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(Twitter)   Every year Nova Scotia sends a tree to Boston as a thank you for their help after one of the worst maritime accidents in history struck them in 1917. No snark, just a reminder of some of the best humanity has to offer   (twitter.com) divider line
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2020-11-29 9:30:56 PM  
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2020-11-29 9:49:29 PM  
Hahahahaha
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2020-11-30 2:15:24 AM  
[SAPPY] tag.... I see what you did there. 😃

/Bostonian
 
2020-11-30 2:20:02 AM  
So.. we're all cool with the War of 1812 then?
 
2020-11-30 2:30:56 AM  
And now days you can't get some people to wear a mask to help too prevent the spread of a disease.
 
2020-11-30 2:41:17 AM  
 
2020-11-30 2:43:01 AM  
The Halifax explosion is truly insane, and there was a lot of heroism, including the railway dispatcher (Patrick Vincent Coleman)  who stopped fleeing to safety to send a telegram to halt an inbound passenger train
 
2020-11-30 2:54:19 AM  

Felgraf: The Halifax explosion is truly insane, and there was a lot of heroism, including the railway dispatcher (Patrick Vincent Coleman)  who stopped fleeing to safety to send a telegram to halt an inbound passenger train


The twitter thread has multiple parts with a lot more info including the link to this Heritage Minute about the explosion
Heritage Minutes: Halifax Explosion
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2020-11-30 3:14:39 AM  
It was about as powerful an explosion as the one in Beirut.
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2020-11-30 3:23:34 AM  

Trik: And now days you can't get some people to wear a mask to help too prevent the spread of a disease.


And some can't form a sentence...
 
2020-11-30 3:30:36 AM  
A tree every year? I mean, Boston's going to run out of places to put them. Why not a hot cocoa sampler box?
 
2020-11-30 3:59:36 AM  

chitownmike: Trik: And now days you can't get some people to wear a mask to help too prevent the spread of a disease.

And some can't form a sentence...


Feel better now?
 
2020-11-30 4:06:35 AM  

ryant123: It was about as powerful an explosion as the one in Beirut.
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Beirut was big but Halifax was at least twice the force.
 
2020-11-30 4:12:34 AM  
i'll never forgive gordon lightfoot for not writing a song about this
 
2020-11-30 4:14:26 AM  

starsrift: A tree every year? I mean, Boston's going to run out of places to put them. Why not a hot cocoa sampler box?


Maybe a box of Tim's?
 
2020-11-30 4:19:45 AM  

crinz83: i'll never forgive gordon lightfoot for not writing a song about this


What rhymes with nitrocellulose?
 
2020-11-30 4:44:38 AM  

whither_apophis: ryant123: It was about as powerful an explosion as the one in Beirut.
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Beirut was big but Halifax was at least twice the force.


Prior to the tomic bomb, it was the largest man-made explosion in historic ry.  It was in fact used as the basis for the model of what an A-bomb would do.  Scientists were confused for a while about the apparent discrepency between the amount of material in the explosion, and the actual force.  It turns out, because it happened in the water, the half-sphere of the explosion that went into the water bounced off the seabed, instrad of being absorbed like they thoughtit would, so it something like 40-50% stronger than expected.

As for injuries and deaths, outside of the immediate explosion, the greatest cause of injury was from flying glass... aka people standing in their windows looking at the burning ship in the harbour, which turned into clouds of shattered glass that literally took peoples heads off, and gouged out a hell of a lot of eyes.
 
2020-11-30 4:46:54 AM  

punkwrestler: starsrift: A tree every year? I mean, Boston's going to run out of places to put them. Why not a hot cocoa sampler box?

Maybe a box of Tim's?


Boston's already got Dunkies; they don't need any more crappy donuts and coffee.

/trololo
 
2020-11-30 4:58:25 AM  

r3dplanet: So.. we're all cool with the War of 1812 then?



Why wouldn't we be? Not only did the New England militia refuse to invade Canada for the most part, New England continued to be our biggest trading partner basically saying "F you, Madison."
 
2020-11-30 5:02:28 AM  

whither_apophis: crinz83: i'll never forgive gordon lightfoot for not writing a song about this

What rhymes with nitrocellulose?


"man than thing was close"
 
2020-11-30 5:11:09 AM  
It is a truly inspiring story. There is only one problem with it. It would be a bit more informative if they said what the disaster was. I have to go now to look up the Halifax. Disaster.
 
2020-11-30 5:36:29 AM  

whither_apophis: ryant123: It was about as powerful an explosion as the one in Beirut.
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Beirut was big but Halifax was at least twice the force.


Not only mass wise, but Ammonium Nitrate in Beirut was actually a pretty crappy slow explosive. About 1/3 the energy of TNT. In Halifax though, it was picric acid and other fast high explosives.
 
