ntang (ntang) wrote,
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Boston: pfft. [l]

I swear to God, only people from Boston could be killed by molasses.

Dark Tide : The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0807050202/104-5735794-3992711

In this volume, Puleo, a contributor to American History magazine, sets out to determine whether the collapse of a molasses tank that sent a tidal wave of 2.3 million gallons of the sticky liquid through Boston's North End and killed 21 people was the work of Italian anarchists or due to negligence by the tank's owner, United States Industrial Alcohol.

Negligence? Terrorists? Hello? HELLO? Anyone who is killed by molasses doesn't deserve to live on the same planet as me. Who cares how it happened? Dark Tide my ass.

(Incidentally: what does it say that 90 years ago terrorists could wreak havoc with a gooey by-product of sugar? Who needs planes and bombs and anthrax when you have... molasses?! Ah yes, the world was a more innocent place. A stupid, innocent place.)

From here: http://www.livejournal.com/community/som_pos/739461.html
...which references this: http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp04202003.shtml

Update: Incidentally, "United States Industrial Alcohol"? Yeah, I BET it was terrorists. More likely they were just sampling their products a little too heavily when they were putting that molasses tank up.

Police investigator: "So you saw Italian terrorists right before the tank burst?"
USIA Worker: "Yessshh.... yesh... *hic* Yesh sir!"
Police investigator: "..."
USIA Worker: "*hic*"
Police investigator: "Right then. Italian terrorists."
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