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Ranchoth
05-03-2006, 09:16 PM
Inspired by a certain classic cold war movie...

Say I'm talking on the phone with someone on the other side of the state. (We both have, oddly enough, corded phones.) Suddenly, an A-Bomb goes off near the other guy's house. Not close enough to vaporize my friend instantly, but enough to fairly quickly incinerate him before the shockwave hits.

Now, my question is...what, if anything, do I hear on my end? A high-pitched squeal as the other guy's phone melts? Would the line just go dead? Would EMP just make the whole question moot?

Snakes on a Plane
05-03-2006, 09:50 PM
It makes the sound of me sitting on the receiver letting out a fart after eating cabbage, beans and onion. That's what it would smell like.

Duckster
05-03-2006, 09:55 PM
Well, if the phone line between the both of you is routed closer to the blast point than your friend, the line will just go dead.

AnabolicDoberman
05-04-2006, 01:11 AM
you will hear, "What the-!" CLICK

Imasquare
05-04-2006, 01:21 AM
Inspired by a certain classic cold war movie...Failsafe?


Now, my question is...what, if anything, do I hear on my end? A high-pitched squeal as the other guy's phone melts? Would the line just go dead? Would EMP just make the whole question moot?Is it a local call?

xash
05-04-2006, 02:16 AM
Snakes on a Plane, your post is inappropriate for GQ. Please do not repeat this.

Thanks.

-xash
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Hail Ants
05-04-2006, 02:30 AM
Years ago my local wacky DJs ran a 'destroy your phone contest'. They would put a listener on the air while he/she smashed their telephone in variously creative ways.

A few were ok, one guy was at work and ran it over with a forklift which sounded mildly amusing. But one guy said he was going to shoot it in his backyard. Of course the goofball DJs were all hyped about it, but I'm listening thinking this is going to be absolutely nothing unless he misses a few times.

He didn't and it was (absolutely nothing that is, line just went dead same as if he'd hung up). Guess wacky DJs don't need to know high school physics to get hired...

psychonaut
05-04-2006, 04:59 AM
Now, my question is...what, if anything, do I hear on my end? A high-pitched squeal as the other guy's phone melts? Would the line just go dead? Would EMP just make the whole question moot?You probably wouldn't hear much. Telephones are designed to transmit a very narrow range of sound frequencies roughly corresponding to what the human voice can create. I imagine that the sound produced by a nuclear explosion would lie mostly outside those frequencies.

Snooooopy
05-04-2006, 07:05 AM
Failsafe?

Yeah, I remember that part in the book.

Martini Enfield
05-04-2006, 07:10 AM
Yeah, I remember that part in the book.

It was also in the Live Broadcast TV version too, IIRC...

edwino
05-04-2006, 09:16 AM
Inspired by a certain classic cold war movie...
Not Sealab 2021 (http://www.tv.com/sealab-2021/red-dawn/episode/276026/summary.html)?

I'd bet the EMP would take out the switching facilities before you ever got the joy of hearing the phone melt...

spingears
05-04-2006, 10:13 AM
Inspired by a certain classic cold war movie...
Say I'm talking on the phone with someone on the other side of the state. (We both have, oddly enough, corded phones.) Suddenly, an A-Bomb goes off near the other guy's house. Not close enough to vaporize my friend instantly, but enough to fairly quickly incinerate him before the shockwave hits.
Now, my question is...what, if anything, do I hear on my end? A high-pitched squeal as the other guy's phone melts? Would the line just go dead? Would EMP just make the whole question moot?** * Nothing but static.
The heat vaporized the phone lines along with your friend.
The static, if any, is from what is left of the land lines.