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Cycle Logic

Posted By: Paul - Wed Mar 01, 2017 - Comments (5)
Category: Disasters, PSA's, 1970s, Motorcycles

The Great Texas Monorail Disaster of 1968





Somehow this seems like a particularly ignoble way to go, as if you had a fatal bumper-car accident.

Full story here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Feb 07, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Death, Disasters, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Motor Vehicles, 1960s

Science of the Great Molasses Flood


The Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 is one of the great weird news stories of all time. It was a tragedy (21 people killed), but also definitely weird.

What happened in brief: A tank holding 2.3 million gallons of molasses burst, causing a 40-foot tsunami of molasses to flood through Boston's North End.

Exactly why the tank burst and why the flood proved so deadly has always been a bit of a mystery. But now scientists have done their thing and have come up with a few answers. As reported in the New York Times (Nov 26, 2016), interviewing aerospace engineer Nicole Sharp:

"The historical record says that the initial wave of molasses moved at 35 miles per hour," Ms. Sharp said, "which sounds outrageously fast."

"At the time people thought there must have been an explosion in the tank, initially, to cause the molasses to move that fast," she added. But after the team ran the experiments, she said, it discovered that the molasses could, indeed, move at that speed.

"It's an interesting result," Ms. Sharp said, "and it's something that wasn't possible back then. Nobody had worked out those actual equations until decades after the accident."

If the tank had burst in warmer weather, it would have "flowed farther, but also thinner," Mr. Rubinstein said.

In the winter, however, after the initial burst — which lasted between 30 seconds and a few minutes, Ms. Sharp said — the cooler temperature of the outside air raised the viscosity of the molasses, essentially trapping people who had not been able to escape the wave.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Nov 28, 2016 - Comments (2)
Category: Disasters, 1910s

Chiquita Banana Olympics Stickers:  1980

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The Brazilian Olympics are in big trouble, as recent news articles tell us. Surely they could use a boost from an athletic banana, like the ad campaign from Chiquita that the 1980 Winter Olympics got. And a tropical fruit is even more synonymous with Brazil than it was with Lake Placid.

Time to bring back Carmen Miranda!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 17, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Food, Sports, 1980s, North America, South America

Beer Can Launcher

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Send beer cans flying straight into some innocent bystander's head into space with a .22 shell? I'm sold!

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 24, 2016 - Comments (10)
Category: Death, Destruction, Disasters, 1960s, Weapons

Cornelis Van Blaaderen and his Floating Safe

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After the Titanic, inventors tried to think of ways to preserve items during a sinking. Dutch inventor Cornelis Van Blaaderen came up with his Floating Safe, which never quite caught on.

This site has a brief explanation in English.

This website has the full story, but all in Dutch. Google translate should help. But even if you don't bother, there are great pictures and a film!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Inventions, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, 1910s, Europe

Never Inject Stuff In Your Stuff

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Injecting your penis with vasoline to make it appear larger is a very bad idea. The description of the surgery necessary to effect repairs is cringe-worthy.

Posted By: patty - Wed Apr 22, 2015 - Comments (14)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Body Modifications, Disasters, Surgery, Can't Possibly Be True, Sex Lives Worse Than Yours, Genitals, Pain, Self-inflicted and Otherwise, Sex, Goofs and Screw-ups

Three Alarm Fire At Fire Extinguisher Factory

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Its like rain on your wedding day. A fire at the fire extinguisher factory, isn't it ironic.

Posted By: patty - Fri Mar 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Buildings and Other Structures, Disasters, Industry, Factories and Manufacturing, Can't Possibly Be True

Unlucky On Christmas

A fire that happened in a shop window over Christmas was caused by sunlight through a snow globe igniting reindeer food and other decorations. Score one for Ebenezer.

Posted By: patty - Sat Dec 27, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: Disasters, Can't Possibly Be True

Doomsday for Pests



Spray that DDT everywhere!

Aren't you a little sad for all those cartoon bugs?

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 12, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Disasters, Insects, Nature, 1940s

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