Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
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Audience Quick To Applaud

"A critic’s notebook article on Monday about the prevalence of standing ovations at Broadway shows described incorrectly the quickness with which audience members appeared to be on their feet at a performance of the current revival of 'Death of a Salesman.' Their ovation seemed to occur within a millisecond — one-thousandth of a second — not a megasecond, which is one million seconds."

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Matt (#26)

Summer of Megasecond

Flashman (#418)

Well, the ovation did occur within that megasecond (11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes and exactly 40 seconds in case anybody else was wondering) so the original statement was still, technically, correct.

cory dodt@twitter (#12,071)

@Flashman Indeed! In fact, the original description might be more accurate. In order to occur within the time interval, it would have to both begin and end in that interval. It is unlikely that the audience ceased clapping 0.001 seconds after the end, and had that happened, I cannot help that think that, as a performer, I would be insulted.

But also impressed.

stuffisthings (#1,352)

@Flashman Haha, I'm glad to see someone else beat me to it. Well played, the Awl.

lbf (#2,343)

LITERALLY.

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