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A Darwin award goes to "Mad" Mike Hughes

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  2. ylshih

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    What was the chute that deployed near the beginning of launch?
     
  3. spicedriver

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    Looked similar to the Evil Knievel Snake River Canyon rocket launch:

     
  4. BMW.SauberF1Team

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    Appears to have been the parachute he was going to use to land safely with and should have deployed after he got maximum height. It was over the second it got off the ground. Sad video.
     
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    You knew Icarus?
     
  7. ChipG

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    yea, it had one, it spent all 99 lives about 30 feet up
     
  8. ChipG

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    I'm not 100% sure but I think it was a hefty trash bag(s)
     
  9. andy308

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    Now I guess we will never know if the earth is truly flat! What an idiot.
     
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    He did not really think it was flat, more shaped like a frisbee or discus. Would hate to do the orbital mechanics for satellites on something like that. Earth's oblateness makes it hard enough on a sphere.
     
  11. Nurburgringer

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    As outlandish as "flat earthers" are (and really, how much more outlandish are they than anti-vaxxers, climate change deniers, chemtrail truthers, 9/11-was-an-inside-jobbers, etc?) this guy build a ****ing rocket in his shed, climbed in and blasted off. Twice!
    I'll raise my glass to that. Sad he didn't get high enough and land safely to tell FEers of our "ball shaped" planet. Although like others that feed off of conspiracy theories and willfully ignore overwhelming scientific evidence they probably wouldn't have believed him.

     
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    It would have been a whole lot safer for him to buy a ride on a Mig-29. @70,000' the curvature of the Earth is obvious.

    What no one can "deny", is that climate science has been politicized.
     
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  13. Nurburgringer

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    There are numerous more sensible ways to "prove" the earth is indeed a ball, most of which don't involve leaving it.
    Seems like the act of launching himself skyward in a contraption of his own design and construction was at least as important to him as proving or disproving anything other than he wanted to do it.

    I'm just surprised he didn't try to design his rocket to look more like a space limo ;)

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/939nnz/mad-mike-hughes-was-a-daredevil-first-flat-earther-second?utm_source=digg

    meh, just about anything that involves tons of money is bound to be politicized. Follow the money.
     
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  14. Bob Parks

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    Well, you can talk and talk to some people but they don't listen to you when they are that type. Everybody knows that wax melts in the hot sun but like I said, he
     
  15. spicedriver

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    Nothing wrong with building rockets. Just put a camera on it:

     
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    There were apparently reserve chutes which he failed to deploy, probably because he passed out.

    He may not have discoverd the earth is flat. He did demonstrate gravity exists and that the earth is hard.

    I’ll give him Credit for perseverance and he did build a rocket.
     
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  17. Nurburgringer

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    I got sucked down the youtube rabbit hole a few nights ago watching LDRS videos. Very cool stuff.
     
  18. RWP137

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    There was only one way this was going to end.
     
  19. red27

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    Given that buying a commercial airline ticket to 40000’ or launching a camera equipped rocket to 200k+’ would achieve a higher altitude for less cost and effort than the late Mr. Hughes ever expended on his contraption, one would have to assume that attracting media attention was Indeed of more importance to him than purported scientific discovery, or indeed his personal safety.

    In the end quite as sad and futile as falling off a cliff whilst striving for the ultimate Instagram shot.

    Darwin par excellence.
     

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