Archive for September 2007
The List Universe has an article describing some of strangest disasters ever. Check out the Great Boston Molasses Flood:
On January 15, 1919, the workers and residents of Boston’s North End, mostly Irish and Italian, were out enjoying the noontime sun of an unseasonably warm day. Suddenly, with only a low rumble of warning, the huge cast-iron tank of the Purity Distilling Company burst open and a great wave of raw black molasses, two storeys high, poured down Commercial Street and oozed into the adjacent waterfront area. Neither pedestrians nor horse-drawn wagons could outrun it. Two million gallons of molasses, originally destined for rum, engulfed scores of people – 21 men, women and children died of drowning or suffocation, while another 150 were injured. Buildings crumbled, and an elevated train track collapsed. Those horses not completely swallowed up were so trapped in the goo they had to be shot by the police. Sightseers who came to see the chaos couldn’t help but walk in the molasses. On their way home they spread the sticky substance throughout the city. Boston smelled of molasses for a week, and the harbour ran brown until summer.
What if real life was like posting on the web? Actually, this really makes me want to shout “pwn3d” during business meetings.
via Calendar Girl
This is pretty cool, but I wish it had flaming barrels.
So pretty and purpley, should go into circulation in early 2008.
I just watched The 40 Year Old Virgin again recently, and the end credit dance sequence cracks me up every time. Two cool things to watch for:
- Romany Malco busts out an MC Hammer dance, which he presumably learned when he starred as Hammer in Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story in 2001.
- A very young Jonah Hill, who would go on to star in Superbad, dancing in the background in a poncho. In the movie, he was the kid who tried to buy the glittery aquarium boots.