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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday Regency: London Beer Flood

If I tried, I couldn't make up a headline as awesome as this one! Pretty eye-catching, eh?! This is from the London Historian's Blog, but the gist of it is:

October 17, 1814
Pub competitions
Gimongous beer vat
Poorly constructed gimongous beer vat
Tidal wave of beer
9 deaths

Read the whole story at the London Historian's Blog, but here's the October 19, 1814 Times report of the “Dreadful Accident”:

The bursting of the brew-house walls, and the fall of heavy timber, materially contributed to aggravate the mischief. The crowd collected from the time of the accident to a late hour was immense. It presented many distressing scenes of children and other inquiring for and lamenting their parents, relatives, and friends.

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