What's the most interesting human disaster? I'm currently researching Chernobyl.
W&w for r1!
And Cheryl's pussy.
Famine in Ethiopia?
Israel persecuting the Palestinians?
The ones where thousands of people get wiped out because either a corporation or the military were idiots always really upset me the most.
The Halifax explosion during WWI
The Johnstown flood, not just for the story of Lake Conemaugh and the South Fork Hunting and Fishing Club, but also the Gautier Wire Works and the miles of barbed wire the flood carried into Johnstown to bind flood survivors in the massive debris piled up at the stone bridge that burned for three days.
The invention of drip-dry.
Fukushima-Diachi Nuclear Catastrophe, the worst industrial catastrophe in human history. From Japanese secrecy to inaction to craven behavior (selling nuclear-contaminated food across the globe) to incompetence to looking the other way this story is the most head-shaking I've ever followed.
If you are looking for emotions and bad behavior then you can't beat Hurricane Katrina.
The Qinghe Special Steel Corporation disaster, in which 32 workers were killed from molten steel.
The destruction of Labor Unions actually ruined all of our lives.
The great Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919 wins. A tsunami of molasses rolling through the streets of Boston at 35 mph, kills 21 and injures 150.
Sometimes I think Fukashima might end the world. Between Fukashima and the BP disaster in the Gulf...I'm thinking those two disasters are going to haunt our future as a planet.
I never heard of the Johnstown Flood.
The Christmas tsunami.
I mean almost 1/2 million dead...astonishing.
The Belvano train disaster, 1944: in the middle of the night, the train got stuck in a tunnel and 600 people were gassed to death.
In current events, burning cheese truck in Norway.
[quote]In what may be a new world record for the largest fondue, a semi-truck containing 27 tonnes of burning goat cheese has blocked a highway tunnel in northern Norway for six days.
The Titanic....because the couple in the bow of the ship looked so cute.
AnnE's golden globe speech
Invention of rayon.
This year's Academy Awards Best Actress category, for ridiculously and offensively nominating the bland and boring Jessica Chastain and Quebooboo Wallis instead of the dynamic, dazzling, hypnotic and extraordinary Rachel Weisz, Marion Cotillard and Michelle Williams.
I want to see his transcripts from all these graduate schools he supposedly attends.
Fukushima still has the potential to have major worldwide consequences. For those who don't mind being alarmed, ENEnews is still reporting what other media won't.
OTOH, the Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 was kinda cool, sticky and sweet.
Williams was unnominatable, jackass at r23, as has been pointed out to you already on other threads. Marilyn was last year.
The St. Francis Dsm disaster in 1928. Somewhere between 600 - 800 people were swept away in a flood path that went from San Francisquito Canyon all the way down to Ventura on the coast (of California)
The Johnstown Flood.
[quote]instead of the dynamic, dazzling, hypnotic and extraordinary Rachel Weisz, Marion Cotillard and Michelle Williams.
MARY!, MARY! and MARY!
Doesn't r23 mean Michelle Williams should have been nominated for Take this Waltz?
There are natural and man-made disasters.
Of natural disasters, estimated deaths in the 1931 China floods range between 2 million and 4 million people, listed as the deadliest flood of all times, which is also the deadliest natural disasters of all times.
Human caused, perhaps London's killer fog. With the advent of industry, London’s population was accustomed to seeing foggy, pollution laden air. In 1952 this pollution took a tragic turn. That winter, the weather was cold and residents burned more coal in their fireplaces to alleviate the chill. The smoke laced with sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and soot, and left London encased in a black cloud of near total darkness and killed over 12,000 people.
Thank you Internets
Could we spare at least ONE thread from being hijacked by the Best Actress trolls?
The rise and fall of Nazism and the Third Reich.
The Hindenburg disaster was interesting. Was that the first disaster that was broadcast live?
A heat wave in 2003 killed 70,000 in Europe, nearly 15,000 in France.
Oh, so now we're mocking me in code. Funny. Really funny. Editor, please F&F ban.
The United States
We are monsters and there is no denying it.
I think r4 slipped up - he meant to put "Mel Gibson" in the byline, not in the body of the post.
Nope. Just because I hate the Government of Israel does not mean I hate Jewish people. I'm just sick and tired of the bully nation and it's big muscled Dad.
- think the tiny state of Israel which is surrounded by 100s of millions who want to destroy it, and have repeatedly tried to do so, is the "bully"
- see the I/P conflict as one-sided Israeli "persecution"
- think that persecution is one of the most significant human disasters
you can't complain if people start to wonder what motivates that skewed vision of the world, r42.
Yes, I'm talking about Take This Waltz, r26, you asshole moron who should drown at the bottom of an outhouse pit.
The United States Senate.
Israel's entire existence is predicated on genocide. They claim God told them to wipe out all the other tribes living in the land - Deuteronomy 9.
9/11 counts, mainly because the REAL guilty people got away, scott free. We live in a really crummy country.
Please r44, everyone does not fall for your bullshit. I certainly do not. I know the truth. Two sides to every story, I looked at the other side of this story and NOW I know the truth.