2020-11-30 5:36:55 AM  
I found this visual comparison of various explosions from Reuters, which was interesting as an approach:

How powerful was the Beirut blast?

It gets hard to conceive of that kind of energy.
 
2020-11-30 5:38:46 AM  
BTW, the tree is often picked from someone's private property. Most people who donate the trees consider it a huge honor, and donate it freely.
 
2020-11-30 5:59:06 AM  
Canadians from Nova Scotia that were were living and working here in America helped me after Hurricane Katrina.
I am forever grateful.

Canadians are indeed beautiful people.

They are now retired and living in Canada now.
 
2020-11-30 6:21:56 AM  
They usually send tree but this year t'was only two.
 
2020-11-30 6:24:28 AM  
I first heard about this in the early 00, my gf at the time was from Canada and lived in Halifax for a while. The relationship ended the same way in a giant explosion and lots of tragedy.
 
2020-11-30 7:06:35 AM  

Felgraf: The Halifax explosion is truly insane, and there was a lot of heroism, including the railway dispatcher (Patrick Vincent Coleman)  who stopped fleeing to safety to send a telegram to halt an inbound passenger train


I work with one of his descendants.
 
2020-11-30 7:16:51 AM  

groppet: I first heard about this in the early 00, my gf at the time was from Canada and lived in Halifax for a while. The relationship ended the same way in a giant explosion and lots of tragedy.


Did you at least get a tree out of it?
 
2020-11-30 7:22:15 AM  
That was an interesting story. My best friends in the whole state of Oregon just moved to Nova Scotia two days ago. The guy is a Canadian citizen, and they were yearning for the rural life near his parents. Among his reasons for leaving, were the sheer quantity of dumbass Americans who are actively making this pandemic worse.
 
2020-11-30 7:29:07 AM  
 I moved in to my apt 25 yrs ago and met the little old lady who grew up in the house next door. She was a little girl when the Halifax Explosion occurred and remembered her windows rattling in that house. In Dartmouth.
 
2020-11-30 7:32:29 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: BTW, the tree is often picked from someone's private property. Most people who donate the trees consider it a huge honor, and donate it freely.


Yes. My sis in law's best friend had the honour of donating their tree one year. She and my sil followed the tree to Boston and watched the lighting. That year my sil found the Lindor store and brought back a ton for xmas. Mmmmm
 
2020-11-30 7:42:13 AM  

rue_in_winter: I found this visual comparison of various explosions from Reuters, which was interesting as an approach:

How powerful was the Beirut blast?

It gets hard to conceive of that kind of energy.


Where is "after Chili's" on that list?
Somewhere in the middle I'd bet.
 
2020-11-30 7:50:43 AM  

GrogSmash: As for injuries and deaths, outside of the immediate explosion, the greatest cause of injury was from flying glass... aka people standing in their windows looking at the burning ship in the harbour, which turned into clouds of shattered glass that literally took peoples heads off, and gouged out a hell of a lot of eyes.


Same thing happened with the Tianjin explosion, a few years ago.
 
2020-11-30 8:02:41 AM  
Fun Fact: Part of my Grade 12 English exam was to watch a video about the selection, harvesting, and shipping process for this tree, and write about it.

In the Before Times, my family actually took a trip to Boston during the holidays, and we were all excited to see the tree in Boston Common.

It's a big deal, haha.
 
2020-11-30 8:05:27 AM  
Live in New England, have made several visits to Quebec (yes, I know, they talk funny up there and are sometimes not on the best terms with English speakers). I have always been treated well, and they are polite enough not to laugh at my high school French.

Canadians, in general (except the border guards...for some reason, they're all cranky) are very pleasant people. Maybe it's because they're not trying to prove anything. We should try to be more like them.

P.S. Send more maple syrup
 
2020-11-30 8:15:00 AM  
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'Goods ta see them blue-nose degens not hum-bugging the holidays!
Might want to send a few bags of all-dressed chips down there too. They don't gots them there.'
 
2020-11-30 8:20:24 AM  
This was a fantastic book about the Halifax Explosion.
I grew up just outside Boston.  Went to see the tree regularly as a kid.
Had NO IDEA about the explosion or the donation from NS.

https://www.amazon.com/Great-Halifax-​E​xplosion-Treachery-Extraordinary/dp/00​62666533
 
2020-11-30 8:25:33 AM  

halifaxdatageek: Fun Fact: Part of my Grade 12 English exam was to watch a video about the selection, harvesting, and shipping process for this tree, and write about it.

In the Before Times, my family actually took a trip to Boston during the holidays, and we were all excited to see the tree in Boston Common.

It's a big deal, haha.


Username checks out.

And as a proud Bostonian with distant family in Anigonish, I love this story every year.
 
