Friday, April 4, 2008

Had a Bad Day?

The next time you have a bad day, just remember that it's all relative. Pity the poor engineer of this train who found out something was amiss with the brakes just a bit too late. This incredible photo was taken at Paris' Gare Montparnasse in 1895. According to Wikipedia, just five people on the train were injured and the sole fatality was an unfortunate woman on the street who was hit by falling masonry. The building was torn down years ago to make way for the Tour Montparnasse, the only skyscraper blotting the Paris skyline. (They say that the best of view of Paris is from its observation deck, mostly because when you're up there, you can't see the Tour itself.) A modern train station still operates on the site.

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