/Smilies/bb.gifi need this emoticon!!!!!!!! I absolutely [64] it. </p>

The prick test was not easy either, but I think there is more room for error there? Albert? not sure. The woman that did the one on my arm went too deep and my arm was full of bruises for 2 wks... I know in the end this is a good thing, b/c the alternative is way too traumatic. I need to find the cause. But I also have the thought that what if i dont find the cause with this round. then, there will be more tests...[72]</p>


</p>

</p>

</p>

Oops, I didn't see your and Avantster's postings. Got buried in the ever-so-depressing dollar strength decreasing links :(</p>

Yeah they have a few different methods as you've clearly experienced... same with Avantster. Theres an injectable version of the grid method (which is a bit faster than scratch or patch tests) and there is actually a blood array test where they apply allergens to blood samples taken from you. Obviously not as irritating for you but unfortunately nowhere near as accurate as the on-body tests :(</p>

At least now it's over! Although I'm sorry to hear that they still didn't narrow it down as you would have hoped :(</p>

theetruscan
07-17-2008, 09:32 PM
i prefer the real stuff.
</p>

Moss is better than either. Way less water needed than grass, way less maintenance, feels nicer and softer.
</p>

kira
07-27-2008, 06:14 PM
Sound healing is the practice of using sound to realize and correct imbalances in the body. Sound healing works on the belief that the human body is not solid. Rather it is energy that is held together by sound. Any disease therefore indicates that some sound has gone out of tune.</p>

</p>

This greatly interest me, the idea that when you are ill your body is out of tune. When a piano is out of tune for a long while, a piano tuner has to slowly tune the strings back to the proper place. The strings will keep slipping back to the bad position and have to be retuned over and over, until realigned back in the proper position. They can not be forced quickly or they will break. An interesting way to think about poor health, to see someone to help restore your energy and tune you back to the proper position, as a process over time of reconfiguration of the flow of energy...
</p>

Rubbish
07-27-2008, 10:37 PM
Interesting that you should mention sound healing. I just finished watching a Penn and Teller episode from the current (sixth) season where they dealt with new age medicine. Acutonics was heavily featured, though the highlight of the episode for me was definitely that Bullshit experiment where the fake doctor used a plunger to suck the stress out of the patient's body through his head.

Avantster
07-30-2008, 01:54 AM
Cats can hear ultrasound.</p>

Little fact from the other side of the lid of my juice bottle.
</p>

kira
07-30-2008, 04:05 AM
wow. (http://www.virginamerica.com/va/search.do?method=virgingalactic&amp;cid=raceforspace07 2808)</p>

i did not even know this was in the works...</p>


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VIRGIN GALACTIC ROLLS OUT MOTHERSHIP ?EVE?

WhiteKnightTwo launch vehicle for SpaceShipTwo heralds a new era in aerospace fuel efficiency, performance and versatility

Mojave Air and Spaceport, California
July 28th 2008

Virgin Founder, Sir Richard Branson and SpaceShipOne designer, Burt Rutan, today pulled back the hangar doors on the new WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) carrier aircraft that will ferry SpaceShipTwo and thousands of private astronauts, science packages and payload on the first stage of the Virgin Galactic sub-orbital space experience.

The rollout represents another major milestone in Virgin Galactic?s quest to launch the world?s first private, environmentally benign, space access system for people, payload and science.

Christened ?EVE? in honor of Sir Richard?s mother, who performed the official naming ceremony, WK2 is both visually remarkable and represents ground-breaking aerospace technology. It is the world?s largest all carbon composite aircraft and many of its component parts have been built using composite materials for the very first time. At 140 ft, the wing spar is the longest single carbon composite aviation component ever manufactured.

Driven by a demanding performance specification set by Virgin Galactic, WK2 has a unique heavy lift, high altitude capability and an open architecture driven design which provides for maximum versatility in the weight, mass and volume of its payload potential. It has the power, strength and maneuverability to provide for pre space-flight, positive G force and zero G astronaut training as well as a lift capability which is over 30% greater than that represented by a fully crewed SpaceShipTwo. The vehicle has a maximum altitude over 50,000 ft and its U.S. coast-to-coast range will allow the spaceship to be ferried on long duration flights.

