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Episode 77 Connection Contest: Probe & Earthquake

By sconway - Posted on 27 April 2009

Can YOU create a connection between Earthquake & Probe?

Post your connections here and you could win a set of custom Spiel dice!

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Guess as many times as you like. And remember, the more left of center your connection, the more likely you'll get our attention. :)

Spiel on!


KenM's picture
One Word: Seismography Not only is it a 12-letter kick-ass word chalk full of points for a round of Probe, but it is a sure fire way of avoiding the catastrophic effects of an Earthquake ... like losing all those sweet points sitting on the table. 
Steerpike's picture

The connection is games conventions.

Earthquake is the BGG user name of Neil Shuck, the "Meeples and Miniatures" podcaster, who I met at Manorcon, a games convention in Leicester UK in 2006.

Right now everyone is PROBEing to see who will be at which convention this season.

(yeah, weak, I know)

J Moody's picture

Not as weak as the one I immediately thought of:

A [medical] probe is exactly what you don't want to be having when there is an earthquake.

grithog's picture

Seems pretty simple: Probes are used to predict earthquakes.

For example, here's an excerpt from an article appearing on

"The discovery of geological electrical signals that precede seismic activity could lead to an advance-warning system for landslides and some types of earthquake. Bernd Zimanowski and colleagues at the University of Würzburg in Germany have developed a probe to detect these jumps in electromotive force that arise when volcanic rock is deformed. Earthquakes and volcanoes are often accompanied by electrical effects that can originate from crystal dislocations, thermally induced currents or pressure-induced polarization of crystals (H Roder et al 2002 Appl. Phys. Lett. 80 334)."

Savant's picture

As mentioned in a prior post, earthquakes can be probed.  However, he forgot to mention a few things.  There is military research ongoing as to whether or not EARTHQUAKE severity can be minimized.  Along a fault line, a hollow PROBE is inserted very deep into the earth, and high pressure water is pumped into the ground.  This is supposed to release some of the shear tension contained within the rocks.  What is little known, and I am risking prosecution here as the following information is classified, is that as the surface rocks are turned back to access the fault line drill holes, printed upon each rock is the point value for that hole.  As much as I would like to post the photographic evidence here, I feel I have already said too much....


teabo's picture

Tragically, this connection is too late. However, it came to me so clearly after hearing the podcast that I felt I had to share (it also ties in to the release of a certain new movie). In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, a massive alien PROBE arrives at Earth. After sending out some indecipherable transmissions it starts causing extreme and deadly weather conditions on Earth, undoubtedly including EARTHQUAKES.



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