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Asteroid Explodes Over Sudan

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the did-it-make-a-noise dept.

Space 114

radioweather writes "A recently discovered Apollo Asteroid, 2008 TC3, exploded over Sudan at about 1046 EDT on October 7, 2008, according to astronomer Tim Spahr of Harvard University 2008 TC3 was discovered on Monday by an observer at the Mt Lemmon Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. 2008 TC3 is notable in that it is the first Asteroid of its size that was identified before impact and tracking it put the entire Spaceguard tracking system to an extreme test. TC3 is estimated to be only two to five meters in diameter but exploded with the force of a one kiloton of explosive power." We mentioned the asteroid last on Monday, when it was only at a 99.8 percent chance of colliding with Earth.

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Picture of explosion? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25303443)

Pics or it didn't happen.

Re:Picture of explosion? (4, Funny)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303871)

Pics or it did[n't] happen.

Fixed it for Schrödinger.

Re:Picture of explosion? (2, Insightful)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304021)

Wouldn't that be "Pics or it [ did & didn't ] happen."?

Re:Picture of explosion? (1)

ypctx (1324269) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304195)

No, in all my experiments, the stupid cats always broke the flask before I was able to radiate the box.

Re:Picture of explosion? (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304149)

Pics or it did[n't] happen.
Fixed it for SchrÃdinger.

Pics or it hit my cat.
Fixed that for you.

They Are in Our Prayers (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25303447)

Let's hope this doesn't wound their bustling economy and leave them as poor as the Americans.

Re:They Are in Our Prayers (1)

mweather (1089505) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304601)

You say that jokingly, but their per-capita debt is a fraction of ours. Sadly, they're already richer than we are. But we live a pretty good lifestyle on that debt.

Re:They Are in Our Prayers (1)

initdeep (1073290) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305269)

it's hard to have any per capita debt when you have nothing to buy.....

Re:They Are in Our Prayers (2, Insightful)

mweather (1089505) | more than 5 years ago | (#25306729)

There is plenty to buy, from AKs to RPGs. I know I'd be in debt if I had access to the fire power they do.

Re:They Are in Our Prayers (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305879)

Their earning capacity is like 1% as well...

it's not an asteroid (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25303455)

stupid editors.

Re:it's not an asteroid (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25303809)

Trouble with meteoroids? Try new Cosmic Preparation H!

It worked! (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303461)

Who tought that a team of oil drillers would fail that mission?

Re:It worked! (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303653)

That's what happens when you forget to hire Aerosmith to write your theme song!

TFA (3, Funny)

loafula (1080631) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303463)

TFA is clearly wrong. The image looks more like it is exploding Sudan, rather than exploding over Sudan.

Re:TFA (-1, Flamebait)

Starteck81 (917280) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303537)

TFA is clearly wrong. The image looks more like it is exploding Sudan, rather than exploding over Sudan.

Perhaps you forgot to read the caption for the picture that said "Artist's impression of a LARGE asteroid impact".

Re:TFA (1)

loafula (1080631) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303593)

*ahem* sarcasm

Re:TFA (0, Offtopic)

Starteck81 (917280) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303741)

Sorry, I couldn't tell if you were being serious or sarcastic. It seemed to lean to the latter. Too many /. post too fast and too literal.

Re:TFA (1)

chibiace (898665) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304581)

its a slide from a cia powerpoint presentation.

Re:TFA (1)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303597)

I wouldn't mind exploding over Susan. Rarrwww!

Re:TFA (1)

Starteck81 (917280) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303765)

I wouldn't mind exploding over Susan. Rarrwww!

Sounds like a movie I once saw...Armaget-it-on.

Re:TFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25305167)

> Sounds like a movie I once saw...Armaget-it-on.

Did you see Deep-Throat Impact..?

Or howabout the Lesbian bdsm on man-ass (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25306525)

Black In Men, staring Angela D'Angelo and Ron Jeremy (poor guy)?

Explode over or on? (0, Redundant)

Drakin020 (980931) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303477)

[blockquote]pi]No deaths have been reported yet.[/blockquote][/i] So did it explode over Sundan or on Sundan?

Re:Explode over or on? (2, Insightful)

ivan256 (17499) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303711)

Over.

