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(BBC)   Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull turns out to be less unrealistic than previously thought   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
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2017-08-12 09:10:59 AM  
OK, this is freaky, there was a gas house explosion in our area in Wisconsin last Fall, and the guy was also saved by his fridge.    "We credit the refrigerator for his being alive," she said Tuesday. "He had just cooked some lunch and was putting leftovers away and he was leaning into the refrigerator when (the house) blew up."

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2017-08-12 09:45:47 AM  
Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.
 
2017-08-12 09:45:50 AM  
Just make sure that the fridge is lead lined in case Trump was to fire off some ICBMs.
 
2017-08-12 09:51:30 AM  

gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.


The fourth was not with him.
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2017-08-12 09:53:38 AM  
When she locks herself in, gets projectiled a mile away and emerges without having shattered every bone in her body, let me know.
 
2017-08-12 10:04:26 AM  
I hear being in a bathtub is also a good way to survive your house being demolished.
Cleveland Brown- No no no no NO!
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2017-08-12 10:06:24 AM  
Sunderland Gas Explosion would make a good band name.
 
2017-08-12 10:07:36 AM  

Type random string here: I hear being in a bathtub is also a good way to survive your house being demolished.
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Actually, this is the video I was looking for.
Cleveland "No no no no no nooo!"
Youtube OTWZltMeorY
 
2017-08-12 10:21:23 AM  

gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.


No, no, no. . .there was a 4th Indiana Jones film, but there will only ever be 6 Star Wars movies.
 
2017-08-12 10:21:56 AM  

gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.


Only one Highlander.
Only one The Matrix.
Etc.
 
2017-08-12 10:28:41 AM  
I liked it.
 
2017-08-12 10:35:43 AM  
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2017-08-12 10:50:19 AM  
I've worked in a refrigerator factory for 13 years.  I know how they're made.  I used to be tasked with destroying the irreparable ones.  They may look solid and sturdy but they're just a thin sheet of metal (the expensive ones) filled with flimsy foam.  Many of them, if you brace the left bottom and push hard on the top right they'll collapse and fold over.

I'm not surprised it helped a *bit* in a gas explosion.  But I laughed so hard when I saw that Crystal Skull nuke scene.
 
2017-08-12 10:50:31 AM  

Silverstaff: gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.

No, no, no. . .there was a 4th Indiana Jones film, but there will only ever be 6 Star Wars movies.


Do we have one or two more Star Wars movies yet to come then?
 
2017-08-12 10:54:56 AM  
I find it sad the people can't see the refrigerator scene for what it was:  a bit of whimsey that harked back to the 30s serials Indiana Jones was paying homage to.  It was a delightful idea and one of the high points of the movie.  You have to be pretty dead inside not to like the concept.
 
2017-08-12 10:57:02 AM  

MasterPython: Silverstaff: gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.

No, no, no. . .there was a 4th Indiana Jones film, but there will only ever be 6 Star Wars movies.

Do we have one or two more Star Wars movies yet to come then?


Nope.

As far as I'm concerned, Star Wars ended on April 25, 2014.
 
2017-08-12 11:13:18 AM  
Well, it kinda makes sense (being saved from a blast, not radiation). Refrigerators, especially older ones, used pretty heavy insulating materials/liners that will take quite a bit of punishment without compromising what's inside of it.

Another point in indy's favor, however, is from my understanding, lead shielding for radiation itself doesn't need to be super thick to be effective, at least for a short time period, if you factor in the relative size of the blast/yield, prevailing winds, etc.  IIRC, in IJ4, assuming it happened, the blast itself wasn't centered on the mockup town where he was dumped, but rather some distance away with the house leveled by the shockwave. Assuming sufficient distance, plus additional distance due to the blast carrying the fridge off, while I won't say it's realistic, I'll say that under the absolute right set of circumstances, it could be slightly possible that it would work.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
This does not in any way endorse any lead-lined fridge as either an adequate protection against radiation, nor against nuclear blast; do not attempt to survive a nuclear hellstorm by using a fridge as a safety container; your mileage may vary; I am not a lawyer/scientist; Aliens are not real; It was a farking movie get the fark over it.
 
2017-08-12 11:23:59 AM  
 Refrigerators... not always a good thing.
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2017-08-12 11:46:45 AM  
Crystal Skull was not up to the standards of the earlier films. But I never understood the extreme levels of hate it provoked.

