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Rain Man
06-09-2009, 09:07 PM
What is it? One of those big nuke subs? Aircraft carriers? The White House? The Declaration of Independence? Archie Bunker's chair? The Hope Diamond? The latest space shuttle? The flag from Fort McHenry? Area 51? Yellowstone National Park? The Interstate Highway System? The Pioneer satellite? What do you think?

One rule: it has to be one thing. It can't be a collection, such as "The stuff in the Smithsonian" or "all the national parks".

DaKCMan AP
06-09-2009, 09:08 PM
I guarantee none of us know it exists.

Fairplay
06-09-2009, 09:08 PM
My first thought without opening the thread was Yellowstone.

Baconeater
06-09-2009, 09:10 PM
I've never been to Yellowstone, but I have a hard time believing it's cooler than Yosemite.

Rain Man
06-09-2009, 09:12 PM
The Grand Canyon is pretty cool. I think it's more cool than Yellowstone or Yosemite.

Baconeater
06-09-2009, 09:13 PM
The Grand Canyon is pretty cool. I think it's more cool than Yellowstone or Yosemite.
Seriously? It's just a big friggin' hole.

MIAdragon
06-09-2009, 09:13 PM
Megan Fox?

Baconeater
06-09-2009, 09:14 PM
This is pretty damn cool.

http://gizmodo.com/assets/resources/2008/04/B2_bomber1.jpg

milkman
06-09-2009, 09:14 PM
Every home in the US.

You may think you own your home, but you are really just renting from the government.

Rain Man
06-09-2009, 09:16 PM
Seriously? It's just a big friggin' hole.


Have you seen it? It's the coolest hole ever.

I bet the secret White House is pretty cool, though. That may be even better.

T-post Tom
06-09-2009, 09:19 PM
http://www.channel4.com/film/media/images/Channel4/film/I/independance_day_xl_03--film-A.jpg

RedNeckRaider
06-09-2009, 09:26 PM
GM?

Buck
06-09-2009, 09:27 PM
Theres no way you can only list one thing.

All that stuff is super cool...

ChiefJustice
06-09-2009, 09:44 PM
http://tbn0.google.com/hosted/images/c?q=959695335ed51dda_landing

Delano
06-09-2009, 09:49 PM
I've never been to Yellowstone, but I have a hard time believing it's cooler than Yosemite.

Believe it.

JOhn
06-09-2009, 09:52 PM
I've never been to Yellowstone, but I have a hard time believing it's cooler than Yosemite.

So many things in Yellowstone/Tetons that you could never hope to see them all in 20+ years.

Way to many unique things here that I literaly discover new things every time I visit, which is 2-3 times a year.

Buehler445
06-09-2009, 10:25 PM
Tough one.

Library of Congress maybe :shrug:

stlchiefs
06-09-2009, 10:26 PM
Tough one.

Library of Congress maybe :shrug:

That's a collection. Cheater!

SBK
06-09-2009, 10:33 PM
I guarantee none of us know it exists.

This thread was over fast.

Jewish Rabbi
06-09-2009, 10:34 PM
I've never been to Yellowstone, but I have a hard time believing it's cooler than Yosemite.

Yosemite fuckin sucks compared to Yellowstone.

Frazod
06-09-2009, 10:35 PM
Believe it.

I've been to both - I'd go back to Yosemite in a heartbeat. With Yellowstone, once is enough. The canyon was beautiful, but seriously, how much boiling stinking mud and steam can you look at before it just.... stinks? Throw in the crowds, the godawful roads, the piss-poor service and outrageous prices you get from the lodges because one company controls everything and has no competition, and all the burned up trees, and I was a more than a bit disappointed.

On the other hand, Yosemite is the most beautiful place I've ever seen.

JOhn
06-09-2009, 10:39 PM
I've been to both - I'd go back to Yosemite in a heartbeat. With Yellowstone, once is enough. The canyon was beautiful, but seriously, how much boiling stinking mud and steam can you look at before it just.... stinks? Throw in the crowds, the godawful roads, the piss-poor service and outrageous prices you get from the lodges because one company controls everything and has no competition, and all the burned up trees, and I was a more than a bit disappointed.

On the other hand, Yosemite is the most beautiful place I've ever seen.

WHen was the last time there Fraz?

The roads are wayyy better now, they are finishing up with the road work.

As for the canyon, falls and geysers, they are but a tiny fraction of what there is to see. Hell there are parts of the park that haven't been seen by human eyes in a hundred years, or even white mans eyes.

But to each their own:thumb:

Frazod
06-09-2009, 10:44 PM
WHen was the last time there Fraz?

The roads are wayyy better now, they are finishing up with the road work.

As for the canyon, falls and geysers, they are but a tiny fraction of what there is to see. Hell there are parts of the park that haven't been seen by human eyes in a hundred years, or even white mans eyes.

