Oh Die Menschlichkeit!
May 6, 2012 5:54 PM Subscribe
Today marks the 75th anniversary
of the German zeppelin Hindenburg
bursting into flames as it attempted to dock at a US Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, NJ. The Hindenburg was inflated with hydrogen, due to the United States' practical monopoly on helium, and its fabric skin was coated with a mixture of iron oxide and aluminium--both elements have been linked to the rapid fire, but the ratio of responsibility continues to be debated to this day
The explosion of the zeppelin was documented by a film crew, and more famously, by WLS radio reporter Herb Morrison
. Such documentation has allowed for the Hindenburg
disaster to be a well-known event that has been referenced in popular culture over the years, from such disparate means as the famous "Turkeys Away"
episode of WKRP In Cincinnati
...to MeFi's own Spatch
having a fever dream approximately 15 years ago that led to, well, just watch it for yourself
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