Russians. Is this science enough? Got from a science fun-facts excerpt (not found on the webs). My dad showed it to me and I thought it was pretty funny, so cop russia science pen Space usa america i Hate adding tags
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Russians. Is this science enough? Got from a science fun-facts excerpt (not found on the webs). My dad showed it to me and I thought it was pretty funny, so cop

Is this science enough?
Got from a science fun-facts excerpt (not found on the webs). My dad showed it to me and I thought it was pretty funny, so copied/typed it and uploaded for y'all.

No I did not get this from reddit, 9gag, facebook, or some other website!!!! If you saw it on there in the past and you think this is some kind of repost then whatever!

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#9 - nahingerii
Reply +197
(09/06/2012) [-]
Not true at all, the pencil could shatter and get into the equipment. Doesnt anyone listen to Stephen Fry?!
#16 to #9 - Rockaman
Reply -93
(09/06/2012) [-]
No, cos he gets things wrong all the time.
#17 to #16 - nahingerii
Reply +56
(09/06/2012) [-]
Lad Bible rule 204# Stephen Fry is always right
#82 to #17 - thisisyourmission
Reply -27
(09/06/2012) [-]
Lad bible stole that from Scroobius pip's lyric in Thou shalt always kill
#83 to #82 - nahingerii
Reply +5
(09/06/2012) [-]
Im pretty sure its not trademarked, hes a smart guy, its good to listen to him
#84 to #83 - thisisyourmission
Reply -12
(09/06/2012) [-]
i never said it was trademarked or anything, i'm just saying it's not originally from lad bible
#86 to #84 - nahingerii
Reply +2
(09/06/2012) [-]
The word "stole" alludes to you saying that it was their property
#91 to #86 - thisisyourmission
Reply -9
(09/06/2012) [-]
it is Scroobius Pip's mental property, but there's no way i'm getting into a debate about ownership of thoughts and ideas, especially on funnyjunk
#195 to #91 - spacedock
Reply +2
(09/06/2012) [-]
Scroobius pip, despite being a ******* legend, does not own the right to frases, I could easaly quote him and there's nothing he could do, words belong to no one
#227 to #195 - HARDSTYLESHUFFLER
Reply +2
(09/06/2012) [-]
Finally, I found people who like Scroobius Pip and actually know who he is!
#233 to #227 - spacedock
Reply 0
(09/06/2012) [-]
I have only met one person in real life (bar my brother who introduced him to me) who likes scroobius pip, and to top it off it was someone I don't hate, I was so happy about it
#238 to #233 - HARDSTYLESHUFFLER
Reply +1
(09/06/2012) [-]
Whenever I tell someone his name they just stare at me. That, and most people I recommend him to don't really care about the meaning behind his songs, let alone his actual songs. lol
#242 to #238 - spacedock
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(09/06/2012) [-]
I had one person brush him off because of his name, He ignored me when I tried to explain about the poem it's based off and the meaning behind it, I don't even like rap as a whole, but he is just brilliant
#18 to #17 - Rockaman
Reply -36
(09/06/2012) [-]
Lad Bible? A real man doesn't need a book to tell him what to do.

And no, he's not always right.
#27 to #18 - MurphyUK
Reply +13
(09/06/2012) [-]
Obviously real men are retards then if they do not read books.
#43 to #16 - wacemindu
Reply +2
(09/06/2012) [-]
Just like you then.
#347 to #16 - technosauce **User deleted account**
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(09/06/2012) [-]
#290 to #9 - Creant
Reply +16
(09/06/2012) [-]
How fragile can something be it gets damaged by a pencil. Its zero gravity, it's not like the pencil bits are rocketing around, stabbing through things or knocking stuff over. How fragile was this equipment, was it made by apple?
#472 to #290 - redJericho
Reply +3
(09/06/2012) [-]
Pretty damn fragile. Not to mention graphite attracts an electrical charge, which could cause insane problems.