It completely burned up miles above the surface. That quote is like saying "Drakin020 had a birthday party with cake! No deaths have been reported yet." In other words, it's purely sensationalism. Though it is a true statement, no deaths will *ever* be reported due to this event, because none occurred.

Re:Explode over or on? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25303853)

That quote is like saying "Drakin020 had a birthday party with cake! No deaths have been reported yet." In other words, it's purely sensationalism.

I don't know; have you ever been to one of Drakin020's birthday parties?

Only 99.8%? (2, Funny)

.sig (180877) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303489)

Liike like this one sure beat the odds and proved everyone wrong...

Re:Only 99.8%? (1)

g0dsp33d (849253) | more than 5 years ago | (#25306597)

Yeah, I don't even know why they bother telling us before like 99.999%.

99.8 chance of what?! (2, Insightful)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303505)

We mentioned the asteroid last on Monday, when it was only at a 99.8 percent chance of colliding with Earth.

[pedantic] you mean a 99.8 chance of colliding with Earth's atmosphere. [/pedantic]
From Slashdot's previous summary:

The asteroid is assumed to be 3-4 meters in size; it is expected to burn up completely in the atmosphere, causing no harm

...so don't go running underground just yet, kids.

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

Reziac (43301) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303735)

I once saw a meteor that was large enough to show a disk -- albeit burning very brightly (it lit up the night like an old-fashioned flashbulb). It only lasted a few seconds after that. Sadly for disaster theorists, the atmosphere was just too much for it.

Until they start throwing rocks the size of large buildings, or strip off the atmosphere before doing so, I just can't get too worried about such trivial space junk.

(Anyone know how big a rock needs to start off to survive the passage thru the atmosphere and have any part of itself hit the ground?? -- I once found a meteorite; it was nickel-iron and only about an inch across, and it was lying on top of the grass in our front yard!)

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (2, Insightful)

Shotgun (30919) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304577)

Anyone know how big a rock needs to start off to survive the passage thru the atmosphere and have any part of itself hit the ground??

Size doesn't matter (thank you. thank you. Tip your waitress). No, really. It matters, it just isn't "all" that matters. Relative velocity is just as important. If the body sneaks up on us from behind, it could actually have a relatively low differential velocity. The nickel-iron sample you found would probably fit in that category, and it slowed to terminal velocity before being burned up.

An extremely large body coming directly at us for a head-on collision probably wouldn't make it to the ground (and wouldn't have to in order to take out a large percentage of life in our little gravity well hole.)

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (2, Interesting)

Reziac (43301) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304763)

All true... tho I suppose someone somewhere has run the numbers for the basic classes of "speed + direction + mass + velocity + composition + fudge factor" vs. "size of hole in ground, or velocity and vectors of remaining chunks of planet". ;)

I always wondered how that little chunk of iron wound up sitting on *top* of the grass, like it had been gently placed there... tho I've read that isn't too unusual with small meteorites.

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

Garridan (597129) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305315)

It was an alien lander, you insensitive clod! Very small aliens.

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

Reziac (43301) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305651)

Ohhhh... Oh dear. Silly me! I hope I didn't make the aliens fall out of their chairs when I picked it up.

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (4, Interesting)

whathappenedtomonday (581634) | more than 5 years ago | (#25306093)

This is not quite what you're looking for, but nice to play around with: Impact Effects Calculator [arizona.edu] .

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

Reziac (43301) | more than 5 years ago | (#25306365)

Oh, very good, this does it nicely, thanks... I played with it a bit. Seems even a fairly large chunk of ice (100m) isn't enough to do more than make a few people go "What was that??" and it takes a similar-sized chunk of iron to make a crater like the famous one in Arizona.

I think we can all stop worrying ... except for me; in the latter example, I stood too close to the impact and was ejected from the crater. :)

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303807)

Sometimes I think I will never get to use my Y2K bunker. Damn.

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304039)

Hang in there buddy, there's time yet for the end of the world.

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

David Gould (4938) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304393)

That's okay. It's not the end of the world if it's not the end of the world.

(from V3 [stationv3.com] , can't find the exact strip)

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

jbeaupre (752124) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303829)

So let me get this straight: The Earth's atmosphere isn't part of the Earth. Wow!

