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(Mother Nature Network)   "Witnesses say the wave of molasses reached as high as 30 feet tall and it traveled as fast as 35 miles per hour"   (mnn.com) divider line 74
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2013-06-25 08:25:08 AM
94 years ago called, they want their story back.
 
2013-06-25 08:28:44 AM
So much for "slower than molasses in January"...
 
2013-06-25 09:01:59 AM
Sweet!
 
2013-06-25 09:10:20 AM
Why hasn't this ever been done as a disaster movie?

Oh wait, Bostonians are generally a despicable bunch, like the hate fark byproduct of NYC and Camden.
 
2013-06-25 09:10:29 AM

basemetal: Sweet!


How can you take such a candy coated view of this sticky situation?
 
2013-06-25 09:12:07 AM
94 years ago?  Sounds about right for fark reporting on a breaking news story.
 
2013-06-25 09:12:23 AM
blog.zap2it.com

...then I had ANOTHER orgasm!
 
2013-06-25 09:13:56 AM
Before too many people do the "durr, molasses in January!!" thing...


That was the noise made by the explosion of a massive tank of molasses owned by the Purity Distilling Company. Moments later, more than 2 million gallons of hot, thick, sticky molasses flooded the surrounding streets, destroying buildings, overturning wagons and trucks, and even knocking an elevated train off its tracks.


Note the embiggened word. The molasses was hot, so the viscosity was lower than it would have been at room or ambient temperature.
 
2013-06-25 09:14:05 AM
I guess "anarchists" were the same boogey man then that "terrorists" are now?
 
2013-06-25 09:14:29 AM
Isn't this on the back of the Boston baked beans box?
 
2013-06-25 09:15:41 AM

wildcardjack: Why hasn't this ever been done as a disaster movie?


With zombies!
 
2013-06-25 09:18:02 AM
Only topped by the St Louis Marshmallow Incident of 1955.
 
2013-06-25 09:19:19 AM

Alonjar: I guess "anarchists" were the same boogey man then that "terrorists" are now?


Anarchists, communists, terrorists, hell; whatever you have to tell people to keep them controlled.
 
2013-06-25 09:19:24 AM
Screw it.

3.bp.blogspot.com

RUM THREAD!!!
 
2013-06-25 09:19:26 AM

gopher321


Only topped by the St Louis Marshmallow Incident of 1955.


That sounds interesting. Tell us s'more.
 
2013-06-25 09:21:51 AM

wildcardjack: Why hasn't this ever been done as a disaster movie?


You mean it hasn't?
moviemezzanine.com

more of a cheesy horror flick, but still...
 
2013-06-25 09:22:13 AM
Mother of Blob. . . .
 
2013-06-25 09:22:43 AM
the real casualties were when the bees moved in later.
 
2013-06-25 09:24:29 AM

gopher321: Only topped by the St Louis Marshmallow Incident of 1955.


Sees what you did there...
www.nige.com.au
 
2013-06-25 09:24:41 AM
I know this is commonly treated as "funny history", but honestly it sounds pretty terrifying.  I can think of a lot of less awful ways to die.
 
2013-06-25 09:25:22 AM
What did they do with the rest of the moles?
 
2013-06-25 09:26:45 AM

wildcardjack: Why hasn't this ever been done as a disaster movie?

Oh wait, Bostonians are generally a despicable bunch, like the hate fark byproduct of NYC and Camden.


Says someone in Texas? Looked in the mirror lately?
 
2013-06-25 09:26:54 AM
Oh, it's this thread again.
Old news is so exciting.
 
2013-06-25 09:28:02 AM
♪♫ Slow ride...take it easy ♫♪
 
2013-06-25 09:29:15 AM

mike_d85: Screw it.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 550x801]

RUM THREAD!!!


media.darkrum.co
 
2013-06-25 09:29:27 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: Before too many people do the "durr, molasses in January!!" thing...


That was the noise made by the explosion of a massive tank of molasses owned by the Purity Distilling Company. Moments later, more than 2 million gallons of hot, thick, sticky molasses flooded the surrounding streets, destroying buildings, overturning wagons and trucks, and even knocking an elevated train off its tracks.


Note the embiggened word. The molasses was hot, so the viscosity was lower than it would have been at room or ambient temperature.


A real hit at parties, this one.
 
2013-06-25 09:29:27 AM

mike_d85: Screw it.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 550x801]

RUM THREAD!!!


3.bp.blogspot.com

The Kraken...release it.
 
2013-06-25 09:30:20 AM

No Such Agency: I know this is commonly treated as "funny history", but honestly it sounds pretty terrifying.  I can think of a lot of less awful ways to die.


My father, who was born only 21 years after it had happened, didn't believe me when I told him about this story. He though it was one of those silly made up tales until I was able to find brief mention of it in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Then he and I agreed that the only reason why History Channel never did a disaster story about it was because it was too silly sounding to make any head of steam.
 
2013-06-25 09:30:31 AM

Englebert Slaptyback: Before too many people do the "durr, molasses in January!!" thing...


