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PostPosted: December 9, 2004 03:12 AM 

Exclamation used when witnessing or being part of a horendous disaster where death is most certain.

José Ignacio Silva
Hipster Dufus

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PostPosted: December 21, 2004 08:40 PM 

I believe that expression was used when the Zeppelin fell down, and everything was on fire

José Ignacio Silva
Hipster Dufus

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PostPosted: December 23, 2004 07:42 PM 

ON MAY 6, 1937, the German airship Hindenburg burst into flames 200 feet over its intended landing spot at New Jersey's Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Thirty-five people on board the flight were killed (13 passengers and 22 crewmen), along with one crewman on the ground.
The giant flying vessel measured 803.8 feet in length and weighed approximately 242 tons. Its mostly metal frame was filled with hydrogen. It came complete with numerous sleeping quarters, a library, dining room, and a magnificent lounge, but still managed a top speed of just over 80 miles per hour.
The zeppelin had just crossed the Atlantic Ocean after taking off from Frankfurt, Germany 2½ days prior on its first transatlantic voyage of the season. Thirty-six passengers and a crew of 61 were on board.
As it reached its final destination in New Jersey, it hovered over its landing spot and was beginning to be pulled down to the ground by landing lines by over 200 crewmen when disaster struck. A small burst of flame started just forward of the upper fin, then blossomed into an inferno that quickly engulfed the Hindenburg's tail.
Many jumped from the burning craft, landed on the soft sand of the naval base below, and lived to tell about it; others weren't so lucky. Herb Morrison, a reporter for WLS Radio in Chicago, happened to be covering the event and cried out the now famous words, "Oh, the Humanity!" The majestic ship turned into ball of flames on the ground in only 34 seconds.

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: February 10, 2005 01:23 PM 

no, herb morrison was later found guilty of shooting down the hindenburg u idiot

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: July 2, 2005 06:03 AM 

Newman used it as well when the "Mail Truck" (used to carry refundable bottles) caught fire

J. Chiles
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PostPosted: October 18, 2005 01:26 PM 

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