I for one welcome our new G-Wiz driving overlords
Even if they can't steer
An unidentified object roughly the size of a G-Wiz car smashed into the Moon last September going at 61,000km/h, causing a devastating, record-breaking explosion clearly visible to the naked eye, astronomers say. Youtube Video The Royal Astronomical Society sets the scene: On 11 September 2013, Prof Jose M Madiedo was …
Sometimes you just have to love the eononomic drivers behind science ...
We've witnessed a number of small impacts but we saw one, "1", ONE, uno evento (is that spanish enough?) involving an object between 0.6 and 1.4m across. The conclusion therefore is that impacts involving objects of about 1m in size happens 10 times as often as we thought ... I would really like to see the statistical error bars on that single item graph ...
Oh no, such a thing may hit the Earth! Doomed doomed! We must try to spot them ... "Gimme gimme gimme that funding baybeee ..."
...is about four sentences of a written report long, including statistical error bars is something best left for the end of the report.
Various special interests use this to their advantage, its a good thing that the scientific community is finally catching on.
We do need to have a El Reg conversion from G-Wiz for our American cousins. I propose a Harley-Davidson Wide Glide(r) [683 lbs] ridden by a pair of joy riding intoxicated Greys [about 100 lbs each].
"We do need to have a El Reg conversion from G-Wiz for our American cousins. I propose a Harley-Davidson Wide Glide(r) [683 lbs] ridden by a pair of joy riding intoxicated Greys [about 100 lbs each]."
How about a conversion for those of us Brits who have never seen a G-Wiz? I mean has one ever been sighted outside London?
"Having crunched the numbers, Madiedo and his colleagues have determined that what he saw was an object massing about 400kg (which the RAS describes as "the mass of a small car"*) crashing into the lunar surface at a tad more than 60,000mph."
I don't know about anyone else, but I am really looking forward to that particular episode of Top Gear. I can't wait to see what their challenge was.
Given how utterly, devestatingly broken the damping is on the G-wizz (I've been in a couple, both exhibited this) I genuienly wouldn't be surprised if this impact was caused by someone hitting a speedbump too fast, the car launched into space of its own accord from poor bound/rebound control, and the moon just happened to be in the way.
Seriously, I've been in 350hp Exiges, 400hp Porsches, and all sorts of fast metal over the years (I am lucky to have some well heeled friends who are only to happy to have passengers on trackdays!), but nothing terrified me more than a G-wizz around Islington. They are abominations against nature and logic.
And I don't mind electric cars (or even quadricycles as city cars) as a concept - it's just that G-wizz's are that bad.