Take it from Snee: No, Tumblr, American accents aren’t old British accents

tumblr-accentThere are many sub-categories and somewhat self-enclosed communities on the Internet. Each has their own particular set of users. Redditors seem to trade memes back and forth; 4chaners are best left to their own devices; and Twitter … ers? Twitters? Twits? Are mostly frustrated comedians stealing each others’ jokes and waiting for celebrities and businesses to screw up in real time. And then there’s Tumblr.

Tumblr is a bizzare niche. It’s like blogging, only everyone’s blogs look like they were designed on Blogger 10 years ago. For the most part, it’s used to promote artsy pornography and document every instance of sexism or racism in history. But, every so often, Tumblr-ers try their hand at actual fields of study. It goes about as well as you’d expect: a lot of misinformation spread quickly because “somebody got told.”

Case in point: the difference between English and American accents in the image above. It’s complete hogwash, of course, but that didn’t stop it from spreading to other communities over time (which is how I found it).  Continue reading Take it from Snee: No, Tumblr, American accents aren’t old British accents

In space, no one can hear you enunciate

♪ What would you do-oo-oo ... frrr(uh) Klondike Bar? ♫
♪ What would you do-oo-oo … frrr(uh) Klondike Bar? ♫

Neil Armstrong only had one line — one line! — when he exited the Apollo 11 lunar lander on July 20, 1969, and according to the recorded record, NASA should have given it to his first understudy, Buzz Aldrin. (Michael Collins had to sit quietly off-camera, pressing buttons as second understudy and head techie.)

As he stepped onto the moon, he was supposed to say, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” However, all everyone heard is “One small step for man,” a flub that destroyed the script writer’s vision of contrasting the actions of a single person with that of the human collective.

That screenwriter, Gary Mitchell, later hanged himself in the background of the sound stage where they filmed it.

But, now that Armstrong is gone, linguists are finally ready to give him the benefit of the doubt and admit that maybe he didn’t botch his big moon-landing line. They now think that Armstrong merely slurred his speech, blending the “for a” in the way that people from Ohio are wont to do, growling it out as “frrr(uh) man.”

The Guys, however, are ready to believe that Neil Armstrong was just drunk. Did you see his moonwalk?