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May 28, 1906 – San Francisco in Ruins

San Francisco in Ruins (Clicken to enbiggenate)


This amazingly detailed, panoramic high resolution photograph shows just how completely devastated 4 days and 4 nights of fires left San Francisco after the Great 1906 Earthquake.

6 weeks later smoke still hangs in the air as people begin the long, mammoth task of cleaning up.

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When All You Have Is A Hammer…

They say that when all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. It’s an old adage warning against the danger of over-reliance on a familiar tool. In 1970, the small town of Florence, Oregon had a problem. A dead sperm whale had washed up on their beach and was creating quite a stink. The highway division had dynamite, and so the whale looked like something to blow up. The hope being that scavengers like birds and crabs would consume the small pieces. Unfortunately, they didn’t know how much to use, so they decided to err on the side of overuse. Hilarity ensues. OK, it’s hilarious for us, but probably not for the people covered in whale particles.

Let this be a lesson to you: use the appropriate tool, and don’t blow up whales. Otherwise, you’ll wind up immortalized in a video, like the one of the whale explosion after the jump.
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