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2009-09-11 11:28:07 AM  

dstanley: Tatsuma: Death, destruction and thousands of people dying: COMEDY GOLD amirite guyz?

Fark account number: 146681
Account created: 2004-03-20 08:47:11

You've been here long enough to know better.


I've been here pretty much exactly 8 years and an hour or so today.

This place has been steadily going down, and it's getting worse since /b/ was created. See the annoying Glenn Beck meme, for example.
 
2009-09-11 11:28:17 AM  

Tatsuma: downstairs: I take it you get offended by Hogan's Heroes, MASH, Inglourious Basterds, and so on and so on?

Do you not see the difference between fiction and reality?

Jormungandr: You know I remember thinking "What happens next?"

That too. I had a hard time believing there would be no follow-up. Thank G-d I was wrong.


Same, I was pleasantly surprised that nothing else got blown up.
 
2009-09-11 11:28:24 AM  
I was in my cubicle, farking at work (!), when this came up. I went to the pres. of sales at the company and told him the the tower got hit, and he marched me into the pres. of the company's office, and we flicked on the T.V. to the local news channels --- nothing. Then we switched to CNN --- and they were just starting the coverage. I watched the second plane hit live on TV, and the President got on the PA and announced it to the whole building. I worked at an ISP off the CHI-NAP, so we had pretty decent bandwidth. People were gathered around each other cubes watching the live feeds from their computers. When the second tower fell, the pres. told everyone that wasn't tech. to go home. I had been a lurker for a couple years at that point, and was to lurk for another couple years before setting up a posting account.

I've always loved that fact; that I got the news faster than anyone else in the office because I was farking at work.
 
2009-09-11 11:28:49 AM  
My parents were supposed to leave for a European trip the next day, I heard the beginning of it as I left physics, a class mate walked by me in the halls screaming about going to war.

I scoffed and continued to Psychology.

I walked in sat down and realized everyone was staring at the TV, just as the South Tower fell.

I couldn't believe it. I still can't... shouldn't have started reading this stuff.
 
2009-09-11 11:29:47 AM  
I remember hearing about a plane hitting the WTC from a client and thinking it was an idiot who got lost in a Cessna.

After finishing up my tasks, I turned on the TV. It was soon after the towers collapsed.

My first thought?

"We're at war. And we have a fool in the White House. God help us all."

I worked very hard emotionally to set aside my skepticism and stand behind my president during those first few months. After all, the guy has the greatest generals in the entire world advising him, Right?

Then the Iraq fear machine started cranking up.

==========================================

Well, I'd say more about how I feel, but it isn't appropriate to politicize this thread more than necessary.
 
2009-09-11 11:29:54 AM  
It's been 8 years and the site is still mostly a whole in the ground. Something is not right...
 
2009-09-11 11:30:18 AM  
I shouldn't have read that. Too many assholes who were more concerned with getting trolling points than the people being killed. Not surprised that Fark hasn't changed though. Still a troll haven.
 
2009-09-11 11:30:21 AM  
I was stuck in shiatty DC traffic on 395 northbound, less than a mile south of the Pentagon. I had been listening to the coverage on the radio about what was going on in NYC and suddenly heard a loud noise and saw a huge fireball to my left. I knew right away. I then watched people in the northbound lanes turn around and drive south on the shoulders - it was a total clusterfark of people trying to get away from DC. I just did the only thing I could, which was drive into my office in Arlington and avoid the insanity. I watched coverage on the tv in the office, which was deserted - it was incredibly surreal to watch the news and see/hear fighters right outside my office window. My folks thought I was a total dumbfark (which admittedly I was) for staying at the office - but I wasn't married and had no kids, why not let those folks who did get where they had to go?

/it IS a cool story, bro.
 
2009-09-11 11:30:26 AM  
There were only 300+ posts.

Nowadays on FARK, we can get 300+ posts about a purple monkey dishwasher thread.

FARK sure has grown. Not up, though.
 
2009-09-11 11:30:30 AM  
I remember this day too well, was crying at work all day, they sent me home. So I watched it unfold at a bar.
 
