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[up][up]Yes, that's true, and probably what Gilphon was referring to.

I suppose one could imagine a life-form that has appropriate buoyancy to remain roughly at a particular depth though, whether that be in the gas, liquid or "transiting from liquid to solid" regions. Provided it could resist being crushed by the pressure at that depth (unless it was in one of the higher regions).

And the gravity at Saturn's surface is pretty close to Earth's IIRC. Again, not like you could stand on that, though.

edited 18th Jul '13 10:18:41 PM by ashnazg

7902 Gilphon18th Jul 2013 10:22:06 PM from The Third Sound , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
The question of where exactly Saturn's surface is is a non-trivial one to answer, mind you.
"Canada Day is over, and now begins the endless dark of the Canada Night."
7903 Matues19th Jul 2013 02:18:04 AM from eye on the horizon , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
I wonder, what would the primary sense of a gas-giant floater.

7904 FuzzyBoots19th Jul 2013 04:40:06 AM from Pittsburgh, PA , Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
Wanderer (Not Lost)
Quantum Theology of Dogs — Actually just Quantum Mechanics, but I like my title better [lol]

Probably a case of Only Six Faces, but that's the same dog that was growing for Wikipedia donations.
7905 Matues19th Jul 2013 05:29:46 AM from eye on the horizon , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Is that sentence self-referential?
7906 Clarste19th Jul 2013 08:18:47 AM , Relationship Status: Non-Canon
One Winged Egret
Master of Orion 3 had a species of sentient jellyfish-like gas giant aliens. Although now that I type that, "sentient" and "jellyfish-like" seems almost like a contradiction given how jellyfish operate.

edited 19th Jul '13 8:18:58 AM by Clarste

Shadowed Philosopher
Call it "jellyfish-shaped".
Shinigan (Naruto fanfic)
7908 ShadowHog19th Jul 2013 11:33:45 AM from Earth , Relationship Status: Healthy, deeply-felt respect for this here Shotgun
Man, "Time" got dark.

Everything they just walked through will be underwater in a matter of days. It's kinda hard to read Smudgy-Text Lady(?)'s dialog as for why, but it's something to do with a larger sea not far from the one in the intro. Apparently the village the pair came from will be completely wiped out, if it hasn't been already.

(Also, apparently they were kind of ostracized from the people of said Doomed Hometown. Who knows why.)

edited 19th Jul '13 11:34:27 AM by ShadowHog

The alt text changed.
7910 phantom120th Jul 2013 04:33:46 PM from Planet Earth , Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Chibi me
"RUN" that doesn't sound good /Captian Obvious
7911 petersohn20th Jul 2013 11:11:27 PM , Relationship Status: Hiding
This scene is just not complete without some kind of sound effect (a Record Needle Scratch, or more appropriately, the sound of an audio tape rewinding).
7912 Demetrios21st Jul 2013 10:25:19 PM from Mount Prospect, Illinois , Relationship Status: Wishing you were here
He deserves that title.

And I have no idea what noise he's talking about from Dumb and Dumber. I almost sort of remember that movie.

Looking it up... Ah, I remember this.

edited 21st Jul '13 10:33:45 PM by Arha

7914 Demetrios21st Jul 2013 10:33:35 PM from Mount Prospect, Illinois , Relationship Status: Wishing you were here
7915 Nohbody21st Jul 2013 11:12:24 PM from Somewhere in Dixie , Relationship Status: Mu
"In distress", my ass.
While I can imagine that mosquito sound is annoying as hell as a ringtone, what I'd personally really hate is the two-tone screech of the Emergency Broadcast System made into a ringtone.

It's not much of a concern now, but I used to live in northern Illinois, and you bet your ass when that tone sounded I was paying attention. I had no intention of finding out that The Wizard of Oz lied to me about the survivability of being in the middle of a tornado! surprised

edited 21st Jul '13 11:13:12 PM by Nohbody

7916 Demetrios21st Jul 2013 11:17:38 PM from Mount Prospect, Illinois , Relationship Status: Wishing you were here
I remember having a tornado on the first day of summer two years ago.
7917 Brickman22nd Jul 2013 03:55:39 AM from wherever adventure takes me , Relationship Status: My own grandpa
Gentleman Adventurer!
That's funny. For me the emergency broadcast signal is annoying more than useful—though I guess that's more because my phone seems to think the entire state of Ohio counts as "my area" for the purposes of me needing to be informed of every consecutive flash flood or tornado watch/warning. The last time it happened that was twenty alerts in the same night, and exactly one of them was actually for anywhere close to me (from which nothing materialized).
Your funny quote here! (Maybe)
7918 demarquis22nd Jul 2013 09:45:26 AM from Hell, USA , Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
It only ever matters if it wakes you up in the middle of the night during a storm, and then it matters a whole lot.
Humanity is the species that must test every possible wrong idea to destruction before choosing the right ones.
7919 IrishZombie23rd Jul 2013 08:11:28 AM from Texas , Relationship Status: Pining for the fjords
7920 KylerThatch23rd Jul 2013 08:17:54 AM , Relationship Status: Don't hug me; I'm scared
literary masochist
I can just imagine the two people from that last bit deciding to meet up later that day for a bit of coffee. And then they end up going out and stuff.
A cotton heart and a button eye
You are the apple of my eye
7921 Fighteer23rd Jul 2013 09:25:41 AM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
One in ten trillion, eh? I suspect the probability will become a lot higher in the short time after this particular What If? was published.
7922 Tangent12823rd Jul 2013 09:54:14 AM from Virginia , Relationship Status: Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
1-in-ten-trillion is the chance of a specific pair of people simultaneously calling each other; it's only a 1-in-30,000 chance of reaching another bless-you caller if five people do it all day.
Do you highlight everything looking for secret messages?
7923 Fighteer23rd Jul 2013 09:54:49 AM from the Time Vortex , Relationship Status: Dancing with Captain Jack Harkness
But if one percent of people who read this What If? all decide to make such a call... what would the chances of them calling each other at the same time be?
That's a differnt kind of question than the one that was answered

edited 23rd Jul '13 10:04:19 AM by Xopher001

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7925 petersohn23rd Jul 2013 12:53:22 PM , Relationship Status: Hiding
Anyway, by the time you manage to call someone simultaneously while they are calling you, you'll statistically be struck by lightning several times. So don't try it.

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