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Late breaking news! Niagara goes dry!

Bear Bibeault
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Very late breaking news... this happened in 1969. I never knew about it. Fascinating.

(⇐ click image for story)

(Photo courtesy www.dailymail.co.uk)


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Bert Bates
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Greg Charles
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I remember hearing this when I toured Niagara Falls many years ago. There was something about fallen trees wedging together upriver and blocking the flow for an hour or two (or a day?) It's such a torrent, though, that it was hard for me to imagine it getting blocked completely by fallen trees.

I also remember the story of a seven year-old kid who went over the falls just wearing a life jacket and a bathing suit, and was rescued by the Maid of the Mist. Most people going over are immediately crushed or drowned, and their corpses are generally held under by the force of the falls for several days before even surfacing. Now, there's a kid who didn't have any problem writing his "What did you do over the summer?" essay when school started back up.
Frank Silbermann
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Niagara Falls! Slowly I turned. Step by step, inch by inch, ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pQii1L8fGk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yJBhzMWJCc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwSiQQJ-IoI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJfHnLHUhdA

http://www.niagarafallsreporter.com/slowly.html
Paul Clapham
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Greg Charles wrote: There was something about fallen trees wedging together upriver and blocking the flow for an hour or two (or a day?)


No, the flow wasn't blocked by fallen trees, it was blocked by... the US Government! And it wasn't for an hour or two, it was several months. Full story here.
Bear Bibeault
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I guess my huge link to the story was too subtle?
Paul Clapham
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Bear Bibeault wrote:I guess my huge link to the story was too subtle?


Actually, yes it was. I saw this: "(Photo courtesy www.dailymail.co.uk)" which obviously didn't link to the back-story. And seeing that prevented me from guessing that the image was actually a link and also from noticing that there was some text at the far right of the screen explicitly saying that. User interface design is harder than people think, even when they know it's hard.
Mike Simmons
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Yup. Fundamentally, it doesn't look like a link, with blue text to click on. And it's easy to miss a little note way off to the right.
Bear Bibeault
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The "(⇐ click image for story)" part isn't visible to you?
Mike Simmons
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I can't tell if you are being intentionally ironic.

Did you not see "And it's easy to miss a little note way off to the right."? Or "also from noticing that there was some text at the far right of the screen explicitly saying that" from Paul C's post? Both quotes are references to your "(⇐ click image for story)" note.

Yes, we can see it. However, we did not notice it originally.
Greg Charles
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I see the "click image for story" now, but I somehow missed it this morning. Yes, that's a much different story from the one I remembered. It's funny what sticks in your mind after 30 years. I actually remembered the story I linked to in reasonably good detail, but totally biffed on the blockage story. On review, I was probably remembering this one from a century earlier, but even so, it was ice, not trees, that blocked the flow.
 
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