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

vbraga (228124) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303921)

While it doesn't go away, I'm fine with that =)

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

corsec67 (627446) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304183)

[doublypedantic]Some of it did hit the earth. It just didn't hit the earth intact, or in any large pieces[/doublypedantic]

Are you saying it all evaporated, and left the atmosphere? Because if any of it landed on the earth, then it did hit the Earth.

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304939)

The atmosphere is a subset of Planet Earth.

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (1)

mweather (1089505) | more than 5 years ago | (#25306779)

[pedantic]What planet is Earth's atmosphere on?[/pedantic]

Re:99.8 chance of what?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25306821)

The last I was aware, Earth's atmosphere was considered a part of Earth.

Re:discovery.com (1)

Psykechan (255694) | more than 5 years ago | (#25306991)

Thanks to discovery.com's commercials [youtube.com] , I learned that most meteors burn up in Earth's atmosphere.

Ah the atmosphere. Ahhhh!

Re:discovery.com (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 5 years ago | (#25307145)

Hm, no wonder we have global warming. The meteors use up all the oxygen.

Fine, but no one really saw it (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303533)

Spacewatch.com covered this about as well as one could expect. Apparently a couple airline pilots saw the possible fireball, but that's about it. I've seen no photos yet (probably none were captured). So although we infer the thing burned up (or "exploded!one!!111!!eleven" as per the /. headline), it's not as sensationalistic as Our Editors make it out to be.

Re:Fine, but no one really saw it (4, Informative)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303567)

More comprehensive information from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_TC3 [wikipedia.org]

Re:Fine, but no one really saw it (-1, Troll)

Muad'Dave (255648) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304131)

... no photos yet (probably none were captured).

I'm sure photos were captured, but your and my unclassified eyes will never see them!

Finally.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25303683)

the UN is doing something about Darfur.

Re:Finally.... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25305629)

Yes, it was a bit touch and go there while the US, China and Russia were falling over themselves looking for stuff to veto to prevent anything from getting done.

Exercise for the reader: count the number of vetoes by nation and see just -why- the UN is "doing nothing"

Re:Finally.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25306053)

"Stargazers in Sudan may have also heard the asteroid collide with the atmosphere, making a wooshing or humming sound." (from here [abc.net.au] )

Duh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25303685)

"We mentioned the asteroid last on Monday, when it was only at a 99.8 percent chance of colliding with Earth."

ONLY a 99.8 percent chance...

Only.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25303689)

"when it was only at a 99.8 percent chance of colliding with Earth."... ONLY 99.8%?

Earth 1: Bugs 0 (4, Funny)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303781)

Their most powerful weapon can be dismissed as nothing but a fireworks show.

I, for one, welcome our claim as overlords over these asteroid-flinging insects.

test (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25303783)

"ut the entire Spaceguard tracking system to an extreme test. "

I guess they failed the test, since it still hit the planet (well the atmosphere)

Early detection is a must for preserving the planet...

Invasion? (1)

naoursla (99850) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303815)

Would someone please search the Sudan desert for alien spores that will begin taking over human bodies if we don't kill them now while they are helpless?

Re:Invasion? (5, Funny)

Sneftel (15416) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303891)

i have searched there is no danger please come see for yourself bring glucose

Re:Invasion? (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303955)

Bristol? Is that you?

Re:Invasion? (4, Funny)

oldspewey (1303305) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304003)

This spore-laden asteroid was only a followup, a redundant backup mission. The original alien spore mission to Sudan succeeded several years ago ... spore-infected individuals are known to take up weapons and form militia groups who then engage in rape, murder, and genocide. So far nobody outside Sudan seems to have taken much notice or to care.

Re:Invasion? (5, Funny)

EvanED (569694) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304605)

Dear kind sir, I am located in the Sudan, and a small piece of this asteroid landed in a nearby field. I have investigated, and there is unfortunately evidence of alien spores. However, I am presently unable to eradicate them. If you could wire a sum of $10,000 (ten thousand dollars) to my account then I will be able to take action. I am an official in the Sudanese government, and can guarantee that your expendature will be reimburesed plus an additional $10,000 reward, but it operates slowly and the government funds will not be available in time.

I look forward to hearing back from you if you can help. I will send detailed information in response. I fear that if you do not help, the Earth may be susceptable to the alient invaders.