The Great Leap Forward. Only two of the many horror stories that led to the deaths of 30 million: following the theories of a discredited Soviet agronomist lead to crop failures which were hidden from the people and the powers that be to save face. As if the peasants who farmed the land for centuries knew nothing, they are instructed to plow seeds 2 meters deep to encourage deep roots. Then, as if farming while starving wasn't hard enough, Mao tries to make the people produce steel in backyard furnaces, (at night!) and to do so, all available wood is used to fire these furnaces including the furniture and doors of the houses of the peasants and for the scrap metal all the people's cooking vessels are melted down. Mao is truly one of the most deluded and evil tyrants of any century.
The Krakatau volcano eruption has always fascinated me. Supposedly so loud it was heard thousands of miles away.
Proves we are just organisms on this giant mudball. Earth will survive; we will not.
The deaths from the heat wave in r36.
That it could happen the way it did, and so many of the victims were elderly and left on their own while everyone else went on holiday -- including their own families.
The rise, anyway, R33.
Photo: entrance to Auschwitz-Birkenau
The one waiting to happen. The fact we suck millions and millions of barrels of oil out of the earth EVERY DAY and don't expect any repercussions. For an intelligent species we really are stupid.
Fukushima was hardly a disaster. Nobody was injured, let alone killed by the partial meltdown of its reactors. It was the subsequent hysteria that lead to a totally unnecessary evacuation, that caused severe trauma among the region's inhabitants.
Subsequent investigations by the WHO, and UNSCEAR, the UN's nuclear radiation body, found no significant radiation contamination.
Of course the crackpots out there will continue to bleat about how much of a disaster it was, ignoring the fact that 25,000 people were killed in the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
Nuclear industry PR troll alert @R60. The WHO report is preliminary, widely questioned, and at variance to the Japanese government's own data. Nobody, including WHO, disputes that removal of residents was necessary. Condition of the reactors and fuel pools is disturbing, and TEPCO lacks the ability to adequately stabilize the situation long term.
The fall, too, R58. There was far more damage done beyond concentration camps.
R62, I misread the headline. Yes, both "rise" and "fall" make sense with the word "most interesting." Somehow my brain/eyes transmuted it into "most horrible," and of course, the fall wasn't even a little bit horrible. My mistake. You're quite right.
R63, your knowledge of history is obviously lacking. Victors in war rarely behave admirably.
No  I don't work for the industry. I simply recognise that it is daft to create panic over a non-disaster when thousands of people die each year from coal emissions, and in developing countries, from a lack of electricity that forces them to use wood, garbage and other toxic substances.
The evacuation order was given because of the ridiculously low safety level that is used to govern exposure.
Fact is Fukushima is a plant that was designed at a time when cars had no seatbelts and doctors still told people its safe to smoke. And in spite of being hit by the largest ever recorded earthquake and a tsunami, not a single person lost their life.
[quote]Fukushima was hardly a disaster. Nobody was injured, let alone killed by the partial meltdown of its reactors. It was the subsequent hysteria that lead to a totally unnecessary evacuation, that caused severe trauma among the region's inhabitants. Subsequent investigations by the WHO, and UNSCEAR, the UN's nuclear radiation body, found no significant radiation contamination.
Oh, really? Were you actually living there? You need to lay off the crack.
That's pathetic, . No of course not. However I was in Asia at the time. The real horror was the 25,000 deaths in the twin whammy of earthquake and tsunami.
But to try and put Fukushima above those events as some here have tried to do is inhumane.
I repeat. Nobody died - or was injured - by Fukushima's meltdown.
My not winning at the Oscars.
R64, you would rather Germany have won WWII?
How so, ? How many people died because of Fukushima?
Excess cancer deaths qualify as inhumane, R60/65/67/71. You're dealing in falsehoods.
Fukushima (along with Three Mile Island and Chernobyl) could effectively kill nuclear power, case by case in America...and country by country around the world. Rightly so. The desperation is noticeable.
 It is unlikely to kill off nuclear power: China and India are building more than 50 new stations between them.
South Africa has five new plants in mind, and I know of at least ten other African nations that have set up nuclear projects.
Japan is moving towards restarting its fleet because ultimately (as many New Yorkers post-Sandy will know) living without energy is a killer.
Japan has no natural resources to draw on. It can't import enough oil, coal or gas to cover more than three months at a time.
Finally, I'd be interested in seeing how the Standford projections turn out. Pinpointing 180 extra cases of cancer - over and above the norm - in a population of exposed people that numbered some half a million - would be a feat indeed.
The Third Reich
Stirrup pants and peasant blouses.
It's a tie between Crocs and Kathy Lee Gifford.
You present a false dichotomy, R69. The Allies weren't innocents while pursuing defeat of the Axis powers. Firebombing civilians, mass rape, indiscriminate executions...unnecessary atrocities.
There were almost 50 million people killed during WWII, 67% of them civilians.
I was thinking about r20's funny snark and it made me sad that the great love story on that ship was of Isador and Ida Straus, and all they got was a three second cameo.
There should be a movie on them.