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Electra coming

Postby Shorty » Thu Dec 12, 2013 8:22 pm

I heard Electra was coming here Friday night. I thought they meant Carmen Electra. Turns out it's just Winter Storm Electra. Would prefer Carmen.
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Re: Electra coming

Postby Dust Mite Rodeo » Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:26 pm

Or a comfortable flight in a Lockheed Electra.
Or a ride on a Harley-Davidson Electra.
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Re: Electra coming

Postby snoqueen » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:57 am

Or the awesome 1959 Buick Electra 225, one of the longest cars GM ever built at, unsurprisingly, 225 inches.

Does this belong in the topic about Detroit going broke?
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Re: Electra coming

Postby narcoleptish » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:05 am

Or the asteroid 130 Elektra, which would dwarf the Buick, and be very bad for us.
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Re: Electra coming

Postby kurt_w » Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:00 am

narcoleptish wrote:Or the asteroid 130 Elektra, which would dwarf the Buick, and be very bad for us.

No kidding.

Wikipedia claims 130 Elektra has a mass of 6.6 x 10^18 kg. If it hit, say, Lake Mendota, with a typical asteroid velocity of 20,000 m/second, the kinetic energy of the impact would be 1.3 octillion joules [kind of cool to have an excuse to use the word "octillion" here]. This is something like 18 million times larger than the kinetic energy of the dinosaur-killing asteroid impact.

The crater resulting from a 1.3 x 10^27 joule impact would have a radius of around 1200 km and would look more or less like this:

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A Buick Electra colliding with the Earth would produce a somewhat smaller crater.
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Re: Electra coming

Postby minicat » Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:12 am

snoqueen wrote:Or the awesome 1959 Buick Electra 225, one of the longest cars GM ever built at, unsurprisingly, 225 inches.



GAZE ON ITS MAGNIFICENCE!

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Re: Electra coming

Postby Shorty » Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:04 pm

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Re: Electra coming

Postby Bwis53 » Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:47 pm

minicat wrote:
snoqueen wrote:Or the awesome 1959 Buick Electra 225, one of the longest cars GM ever built at, unsurprisingly, 225 inches.



GAZE ON ITS MAGNIFICENCE!

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Reminds me of an Edsel...
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