Re:Invasion? (2, Funny)

FrameRotBlues (1082971) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305277)

You spelled "sir" without a "u," and your grammar and punctuation is mostly correct. FAIL!

Then again, I bet lots of disingenuous spam writers would love to have you help them...

Re:Invasion? (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305603)

Given the way people are acting in the Sudan currently, things would probably be much better if they were all taken over by alien spores.

Why is this news? (2, Insightful)

shaitand (626655) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303873)

I was under the impression that these sort of tiny asteroids burned up in our atmosphere all the time and were observed as shooting stars.

Re:Why is this news? (4, Informative)

compro01 (777531) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303973)

It's news because this is the first time we detected one before it hit and were able to track its descent.

Re:Why is this news? (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304025)

A bit bigger than a shooting star, but frequent enough.

It's news because it was the first one that has been tracked, predicted to hit, and then hit.

Re:Why is this news? (1)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304137)

> It's news because it was the first one that has been tracked, predicted to hit, and then hit.

It's news because it was the first one that has been tracked.

Re:Why is this news? (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305363)

No we've tracked lots of rocks in space before, after they whiz by of course for ones that size. Which is the predicted to hit part (rather than "oh look it almost hit") and why it was originally news. It's news again because yes it did hit.

Just tracking does not get it on cnn.com.

Re:Why is this news? (2, Informative)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304165)

Because the asteroid was itentified and tracked days before it entered the atmosphere. For the first time, astronomers were able to predict the exact time and location the asteroid would strike (well, would have stuck if it hadn't exploded in the atmosphere). Also, what we see as shooting stars are little more than grains of sand, this was more like a good sized boulder and would have made a noticable fireball as it tracked across the sky.

Re:Why is this news? (1)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 5 years ago | (#25306449)

"Because the asteroid was itentified and tracked days before it entered the atmosphere."

Days? We wish. It was discovered on October 6, 06:38 UTC, and impacted on October 7, 02:46 UTC. That's not days... that's about 20 hours.

It's awesomely cool that we saw this one coming. It's just a baby, though, and as the articles noted they hit us several times a year. What would be awesomely UNcool is if we didn't see its Big Sister until 20 hours before it hits somewhere over the northeast US.

Personal bolide story: I saw a cool one while at the beach [matagordabay.com] earlier this year. I sent myself a text message so I wouldn't forget the details: "3 flashes 20 deg above horiz from moon to 45 deg smoke after first flash 21.50" To clarify, the "moon to 45 deg" means that it traversed the sky (at about 20 degrees elevation) from the vicinity of the moon, southward across the sky about 45 degrees. Sorry if I don't really know the appropriate terminology! But it was, indeed, awesomely cool.

Guess what? (1)

arizwebfoot (1228544) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303903)

I bet it's not two to five meters now! BTW for those that are meter challenged that would be roughly 6 to 15 feet.

--
Oh Well, Bad Karma and all . . .

Re:Guess what? (1)

Subgenius (95662) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304323)

Don't forget that it was only two to five meters when measured head-on. When measured from the side it would only be one to four meters, and from the back four to seven meters.

Re:Guess what? (3, Funny)

Alzheimers (467217) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304471)

Head-on, apply directly to the atmosphere. Head-on, apply directly to the atmosphere. Head-on, apply directly to the atmosphere.

This thread is useless without pics (0, Redundant)

jfengel (409917) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303967)

I suppose it's kinda neat that the Spaceguard system actually spotted something, but at this small size the only interesting thing would be that we knew it was coming and could get a nice video. Surely somebody in Sudan is still alive and holding a video camera.

Re:This thread is useless without pics (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25304315)

You seriously over-estimate the level of technology available in Sudan.

(And the number of people per square mile, if it's in northern Sudan... It's quite possible there were only a few people within a hundred miles.)

Re:This thread is useless without pics (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25304791)

> It's quite possible there were only a few people within a hundred miles

That's because the ragheads have murdered everyone, right?

Re:This thread is useless without pics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25305005)

The Spaceguard system will shortly get an upgrade. This will be done from this cool cpu chip we found laying around in a pile of scrap. We also found this really neat robotic hand.

Nothing bad could possibly happen because of the upgrde to Skynet.

