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Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by CRX-YEM, Oct 18, 2004.

  1. CRX-YEM

    CRX-YEM Super Moderator Moderator VIP

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    When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ball-point pens would not work in zero gravity.

    To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside-down, on almost any surface - including glass at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300 Celsius.

    The Russians used a pencil.

    Your U.S. taxes are due again in seven months -- enjoy paying them.
     
  2. xj0hnx

    xj0hnx I wanna be sedated VIP

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    Holy tip of the proverbial ice berg.
     
  3. Battle Pope

    Battle Pope New Member

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    Will do, Skippy.

    /beats head against a wall/
     
  4. reckedracing

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    hmmmm <_<

    damn communists...
    making the capitalists look bad yet AGAIN...
     
  5. jamesA

    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    YEah... that's what you would call a :repostred:
     
  6. dveit

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    new to me...

    but, 12 billion dollars? that's fuckin ridiculous.
     
  7. hcivic.com

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    ever heard of a wax pencil or felt pen go communists
     
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    I have one of those space pens. It's cool as hell.
     
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    cxjon Senior Member

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    pencil, and you can erase your mistakes
     
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    micah Senior Member

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    its all bullshit, just like the pentagon spends 5 billion a year on toilet seats.

    yeah fucking right, thats just how they make there budget to account for embezzlement, black ops, and secret research programs.
     
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    :werd: i got one, its cool, wrights up-side-down, but i never really need to write up-side-down????
     
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    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    Damn straight. They have to cover black hat spending in the budget using other items every now and then. :)

    I would still say that a pen is safer to use in space than a pencil though. You don't have nearly as many particulates coming off the pen and writing surface as you would with a pencil, and you don't have to deal with sharpening it and having little wood and graphite fragments going everywhere either.
     
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    25 million for 3-ring binders? I mean, they should at least think up a better way to disguise all the senators' and house members' viagra prescriptions and porn site subscriptions...
     
  14. civicious

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    damn...its a good thing we didnt use pencils in space.

    otherwise we'd be poor, hungry, and naked...










    and the RDM would be in m4d full swing y0!
     
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