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What It Will Look Like When It All Comes Tumbling Down - The Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse




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"Nice one". Classic. I first had to watch this at 17 in physics

"Nice one" (if I dare say). Classic. I first had to watch this at 17 (~ 1987) in physics class.

The phenomenon at play there was a worsened case of "mechanical resonance":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mechanical_resonance#Failure_of...

The teacher (one of the very few good I ever had) also mentioned and explained us about this other (quite very ironical) case:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broughton_Suspension_Bridge#183...

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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The amazing "Gallopin' Gertie" Bridge Collapse, November 7, 1940

1940 Tacoma, Washington Narrows Bridge
Slender, elegant and graceful, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge stretched like a steel ribbon across Puget Sound in 1940. The third longest suspension span in the world opened on July 1st. Only four months later, the great span's short life ended in disaster. "Galloping Gertie," collapsed in a windstorm on November 7,1940.

The bridge became famous as "the most dramatic failure in bridge engineering history." Now, it's also "one of the world's largest man-made reefs." The sunken remains of Galloping Gertie were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 to protect her from salvagers.

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when did this happen?

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it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

according to wikipedia...

1825 bc...

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awesome.. this is the perfect analogy

awesome.. this is the perfect analogy

we are in for a ride...

Tools of war are not always obvious. The worst weapon is an idea planted in the mind of man. Prejudices can kill, suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has an everlasting fallout all of its own.

Front-page worthy analogy IMO

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