NBC’s Anne Thompson shows off her ignorance of track and field; Update: Global warming scaremongering?

Our ears perk up whenever someone talks about track and field, one of Twitchy’s favorite sports. Unfortunately, this particular statement by NBC News Correspondent Anne Thompson has us scratching our heads.

Literally,  “breaking the 100-meter dash” doesn’t make sense. We’ll assume Thompson was referring to someone breaking the world record in the 100 meters by a full second.

Alas, that doesn’t make much sense either. The 100m world record has never been broken by a full second. Since electronic timing began in the mid-1960s, the men’s record hasn’t been broken by more than 0.11 seconds. Florence Griffith-Joyner broke the women’s record by a whopping 0.26 seconds back in 1988, but there have long been questions about the propriety of that particular record.

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Update: Sounds like Thompson is guilty of  global warming scaremongering.

  • http://twitter.com/conservag Aaron

    The Twitchy Team must be bored today.

    Quick! Someone bait Roseanne or Cher into a rant!

    • Stone Bryson

      I like it when they’re bored (or put more kindly, “when it’s a slow news day”), we get some fun stories out of it.

      • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

        Or less kindly, “When Biden has been on his meds and under supervision.”

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

      Don’t fret, it’s been almost 3 hours since any thundering stupidity has flushed out of the Oval Office. Hey! Speaking of records…

  • JimmyJusticeUSA

    “Alas, that doesn’t make much sense either. The 100m world record has never been broken by a full second.”

    Im pretty sure that was her point, not that I agree with it

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      The difference would be that the track record is a measurable feat that would stand worldwide, with slight variances for altitude, wind and such. Talking a heat record at best is a regional event and is not measured now with the same method or amount of measurement as in the past.

      I prefer to think that she was set for a metaphor and grabbed the first one off the starting blocks. (see what I did there?)

  • TomJB

    Also, just for even numbers, if the 100m record was 10 sec and someone broke it by 1, that would be 10% off the record. 1 degree Fahrenheit may seem like a lot, but 0 is arbitrarily set at the temperature of an equal mixture of ice, water, and salt. Absolute zero is what the Earth would be (a couple degrees higher actually) without any heat source, but for even numbers, call it -450^F. That 1 degree change is 0.22% To equal a 10% change in WR from 10 to 9 sec in the 100m, it would actually require about a 45.45 degree change in temperature. Nice try, though, Mitchell.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    This must have been a delayed reaction to the news earlier this week that Britain’s “Met Office” has reported, in astonished and disbelieving tone, that there has been no “Global Warming” since 1998.

  • Herman LaClair

    sheeesh…slow twitter day?