Hebrew mysticism, Nazi occultism and face-melting angels of YHWH: awesome!

Ancient Hindu death cults and magical stones that glow with unearthly heat in response to holy prayers: cool

Christian esotericism and immortality bestowed on a 1000 year old knight  by water he imbibed from the Holy Grail: not as awesome as 1 but still pretty good and probably better than 2.

Soviet ESP, extraterrestrials and surviving a nuclear bomb test: ITS AN OUTRAGE!!!
 
2017-08-12 11:47:06 AM  
Not to argue the realism of an Indiana Jones movie, but I doubt we'll see Nazis opening the Ark of the Covenant or a priest yanking a heart out of a human chest anytime soon.
/I liked Crystal Skull
//Haters everywhere
 
2017-08-12 11:52:06 AM  

DubyaHater: Not to argue the realism of an Indiana Jones movie, but I doubt we'll see Nazis opening the Ark of the Covenant or a priest yanking a heart out of a human chest anytime soon.
/I liked Crystal Skull
//Haters everywhere


I thought the fridge scene was quintessential Indy.
 
2017-08-12 12:13:21 PM  

Silverstaff: gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.

No, no, no. . .there was a 4th Indiana Jones film, but there will only ever be 6 Star Wars movies.


Odd because, as far as I can tell, there have only been 5 so far.

/3.5-7
 
2017-08-12 12:16:33 PM  

ChubbyTiger: Silverstaff: gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.

No, no, no. . .there was a 4th Indiana Jones film, but there will only ever be 6 Star Wars movies.

Odd because, as far as I can tell, there have only been 5 so far.

/3.5-7


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. . .and that's all there will ever be.

There was no 3.5, and sure as hell there wasn't any 7.
 
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2017-08-12 12:19:03 PM  
My sister in law heard that explosion about a mile and a half away. Her dog was terrified. Lucky escape.
 
2017-08-12 12:22:51 PM  
Kit Fister:
Another point in indy's favor, however, is from my understanding, lead shielding for radiation itself doesn't need to be super thick to be effective, at least for a short time period, if you factor in the relative size of the blast/yield, prevailing winds, etc.  IIRC, in IJ4, assuming it happened, the blast itself wasn't centered on the mockup town where he was dumped, but rather some distance away with the house leveled by the shockwave. Assuming sufficient distance, plus additional distance due to the blast carrying the fridge off, while I won't say it's realistic, I'll say that under the absolute right set of circumstances, it could be slightly possible that it would work.

I doubt if it would ever work, radiation wouldn't be the biggest problem, the physical effects of being shaken around the fridge would probably kill him.
 
2017-08-12 12:27:20 PM  

Silverstaff: ChubbyTiger: Silverstaff: gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.

No, no, no. . .there was a 4th Indiana Jones film, but there will only ever be 6 Star Wars movies.

Odd because, as far as I can tell, there have only been 5 so far.

/3.5-7

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. . .and that's all there will ever be.

There was no 3.5, and sure as hell there wasn't any 7.


But there was a 1?  [awhellno.jpg]
 
2017-08-12 12:31:55 PM  

ChubbyTiger: Silverstaff: ChubbyTiger: Silverstaff: gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.

No, no, no. . .there was a 4th Indiana Jones film, but there will only ever be 6 Star Wars movies.

Odd because, as far as I can tell, there have only been 5 so far.

/3.5-7

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. . .and that's all there will ever be.

There was no 3.5, and sure as hell there wasn't any 7.

But there was a 1?  [awhellno.jpg]


Of course there was.

The Star Wars films are the story of Anakin Skywalker, the film series wouldn't be complete without his origin story, and was complete with his death.
 
2017-08-12 12:36:27 PM  

EnglishMan: Kit Fister:
Another point in indy's favor, however, is from my understanding, lead shielding for radiation itself doesn't need to be super thick to be effective, at least for a short time period, if you factor in the relative size of the blast/yield, prevailing winds, etc.  IIRC, in IJ4, assuming it happened, the blast itself wasn't centered on the mockup town where he was dumped, but rather some distance away with the house leveled by the shockwave. Assuming sufficient distance, plus additional distance due to the blast carrying the fridge off, while I won't say it's realistic, I'll say that under the absolute right set of circumstances, it could be slightly possible that it would work.

