I'm new to the board and the site but after spending a couple days reading through it I couldn't help myself any longer and decided to contribute. I should also point out I am a layman (a well-read layman but a layman nonetheless, hehe).
I was trying to explain the concept of black holes to my 8 and 10 year olds when I realized that they may have seen some of it on TV in one of the weirdest places.
Back in the early '90's there was a cartoon known as Ren n' Stimpy. It is lower-than-low-brow but before John Kricfalusi (the series creator) was fired by Nickelodeon it was very very funny. In any case, there was an episode from that time (appropriately named) Black Hole. In this ep our "heroes" fall into a black hole and end up in another dimension. Now in the beginning of the episode they show their wind-up spaceship falling into the BH.
The exact sequence has the ship speeding toward the BH then grind to a halt, foreshorten, then pop out of existence. Now if memory serves, I read a couple different articles that stated this is exactly how it would appear to an outside observer watching an object vanish into a BH. Heck, they even show Ren and Stimpy experiencing tidal forces and stretching out!
What I was wondering is if anyone else could confirm that this is correct or am I completely confused?
P.S. I do realize the whole alternate dimension story after these events is horse-pucky so please don't flame me over the rest of the ep .