You can't risk even the smallest thing in space because there is no way to get back anybody who is stuck.
#530 to #290 - ilovehitler
Reply +1
(09/07/2012) [-]
Space equipment can be pretty damn fragile, and any slight changes can have big effects.
#469 to #290 - seniorpokeman
Reply +1
(09/06/2012) [-]
There are lots of vents. It's not like there's a high chance of it doing any real damage, but how would you like to find out that the tube that carries oxygen to the ship you're on was clogged with pencil shavings and eraser bits?
#60 to #9 - gunzas
Reply +169
(09/06/2012) [-]
One does not simply use Russian Tech and Safety in the same sentence.
#518 to #60 - anon
Reply 0
(09/07/2012) [-]
I hope you all realize that this "science fact" is complete BS.

1) NASA didnt spend a single penny on developing the space pen. Paul Fisher developed his own company and invented the first space pen. He then sold the pen to BOTH NASA and Russia.

2) Pencils are highly dangerous in space. With no gravity, the small filaments, which are produced when the pencil writes on paper, could float and get into the expensive equipment

the more you know.jpg
#29 - oikake
Reply +73
(09/06/2012) [-]
FALSE!

"There is an old and oft-repeated rumour that because standard pens don't work in zero-gravity, Nasa spent millions devising a space pen, while the Russians used pencils.

But this has been debunked, not least because - strange to say - pencils pose dangers in space, from broken-off tips floating about and graphite and wood being flammable in a pure oxygen atmosphere. And it was not Nasa which developed the space pen, but inventor Paul Fisher, and it was adopted by both sides in the space race by 1968."

Source; http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/6173154.stm
#139 to #29 - srskate
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(09/06/2012) [-]
i dont think they use pure oxygen environments anymore, because, ya know

fire that killed everyone
#376 to #29 - svampi
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(09/06/2012) [-]
So you're telling me.. people thought this was true?
#30 to #29 - drzix
Reply +5
(09/06/2012) [-]
I think i love you.
#33 to #29 - schnofi
Reply +48
(09/06/2012) [-]
u just a butthurt amurrican
#34 to #33 - oikake
Reply +9
(09/06/2012) [-]
wait, since when did I become 'merican?
#535 to #34 - ilovehitler
Reply +4
(09/07/2012) [-]
Yesterday.
#5 - rocknrolltakeover
Reply -44
(09/06/2012) [-]
So while America spent time to advance the technology the Russians were far behind. Sounds about right. No wonder why we got to the moon before them
#19 to #5 - ningyoaijin ONLINE
Reply 0
(09/06/2012) [-]
Don't be such a supremacist dickwad. What's the point in spending a ********* on advancing technology, when that technology is utterly useless?
#8 to #5 - oxan
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(09/06/2012) [-]
#10 to #8 - ballerfifteen
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(09/06/2012) [-]
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#11 to #10 - oxan
Reply +3
(09/06/2012) [-]
**** yeah, CCCP.

Now everyone will think I'm a commie.
#31 to #11 - TheSoviet
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(09/06/2012) [-]
#32 to #11 - crabberson
Reply 0
(09/06/2012) [-]
Commie
#12 to #8 - ancano
Reply +1
(09/06/2012) [-]
aaaaaaaaand this right here is why i hate nationalism. why the **** didn't we work together? because we are all idiots.
#20 to #12 - jasonvgrace
Reply +2
(09/06/2012) [-]
YEAH!, What we need to do is unite the world under one flag...finally someone who understands me!
#22 to #20 - ningyoaijin ONLINE
Reply 0
(09/06/2012) [-]
I'm pretty sure that's utterly impossible. You'd have to steamroll over every country at the same time with uberweapons and ****.
#24 to #22 - jasonvgrace
Reply 0
(09/06/2012) [-]
Well I can try, anne frankley that's all that matters
#13 to #12 - oxan
Reply +1
(09/06/2012) [-]
It wasn't so much nationalism, so much as capitalism v. communism. If it hadn't been for Stalin, I would have supported the Soviet Union entirely. Lenin truly cared for the people, Stalin didn't.
#14 to #8 - PieceOfMind
Reply -15
(09/06/2012) [-]
First superpower nation to collapse.
#15 to #14 - oxan
Reply +7
(09/06/2012) [-]
Because of capitalist reforms. **** ******. The USSR was doomed since Stalin took power - even after Lenin warned against it. Stalin didn't care about the people, just like capitalists don't.

