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Re: In the Mesozoic, no one can hear you scream.
This brings up an interesting plot-point for all time-travel stories.
You and a friend are hiding in the bushes from a prowling T-Rex. So long as
your voices are squeaky enough, you can coordinate your escape plans as much
as you like. Hiding without needing to be silent would certainly be a novel
OTOH, given the T Rex's supposed sense of smell, hiding wouldn't be very
useful in the first place.
"There is no other wisdom,
And no other hope for us
But that we grow wise. -- Diane Duane
From: Jeff Hecht <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: In the Mesozoic, no one can hear you scream.
Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2006 17:23:12 -0500
The statement on T rex hearing is based on the average human scream of
panic is at 3000 hertz, above extrapolated hearing range of T rex. You
hollered in a DEEP LOUD VOICE, T rex might just hear you and decide you
might be tasty.
At 1:58 PM -0800 1/5/06, Phil Bigelow wrote:
>> T. REX WOULD NOT HAVE HEARD HUMAN SCREAMS
>This means that even the booming bloodcurdling screams of baritone-voiced
>actor and comic genius Brad Garrett would go unnoticed by the chomping T.
>(I've always said that if you're going to travel back in time then you
>might as well take along a stand-up comic. A Mr. Microphone(tm) is also
>required for time traveling comics).
>"Am I crazy, Jerry? Am I? Or, I am SO sane that you just blew your
>mind?!" - Kramer
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