2020-11-30 8:29:54 AM  

zerkalo: In case you were wondering why

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax_​Explosion


Holy shiat
 
2020-11-30 8:50:58 AM  
There are many videos of the Halifax Explosion on youtube. I liked this one the most

The Halifax Explosion - Sixty Symbols
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2020-11-30 9:00:12 AM  

Truck Fump: Live in New England, have made several visits to Quebec (yes, I know, they talk funny up there and are sometimes not on the best terms with English speakers). I have always been treated well, and they are polite enough not to laugh at my high school French.


FWIW, Quebecois shouldn't be laughing at anyone's French.
 
2020-11-30 9:39:40 AM  
CSB: Our former PM, Jean Chretien had just completed a scrum with a group of news reporters who had given him a rough time. As happens occasionally, he didn't realize that his mic was still hot when he was heard to say: "Youse guys tink dat I know sweet fark nothing... Me, I know sweet fark all."
 
2020-11-30 9:45:43 AM  

ryant123: It was about as powerful an explosion as the one in Beirut.
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no it was waaaay more.  it was in fact the worst non-nuclear, man-made explosion on record.  the only reason there were fewer deaths is that there were fewer people.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halifax​_​Explosion
 
2020-11-30 10:09:58 AM  
You know that when the Canadians send those trees to America, they're not sending their best.
 
2020-11-30 10:36:47 AM  

Truck Fump: Live in New England, have made several visits to Quebec (yes, I know, they talk funny up there and are sometimes not on the best terms with English speakers). I have always been treated well, and they are polite enough not to laugh at my high school French.

Canadians, in general (except the border guards...for some reason, they're all cranky) are very pleasant people. Maybe it's because they're not trying to prove anything. We should try to be more like them.

P.S. Send more maple syrup


But not molasses. Boston had a bad experience with molasses.
 
2020-11-30 12:15:22 PM  

Truck Fump: Canadians, in general (except the border guards...for some reason, they're all cranky)


Yeah, as someone who once worked a summer as a border guard (in an airport, so I didn't have to be issued a gun), I never figured out why they all sucked so much.

...still better than the American pre-clearance folks I worked with there. Eeeeep.
 
2020-11-30 12:58:12 PM  

Felgraf: The Halifax explosion is truly insane, and there was a lot of heroism, including the railway dispatcher (Patrick Vincent Coleman)  who stopped fleeing to safety to send a telegram to halt an inbound passenger train


Heroism tends to be continuing to do your job in an emergency.

1986: I was the CIC Watch Officer in USS Cook (FF-1083) during live fire exercises in the San Clemente Island Range off Socal. Something went wrong. A round stuck. All non-essential personnel were ordered into life jackets & evacuated aft of the Expansion Joint (Knox-Class, Hewes-sub-class modification), the quickly concocted theory that if the forecastle (gun & armory) blew, the aft section might break away.

I was told to man CIC with 2 men. I chose to stay because:1) it was my Duty & B) how would it look to pick someone else & then skitter & scamper like a girl in front of my crew, 2 of whom I may have just condemned? Nope.

So, I chose the next capable man (who had just returned from his honeymoon & was quite vocally not happy with my decision). He manned Surface Radar & DRT (Dead Reckoning Tracer - dead reckoning is a system of navigation used by Sailors for thousands of years - most of them are dead); I handled all the communications which meant flitting from radio-phone to radio-phone like some kind of electronic nymph, as well as the growlers used for internal comms.  This lasted for about 7 hours, at any time the explosion, akin to what happened in USS Iowa, could have occurred.

I once heard bravery is continuing to do your duty even when you are afraid. That's what I did that day. The really brave men were the Gunnersmates who retrieved that stuck round safely. They were working right in the face of a potential explosion.

I chose my #2 man dispassionately, based on his abilities. I didn't know any other way to pick one of 8 possible men. It was a very important day in my life & the only one where I had to make a potentially life-or-death decision affecting someone else.
 
2020-11-30 12:59:28 PM  

Robo Beat: punkwrestler: starsrift: A tree every year? I mean, Boston's going to run out of places to put them. Why not a hot cocoa sampler box?

Maybe a box of Tim's?

Boston's already got Dunkies; they don't need any more crappy donuts and coffee.

/trololo


But their Canadian!
Speaking about Dunkies have you seen this turDunkin?
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2020-11-30 1:02:17 PM  

yagottabefarkinkiddinme: Canadians from Nova Scotia that were were living and working here in America helped me after Hurricane Katrina.
I am forever grateful.

Canadians are indeed beautiful people.

They are now retired and living in Canada now.


Don't forget about how Gander helped out during 9/11. Their city doubled in size because of all the diverted flights and they helped all those people.
 
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