I doubt if it would ever work, radiation wouldn't be the biggest problem, the physical effects of being shaken around the fridge would probably kill him.


IIRC, didn't he stuff a bunch of pillows/couch cushions into the thing? It's been a *long* time.
 
2017-08-12 12:37:10 PM  

Kit Fister: lead shielding for radiation itself doesn't need to be super thick to be effective


What that fridge won't block: all primary products from the nuke blast. High energy x-rays, gamma rays, neutrons. What that fridge will block: thermal flash, light debris / shrapnel, secondary x-rays emitted by low Z elements (like air).

Radiation shielding is somewhat complicated. At high energies, lead does need to be thick; otherwise a layer of heavy metal will actually increase your dose due to secondary effects like x-ray fluorescence. The tradeoff of going into the fridge is slightly increased radiation exposure in exchange for greatly increased protection against thermal/mechanical dangers. And overall, I'd say Indy was better off in the fridge.

The most unrealistic part of that scene was indy's fridge flying through the air at 100+ mph, or whatever it would have taken to overtake the car that's trying to book it out of there. In reality, the fridge would just have tipped over and maybe rolled a few tens of feet.
 
2017-08-12 01:18:40 PM  

Kit Fister: EnglishMan: Kit Fister:
Another point in indy's favor, however, is from my understanding, lead shielding for radiation itself doesn't need to be super thick to be effective, at least for a short time period, if you factor in the relative size of the blast/yield, prevailing winds, etc.  IIRC, in IJ4, assuming it happened, the blast itself wasn't centered on the mockup town where he was dumped, but rather some distance away with the house leveled by the shockwave. Assuming sufficient distance, plus additional distance due to the blast carrying the fridge off, while I won't say it's realistic, I'll say that under the absolute right set of circumstances, it could be slightly possible that it would work.

I doubt if it would ever work, radiation wouldn't be the biggest problem, the physical effects of being shaken around the fridge would probably kill him.

IIRC, didn't he stuff a bunch of pillows/couch cushions into the thing? It's been a *long* time.


No, he saw the fridge only a few seconds before the blast, quickly dumped everything out of it, jumped in and was closing the door just as the bomb went off.

Indiana Jones - And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull ... Indy escapes nuclear blast in a fridge
Youtube Arib8uWMWsM
 
2017-08-12 01:20:01 PM  
I don't want to insinuate that Indiana Jones has unrealistic survival scenes as part of its schtick, but...

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (2/10) Movie CLIP - Raft Jump (1984) HD
Youtube U8x2PcmL4pg


/CS was my least favorite of the movies, but don't get the outright hate
 
2017-08-12 01:20:23 PM  

mattj1984: I've worked in a refrigerator factory for 13 years.  I know how they're made.  I used to be tasked with destroying the irreparable ones.  They may look solid and sturdy but they're just a thin sheet of metal (the expensive ones) filled with flimsy foam.  Many of them, if you brace the left bottom and push hard on the top right they'll collapse and fold over.

I'm not surprised it helped a *bit* in a gas explosion.  But I laughed so hard when I saw that Crystal Skull nuke scene.


I've never worked in a refrigerator factory.  I know a refrigerator will not save you from a nuclear blast.  I do know current appliances are made to certain price points and to maximize profits.  Older appliances were made to last.  I just got rid of an upright freezer that we bought in the early 70s.  That thing was a tank, never failed or needed repair.  Only reason I got rid of it was because it was using about $50 in electricity every month.  I expect the new freezer to last 5-10 years before a problem arises where it will be cheaper to replace it than fix it.
 
2017-08-12 01:27:01 PM  

Silverstaff: gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.

No, no, no. . .there was a 4th Indiana Jones film, but there will only ever be 6 Star Wars movies.


Not six. Three.
 
2017-08-12 02:00:39 PM  

Silverstaff: ChubbyTiger: Silverstaff: ChubbyTiger: Silverstaff: gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.

No, no, no. . .there was a 4th Indiana Jones film, but there will only ever be 6 Star Wars movies.

Odd because, as far as I can tell, there have only been 5 so far.

/3.5-7

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. . .and that's all there will ever be.

There was no 3.5, and sure as hell there wasn't any 7.

But there was a 1?  [awhellno.jpg]

Of course there was.

The Star Wars films are the story of Anakin Skywalker, the film series wouldn't be complete without his origin story, and was complete with his death.