But to each their own:thumb:

I haven't been there since '99. We were only there for a few days, and admittedly I'm not exactly a hike-the-backcountry type, but by the time we left I was ready to go.

I'm glad I went - don't get me wrong. I just don't have any desire to go back. If I'm going to hit a place I've already been, it'll be the Black Hills or Yosemite/Tahoe. I vastly prefer both to Yellowstone.

JOhn
06-09-2009, 10:46 PM
I haven't been there since '99. We were only there for a few days, and admittedly I'm not exactly a hike-the-backcountry type, but by the time we left I was ready to go.

I'm glad I went - don't get me wrong. I just don't have any desire to go back. If I'm going to hit a place I've already been, it'll be the Black Hills or Yosemite/Tahoe. I vastly prefer both to Yellowstone.
Weird, as I found Yosemite to be way more crowded. But I understand the Black Hills area, it's my second favorite area

DenverChief
06-09-2009, 10:48 PM
Does "the currency" count? Sure would be cool to have all that money
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Frazod
06-09-2009, 10:49 PM
Weird, as I found Yosemite to be way more crowded. But I understand the Black Hills area, it's my second favorite area

We went to Yosemite in early June, so the crowds weren't bad yet. Granted, I got tired of driving everywhere, but that was mainly because we stayed in Oakhurst. OTOH, we were in Yellowstone the week before Memorial Day weekend, and it was already clogged with people - between the endless RVs and the endless potholes, the driving sucked.

Skip Towne
06-09-2009, 10:56 PM
The original "Wright Flyer". The press was brutal to the Wright brothers with headlines such as " The Wright Brothers, Fliers or Liars". They couldn't find anybody to build them the light weight engine they needed so they built one themselves. An aluminum block engine..........in 1903. Where would we be without powered flight today?

Jewish Rabbi
06-09-2009, 11:16 PM
The original "Wright Flyer". The press was brutal to the Wright brothers with headlines such as " The Wright Brothers, Fliers or Liars". They couldn't find anybody to build them the light weight engine they needed so they built one themselves. An aluminum block engine..........in 1903. Where would we be without powered flight today?

And to think, you were one of the people writing those headlines...

DaneMcCloud
06-09-2009, 11:30 PM
Uh.

Must.

Bite.

Tongue.

:)

chasedude
06-09-2009, 11:48 PM
The Hubble Telescope, definitely the coolest.

http://www.sawse.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/01/1107272007_1559.jpg

KCChiefsMan
06-09-2009, 11:51 PM
our souls

JuicesFlowing
06-10-2009, 01:19 AM
I would love to see the underground city they have.

Jewish Rabbi
06-10-2009, 01:34 AM
Gaz' posting abilities.

Dottefan
06-10-2009, 01:37 AM
Aliens..lol.

Jewish Rabbi
06-10-2009, 01:40 AM
Claythan's ability to get laid.

Dottefan
06-10-2009, 01:52 AM
Claythan's ability to get laid.


Dude he gets layed every night...twice. Once with the left hand, and once with the right hand.

Slainte
06-10-2009, 02:30 AM
Has anyone said, "The gold reserves at Ft Knox"? Cause I THINK THAT'S PRETTY COOL...

http://www.solarnavigator.net/venture_capital/venture_capital_images/usa_america_fort_knox_gold_bars_bricks_bullion.jpg

CrazyPhuD
06-10-2009, 05:41 AM
liquid nitrogen

HonestChieffan
06-10-2009, 06:03 AM
That 30,000 pound non nuke bomb they have at Whiteman.

Bwana
06-10-2009, 07:12 AM
Us?

JOhn
06-10-2009, 08:33 AM
Gaz' posting abilities.

What are you talking about..... Gaz is the Supreme Overlord

Sully
06-10-2009, 08:43 AM
Chuck.

gblowfish
06-10-2009, 08:45 AM
The Smithsonian is pretty cool.

Detoxing
06-10-2009, 08:47 AM
This thread was over fast.

I was thinking the same thing
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Basileus777
06-10-2009, 08:52 AM
Guantanamo Bay.

Frazod
06-10-2009, 08:54 AM
Guantanamo Bay.

I've been there - it's hell even if you're not in a cell.

BigRedChief
06-10-2009, 09:05 AM
Yellowstone would have to be up at the top of the list but its more than 1 thing.

The white house would be more than one thing.

I vote for the alien spacecraft wreckage. But that doesn't "officially" exsist.

Mr. Plow
06-10-2009, 09:13 AM
GM?

That didn't take long.

bevischief
06-10-2009, 09:27 AM
Iraq?

Arsonist
06-10-2009, 09:27 AM
The Grand Canyon is pretty cool. I think it's more cool than Yellowstone or Yosemite.

