What would you call SpaceX Starship’s “rapid unscheduled disassembly?”

SpaceX test-launched the world’s largest rocket, Starship, yesterday. The rocket company defined success ahead of this test as getting off the launchpad, which the rocket did. Four minutes later it . . . well, here’s a snapshot:

SpaceX called it a “rapid unscheduled disassembly.”

Too tempting

I know an invitation when I see one.

Twitter wasn’t satisfied with “rapid unscheduled disassembly.”

Shauna (@goldengateblond) said it “consciously uncoupled.” Frederick Lane (@fsl3) termed it “an accelerated asset depreciation.” Brian Baresch (@editer) coined “Smithereen production.”

My best:

Exponentially enhanced pluralization event.

Spontaneous premium pyrotechnical exhibition.

Aerial unmanufacturing demo.

Public occurrence of synthesis reversal.

Ification. (The opposite of unification.)


Where does Starship spend its vacation? All over Florida!

This rocket is no more! It has ceased to be! It’s expired and gone to meet it’s maker! It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn’t launched it up in the air, it’d be pushing up the daisies! Its chemical processes are now history! It’s off the gantry! It’s kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!! . . . This is an ex-Starship.

Sorry. Your turn . . .

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  1. This just in from SpaceX: “Our successful SpaceX mission ended today when Starship, the world’s largest rocket…
    …achieved an unprecedented state of rapid entropification.”
    …opted for dramatically accelerated oxidation.”
    …chose to celebrate victory with a breathtaking finale.”

  2. Josh

    I seem to remember your mentioning in previous posts that technical folks like to tweak people. Well, I believe SpaceX’s statement is a good example of that. I’m convinced it was written tongue in cheek.

    A friend told me yesterday that he thought the Starship just “F’n blew up.” I think that’s what the SpaceX team would have announced if they thought they could’ve gotten away with it.


  3. You’re all trying too hard . . . how about
    >snap crackle pop
    >fish food
    >Gulf gulp
    >Nasa nasty
    >Houston, we have a bloblem

  4. Humor is hard. Teachers of American would require the rapid be next to the noun it is modifying.