I turned on the TV tonight, and the Guinness World Records: Top 100 show happened to be on. As I turned it on, record #62 came up: fastest flying manmade object. They claim it was the SR-71 Blackbird at 2200mph. I can’t help but think of the X-15, breaking 4,519mph.
Anyhow, that nitpick aside, they tried to give the viewer a general understanding of just how fast Mach 3 is, they said it could go from LA to New York in 1.5 hours. That’s fine, but this was the graphic they used:
It’s so bad I had to get out Diann’s camera and snap a picture. I’m trying to come up with something sufficiently snarky to say about this, but I think the image speaks for itself. At least they got New York approximately right.
Looking back, I do find it ironic that just below the words "Los Angeles" is the little advertisement for NBC’s new show Lipstick Jungle. Special.