2009-09-11 11:31:02 AM  
I was in tenth grade, in choir. Choir director got called out of the room by another teacher. Came back in white as a ghost, said "We're done singing, now we're going to watch this." I was terrified even before I knew what the fark was going on, because the choir director is a seriously tough dude and I'd never seen him look like that.

Nobody left their second-period class for the rest of the day. Wasn't a lockdown, really, we were wandering pretty freely. Completely shell-shocked, students and teachers alike.
 
2009-09-11 11:31:09 AM  
I was in high school still, art class. My instructor was a vet, never asked him if he was in Korea or Vietnam. Another teacher rushed in and turned on the tv. Everyone thought it was a horrible accident until the second plane hit. My instructor started crying. I had never seen a grown man cry before and it scared the living shiat out of me. I wanted to go home but the principle made an announcement that we had to resume our normal class schedule and not watch the tv until we got home. Didn't find out about 93 until I got home from school.
 
2009-09-11 11:31:27 AM  

RogerDodger: If the weather was as bad on 9/11/01 as it is today here in NY, would the hijackers still have been able to carry out the attacks?


I think so and I also think more people would have died. It was a REALLY nice day that day--the first nice day in about a week--& I honestly believe a lot of people were taking advantage of it by not going in to work. I remember traffic on the Garden State Parkway was lighter than it should have been for a Tuesday & a few of my co-workers had called out.

/Working @ Verizon Yellow Pages that day
//I was talking to some real estate broker about her ad when she suddenly screamed that a plane just hit the WTC
 
2009-09-11 11:31:39 AM  
I was getting ready for work that morning. I had just got out of the shower and was getting dressed when I heard my roommates girlfriend yell, "A plane crashed into the World Trade Center!" I didn't really think much of it at the moment. However, by the time I got to a television, the first tower had just collapsed. A few minutes later, the second tower was gone. I never did make it to work that day.

I called my brother who was in the Army at the time and I remember shedding tears when he told me he may be sent to NYC. Later that night I went to the bar, as was my regular Tuesday ritual at the time, and met up with my friends to regain some sense of normalcy.

Although it was a tragic and horrific event that Tuesday, I must say one of the beautiful things that came from it was seeing all the flags flying around and the rallying sense of patriotism that developed. I'm not exactly the most outwardly patriotic person, but it made me feel good to see all of those things.
 
2009-09-11 11:31:55 AM  
i439.photobucket.com
 
2009-09-11 11:32:03 AM  

Passive Aggressive Larry: Gave me the chills just reading those old comments as everything happened in real time.

I remember I was taking a test in high school when it happened, when in the middle of the test another teacher stepped into our classroom and whispered something to our teacher that none of us could hear. I'll never forget the look that came across his face before they both turned and left in a hurry. We figured someone close to our teacher had died, and went about finishing the test. About 20 minutes later, our teacher returned, looking more despondent than any person I have ever seen in my life. I remember the beginning of the sentence he spoke, "Listen, everybody... Something's happened in New York City...." just before the TV was turned on, and from then on I could only think of how I was standing beneath those two towers only 3 weeks prior, while on vacation visiting family in New York City. I was awed by their immense size, staring up at them from their base. As cliche as it might have been, I even snapped a photo looking upward that had a good shot of both towers almost bending towards the sky. I fell in love with that city when I went there, and seeing what happened to it that day is something I will never forget. Those images are permanently burned into my mind, as I am sure they are burned to all of yours. What a sad day.


I was in another classroom, as the Sophomores were taking their ISTEP graduation exams in my normal room. We watched the entire thing all day, got home, watched it all day. I remember getting on fark at the library in my highschool, and reading some of those comments. Crazy days.
 
2009-09-11 11:32:41 AM  
Was in college at the time, still living at home... The night before - September 10th - I was leaving work around 10pm.

As I was packing up, I started to get this weird feeling that something was wrong. I double-checked my inventory to make sure nothing was missing, I double-checked that I'd done everything I had to do, but I was still uneasy, like I'd forgotten something and was going to get in trouble for it.

On my way home, it just got stronger, and I began worrying that somebody in the family had hurt themselves. My right foot got heavier, and I made it home about five minutes quicker than usual. Asked my mother straight away if everyone was OK. She looked at me funny - apparently, I looked pretty agitated - and said everyone was fine.

