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November 15, 2006

This is an airplane. These are models. We have SEVEN pictures of the models getting on the airplane Tuesday. They are smiling in all of them, so it’s not even like they are showing different emotions. Please send your captions explaining why this is so newsworthy, via Post a Comment.                                                       


Victoria’s Secret models (L-R) Adriana Lima, Karolina Kurkova, Gisele Bundchen, Izabel Goulart, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Selita Ebanks smile before boarding an airplane for the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show, in New Windsor, New York, November 14, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson 


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Posted by John C Abell | Report as abusive

This picture is very noteworthy for me. I have been working on analytical models of airplane boarding for a while. In the simplest model, one assumes that passengers are infinitely thin and can walk quickly one after the other along a narrow aisle (the airplane’s aisle). Thinking of this as a job description I called it this particular model, the supermodel. It all seems unrealistic till I noticed this picture yesterday! Airplane boarding can be described by space-time geometry as in relativity theory, the supermodel corresponds in this case to empty space with no gravity. Normal sized people and airplane boarding policies curve the space-time. I would like permission to use this picture for academic presentations, how do I get such permission. I also understand there are 6 more pictures, where can I find them.

Posted by eitan bachmat | Report as abusive