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[Thursday 23rd April 2009 at 6:46 pm]

Today's surprise was a 5-second power glitch while I was on the loo. Small, windowless rooms can get *really* dark.
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[User Picture]From: tau_iota_mu_c
Thursday 23rd April 2009 at 6:28 pm (UTC)
I would post a photo of what caused our power outage on Monday, but I didn't take one.

A crane fell through the 22kV just outside our building while lifting an air conditioning unit up a hill. The local paper got there before the energy crews did. So now the local paper have a prominent photo on the second page with a crane with the words:
sǝuɐɹↃ ɥɐpǝuun⅁[1]
advertising just how competant they are.
(Good news is the driver didn't autodarwinate himself)

[1] ok, so that's a slight exageration, but wikipaedia tells me it's harder to find a sideways translation
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Thursday 23rd April 2009 at 7:08 pm (UTC)
I think that wins the "fail + volts = bang" award (the instance of fail at university a few years ago fortuantly did not result in bang, because the guy stopped the angle grinder in time. Instead that turned into a discovery by the administration that diesel generators apparently need diesel to work).

As it happens, there was a crane fall round here recently. The guy was lifting boats into the water, and current guess is that an outrigger lost its hydraulics. Result: one half-submerged crane, one written-off yacht.
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