Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Aurora skywriting

Induce aurorae to wow the consumers
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Set up a business which launches a satellite complete with a particle accelerator. Position satellite according to clients' wishes, for example over the opening ceremony of a World Cup or Olympics. At the climax of the show, start up the accelerator, mimicking a particularly strong blast of solar wind. This interacts with the upper atmosphere, creating aurorae. With enough practice and accumulated knowledge of atmospheric physics, the wisps of light could form words, such as "Welcome Olympians!" or "Drink Stella Artois". Or both.
Nadir, Jul 03 2001

(?) High-frequency Active Auroral Research Project http://www.bltn.com/epona/HAARP.htm
Wouldn't necessarily need satellites. [rmutt, Jul 03 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       That's a really nice link, rmutt. I've heard a lot of bollocks about HAARP from the UFO/conspiracy nuts, so this is good info.
Dog Ed, Jul 05 2001

       I hadn't seen this before. Can't believe that Meier: "Even though the HAARP tests are still at a low level, the program is already triggering floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and stormy weather conditions". Does he really believe that? How? Bet he thinks NASA edits shuttle pix of UFOs too. Oh yeah, and the Moon landings were faked. Worrying.
Nadir, Jul 06 2001

       "Olympians welcome Stella Artois drink"
hippo, Jul 06 2001

       "Stellar Olympians drink Artois welcome"
lewisgirl, Jul 06 2001

       take off every *hic*...
RobertKidney, Jul 08 2001

       Aurora scribblealis.   

       I have to admit, I'm disappointed... I thought this idea was going to be something to do with the (top secret doesn't officially exist who told you about it I bet you saw it on the X-Files) "Aurora" spy plane, being used to tow messages in the sky, such as "Anne-Marie will you marry me?".   

       Oh well   

       </stupid comment>
kmlabs, Dec 22 2004

       I had exactly the same thought [kmlabs].
DocBrown, Dec 22 2004

       Great minds, [Doc]. Oh, and please: call me km. =)
kmlabs, Dec 22 2004


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