An all carbon composite vehicle of this size represents a giant leap for a material technology that has already been identified as a key contributor to the increasingly urgent requirement by the commercial aviation sector for dramatically more fuel efficient aircraft. Powered by four Pratt and Whitney PW308A engines, which are amongst the most powerful, economic and efficient available, WK2 is a mold breaker in carbon efficiency and the epitome of 21st century aerospace design and technology.

The twin fuselage and central payload area configuration allow for easy access to WK2 and to the spaceship for passengers and crew; the design also aids operational efficiencies and turnaround times. WK2 will be able to support up to four daily space flights, is able to carry out both day and night time operations and is equipped with a package of highly advanced avionics.

Large numbers of VIP?s, media and more than 100 fully signed-up future Virgin Galactic astronauts flew into Mojave for the rollout onboard a new Airbus A320 aircraft specially chartered from Virgin America, the youngest and most efficient US domestic airline, which launched to great acclaim in 2007.

Rutan?s Scaled Composites facility has been strictly out of bounds whilst design and construction has been underway, but guests today were additionally given a tantalizing preview of SpaceShipTwo, clearly visible but heavily shrouded and well on its way to completion, in the smaller of Scaled?s two hangars awaiting its own rollout in 2009. This will be scheduled once WK2 is at the appropriate stage in its extensive test program, which has already begun with ground tests; it is expected to take its first flight in the fall of 2008. The flight test program will be comprehensive even before SpaceShipTwo is carried as a payload for the first time in 2009.

Commenting on the rollout, Burt Rutan, Founder of Scaled Composites said:

?WhiteKnightTwo represents the apogee of the application of carbon composites to aerospace and all of us at Scaled are tremendously excited at the capabilities of the Mothership for SpaceShipTwo. I believe the vehicle will be developed and sold for a variety of launch applications beyond the initial requirements of our launch customer, Virgin Galactic. We have set up a new business jointly with Virgin, The Spaceship Company (TSC), to develop these vehicles and we very much hope that its efficiency will herald a wake up call to the aerospace industry and the necessity of using new materials and technologies in the future. ?

Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic added:

?As usual, Burt and the Scaled team have created a beauty and this is a very proud day for us all. The rollout of WhiteKnightTwo takes the Virgin Galactic vision to the next level and continues to provide tangible evidence that this most ambitious of projects is not only for real but is making tremendous progress towards our goal of safe commercial operation.

Virgin Galactic is central to our ambition at Virgin to become the world?s leading group in the operation of energy and environmentally efficient transportation, in the air, on the ground and in space. We arrived here this morning on an aircraft operated by Virgin America, who run the most fuel efficient commercial fleet in the US, to roll out what by most definitions, is the most energy efficient aircraft in history. We are naming it EVE after my Mother, Eve Branson but also because it represents a first and a new beginning, the chance for our ever growing group of future astronauts and other scientists and payload specialists to see our world in a completely new light. I for one can?t wait!?

For further information go to www.virgingalactic.com (http://www.virgingalactic.com/).

For downloadable images and graphics go to [url]www.virgingalactic.com/press

For press enquiries please contact Jackie McQuillan at Virgin Galactic on +44 (0)207 229 4738.

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Avantster
07-30-2008, 04:23 AM
yeah it's been in the works for a while. it came up on the news just the other night - visiting space will cost you $200K http://s16.photobucket.com/albums/b11/Avantster/Smilies/vbmodern2/shuriken.gif

philip nod
07-30-2008, 09:47 AM
so will it lost you 130k if you go through lazzari or less if you order directly from tokyo?

AKA*NYC
07-30-2008, 09:57 AM
so will it lost you 130k if you go through lazzari or less if you order directly from tokyo?
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Dear Matteo, please send me a Paypal invoice for one round trip ticket to the moon. And let me know when you expect the FW 2017 CCP shipment.</p>

ddohnggo
07-30-2008, 10:01 AM
it'll only be cheaper if you launch out of treviso italy or japan.

philip nod
07-30-2008, 10:27 AM
since i'm afraid of flying but not launching i guess i'll pay the extra 70k to launch out of the cape canaveral.

Avantster
09-08-2008, 10:46 PM
The common housefly hums in the musical key of F.

kira
09-09-2008, 07:46 AM
The common housefly hums in the musical key of F.

That is cool. [thumbup]