History Headscratchers / TwoThousandTwelve

9th Jan '17 4:41:52 AM MeerkatMario
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** I was playing my Gameboy Color just last night. And for that matter, I ''hate'' smart phones.

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** I was playing my Gameboy Game Boy Color just last night. And for that matter, I ''hate'' smart phones.phones.
** The film came out in ''2009''. [=PSPs=] were still at their peak at the time.
26th Nov '16 12:52:42 PM Sharlee
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*** Simple: If they'd shown cows or whatever standing on the platforms, it wouldn't have been as clear that they were saving ''wild'' animals and thus, conserve species, rather than turn them into hamburgers. And giraffes and elephants are among the few animals large and distinctive-looking enough to be recognized instantly as exotic wildlife in those hanging-from-helicopters shots.

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*** Simple: If they'd shown cows or whatever standing on the platforms, it wouldn't have been as clear that they were saving ''wild'' animals and thus, conserve species, conserving species other than our own, rather than planning to turn them into hamburgers. And giraffes and elephants are among the few animals large and distinctive-looking enough to be recognized instantly as exotic wildlife in those hanging-from-helicopters shots.
26th Nov '16 12:51:37 PM Sharlee
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*** Simple: If they'd shown cows or whatever standing on the platforms, it wouldn't have been as clear that they were saving ''wild'' animals and thus, conserve species, rather than turn them into hamburgers. And giraffes and elephants are among the few animals large and distinctive-looking enough to be recognized instantly as exotic wildlife in those hanging-from-helicopters shots.
26th Nov '16 12:45:14 PM Sharlee
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*** The answer is really very simple: in extreme situations, '''people don't always act rationally!'''

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*** Hell, Jackson ''could'' have just asked Charlie ''where the map led'', since Charlie'd clearly looked at it before.
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The answer is really very simple: in extreme situations, '''people don't always act rationally!'''
26th Nov '16 12:35:04 PM Sharlee
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** The last parting shot of L.A. out the plane's window appears to account for it: the areas we see falling into the depths weren't just dropping into nothingness; the whole coastline was ''tipping upwards'' in miles-long chunks, and their elevated edges were crumbling off under their own weight.
26th Nov '16 12:29:39 PM Sharlee
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** Of course, if every nation was left to build its own vessels or refuges, you'd probably wind up with stronger nations invading weaker ones to seize control of ''their'' ships. Getting every major nation in on a common endeavor at least averts the risk of the calamity being made worse by having a bunch of wars kick off in the final months of the countdown to Armageddon.
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''.
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