April 26th, 2007

Apollo 4 on column of fire

A pretty coarse test, but fun (very slightly)

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What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Northeastern.
You're probably from somewhere near New York City, possibly north Jersey, or Connecticut or Rhode Island. If you are from New York City you may be one of the types who people never believe when you say you're from New York.

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We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?





Maybe I should try to see if I can make it answer ‘Minnehoovian’.

Apparently I can’t:

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What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Western. Like Midland, Western is another accent that people consider neutral. So, you might not actually be from the Western half of the country, but you definitely sound like it.

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We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?



Apollo 4 on column of fire

The Hindenburg disaster

Thanks to PBS, someone tell mister_kat that his and my theory of the Hindenburg fire is close to the truth: it looks as if the landing ropes were part of the cause of the fire. Apparently (a) the skin was doped with a material similar to the Space Shuttle’s solid propellant, and (b) it was not properly attached to the frame electrically. What was supposed to happen is the ropes would drain off the airship’s electric charge, but parts of the skin stayed charged, and mister_kat can figure out the rest. :)

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot to mention. Many, many, many years ago mister_kat and I watched film of the disaster and decided, based on the sequence of events, that likely the ropes were involved in some electrical event that ignited the fire.