1-3 were unnecessary - we already knew all the relevant information about and motivation of the real films' antagonists from them; I'll allow 3.5 and the sequels since they're introducing new storylines that intersect
 
2017-08-12 02:26:46 PM  

viwhyguy: 1-3 were unnecessary - we already knew all the relevant information about and motivation of the real films' antagonists from them; I'll allow 3.5 and the sequels since they're introducing new storylines that intersect


3.5 and the sequels are unneccesary because we already had decades of stories told about what happened after RotJ, and between the films, the largest single fictional universe ever created, with 200+ novels, almost a thousand comics. . .holding the Guinness World Record for largest novel series tied to a movie or TV show.

. . .then Disney rebooted it with an announcement on April 24, 2014. . .the day the Star Wars I know and loved died.

Yeah, fark that.  That made everything they did after that unnecessary.  At that point, Disney's Star Wars became completely irrelevant to me, it became just a licensed knock-off of Star Wars that doesn't deserve the name.

I don't need their Episode VII to tell me what happened after RotJ, I've been reading novels (sanctioned by Lucas and that were repeatedly declared canonical by Lucasfilm) about what happened after RotJ for over 20 years, and could tell you in great detail everything that happened from literally a few hours after the end of RotJ to around 45 years later. . .and in more vague terms I could tell what happened until around 130 years after RotJ.

So there was no need for more movies, when those stories had already been told, and I found trying to tell everyone to ignore decades of novels to see the supposedly "real" story of what happened afterward to be outright insulting to me. . .so I've never seen any of the Disney Wars movies, and I proudly never will.

. . .and I say this as a 30+ year Star Wars fan with bookcases of novels and comics and games, a lightsaber collection, a full set of Jedi Knight robes, and have probably spent tens of thousands of dollars in my life on Star Wars, but Disney won't get a dime of it because they basically tried to tell me that my decades of fandom were irrelevant because I did more than watch the 6 movies and the Clone Wars TV series (the only SW from before them that they'll acknowledge) and wasn't ready to ignore everything just to embrace their reboot.

There are only 6 episodes. . .and there's about 200+ novels and ~900 comics, and about 100+ reference manuals and a few dozen video games all produced between 1977 and 2014 that are Star Wars. . .and that's it.
 
2017-08-12 02:43:06 PM  

RealityChuck: I find it sad the people can't see the refrigerator scene for what it was:  a bit of whimsey that harked back to the 30s serials Indiana Jones was paying homage to.  It was a delightful idea and one of the high points of the movie.  You have to be pretty dead inside not to like the concept.


If the refrigerator scene is your biggest complaint about realism in Indiana Jones movies, you've got mental issues that would keep a psychology department's grad students busy for a century.
 
2017-08-12 04:39:38 PM  

gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.


While it was an offensively ludicrous scene, among many, I feel compelled to point out that all of the Indiana Jones movies took extreme liberties with reality...  I mean, undisturbed jungle temples with traps, arks with magical powers, holy grails, magical stones and reaching your hands into people to remove beating hearts...  I have a hard time seeing that refrigerator scene as vastly more unrealistic than all that came before (though I still hated it).
 
2017-08-12 10:48:02 PM  

mattj1984: I've worked in a refrigerator factory for 13 years.  I know how they're made.  I used to be tasked with destroying the irreparable ones.  They may look solid and sturdy but they're just a thin sheet of metal (the expensive ones) filled with flimsy foam.  Many of them, if you brace the left bottom and push hard on the top right they'll collapse and fold over.

I'm not surprised it helped a *bit* in a gas explosion.  But I laughed so hard when I saw that Crystal Skull nuke scene.


That metal (and the subsequent metal could in the back) is usually all that's needed to stop what is most likely 99% wood from firing out at the speed of sound and ripping your flesh open. Plus it helps avoid the blast by absorbing the impact instead of throwing you. Most gas problems are behind the fridge anyway because in most houses the gas line weak point is behind the stove (yes, or a fireplace, but fireplaces aren't used that often so any potential leak dissipates anyway).

TL;DR version:  A thin sheet of metal and a layer of very strong foam is usually enough.
 
2017-08-13 01:49:09 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: gunga galunga: Obligatory "there was no fourth Indiana Jones movie" post.

Only one Highlander.


I watched Highlander a few months back, after not having seen it since my teens.

That movie has not aged well.
 
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