Also, another partial reason for its collapse was the War in Afghanistan, in which you funded the insurgents... the insurgents you're fighting now... in the war that has destroyed your economy.
#48 to #15 - anon
Reply 0
(09/06/2012) [-]
Dude, russia and china are more capitalist than america is these days, so **** off
#605 to #48 - oxan
Reply 0
(09/07/2012) [-]
>These days

These days aren't when the USSR fell, ********.
#166 - barehype
Reply +45
(09/06/2012) [-]
Actually NASA originally used mechanical pencils, but they realised that they were impractical, the lead often broke off and microbits of the lead could drift into equipment and damage it. Paul Fischer of the Fischer Price company invested ~1 million dollars and created the AG-7 Space Pen. Paul Fischer presented this pen to NASA. Initially NASA was hesitant, but after extensive testing decided to use it on space flights.

I mean for ***** sake 12 billion dollars are you mad?
#181 to #166 - duhqueenmoki [OP]
Reply -2
(09/06/2012) [-]
comment #159
#171 to #166 - anon
Reply 0
(09/06/2012) [-]
Little led pieced damaging billion dollar equipment LOL,r u a retard XD ?
#173 to #171 - enesefw
Reply +4
(09/06/2012) [-]
billion dollar equipment is really the only equipment that little bits of led can damage.
#193 to #166 - lefish
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(09/06/2012) [-]
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#394 - lefish
Reply +34
(09/06/2012) [-]
It wasn't 12 billion. The curiosity mission cost less than 3 billion. The pen might have cost 12 Million, but even so, it was totally worth it, because graphite (from a pencil) can break off in tiny little flakes and get into the various electronic equipment and **** up everything. That's why the Russians bought our awesome space pen. Facts ************.
#416 to #394 - selfdenyingbeggar
Reply -5
(09/06/2012) [-]
this *****. graphite wouldn't **** them up that bad. And they bought it for much less i'm sure. Also, concerning your pic, you don't really think the US is still "land of the free" right?
#541 to #416 - ilovehitler
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(09/07/2012) [-]
Graphite could **** them up extremely badly. As an example of the sensitivity of space equipment, the hubble, when first launched, had a mirror that was off by the width of a hair. This tiny tiny width caused it to be just as bad as the ones on earth.

Maybe they bought a whole ******* lot of pens. Because pens and ****.

That joke is often used as a joke. Also, the US is more free then a lot of countries.
#547 to #541 - selfdenyingbeggar
Reply 0
(09/07/2012) [-]
not anymore. you might be right about the pencil
#550 to #547 - ilovehitler
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(09/07/2012) [-]
I didn't say there aren't a ton of other countries that have just as much freedom, but these countries still have more freedoms than some. And like I said, that picture is often used as a joke.
#557 to #550 - selfdenyingbeggar
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(09/07/2012) [-]
Your country can know detain and spy without warrant and can kill or torture it's own citizens without even having a trial. Both your presidential candidates are... not sure if this is the word "sponsored" by the same corporations and it's been made illegal to grow your own food. You've gone down in the freedom list, dude
#611 to #557 - lefish
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(09/07/2012) [-]
I am well aware that many places have much more freedom than the US. The US does severely ****** and/or idiotic things all the time, both to its own citizens and to other countries. I hate that Obama decided to **** due process. The US isn't the most free place, but it's a ******* better than most of Africa or South America, where warlords or drug lords are as powerful as the legitimate governments. It's also a much nicer place to live than India, China, or Russia, because of the level of infrastructural development and indeed, the freedom. (freedom more than China, not so much India)
#543 to #541 - ilovehitler
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(09/07/2012) [-]
*that picture is often used as a joke
#418 to #394 - conagheraxe
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(09/06/2012) [-]
#284 - kamilrulez
Reply +26
(09/06/2012) [-]
Its because graphite dust can mess up the electronics and also kill the astronauts if they accidentaly breath it in.

