Friday, March 20, 2009

(update) The T's voice is HUMAN????? I DON'T THINK SO......

For years I thought the T's voice on the bus and subway was just a computer voice....well METRO tells us today it is a real person......who knew????

The voice behind the MBTA system

This can't be correct.....for a few reasons

  1. The voice on the newer RED LINE trains at least sounds human and it isn't the same voice that is on the GREEN or BLUE Lines or the bus.
  2. The voice that announces the SILVER Line at South Station is a yet another voice
  3. Then we have the Mass Eye and Ear woman on selected trains....she human ( and sounds like Dorchester or Southie)

I was in Chicago last summer and the 'L and bus voice sounds very human and is called Happy CTA guy. Turns out he is a voiceover pro from Milwaukee. Then for station announcements they use a woman from Maine that tells people "Attention Customers...An Inbound Train From The Loop Is arriving Shortly"

Even the new computer voice at South Station sounds human however I wish they had recorded the guy that went...."Auuuuuuuuuuubuuuuuuuuuuundale" If they can record the clickty clack of the old board they could do that.

I really hope that guy doesn't really sound like this in real life

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Faneuil Hall Marketplace Is 4th Most Visited Tourist Attraction In US

YAHOO travel ranks the Top 10 most visited tourist attractions in the United States and Faneuil Hall Marketplace comes in 4th.

The Top 10 are

  1. Times Square, New York City:
    37.6 million

  2. 2. The Las Vegas Strip, Nev.:
    30 Million

  3. 3. National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.
    25 million

  4. 4. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston:
    20 Million

  5. 5. Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.:
    17.1 million

  6. 6. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, Calif.:
    14.9 million

  7. 7. Fisherman's Wharf/Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco:
    14.1 million

  8. 8. Niagara Falls, N.Y.:
    12 million

  9. 9. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tenn./N.C.:
    9.04 million

  10. 10. Navy Pier, Chicago:
    8.6 million

Yahoo writes

Built in 1742 by Peter Faneuil, a wealthy Boston merchant, Faneuil Hall served as a commercial center of the city for centuries and a site for famous orations, like Samuel Adams' independence-rallying speech to colonists. Faneuil also includes the restored 19th-century Quincy Market. Today, shoppers account for a large share of visitors, and while we've excluded shopping-only malls (like Minnesota's Mall of America) from this list, Faneuil's historic significance vaults it to the status of cultural attraction.

Gee I remember when nothing was there but MONDO'S