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An aircraft operated by NASA in which can briefly experience weightlessness. The space scenes from the film Apollo 13 were shot in the Vomit Comet.

There is nothing particularly special about the Vomit Comit. It is a standard commercial airliner which is completely empty except for padded walls. The pilots fly the plane in an arc and for a few moments the plane is in free fall. This creates the illusion of weightlessness. The plane is used primarily for training astronauts, but also for some scientific experimentation.

In Toronto after all of the bars have closed their doors, Vomit Comets run through the arteries of the city scooping up passengers for a mere $2 fare home. Our subway stops running at some point between 1 and 2 am and transportation after hours is otherwise scarce, unless you want to pay for a cab.

These buses are generally full of people reeking of alcohol, however the atmosphere is usually giddy and passengers tend to be more social with one another unless they are feeling green. If that is the case, they can be seen with their heads hanging out the windows or sprawled out across the back seat of the bus and should not be approached.

This affectionate name for the Blue Night service has become so popular with Torontonians that even the drivers of the routes (Namely the Yonge and Bloor-Danforth buses) use the name to describe it. If a driver asks you to watch your step, you really should.

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