It was on March 24, 1989 that one of the most infamous environmental disasters of my lifetime occurred as the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in the Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska, emptying almost 11 million gallons of crude oil into the sea, which would ravage wildlife in the sea and on the coastline for many months. Exxon was quick to point the finger of blame at the ship’s captain, Joe Hazelwood, who would be publicly portrayed for years as a drunkard who was three sheets to the wind when he steered the ship right onto a giant rock. Of course, as with just about every story that becomes such a media darling, the truth is much different than the public perception. Hazelwood wasn’t even at the rudder when the accident happened, and the ship’s faulty collision detection radar equipment (which Exxon was fully aware of) as well as short staffing of the crew, were the real culprits of the tragedy.
And now it’s time for us to further pollute the internet by answering Melanie’s Share Your World questions for this week!
What very common thing have you never done? (this one probably is a recycle, but I don’t think it’s terribly recent?)
That’s OK, because there’s a lot of common things I’ve never done. I’m not even going to look up what I answered the first time(s?) this questions was asked… I’m sure I mentioned that I’ve never sent a text to anyone. Seen an ocean. Been in a different country. Drank alcohol. The usual stuff…
With Easter coming up next month, here’s a timely one…. I’ve never eaten a Peep. Seriously, those things look utterly disgusting! And they have a shelf life that will leave them around for the cockroaches to nibble on (not that they would, even roaches have taste) after the apocalypse.
Are we morally obligated to be charitable, if we have the means to?
I’m not much on so-called “moral obligations” to begin with, so I’mma have to say NO!
What is the most amazing fact you know?
I think the last time this was asked, I chimed in with the amazing bifurcated possum penis (which can also be used as a toothpick, er…. double toothpick!).
So here’s one that will twist the minds of anyone who is somewhat familiar with US geography and time zones…
For one hour each year, it is the exact same time in Pensacola, Florida as it is in Jordan Valley, Oregon.
What’s your favorite sandwich and why?
I’m not much of a sandwich person. I only recently began eating hamburgers as sandwiches. Do you know how many buns from McDonald’s I threw away over the years?
Please feel free to share something you find inspires you.
Curling inspires me…