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Oh Lordy, Plegaleggole
Mon 16th Jun '08 5:37PM
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Demian's Avatar
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7th Apr '03
Since it's promised in the Creativity blurb I thought we'd better discuss them!

So.. what sort of suspension bridge would you use to span a gap of approximately 180m? Personally I'm a big fan of the underspanned bridge although I understand that deck structure types are more popular since they've been made resistant to the sort of dastardly problem that caused the tragic incidents at Tacoma Narrow Bridge, on that fateful day in that fateful year.

I often think to myself, were McGonagall alive today, he would surely take it upon himself to commemorate the day on which the event happened which impacted so many lives in so many ways. For the event was surely one of the most significant in the history of the deck structure type suspension bridge.

Since McGonagall is sadly no longer with us, and may not have been for over 150 years if my halfhearted attempt at googling his biography is to be trusted, I've done the job for him.

The Tacoma Narrow Bridge Disaster
by William McGonagall

Ah Tacoma! How we sadly mourn
The fate of those who tried to cross
For soon they wished they were never born
And those who lived, were surely cross.

For when I searched the wikipedia
To post about suspension bridges,
It mentioned that your fate was seedier
Than the unrecyclable parts out of old Electrolux fridges.

Oh! Glorious Bridge that may have spanned
With majesty and dignity
An unknown stretch of sea or land;
For me, it remains a mystery.

For though I know not what occur'd
Or when this tragedy took place
To read it now would be absurd;
I can't be arsed, in any case.

Oh! Beautiful Bridge so lofty and grand
With thy tragicically unheard of tale of woe
You were one of the finest in all this fine land;
And enabled the people to go to and fro.


Misses his big brother :(
Tue 17th Jun '08 10:03PM
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7th Apr '03
That's beautiful man! I think the mistake they made with the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was that when they discovered it wobbled dangerously in high winds, rather than repair it they renamed it 'Galloping Gertie' and made it a tourist attraction. Tempting fate much...

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