Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Today in History

Given the daily bad news, I ask you to pause for a moment to remember a tragedy that occured in 1814:

A flood of beer swept through the streets of St. Giles, England, on 17 October 1814. Caused by a rupture in a brewery tank containing 3500 barrels of beer, the tidal wave killed nine people and demolished two houses.

Yeah, I'm not blogging very seriously today. Sorry.


Fran said...

Spring break comes to mind.

Mauigirl said...

What a tragedy of wasted beer!

Suzy said...

Have you read about the great molasses flood in Boston? It was pretty tragic. And what these disasters, that seem so absurd to us, really speak to is the callousness of the early industrialists. The more things change, the more they stay the same.