The next morning, she called upstairs to tell me what had happened, and I just sat on the edge of the bed and said "oh. THAT'S what that feeling was.".

I'm not usually one of them crazy supernatural people, I'm normally just this side of James Randi in skepticism, but this really happened, with no little exaggeration. Coincidence? If so, the biggest of my life.
 
2009-09-11 11:33:11 AM  

MooseBayou: There were only 300+ posts.

Nowadays on FARK, we can get 300+ posts about a purple monkey dishwasher thread.

FARK sure has grown. Not up, though.


There were thousands of posts in lots of different threads. The mods were starting new threads every hour or so, to save bandwidth I think.
 
2009-09-11 11:33:27 AM  

fernandez: fernandez: Jormungandr: You know I remember thinking "What happens next?"
As I watched the second plane hit. As the weeks went on and no new attacks happened I concluded that the terrorists 'prolly didn't expect to be able to pull it off and had no plans for follow up attacks. I am glad that it turned out that while they might have excellent tactics they have no grasp of strategy.

No kidding. One of the higher ups were probably thinking "It...it actually worked? Well,what do we do now?"

Why yes, I am fully awake, why do you ask?


"You mean the planes hit... the buildings? and they fell down!?"
'Well yeah, that was the plan, wasn't it?'
"Well yeah, but I didn't expect it to work!
'So, what do we do now?'
"... errrrrr... Ummmmmm... Errrrr Ah! Praise Allah while the cowardly Americans fall over themselves to do our bidding to avoid dying, HAAHAAHAAA"
'So you didn't actually think this far ahead?'
"no"
'Damnit, I should've joined the People's Front of Judea.'

Thank goodness for stupid people, and Murphy.
 
2009-09-11 11:33:32 AM  

MooseBayou: FARK sure has grown. Not up, though.


We're vertically-integrated. From pedantic abuse to established memes, we do it all.
 
2009-09-11 11:33:39 AM  
i144.photobucket.com

/should I not have done that?
 
2009-09-11 11:34:09 AM  
I was a freshman in college. Imagine having the whole world in front of you and then THAT happens.

I still feel numb when I think about it.
 
2009-09-11 11:34:32 AM  
farm4.static.flickr.com
 
2009-09-11 11:34:42 AM  
Riche: Yeah, what you said.

Except, at the time I was a conservative kid in a conservative Midwestern town, and probably would've voted for the guy if I'd been old enough to.

And then I grew up, and... well, hindsight is awesome. And... well... this: "Well, I'd say more about how I feel, but it isn't appropriate to politicize this thread more than necessary."
 
2009-09-11 11:34:58 AM  
On top of all the deaths, injuries and lives forever destroyed by this day - how sad it is to think that 9/11 ultimately tore this country in two rather than brought us together. Many days it seems that we have just become a nation split up into two hate-filled camps - both sides unable to look at the other one objectively, neither side able to put the country's needs ahead of their need to destroy the other side.

Bin Laden's enduring legacy is that we have lost our ability to be the United States ... now we are just Red and Blue - at war with ourselves.
 
2009-09-11 11:35:14 AM  
I submitted a similar Link (new window)

That's the complete archive of that entire week. Notice that most 'popular' threads had around 100 posts. Mods clipped the 9/11 threads to 3-400.

Those that were around remember how much Fark helped with everything. CNN, along with a ton of other news sites were down.

Freshmen in college. Woke up between the 1st and 2nd planes. I thought it was the anniversary of the U-haul truck bombing from a few years prior. Was in class (refreshing fark) when the second plane hit.

/Thanks again Drew.
 
2009-09-11 11:35:29 AM  
so what did ya' all learn?
 
2009-09-11 11:35:30 AM  
I'll always remember looking at the TVs at a gas station while I was in my first semester in college, and not believing my eyes. I was walking around in a daze that whole day, it was so surreal.

RIP to all the people who died that day, and a special place in my heart is reserved for those who died trying to save others.

It was an unnecessary tragedy however. Demolitions clearly brought down WTC 1, 2 and 7 that day. No modern high rise that's been struck by a plane, has collapsed (let alone twice in one day, and both collapsing on their own frames). Do some research on structural fires on modern high rises across the world, and you will see a very simple truth.