I have been to all 3 and yellowstone is cool as hell. Yosemite has half-Dome which is cool but yellowstone has a lot more to see. The Grand Canyon is also very interesting and breath taking the first time you see it but my vote goes to yellowstone. :thumb:

crazycoffey
06-10-2009, 10:12 AM
I've been there - it's hell even if you're not in a cell.

Yes it is, 1994-95, I lived in supply bunkers half buried and had rock floors, you?
- have we had this conversation already?

LOL

Braincase
06-10-2009, 10:14 AM
I'm guessing the coolest stuff is the stuff the government denies it has. Alien technology, little gray bodies in frozen lockers underneath Wright-Patterson AFB, the successor to the SR-71 Blackbird, Ark of the Covenant...

Ari Chi3fs
06-10-2009, 10:15 AM
Yosemite is a collection of trees, rocks and animals. CHEATER!!

beach tribe
06-10-2009, 10:21 AM
Have you seen it? It's the coolest hole ever.

I bet the secret White House is pretty cool, though. That may be even better.

Nah. I've seen the coolest hole ever, and it's not in the ground.

beach tribe
06-10-2009, 10:22 AM
Yosemite is a collection of trees, rocks and animals. CHEATER!!

Is that Clayton?

Frazod
06-10-2009, 10:35 AM
Yes it is, 1994-95, I lived in supply bunkers half buried and had rock floors, you?
- have we had this conversation already?

LOL

I was there for two fun-filled weeks during the summer of '84 while my ship was going through an OPPE. Set sail around 6:30 a.m., conduct casualty drills all day long while roasting in tropical heat, pull into port around 7:00 p.m., do it all over the next day. Nowhere to go at night, nowhere to go on the weekends. Hot, barren and vile.

RippedmyFlesh
06-10-2009, 11:16 AM
A few years ago a strip club was behind in taxes and was seized. The goverment actually ran it till they found a new buyer instead of closing it.
So even though it was a short time owning a strip club would be cool.

Baby Lee
06-10-2009, 11:24 AM
National Ignition Facility

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2009/05/gallery_nif

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ignition_Facility

HonestChieffan
06-10-2009, 11:30 AM
I was there for two fun-filled weeks during the summer of '84 while my ship was going through an OPPE. Set sail around 6:30 a.m., conduct casualty drills all day long while roasting in tropical heat, pull into port around 7:00 p.m., do it all over the next day. Nowhere to go at night, nowhere to go on the weekends. Hot, barren and vile.

Sounds like Kansas

wild1
06-10-2009, 11:34 AM
The coolest thing the government owns?

All your money.

lostcause
06-10-2009, 11:38 AM
Alaska

LaChapelle
06-10-2009, 11:40 AM
Hilllary Clinton's ass

Steron
06-10-2009, 11:43 AM
Cheyenne Mountain?

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site36/2006/0728/20060728_021228_nd28norad_color_400.jpg

http://www.air-attack.com/MIL/_INSTAL/norad/war-room.jpg

http://www.broadmoordowns.org/images/stock003_pqjp.jpg

HemiEd
06-10-2009, 11:51 AM
The Nimitz class aircraft carriers, take your pick of any of them. If you have never seen one up close, they are breathtaking due to their enormity.

http://i39.tinypic.com/11io8eq.jpg

Frazod
06-10-2009, 12:17 PM
Sounds like Kansas

LMAO Does Kansas have a ton of iguanas?

Frazod
06-10-2009, 12:19 PM
The Nimitz class aircraft carriers, take your pick of any of them. If you have never seen one up close, they are breathtaking due to their enormity.

http://i39.tinypic.com/11io8eq.jpg

I've been alongside several of them, including the Nimitz herself. My ship was nearly 600 feet long and it was miniscule by comparison.

vailpass
06-10-2009, 12:30 PM
I've been to both - I'd go back to Yosemite in a heartbeat. With Yellowstone, once is enough. The canyon was beautiful, but seriously, how much boiling stinking mud and steam can you look at before it just.... stinks? Throw in the crowds, the godawful roads, the piss-poor service and outrageous prices you get from the lodges because one company controls everything and has no competition, and all the burned up trees, and I was a more than a bit disappointed.

On the other hand, Yosemite is the most beautiful place I've ever seen.

My god what an unpleasant grouch you must be if all you got out of a Yellowstone experience is what you list above. You did Yellowstone and were dissapointed? Un-frigging-believable.

Frazod
06-10-2009, 12:34 PM
My god what an unpleasant grouch you must be if all you got out of a Yellowstone experience is what you list above. You did Yellowstone and were dissapointed? Un-frigging-believable.

Go choke on a bag of dicks, idiot.

