Monday, March 9, 2009

Superhero Science

U. Minnesota professor of physics and author of The Physics of Superheroes served as a technical advisor on Watchmen:
"When I saw 'Iron Man,' I was one of very few people who got excited about the soldering," he said. "Robert Downey Jr. was using the same soldering tool I have in my lab to build his armor, and he was holding it correctly."

This started a discussion this afternoon with a couple of my classmates about the over-the-top safety-geek things we notice in movies: Bob the Builder's personal protective equipment, surgical masks in 24 where he ought to be using a supplied air respirator.

2 comments:

STFU \& GBTW said...

Mrs. STFU RN's pet peeve? CPR performed incorrectly in movies and on TV.

ccyager said...

My pet peeve: when people are shot and the incredible discrepancy between the way they act and reality. I had a long discussion about this with an ER doctor. He said people who've been shot are conscious and talking when they come into the ER. The only time someone would lose consciousness is from a huge loss of blood which would cause blood pressure to plunge.

My other pet peeve: characters who are good shots who constantly miss, and they target the body rather than the head when they're trying to kill the villain....