1. While newscasts and other public address forms in the United States typically prefer presenters with generically Midwestern accents, the recorded announcement voice at Des Moines International Airport is distinctly UK-flavored (like, BBC-presenter, “Mind the Gap” UK-flavored). I have no idea why.
I do, however, automatically mind whatever gap is available (sometimes imaginary gaps), just because it seems like I ought to whenever she speaks. I have even contemplated the explanatory gap, just to keep my hand in.
2. There are hundreds of highway exit signs to assorted pairs of small-to-middling towns that would make absolutely brilliant sources of character names for oddball fiction and/or aliases for cons (or character names for oddball fiction about cons using aliases).