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10 Baby Facts for SPN Fic Authors

[I swear this is not a rant - it ISN’T. Honest.]

It is actually kind of cool to realize that you possess specialty knowledge that may be of use to others. Stuff that you didn’t really KNOW you knew, until, of course, you are reading along in a fic and something the author describes (or the character says) brings your brain to a screeching halt. “That’s not right – it can’t possibly happen that way…” And then you go and do actual research to back up your gut knowledge. This little FAQ is the result of one such realization.

My dad fixed antique and classic cars for a living from 1964 – 1978, owning his own showroom for 3 years near the end of that time. Born in 1966, I grew up playing in old cars, hiding in floorboards and exploring them to my heart’s content. Our family car for several years was a 1966 Thunderbird, but when dad went to car shows, we rode in whatever he wanted to show off. I’ve been in rumble seats, hard top convertibles, cars with windshields that laid down flat, and cars with no roof, doors, or walls of any kind. My 1st car was a fully restored 1966 mustang. Without really realizing it, I soaked up a LOT of inherent understandings about older cars. The information below is based in that knowledge, backed up with some internet research.

The following is true about Baby (the character in SPN, not necessarily the actual cars that play her): 

1) Compared to most modern sedans, Baby is BIG. Like REALLY BIG. She is 17 and ¾ feet long (5.4 meters) and 7 feet 8 inches wide (2.03 meters). Allowing for door thickness on either side and the gaps between doors and bench seat, I’m betting the front seat is a little over 5 feet wide. Given basic geometry and human skeletal limitations, this means it is not possible for the passenger to have their head resting against the passenger door/window AND place their hand on the driver’s thigh. If the passenger is in this position, the driver can,  at best, entwine fingers with the passenger’s outstretched hand. That’s IT (even with Sam’s monkey arms). Sitting up straight, yes. Slumped over, no. On the plus side, this is why the guys can, in fact, get some sleep in her (and have fun in the back seat).

2) Despite how big Baby is, she is kinda short. Baby is only 54 inches high (4’6” or 138 cm). INSIDE the car, she is slightly less than 4 feet tall total. This means that the following actions WILL make you bump your head (or butt or hands or feet) on the ceiling unless you are very very slow and careful: climbing over the back seat, straddling someone’s lap, taking off your pants or t-shirt (unless nearly lying down in the seat), and lunging across the front bench seat to attack someone bodily. And you will look graceless doing it. [Ahem, trust me on these, I KNOW.] Additional negative modifiers for Sam due to height.

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On February 23, 1945 (72 years ago today) a small U.S. flag was first raised atop Mount Suribachi soon after the mountaintop was captured at around 10:20 am. 1st Lt. Harold G. Schrier, executive officer of Easy Company, volunteered to lead a 40-man combat patrol up the mountain. Lt. Col. Johnson, the battalion commander, handed Schrier a flag saying, “If you get to the top put it up.” The patrol carried that 54-by-28-inch flag, which had been taken from the battalion’s transport ship, the USS Missoula, and up to the slopes of the extinct volcano. Lt. Schrier successfully led the combat patrol to the top. The flag was attached to a pipe, and the flagstaff was raised, marking the first time in history the American flag was raised on Japanese soil. The moment was captured by U.S. Marine Corps photographer, SSgt. Lou Lowery.

There was a roar from the Marines and sailors off shore and on the island, and the blasts of the ship horns alerted the Japanese, who up to this point had stayed in their cave bunkers. The Marines and corpsmen on Mt. Suribachi found themselves under fire from Japanese troops, but Schrier’s Marines were able quickly to eliminate the threat.

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Cy Twombly, coronation of Sesostris
From left to right:
-   coronation of Sesostris, panel 4, 2000. / acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas 81-1/8 x 97 inches, (206 x 246.5 cm)
-   coronation of Sesostris, panel 8, 2000. / acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas 81-½ x 97 1/8 inches, (207 x 247 cm)
-   coronation of Sesostris, panel 5, 2000. / acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas 81-1/8 x 61 5/8 inches, (206 x 156.5 cm)
-   coronation of Sesostris, panel 7, 2000. / acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas 79-3/8 x 60 7/8 inches, (201.5 x 154.5 cm)
-   coronation of Sesostris, panel 9, 2000. / acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas 81-5/8 x 61 inches, (205 x 155 cm)
-   coronation of Sesostris, panel 10, 2000. / acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas 80-5/8 x 61 3/8 inches, (207 x 156 cm)
-   coronation of Sesostris, panel 3, 2000. / acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas 81-1/8 x 53 ¾ inches, (206 x 136.5 cm)
-   coronation of Sesostris, panel 2, 2000. / acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas 81-¼ x 54 ¾ inches, (206.5 x 139 cm)
-   coronation of Sesostris, panel 6, 2000. / acrylic, crayon, and pencil on canvas 80-3/16 x 61 ¼ inches, (204 x 155.5 cm)

ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 14, 2012) The guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) fires an MK-45 5 inch/54-caliber lightweight gun during a pre-action aim calibration fire exercise. Bunker Hill is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security operation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Grandin/Released)

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The barrel is an unusually large 7-¾ inches long and the caliber is an impressive 50 caliber percussion. The barrel address reads in one line Deane, Adams & Deane Makers To H-R-H Prince Albert 50, King William St London Bridge. Given the extensive and beautiful work on the revolver, the long barrel, and large caliber one could conclude that this is undoubtedly a presentation to a Maharajah from Prince Albert to be used as a howdah pistol. The entire pistol features gold damascened beautiful and incredibly intricate koftgari decoration in the form of flower blossoms and vines. The cylinder features a repeating geometric patterns and swastikas. The grips are an impressive one piece relief carved ivory in the form of 19 lotus flowers. In the center of each blooming flower is a ruby set by a gold ring. The pistol is complete with an impressive mahogany case with a folding brass handle. Within the case is the most impressive compliment of accessories this writer has ever seen. Included are two boxes one larger than the other and lined with gold, a powder flask, nipple wrench, two screw drivers, oiler and cleaning rod. All of the accessories are outstanding carved ivory in the same likeness and pattern as the lotus flowers on the grip of the revolver. Accompanying this pistol is a copy of the Man at Arms Volume 26, number 4, 2004 which features this very pistol on the cover and described on page 54.
BBL: 7-¾ inch octagon
Stock:
Gauge: 50
Finish: damascened
Grips: ivory
Serial Number: 1506

thecrownedrose  asked:

I'm watching a historical documentary on Henry VIII & there's a part where they mentioned how he went up to 400 pounds & his armor breastplate went up to a 54 inch waist. And all I thought of was Robert Baratheon telling Lance Lannister to fetch the 'breastplate stretcher' 😂😂😂

OH MY GOD. PLEASE. YES.

While the Giant Grasshopper (”Whopper Hopper”) is an obvious hoax when we look at it now, it was quite the talk of the town in the 1930s Great Plains. The Giant Grasshopper was often the subject of postcards such as the one above which shows 3 men wrestling the Hopper to the ground. The postcard measures the monster insect in at 54 inches long and 73 pounds. The insect in this photo appears to be made from wood. 

ARABIAN SEA (Feb. 14, 2012) The guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) fires two MK-45 5 inch/54-caliber lightweight guns simultaneously during a pre-action aim calibration fire exercise. Bunker Hill is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and theater security operation efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class John Grandin/Released)

anonymous asked:

170 cm ÷ 2.54 = x inches, x = 67 inches, or 5 feet 7 inches. (technically its like 66.92..... inches but still)

Thanks for the math, I’m too gay to be able to do so.

Guess what everybody. I’m 5′7 :D!