I think reality will be accepted some day by most people of the world, I just don't know if we'll ever really know who the culprit was.
 
2009-09-11 11:35:32 AM  
I had been out fishing that morning, and got home in time to turn on the TV and see the second plane hit. At first I thought it was a movie until I turned up the sound a bit. It was just heartbreaking to think about all the people that were in the buildings that couldn't get out, and watch the people jump rather than burn. My God what a choice to have to make. I do remember wondering if the feelings and thoughts I was having were the same as my grandparents when they heard of the attack at Pearl Harbor. When I ran the flag up this morning at 8 o'clock, and set off on my morning walk, I noticed that mine was the only flag flying on my street or the one behind me and the next block over. Kinda sad considering.
 
2009-09-11 11:35:55 AM  
I was at my girlfriend's apartment. There was a knock on her bedroom door from her roommate's boyfriend.

I remember grumbling about him waking us up early and thinking that he'd better have a damn good reason for waking us up.

The TV was on, and in my sleepy haze, I thought that planes were going down all over the country. It really freaked me out.

We watched the coverage most of the day, as classes had been canceled.
 
2009-09-11 11:36:16 AM  

MooseBayou: FARK sure has grown. Not up, though.


Internet-based humor forums like Fark aren't supposed to be grown-up. Real life is grown-up.
 
2009-09-11 11:36:27 AM  
I remember the gridlock traffic in downtown Boston as the T was shut down and everyone was evacuating the city. It was the worst Boston traffic I ever saw, and yet also the quietest. Quiet and eerie. Nobody knew what the F was going on, radio reports of the pentagon, white house, some place in PA, X number of planes in the air unaccounted for, muslim cab drivers being dragged out of their cars and beaten in the streets...

Then I went home and drank heavily while watching CNN. It's really all I felt I could do.
 
2009-09-11 11:36:51 AM  
Seriously...what happened to Ken? I gotta know.
 
2009-09-11 11:36:51 AM  

downstairs: 3,000 people died. Do you guys also gush like this on the anniversary of Katrina? Pearl Harbor? D-Day? You must be an emotional wreck!


Come on, it's a little bit different. Most of us didn't experience Pearl Harbor or D-Day, and Katrina (while awful) was a natural disaster, while 9/11 was a terrorist attack. It's hardly the same thing.
 
2009-09-11 11:36:52 AM  
I personally think we Americans have gone soft. Two buildings and we gave up many of our rights? Big deal... the chances of each American being hurt by terrorism was still less than getting hit my lighting. We all got swept up in a media frenzy and didn't keep our emotional cool.

This shows that this country is one manufactured tragedy away from a dictatorship. You all got an F on that day. I appreciate patriotism, and it was a tragedy, but it was probably manufactured anyway.

During WWII the English had balls. After their country was razed to the ground, they started SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE.

Two buildings... boo hoo... get over it, whiners.

Patriots have bigger balls than that. Freedom doesn't cave for two cities, let alone two buildings! Man up.
 
2009-09-11 11:37:07 AM  
I was getting ready to take my then bf (now hubby) to the airport for a business trip.

The guy on the radio said "blah blah blah thank you for joining us on Today of all days..." then he went on to mention that a plane had flown into the WTC.

I turned on CNN and watched the second plane hit...

My hubby still wanted me to take him to the airport. I told him "No."
 
2009-09-11 11:37:36 AM  

MooseBayou: There were only 300+ posts.

Nowadays on FARK, we can get 300+ posts about a purple monkey dishwasher thread.

FARK sure has grown. Not up, though.


There were LOTS AND LOTS of 9/11 threads that day. That one is just the one from when the planes hit.

Think of the number of threads during the Iranian Election coverage and you'll get a better idea at how many 9/11 threads were flying around that day.
 
2009-09-11 11:37:51 AM  
hamdingers 2009-09-11 11:34:58 AM
On top of all the deaths, injuries and lives forever destroyed by this day - how sad it is to think that 9/11 ultimately tore this country in two rather than brought us together. Many days it seems that we have just become a nation split up into two hate-filled camps - both sides unable to look at the other one objectively, neither side able to put the country's needs ahead of their need to destroy the other side.

WELL PUT
/I would love to subscribe to your newsletter.
 