That was the noise made by the explosion of a massive tank of molasses owned by the Purity Distilling Company. Moments later, more than 2 million gallons of hot, thick, sticky molasses flooded the surrounding streets, destroying buildings, overturning wagons and trucks, and even knocking an elevated train off its tracks.


Note the embiggened word. The molasses was hot, so the viscosity was lower than it would have been at room or ambient temperature.


That is all well and good science guy, but when it stopped it cooled and rescue efforts would've been deeply hampered by the molasses in January.  I am sure those streets were more affected than if it was hit by a snowstorm.  Slowed everything almost to a standstill.
 
2013-06-25 09:30:54 AM

show me: 94 years ago called, they want their story back.


They did?  Did you warn them about the Great Depression, the Hindenburg, Hitler, Truman, Oswald, pop rocks, etc, etc?
 
2013-06-25 09:32:32 AM
Meh..the London Beer Flood scoffs derisively.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Beer_Flood
 
2013-06-25 09:32:56 AM
First sentence from the video: "In 1919, the north end was the most congested neighborhood, not only in the United States, but in the entire country..."

WUT?
 
2013-06-25 09:33:11 AM

xanadian: So much for "slower than molasses in January"...


Next up...debunking 'colder than a witch's tit in a brass bra'...
 
2013-06-25 09:36:23 AM

Flab: First sentence from the video: "In 1919, the north end was the most congested neighborhood, not only in the United States, but in the entire country..."

WUT?


Ah good.  Wasn't sure if I heard that right.  Probably meant to say world, but then went on to say it was as congested as Calcutta.
 
2013-06-25 09:38:41 AM

Flab: First sentence from the video: "In 1919, the north end was the most congested neighborhood, not only in the United States, but in the entire country..."

WUT?


We had less literate people back then to catch such mistakes.
 
2013-06-25 09:40:54 AM
Rum is for palates too uncouth for whisk(e)y.
 
2013-06-25 09:46:28 AM

gopher321: Only topped by the St Louis Marshmallow Incident of 1955.


www.american-buddha.com
 
2013-06-25 09:49:47 AM
The forgotten tragedy too bizarre for the history books

And yet it appears on Fark every 10 months.
 
2013-06-25 09:49:49 AM

mike_d85: Screw it.

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 550x801]

RUM THREAD!!!


Pyrat. I've had a lot of rum.  Friend of mine goes to the Dominican every year and brings back the good stuff.  Pyrat is right there with that stuff.
 
2013-06-25 09:50:35 AM
I forget, is this the ninth of 10th time this has been greenlit on Fark in the past two years?
 
2013-06-25 09:53:48 AM
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2013-06-25 09:56:19 AM

lack of warmth: Flab: First sentence from the video: "In 1919, the north end was the most congested neighborhood, not only in the United States, but in the entire country..."

WUT?

We had less literate people back then to catch such mistakes.


Hmm... Fewer literate people?
 
2013-06-25 09:57:21 AM

Maud Dib: Meh..the London Beer Flood scoffs derisively.

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


Meh.  No one died.  Its a tragedy to lose so much beer.
 
2013-06-25 09:57:56 AM
Did somebody say, "Rum thread"?

www.examiner.com

/Hot
/Also, the picture is hotlinked.
 
2013-06-25 10:03:34 AM

Snort: no one died


Seven, eight or nine people drowned, depending on your source.

I also laughed at this detail:
Relatives of some of the people who drowned had their corpses displayed in their homes and exhibited to the crowd for a fee. In one house too many people crowded into a room and the floor gave out. They plunged into a cellar half full of beer. The exhibitioners then moved to a new house. They attracted more customers but they also attracted the police, who shut them down.
 
2013-06-25 10:05:42 AM

Stepped_In_What: show me: 94 years ago called, they want their story back.

They did?  Did you warn them about the Great Depression, the Hindenburg, Hitler, Truman, Oswald, pop rocks, etc, etc?


Well, it was more of an instant message. One way. Spoofed caller id. Oh, look, there's a hamster!
 
2013-06-25 10:09:32 AM
KatjaMouse: Then he and I agreed that the only reason why History Channel never did a disaster story about it was because it was too silly sounding to make any head of steam.

More likely because it didn't lend itself to a simple video re-creation, because the History Channel is no longer able to use words and century-old pictures to tell a story.
 
2013-06-25 10:09:34 AM

UnspokenVoice: lack of warmth: Flab: First sentence from the video: "In 1919, the north end was the most congested neighborhood, not only in the United States, but in the entire country..."

WUT?

We had less literate people back then to catch such mistakes.

Hmm... Fewer literate people?


See how the test works?  No one from 1919 has gotten it right, yet.
 
2013-06-25 10:19:08 AM

Zaelath: Alonjar: I guess "anarchists" were the same boogey man then that "terrorists" are now?

Anarchists, communists, terrorists, hell; whatever you have to tell people to keep them controlled.


I'm sure all the peole who died from anarchist & terrorist activities are relieved to know it's all just BS made up by the government
 
2013-06-25 10:24:22 AM
Sounds like those folks were in a sticky situation.
 
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