*poof* bye bye (2, Interesting)

morrison (40043) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303969)

We mentioned the asteroid last on Monday, when it was only at a 99.8 percent chance of colliding with Earth.

Mm.. so I suppose that means it now has a 0.0 percent chance of colliding with the Earth. Or is that number now 'NaN' since it doesn't exist anymore?

Re:*poof* bye bye (1)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305695)

The probability of an event that has already happened is always equal to 1. Predictions are uncertain only about the future, and, of course, for past events about which there is not enough information.

Re:*poof* bye bye (1)

Trogre (513942) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305995)

100%, since it did collide with the earth :)

Re:*poof* bye bye (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25306031)

Well since it has already collided, it has 0 chance of colliding now.

Re:*poof* bye bye (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25306675)

Nay, it now has a 100% chance of colliding with the Earth as small particulates as they sift down through our atmosphere and combine with the ecosystem. It will become a part of our environment, permanently now.

Oh about that Harvard degree . . . (1)

arizwebfoot (1228544) | more than 5 years ago | (#25303993)

Harvard scientists had informed that the 2008 TC3 asteroid would burn up and give rise to a fireball in the sky

eFluxMedia - Oct 7, 2008

Not trying to create flamebait or anything, but if the folks at Harvard can't get it right . . . .

--
Oh Well, Bad Karma and all . . .

Re:Oh about that Harvard degree . . . (2, Funny)

TinFoilMan (1371973) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304067)

Yale said it was gonna hit the moon.
Columbia said it was gonna splash into the Indian Ocean.
Princeton said it was not really there.
NYCC said "Whatsup with that?"
The SEC said "Deep fry more chikin".
The Pac-10 said, "Dude, Surfs up"
The Big-10 said, "Time to go huntin".
Everybody else didn't have a clue.

Re:Oh about that Harvard degree . . . (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25304273)

It did burn up. It did not touch ground.

Reading comprehension FTW!

The End Is Near (3, Funny)

pseudorand (603231) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304359)

Don't be fooled people. I've seen the movies. I know these things come in groups. If there's one, there's more, and a bigger one is surely on it's way. First the Tsunami, then Katrina and Ike, then the Economy, now this. Those of you who haven't been saved are doomed.

BTW, anyone want to buy a copy of my newsletter?

Re:The End Is Near (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25306263)

You're forgetting the methane geysers and LHC

Re:The End Is Near (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25306599)

BTW, anyone want to buy a copy of my newsletter?

Your ideas intrigue me.

I'll Make the Call... (1)

SeeSp0tRun (1270464) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304551)

I need the number for Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rip Torn...

2008 TC3 to be renamed a dwarf asteroid (1)

Framboise (521772) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304637)

The International Astronomical Union should in the next General Assembly, decides, after a long week of intense discussions, that
1) meter sized asteroids should be called from now on "dwarf asteroids"
2) vaporized dwarf and normal asteroids should be declassified and put in the list of exctinct celestial bodies.

Alarmism Amok! (2, Insightful)

Chysn (898420) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304773)

From TFA:

"UPDATE: Please note that the use of an alarmist headline and imagery to increase the casual reader's desire to look at the entire article was an intentional parody."

CNN should hard-code that into their website's header.

Yep. (0, Redundant)

djMouton (267156) | more than 5 years ago | (#25304851)

Pics or it didn't happen.

Stupid hyperbole (1)

hcdejong (561314) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305107)

"extreme test" my ass. I get all the "extreme" I could ever need on Discovery Channel, please keep the language inflation off Slashdot.

You know God hates your country (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25305219)

when He starts throwing shit at it

Marvin Martian says..... (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305295)

"What happened to the 'kaboom'? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering 'kaboom'!"

Priorities. (1)

Velocir (851555) | more than 5 years ago | (#25305609)

From TFA: "A 20 to 50 meter asteroid exploding over a major city could result in a significant loss of property and life." Good to see they have their priorities straight...

There's a guy here (1)

Centurix (249778) | more than 5 years ago | (#25307441)

Calls himself General Zod, although I don't think his beard is regulation. Says he's looking for the office of solitude, or something like that. Says he's fresh from the Sudan, but I'm not sure about that as he's dressed ready for a disco...

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