3 February 2003
Well, no wonder
If I were going that fast, I bet I'd break up too.
Note to CNN: NASA has yet to demonstrate anything close to warp 1, let alone 2.6.
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Wow. Twelve billion miles per hour, huh. If I were going that fast, I might get through and grade my last set of 8th grade compositions.
The Fox guy that moring several times reported an altitude of 207 feet. Making the roar heard by many entirely plausible.
Well, I was going to gloat about CNN until I read Chuck's comment. But I'll bet I know who the guy on Fox was that was making that mistake.
CNN also mispelled Mach. Seeing "Moch 18" scroll by almost made me laugh.
Cap'n, I dinna ken she can take it enna more! She's already at warp 9!
As on-air flubs go, this was pretty substantial. And I really got tired of hearing "200,000 feet up," when they could have simply said 39 (or 40, or whatever) miles...doesn't that give viewers a much better scale to gauge the distance?
You have to remember, they are reporters. They can only repeat what they've been told. Even worse is when they mis-repeat what they've been told.
Great catch, Mr. Hill. It's amazing how many errors CNN and, alas, Fox News make on those news tickers. Seems like one-in-five is incorrect, awkwardly worded or amusingly opaque.
Perhaps this is why more people tune into CNN during the breaking news. (for the laughs)
I heard that guy on Fox say that several times too. "Over 207 feet above the earth!" He really seemed to think that was impressive.
I was wondering why the spectators who heard the boom weren't incinerated.
It's a daunting task fact-checking the asses of the reporters (so much material, so little time); trying to keep track of the minimum-wage drones who pound away on the Chyrons to produce the screen crawls and such is beyond even the strongest of us. (Well, maybe Susanna Cornett can pull it off.)
Even better to this native Texan was all the reporters trying to pronounce the town of Nacogdoches. One (on Fox, I think) had it right until someone off camera "corrected" her! Glad it wasn't Waxahachie!!!
God forbid they should find something at, say, Natchitoches, Louisiana. (Which is only three syllables, none of them intuitive.)
Why? It's just French for Nacogdoches, isn't it?
I wonder what the English version would be?
Wow! Travelling at 18.0c! It's times like these when i [almost] wish I hadn't given up TV.
Does anybody know if any announcer said that? Even if they didn't, who the devil are they using for caption-writers? Almost any 12-year-old would have caught that blooper. I suppose they really meant "speed of sound", but even that's no help - the speed of sound depends on the altitude. Go high enough and it slows to zero, except in "Star Wars" movies.
12,500 miles per hour would have been more than adequate.
Wonder if the reporter makes bubbly-roar-zoom-zoom noises when he flies his paper airplanes around the newsroom? Zoom!
And here I was, just today, bitching that we didn't have FTL (faster than light) drives yet. Hmph. I must be way out of the loop. Do we have anti-gravity devices, too?
I have been known to utter "Zoom Zoom" out on the highway, but I drive a Mazda, so it's practically de rigueur.
There will eventually be smaller, more affordable applications for antigrav devices; I think they'll wind up replacing underwire.
I can almost link this to science fiction!
Columbia: Beam me down houston.
(pico, pico seconds before landing)
They wouldnt have had the time to complete saying even that
Adding to the errors, I heard someone on Fox as referring to the Space Shuttle being at an altitude of 200,000 miles.
I thought we had given up on moon shots!
this is all interesting i just found this site will be back to visit that cnn report was a haha
thanks for the laugh of the day
going at 18 times the speed of light is a bunch of crap, they wouldnt have even seen anything and wouldnt have noticed. it was a buch of S**T!!