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5th Apr '16 10:31:17 AM aurora-australis
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* The TropeMaker: Famously spoken by Herbert Morrison, a WLS Radio announcer witnessing UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg disaster ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F54rqDh2mWA warning, extremely sobering moment]]).
** Also possibly a {{Mondegreen}}: it's entirely possible he ''really'' said "''All'' the humanities, all the passengers."
** And before you start snickering, the recorder was running slow that day, making him sound like a chipmunk. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUVDmXvXcbk&feature=related This is what he actually sounded like.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Fc8kIyMCo&feature=related And this is what he saw.]]
** Morrison and his assistant Charlie Nehlsen were making an experimental audio recording, not a newsreel. It was played on WLS that night and on the NBC Radio Network the following day, but not dubbed onto newsreel footage until some time later. Today, the discs reside in the National Archives.
** Also, Morrison was not fired. In fact he was commended for being a heroic IntrepidReporter. He left WLS for a higher-paying job at WOR in New York the following year.
*** Isn't it weird that a quote from a very terrifying, traumatic event in which dozens died has become a comedic pop-culture RunningGag?
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* The TropeMaker: Famously spoken by Herbert Morrison, a WLS Radio announcer witnessing UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg disaster ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F54rqDh2mWA warning, extremely sobering moment]]).
** Also possibly a {{Mondegreen}}: it's entirely possible he ''really'' said "''All'' the humanities, all the passengers."
** And before you start snickering, the recorder was running slow that day, making him sound like a chipmunk. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUVDmXvXcbk&feature=related This is what he actually sounded like.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Fc8kIyMCo&feature=related And this is what he saw.]]
** Morrison and his assistant Charlie Nehlsen were making an experimental audio recording, not a newsreel. It was played on WLS that night and on the NBC Radio Network the following day, but not dubbed onto newsreel footage until some time later. Today, the discs reside in the National Archives.
** Also, Morrison was not fired. In fact he was commended for being a heroic IntrepidReporter. He left WLS for a higher-paying job at WOR in New York the following year.
*** Isn't it weird that a quote from a very terrifying, traumatic event in which dozens died has become a comedic pop-culture RunningGag?
22nd Feb '16 9:03:06 PM Knight20
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7th Oct '15 7:02:07 AM petersohn
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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' makes a pun on this. In Paris there is a poster featuring Agatha, an airship and the text "eau de humanity".
7th Sep '15 6:35:53 PM nombretomado
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StockPhrase for whenever someone sees something particularly horrible. So horrible, in fact, that you just can't help but shout your horror to the heavens. Originated in 1937, when reporter Herbert Morrison witnessed the ''{{Hindenburg}}'' disaster first-hand. Morrison kept reporting, though he was clearly horrified, and, overcome, exclaimed "Oh! The humanity!" ("Humanity" was apparently a term Morrison frequently used to describe any large group of people; in context, immediately prior to the disaster, he'd used the word to refer to the "mass of humanity" awaiting the blimp's arrival, and was expressing concern that they could be injured rather than appealing to humanity as an abstract concept.)

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StockPhrase for whenever someone sees something particularly horrible. So horrible, in fact, that you just can't help but shout your horror to the heavens. Originated in 1937, when reporter Herbert Morrison witnessed the ''{{Hindenburg}}'' UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg disaster first-hand. Morrison kept reporting, though he was clearly horrified, and, overcome, exclaimed "Oh! The humanity!" ("Humanity" was apparently a term Morrison frequently used to describe any large group of people; in context, immediately prior to the disaster, he'd used the word to refer to the "mass of humanity" awaiting the blimp's arrival, and was expressing concern that they could be injured rather than appealing to humanity as an abstract concept.)



* The narration of the first Martian attack in the famous Orson Welles/Mercury Theater broadcast of ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' was based directly on the {{Hindenburg}} broadcast, including the famous "Oh the humanity". This verisimilitude may have been one reason why some people found it so convincing and panicked. Reportedly the actor listened to the original several times in order to get into character.

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* The narration of the first Martian attack in the famous Orson Welles/Mercury Theater broadcast of ''Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds'' was based directly on the {{Hindenburg}} UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg broadcast, including the famous "Oh the humanity". This verisimilitude may have been one reason why some people found it so convincing and panicked. Reportedly the actor listened to the original several times in order to get into character.



* The TropeMaker: Famously spoken by Herbert Morrison, a WLS Radio announcer witnessing the ''{{Hindenburg}}'' disaster ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F54rqDh2mWA warning, extremely sobering moment]]).

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* The TropeMaker: Famously spoken by Herbert Morrison, a WLS Radio announcer witnessing the ''{{Hindenburg}}'' UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg disaster ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F54rqDh2mWA warning, extremely sobering moment]]).
1st Sep '15 11:24:25 AM ClockClockClock
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' (or possibly its SpinOff IAmWeasel) the Red Guy is playing with toy cars. He has a fuel truck crash into a regular car (complete with explosion and fire) and yells the phrase.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' (or possibly its SpinOff IAmWeasel) the Red Guy is playing with toy cars. He has a fuel truck crash into a regular car (complete with explosion and fire) and yells the phrase.
26th Aug '15 2:43:55 AM ClockClockClock
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* In WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb, "The Fast and the Phineas", as Dr. Doofenshmirtz's blimp hits a broadcasting tower, the announcer only has time to say, "Oh, the hu-" before the feed is cut.
3rd Jul '15 10:50:49 PM nombretomado
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* Directly parodied by the "Who Cares Hindenburg" on ''LateNight with Jimmy Fallon''. After bringing up some useless news stories, usually celebrity gossip, Jimmy Fallon declares that all those stories are going into the "Who Cares Hindenburg". Then we see StockFootage of the Hindenburg exploding while an announcer sarcastically mourns the loss of all those stories, ending with "Oh, the humanity! WHO CARES?!"

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* Directly parodied by the "Who Cares Hindenburg" on ''LateNight ''Series/LateNight with Jimmy Fallon''. After bringing up some useless news stories, usually celebrity gossip, Jimmy Fallon declares that all those stories are going into the "Who Cares Hindenburg". Then we see StockFootage of the Hindenburg exploding while an announcer sarcastically mourns the loss of all those stories, ending with "Oh, the humanity! WHO CARES?!"
9th Jun '15 11:41:11 AM Hellkaiser36
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** In "500 Keys" Chief Wiggum in a low speed blimp chase shouts "Oh the Zumanity!" after crashing into a ''[[Creator/CirqueDuSoleil Zumanity]]'' billboard.

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** In "500 Keys" Chief Wiggum in a low speed blimp chase shouts "Oh the Zumanity!" Zoomanity!" after crashing into a ''[[Creator/CirqueDuSoleil Zumanity]]'' Zoomanity]]'' billboard.
1st Jun '15 6:33:46 AM LongLiveHumour
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* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' used a variation when a scandal was busted by JimmyCarter 's grandson: "Oh, the Habitat for Humanity!"

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* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' used a variation when a scandal was busted by JimmyCarter UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter 's grandson: "Oh, the Habitat for Humanity!"
8th May '15 2:15:33 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''GuiltyParty'' features a manatee named Hugh. At one point, he [[ItMakesSenseInContext rescues the heroes from an exploding zeppelin.]] "OH, HUGH THE MANATEE!"

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* ''GuiltyParty'' ''VideoGame/GuiltyParty'' features a manatee named Hugh. At one point, he [[ItMakesSenseInContext rescues the heroes from an exploding zeppelin.]] "OH, HUGH THE MANATEE!"
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