History Headscratchers / TwoThousandTwelve

3rd Sep '16 4:12:40 AM Sharlee
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* Even if we excuse bringing the elephants and giraffes on the Ark as a token gesture, why was it considered necessary to bring the ''artwork'' on board the ships at all...? Sure, they wouldn't want such treasures destroyed, but there's no need for paintings and statues to be tended to around the clock, like living animals have to be: they don't actually ''need'' to be stored in the same vessels that humans and their food supply will be living on. Why not carve out some impenetrable underground warehouse in a geologically-stable location, seal it thoroughly against moisture and flooding, and leave the art there until the survivors can go back and dig it up again? It's not as if art-theft is going to be a major concern in the aftermath of the disaster, when food and shelter will be far more prized than Michaelangelo's ''David''.

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* Even if we excuse bringing the elephants and giraffes on the Ark as a token gesture, why was it considered necessary to bring the ''artwork'' on board the ships at all...? Sure, they wouldn't want such treasures destroyed, but there's no need for paintings and statues to be tended to around the clock, like living animals have to be: they don't actually ''need'' to be stored in the same vessels that humans and their food supply animals will be living on. Why not carve out some impenetrable underground warehouse in a geologically-stable location, seal it thoroughly against moisture and flooding, and leave the art there until the survivors can go back and dig it up again? It's not as if art-theft is going to be a major concern in the aftermath of the disaster, when food and shelter will be far more prized than Michaelangelo's ''David''.
3rd Sep '16 4:11:54 AM Sharlee
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* why were the Vegas authorities so intent on preventing the Antonov from escaping anyways? and why were there still people in the towers at all?

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* why Why were the Vegas authorities so intent on preventing the Antonov from escaping anyways? and why were there still people in the towers at all?all?
** Sometimes, when peoples' brains freeze up from sheer shock, they default to doing whatever they're used to doing, mechanically. The flight control worker was probably in the same state as a housewife who, informed that her whole family just got killed in a car crash, numbly wanders back into the kitchen and starts preparing dinner for them.
* Even if we excuse bringing the elephants and giraffes on the Ark as a token gesture, why was it considered necessary to bring the ''artwork'' on board the ships at all...? Sure, they wouldn't want such treasures destroyed, but there's no need for paintings and statues to be tended to around the clock, like living animals have to be: they don't actually ''need'' to be stored in the same vessels that humans and their food supply will be living on. Why not carve out some impenetrable underground warehouse in a geologically-stable location, seal it thoroughly against moisture and flooding, and leave the art there until the survivors can go back and dig it up again? It's not as if art-theft is going to be a major concern in the aftermath of the disaster, when food and shelter will be far more prized than Michaelangelo's ''David''.
3rd Sep '16 3:51:18 AM Sharlee
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** Rogue waves, however, deep water. Rogue waves are also considerably taller (though not nearly as wide) as tsunamis. While the cause of rogue waves isn't completely understood, the fact that literally everything else was going to hell in this movie likely meant that rogue waves running rampant.

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** Rogue waves, however, do form in deep water. Rogue waves are also considerably taller (though not nearly as wide) as tsunamis. While the cause of rogue waves isn't completely understood, the fact that literally everything else was going to hell in this movie likely meant that rogue waves running rampant.rampant.
** And you're assuming the seabed is staying put. With all those huge cracks opening up and swallowing whole cities, ''something'' must be welling upward in exchange, because the displaced magma from the mega-sinkholes can't just have vanished. Africa aside, it's likely that the sea floor in places is just as violently unstable as the Yellowstone basin by the film's climax. That's probably where all those continent-flooding super-tsunami came from, in the first place.
3rd Sep '16 3:39:13 AM Sharlee
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** Having the cataclysm strike in December would've made events like the Yellowstone eruption less visually-impressive, because a bunch of bare trees tumbling and snow flashing to steam that obscures the audience's view would've hidden the ground bulging and rupturing. Heck, it would've made it hard to tell the volcanic ash falling everywhere ''was'' ash, not snow. Plus, it's already implausible enough to have a bunch of Californians trudging their way among the Himalayan peaks in street-clothes without freezing to death in ''August''.
13th Apr '16 4:21:44 PM MetalJohn
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* why were the Vegas authorities so intent on preventing the Antonov from escaping anyways? and why were there still people in the towers at all?
10th Feb '16 8:24:37 AM punotron4000
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*** This isn't even touching the fact that populations of animals need a minimum viable population (MVP) to be able to survive in the long run because of genetic diversity or inbreeding. A paper this troper read cites the number for elephants to have >95% chance of surviving is anywhere between 100 and 200.
2nd Jul '15 5:08:11 PM nombretomado
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** Presumably the Mayans either A. made a really lucky guess, B. noticed the effects of the previous upsurge of bosons(?) from the sun and used their knowledge of astronomy and mathematics to predicted the next recurrence, or C. had their perfectly real gods warn them. Of those, Occams Razor points to either A or B being the case. Still, people probably have more on their plate than reviving a dead religion (unless the arks carry a contingent of Mayan priest. Of course, if ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' has taught us anything it's that a charismatic genocidal scientist can convince people to join his cult. So [[@/{{Earnest}} my]] money's on the black science advisor starting said cult.

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** Presumably the Mayans either A. made a really lucky guess, B. noticed the effects of the previous upsurge of bosons(?) from the sun and used their knowledge of astronomy and mathematics to predicted the next recurrence, or C. had their perfectly real gods warn them. Of those, Occams Razor points to either A or B being the case. Still, people probably have more on their plate than reviving a dead religion (unless the arks carry a contingent of Mayan priest. Of course, if ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' Galactica|2003}}'' has taught us anything it's that a charismatic genocidal scientist can convince people to join his cult. So [[@/{{Earnest}} my]] money's on the black science advisor starting said cult.
14th Jun '15 3:35:54 PM BlackbirdMizu
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*** Problem is, the people planning this don't know what kind of ecosystem there is going to be after the disaster. What's more, animals like giraffes and elephants aren't the most important species in their ecosystems. The smart thing to do would've been to take species that are adaptable, and important to the ecosystem and food chains. Preserving a species takes a lot of work and resources that they might not have. What would be the purpose of saving large, charismatic animals like giraffes and elephants? Elephants could at least be used for labor.
14th Sep '14 1:28:21 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* I'm no naval architect, but those Arks dont look like they should float.

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* I'm no naval architect, but those Arks dont don't look like they should float.float.
** They may not look like it, but so long as they have enough air inside to maintain buoyancy they're good. Ship building is a very old craft - humans know what they are doing, and the builders were probably top in the world.
21st Jun '14 6:58:26 AM SeptimusHeap
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