Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Random quote and unrelated photo of the week

kim's angel

Loading up an empty elevator car with discarded Christmas trees, pressing the button for the top floor, then throwing in a match, so that by the time the car reaches the top it is ablaze with heat so intense that the alloy (called "babbitt") connecting the cables to the car melts, and the car, a fireball now, plunges into the pit: this practice, apparently popular in New York City housing projects, is inadvisable.

Nick Paumgarten
Up and Then Down


  1. Did that really happen somewhere? OH man!
    When we were in college, one night, in a drunken spree, we kidnapped 2 ewes from the nearby sheep-research facility and put them in our dorm elevator at about 2 a.m. They did significant damage. Hee, hee!

  2. (un)relaxeddad5/21/2008 2:31 PM

    That's utterly an utterly brutal combination. I might have to look up the source of that quote.

  3. that was a fascinating article.