Groves
06-10-2009, 12:36 PM
http://moviesmedia.ign.com/movies/image/blade-trinity_snipes.jpg
http://eliciabuzz.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/willie-nelson-1a.jpg

wild1
06-10-2009, 12:37 PM
My god what an unpleasant grouch you must be if all you got out of a Yellowstone experience is what you list above. You did Yellowstone and were dissapointed? Un-frigging-believable.

Not siding with either, here, but I would spend my time in the Tetons instead of Yellowstone. definitely see both though

Frazod
06-10-2009, 12:39 PM
Not siding with either, here, but I would spend my time in the Tetons instead of Yellowstone. definitely see both though

The Tetons were magnificent. The view across Jenny Lake in particular was just breathtaking.

googlegoogle
06-10-2009, 12:40 PM
Probably should include in 'foreign government ownership of USA' category too.

http://richardspring.mpblogs.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/israel_flag.jpg

wild1
06-10-2009, 12:41 PM
The Tetons were magnificent. The view across Jenny Lake in particular was just breathtaking.

Very few places like that on earth. I have a friend who says that until you have been to Glacier NP you haven't seen anything no matter where you have been, I would like to get there someday.

Frazod
06-10-2009, 12:45 PM
Very few places like that on earth. I have a friend who says that until you have been to Glacier NP you haven't seen anything no matter where you have been, I would like to get there someday.

That's how I felt when I looked down on Yosemite Valley from Glacier Point. It just takes your breath away the first time you see it.

Pitt Gorilla
06-10-2009, 12:48 PM
Hubble.

bevischief
06-10-2009, 02:16 PM
Spy satellites.

mikeyis4dcats.
06-10-2009, 02:21 PM
http://artur54.no.sapo.pt/images/sr71.jpg

crazycoffey
06-10-2009, 02:31 PM
I was there for two fun-filled weeks during the summer of '84 while my ship was going through an OPPE. Set sail around 6:30 a.m., conduct casualty drills all day long while roasting in tropical heat, pull into port around 7:00 p.m., do it all over the next day. Nowhere to go at night, nowhere to go on the weekends. Hot, barren and vile.


You got lucky, I spent 9 months there, babysitting 13,000 cuban refugees. Outside all day in the camps, roasting and nothing to do at night but play hearts in our little underground dungeon.
And how about the bannana rats, were you there long enough to see them suckers? They know how to move in combat formations better than the marines stationed there....

Frazod
06-10-2009, 02:35 PM
You got lucky, I spent 9 months there, babysitting 13,000 cuban refugees. Outside all day in the camps, roasting and nothing to do at night but play hearts in our little underground dungeon.
And how about the bannana rats, were you there long enough to see them suckers? They know how to move in combat formations better than the marines stationed there....

Didn't see any giant rats - as far as I know, they never made it onto the ship. I saw plenty of iguanas, though. I wandered around the beach a bit, in all the coral shit that was marked off limits (like I cared), and the damn things were everywhere. At one point, I encountered a couple of dozen of them in a group. Several of them were really big, and they seemed to be looking at me the way I'd look at a sandwich. I didn't stick around there too long. :D

crazycoffey
06-10-2009, 02:39 PM
Didn't see any giant rats - as far as I know, they never made it onto the ship. I saw plenty of iguanas, though. I wandered around the beach a bit, in all the coral shit that was marked off limits (like I cared), and the damn things were everywhere. At one point, I encountered a couple of dozen of them in a group. Several of them were really big, and they seemed to be looking at me the way I'd look at a sandwich. I didn't stick around there too long. :D

Ah yeah, the iguanas, the cuban refugees ate both instead of the humanitarian rations we handed out. LOL
And, an iguana bit my friends thumb, he tried to feed it a piece of bread or something. It didn't stay on more than a minute or two, but he needed several stitches to fix it.

Actually, one fun thing I did in Gitmo bay, PADI certification. Haven't dived since, but it was a blast.

Frazod
06-10-2009, 02:40 PM
Ah yeah, the iguanas, the cuban refugees ate both instead of the humanitarian rations we handed out. LOL
And, an iguana bit my friends thumb, he tried to feed it a piece of bread or something. It didn't stay on more than a minute or two, but he needed several stitches to fix it.

Actually, one fun thing I did in Gitmo bay, PADI certification. Haven't dived since, but it was a blast.

I did get to see the Iowa fire her 16" guns while I was down there. I guess in hindsight, that alone made the visit worthwhile.

tooge
06-10-2009, 02:42 PM
I did get to see the Iowa fire her 16" guns while I was down there. I guess in hindsight, that alone made the visit worthwhile.

So, it was better than Yellowstone then?

Frazod
06-10-2009, 02:44 PM
So, it was better than Yellowstone then?

Yes, and it didn't smell like rotten eggs.

vailpass
06-10-2009, 02:52 PM
Fort Meade.

bevischief
06-10-2009, 06:46 PM
The 50 states.