2009-09-11 11:38:12 AM  

Tatsuma: dstanley: Tatsuma: Death, destruction and thousands of people dying: COMEDY GOLD amirite guyz?

Fark account number: 146681
Account created: 2004-03-20 08:47:11

You've been here long enough to know better.

I've been here pretty much exactly 8 years and an hour or so today.

This place has been steadily going down, and it's getting worse since /b/ was created. See the annoying Glenn Beck meme, for example.


i won't argue the Beck meme. that's gotta go.

/farking since 2001
 
2009-09-11 11:38:48 AM  

hamdingers: Bin Laden's enduring legacy is that we have lost our ability to be the United States ... now we are just Red and Blue - at war with ourselves.


Guess you forgot about the Clinton/Contract with America era? Bush and the New World Order? Or the pure hatred of Reagan during the end of his term? Hippies and Nixon? And on and on and on...
 
2009-09-11 11:38:51 AM  

theredsea1: I personally think we Americans have gone soft. Two buildings and we gave up many of our rights?


I'm curious, which rights did you give up?
 
kth
2009-09-11 11:39:12 AM  
I was watching when it happened. I remember thinking "what an idiot" when they reported on the first one, and "oh fark" when the second one hit. I was leaving for work when the pentagon plane hit, at which point my mom called and ordered me to call my sister (who lives near the pentagon). I hit redial for a good long while before my phone started ringing and she got through to me.

I spent the morning watching planes land at McConnell AFB and the airport (on the top floor of the tallest building in Wichita) until my father called and told me that my mother was on the porch crying and wouldn't come inside until she could set eyes on one of her children. Boss wouldn't let me leave, so I told him "fark off, my mother's crying" and left anyway.
 
2009-09-11 11:39:27 AM  
That last post was dramatic for effect. I mean no disrespect for the dead. My God bless their families.

My point still stand though.
 
2009-09-11 11:40:05 AM  
This happened a month into my freshmen year of high school. I was in my social studies class when everything happened. During it there were some kids cracking jokes about it and all I can remember is wanting to turn around and beat the shiat out of them.

I also remember that after it happened our classes still went on and while most of the teachers were in shock and just let us watch tv my physical science teacher refused to let us watch.

I spent the next few days on AIM trying to make sure the kids from NYC that I met over the summer when putting together a church camp were ok. Thank God they were.
 
2009-09-11 11:40:37 AM  
I stayed at home with a sick toddler that day. Turned on the tv just in time to see the second tower struck. Watched them collapse on live tv. Reading this thread, watching people post in real time, gives me chills and tears.
 
2009-09-11 11:40:49 AM  

Knucklepopper: I'm curious, which rights did you give up?


4th Amendment.
 
2009-09-11 11:41:02 AM  

theredsea1: That last post was dramatic for effect. I mean no disrespect for the dead. My God bless their families.

My point still stand though.


theredsea1: You all got an F on that day.


Pretentious ass is an ass
 
2009-09-11 11:41:04 AM  

Tatsuma: downstairs: Could it be possible that 8 years later, some people can also find humor in the tragedy? Or is that not allowed?

Death, destruction and thousands of people dying: COMEDY GOLD amirite guyz?


If you think you're upset now, wait until we commemorate this day with punch and pie in another 8 years

/sad
 
2009-09-11 11:41:16 AM  

MooseBayou: There were only 300+ posts.

Nowadays on FARK, we can get 300+ posts about a purple monkey dishwasher thread.

FARK sure has grown. Not up, though.


That's just one thread. There were about a dozen in total--mods kept having to close them & reopen new ones so the servers didn't crash.

/Didn't post that day--was too busy staring gape-mouthed at the TV
//Fark was one of the first internet sites to mention what was going on.
 
2009-09-11 11:42:05 AM  

Tatsuma: dstanley: Tatsuma: Death, destruction and thousands of people dying: COMEDY GOLD amirite guyz?

Fark account number: 146681
Account created: 2004-03-20 08:47:11

You've been here long enough to know better.

I've been here pretty much exactly 8 years and an hour or so today.

This place has been steadily going down, and it's getting worse since /b/ was created. See the annoying Glenn Beck meme, for example.


guess what? You can leave anytime you want.
 
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