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Rain Man
07-16-2005, 01:17 PM
Assume that you're the commander of America's new lunar base, with the job of running the LPRMI (Lunar Pet Rock Mining Initiative). Since the LPRMI is a new startup, you're the only employee at the moment, but life is still good since your living unit features Hal the chess-playing computer along with DVDs of every Sigourney Weaver movie ever made.

At some point, as you're sitting in the living unit in your space underwear, playing chess and drinking a 40, something catches your eye. Landing in the middle of the LPRMI complex is a fragile-looking spaceship that is obviously not of earthly origin. (You can guess this primarily due to a large decal on the side of the ship that says "ALIEN", though of course you can't read the word since it's written in a language whose written symbology consists primarily of pictrograms of various undulations of strange, fishlike creatures.

What do you do?

ChiefsFire
07-16-2005, 01:21 PM
crack nuda 40 and offer it to them in peace,and hope to hell they are some hot nyphmo female aliens with 4 breasts

The Pedestrian
07-16-2005, 01:21 PM
Call the Int. Space Station for backup, then go out and try to negotiate with a semiautomatic behind my back.

|Zach|
07-16-2005, 01:29 PM
Lunar Bowl.

Count Alex's Wins
07-16-2005, 01:31 PM
Call the Int. Space Station for backup, then go out and try to negotiate with a semiautomatic behind my back.

Can you fire a gun in a vacuum?

Hydrae
07-16-2005, 01:32 PM
Can you fire a gun in a vacuum?

A semiautomatic space gun, sure

mlyonsd
07-16-2005, 01:32 PM
If they're fish like features I'd have to assume they don't have any arms. I'd take my lunar 9 iron out there and beat them to a slimy fishy pulp.

Count Alex's Wins
07-16-2005, 01:32 PM
I'd shake their hands after returning their vulcan salute:

http://www.ex-astris-scientia.org/gallery/stmagazine/vulcan-fc-llap.jpg

Zebedee DuBois
07-16-2005, 02:21 PM
A semiautomatic space gun, sure

Wow, think of the recoil !

Simplex3
07-16-2005, 03:09 PM
Go meet with them. Maybe they'll give me some technology that I can use to rule the Earth. Benevolently, of course.

Count Alex's Wins
07-16-2005, 03:41 PM
This is a good thread to confess my secret desire to be abducted by aliens. As long as they have a good internet connection.

Simplex3
07-16-2005, 03:54 PM
This is a good thread to confess my secret desire to be abducted by aliens. As long as they have a good internet connection.
Looking forward to that anal probe?

Count Alex's Wins
07-16-2005, 03:56 PM
Looking forward to that anal probe?

I'm sure the aliens aren't malicious. I'll take an anasthetic and they can do whatever they want to me.

patteeu
07-16-2005, 03:56 PM
I'd stay put on the couch until they rang the doorbell. I'd concentrate on finishing my 40 before it got warm.

Rain Man
07-16-2005, 04:13 PM
I'd stay put on the couch until they rang the doorbell. I'd concentrate on finishing my 40 before it got warm.

Good point, but it'd probably stay cold if you took it outside, too.

Skip Towne
07-16-2005, 04:18 PM
Can you fire a gun in a vacuum?
I think the gun would fire. It has oxygen trapped inside the shell to support combustion.

4th and Long
07-16-2005, 04:23 PM
Q: Can a conventional gun fire an ordinary bullet in the vacuum of space?

A: There is no reason why a conventional gun shouldn´t fire in vacuum. First, the primer in the cartridge (which contains explosive material) is mechanically ignited. Hot particles are produced which ignite the powder charge. The powder however already contains the oxygen which is needed for "burning". If this wouldn´t be the case (if e.g. the powder had to take oxygen from the surrounding atmosphere), the burning process would be too slow. It would be interesting to ask NASA for a verification!

Please also read that this source (http://www.astronautix.com/craft/soyuz7ks.htm). It seems that the Soviets already thought about using guns in outer space.

chefsos
07-16-2005, 04:23 PM
I think the gun would fire. It has oxygen trapped inside the shell to support combustion.

Probably so, but where would the stray bullet end up if you miss?

Not that you would.

Rain Man
07-16-2005, 04:35 PM
A bummer about shooting a gun in space would be that you wouldn't hear that cool PAZINNNNNNNNG sound if the bullet ricochets off a moon rock.

DJay23
07-16-2005, 04:56 PM
I'd take lots of pictures and sell them to the highest bidder (digitally of course).

4th and Long
07-16-2005, 04:57 PM
I'd take lots of pictures and sell them to the highest bidder (digitally of course).
Unless the aliens ate you.

DJay23
07-16-2005, 05:08 PM
Unless the aliens ate you.
No, I'll bet the aliens don't like the taste of dickheads.

4th and Long
07-16-2005, 05:10 PM
No, I'll bet the aliens don't like the taste of dickheads.
Almost everything tastes better with a little salt and pepper? :shrug:

:p

Count Alex's Wins
07-16-2005, 05:22 PM
Almost everything tastes better with a little salt and pepper? :shrug:

:p

I find this to be true.

Rain Man
07-16-2005, 05:29 PM
I'll bet that pepper is poisonous to the aliens. They probably can't use it.

patteeu
07-16-2005, 07:32 PM
Good point, but it'd probably stay cold if you took it outside, too.

Brilliant! I should change my answer.