Browsing: May 23

A Brief History On May 23, 2013, the Interstate-5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed suddenly, dumping 2 occupied cars into the river. Incredibly, not only did the occupants survive, they did not suffer any severe injuries. Often the results are much different and much more tragic. Today we discuss some of the famous bridge collapses through History, with an eye toward ones that are particularly deadly, interesting, or unique.  (See our previous article on August 1, 2007, “10 Famous Bridge Collapses.”) Question for Students (and others): What incidents would you add to the list? Please tell us in the …

A Brief History Science fiction action body horror film fans of John Carroll University, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see Upgrade on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM at Cinemark At Valley View and XD in Valley View, Ohio!  Please visit this link for the chance to be placed on the guest list at the Cleveland advance screening.   Winners will receive an email by 6 PM on Monday, May 21, 2018 notifying them that their name will be placed on a guest list at the door.  This invitation is good for the winner…

A Brief History On May 23, 2014, a mentally disturbed 22 year old man took his mental illness to a new level by killing 3 people with a knife, another 3 with pistols, and injuring another 14 with gunshots and his car, eventually taking his own life as well, in an incident known as the Isla Vista Killings. Digging Deeper Despite having psychiatric care since the age of 8, Elliot Rodger had not been officially diagnosed with a mental illness, even though he had been prescribed anti-psychotic medicine.  (Is it me, or does that seem like the doctors thought he…

A Brief History On March 23, 2013, Angelenos were shocked and then amused by a surprising bit of skywriting authored by pilot and comedian Kurt Braunohler.  Skywriting has been used since either 1915 or 1919, as its origins are disputed.  Used for advertising or personal messages, Kurt Braunohler found a new use for the venerable media. Digging Deeper Born in 1976 in New Jersey, Braunohler became a comedian first performing in street shows (Kurtbot) and moving on to working with notable other comedians (many familiar faces from Comedy Central and The Daily Show) with the Neutrino Video Project and Hot…

A Brief History On May 23, 1701, Scottish Captain William Kidd was hanged in London for piracy and murder. Captain Kidd is one of the better known pirates, and here we list 10 of the most famous or infamous of them all. For today, we will stick to real people, so Captain Hook and Long John Silver will have to wait for a fictional list. Who else would you include? Digging Deeper 10. Anne Dieu-le-Veut. The last name is actually a sobriquet meaning “God wills it” or “God Wants.” She was given this nickname because it seemed she achieved everything…

1 2