Also, the number was closer to $12,000, all they did is put pressure in a standard pen.
#360 to #284 - smokingman
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(09/06/2012) [-]
Graphite isn't deadly if you breathe it. I draw with pencils every single day, i think i have quite a lot of it inside my lungs: i should be dead, by your reasoning.
It doesn't mess up electronics (not dirtectly, at least): graphite is highly inflamable, and if it gets stuck inside air filters, it can start a fire.
Also, russians used very soft erasers (i'm italian, i do not know how they are called in anglo-saxon countries), to avoid producing shavings.
#432 to #360 - barehype
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(09/06/2012) [-]
What your forgetting is that you don't use pencils in Zero G, with no gravity you can easily inhale graphite powder that has collected on the paper just by breathing in
#467 to #432 - smokingman
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(09/06/2012) [-]
Graphite is not deadly if you breathe it: it's only carbon. It piles up in your lungs, but it isn't toxic, and your lungs are already full of dust (and so on).
The problem, as I said, are the air filters.
Graphite also conducts electricity, thus it can cause electronic problems (but only if the circuits are not well insulated, and they usually are, that's why i said "not directly").
#522 to #467 - meganinja
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(09/07/2012) [-]
it doesn't matter that it isn't toxic, if it got into the lungs it would likely irritate the tissue, which although non deadly, would be very uncomfertable.
#553 to #522 - smokingman
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(09/07/2012) [-]
As i already said, we inhale lots of dust and smoke (and so on) every day, and it does not bother us much (sure, it doesn't help).
Graphite does not irritate lung tissues more than any pther type of dust.
The air astronauts breathe is much, much cleaner than the air we do.
But you are missing the point.
Grafite powder does not stay suspended in the atmosphere of the space station.
The air gets filtered continuosly, at a very high pace, so every particle suspended in the air gets caught by the filters (where it can go on fire). Also, it adheres to surfaces (big problem for exposed electronics).
Tl;dr: graphite isn't particullarly irritating, and it does not stay suspended in the "armosphere" of the space station for enough time to be inhaled in large quantities.
#299 to #284 - alfjnn
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(09/06/2012) [-]
Is graphite really that deadly?
#327 to #299 - Sockopolis
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(09/06/2012) [-]
Its more about the stuff ruining the complicated electronics that are vital to the mission.
#344 to #327 - alfjnn
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(09/06/2012) [-]
Ahh. Well yeah, any fine powder such as that getting into a circuit board is generally bad.
Just look at how some people treat their computers.
#339 to #299 - anon
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(09/06/2012) [-]
Breathing it in like he says? Not really (unless you're doing nothing but grind up the stuff?)

When if short circuits electronics when you're in ******* outer space? Yes.
#298 to #284 - datdonkey
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(09/06/2012) [-]
Good point, wouldn't the eraser shavings just go everywhere too?
#304 to #298 - kamilrulez
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(09/06/2012) [-]
Ah, yes. That is the one thing i forgot.

Imagine that rubber **** building up in your lungs.
#307 to #304 - mutants
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(09/06/2012) [-]
Well who says they have to use the eraser?
#244 - bustingyourchops
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(09/06/2012) [-]
Its because NASA didn't want graphite from the pencils breaking off (or graphite dust) floating around the space ship. It could get into the electronics and screw everything up.
#132 - moorbs
Reply +24
(09/06/2012) [-]
It didn't happen.
Read this.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Pen
#146 to #132 - atoaster
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(09/06/2012) [-]
A common urban legend states that, faced with the fact that ball-point pens will not write in zero-gravity, NASA spent a large amount of money to develop a pen that would write in the conditions experienced during spaceflight (the result purportedly being the Fisher Space Pen), while the Soviet Union took the simpler (and cheaper) route of just using pencils. -Quote WIki
#1 - karnovski
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(09/06/2012) [-]
MFW i'm russian and still can't get why they did this
#3 to #1 - killyojoy
Reply +14
(09/06/2012) [-]
Anonymous explains this in comment #2    
"They didn't actually use a pencil. The graphite writing upon the paper could have potentially caused graphite flakes to enter the inner working of the computers, clogging, and eventually causing them to malfunction."    
   
Also I heard that it was not nasa who invented the pen but another company who wanted to sell them to nasa.
Anonymous explains this in comment #2
"They didn't actually use a pencil. The graphite writing upon the paper could have potentially caused graphite flakes to enter the inner working of the computers, clogging, and eventually causing them to malfunction."

Also I heard that it was not nasa who invented the pen but another company who wanted to sell them to nasa.
#138 to #3 - srskate
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(09/06/2012) [-]
you are double correct
#135 - negr
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(09/06/2012) [-]
This was a joke that Ronald Reagan made. I do not understand why so many people believe this ****