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bobofel
47469.  Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:08 pm Reply with quote

Now that's a wonderful disaster for the series lol. Imagine having a house full of port!

This could be linked to what's his name's body being preserved in a barrel of some alcoholic beverage, I'm a bit sketchy on the details.

 
Celebaelin
47471.  Tue Jan 24, 2006 1:26 pm Reply with quote

There was a similar incident in the states
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The Boston Molasses Disaster (also known as the Great Molasses Flood or The Great Boston Molasses Tragedy) occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. A large molasses (treacle) tank burst and a wave of molasses ran through the streets at an estimated 35 MPH (60 km/h), killing twenty-one and injuring 150 others. The event has entered local folklore, and residents claim that the area still sometimes smells of molasses.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_molasses_disaster

Then there's Piper Alpha
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The Piper Alpha was a North Sea oil production platform operated by Occidental Petroleum (Caledonia) Ltd.[1] It produced around 10 percent of the then oil and gas production from the North Sea. The platform began production in 1976[2], first as an oil platform and then later converted to gas production. An explosion and resulting fire destroyed it on July 6, 1988, killing 167 men.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piper_Alpha
It's probably better if I don't make any comment but the Wiki account and others bear reading.

 
gerontius grumpus
47514.  Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:25 pm Reply with quote

bobofel wrote:
Now that's a wonderful disaster for the series lol. Imagine having a house full of port!

This could be linked to what's his name's body being preserved in a barrel of some alcoholic beverage, I'm a bit sketchy on the details.


Nelson's body was preserved in a barrel of brandy for transport back to England. Some of the brandy inevitably evaporated during the voyage,this led to rumours that sailors had been tapping off some of th 'Nelson liqueuer' and drinking it.

Incidentally,it was a vat of porter, a kind of dark beer, not port.

 
Celebaelin
47541.  Tue Jan 24, 2006 6:10 pm Reply with quote

Or it could be about Clarence(?) and the malmsey wine thing
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George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence (21 October 1449 18 February 1478) was the third son of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, and Cecily Neville, and the younger brother of King Edward IV of England.

He played an important role in the dynastic struggle known as the Wars of the Roses, but is better remembered as the character in William Shakespeare's play Richard III who was drowned in a vat of Malmsey wine.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George,_Duke_of_Clarence

 
Jenny
47561.  Tue Jan 24, 2006 9:57 pm Reply with quote

D is for drowning...

 
bobofel
47612.  Wed Jan 25, 2006 9:00 am Reply with quote

D is for Drunken Drowning Disaster, erm....., D

 
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47680.  Wed Jan 25, 2006 1:15 pm Reply with quote

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eggshaped
47681.  Wed Jan 25, 2006 1:24 pm Reply with quote

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D is for Drunken Drowning Disaster


I have read in numerous different places that a freakishly high percentage of men who drown are found with their flies open. (I think the idea is that drunken fishermen get caught short and end up falling in)

I know it's a long shot, but anyone seen anything authoritative on this subject?

 
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47685.  Wed Jan 25, 2006 1:42 pm Reply with quote

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eggshaped
47686.  Wed Jan 25, 2006 1:46 pm Reply with quote

Cheers Garrick, but don't go out of your way. It's just one of those things which has been bugging me.

 
bobofel
47791.  Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:21 am Reply with quote

I'm guessing there is no abbreviation, FOOD, flies open on departure

 
Tas
47821.  Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:57 am Reply with quote

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The supervolcano under yellowstone national park could be mentioned.


Sorry to be a little slow, and apologies if this has already been discussed elsewhere, but what is 'mythical' about this. I watched at QI documentary the other night on this...

:-)

Tas

 
bobofel
47868.  Thu Jan 26, 2006 12:18 pm Reply with quote

Here's some articles by New Scientist and some other random site that has copied the first bit of it's page from New Scientist but has other info as well.

 
Flash
47932.  Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:43 pm Reply with quote

Tas, we're not all about myths. We're not even mostly about myths.

 
bobofel
48351.  Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:06 am Reply with quote

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a myth is a female moth


Where have I heard that? I really can't remember. I seem to remember it came with another one:

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King soloman had x wives and y porcupines

 

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