a not-so-realistic simulation of the WTC on 9/11

I saw a link to what was sarcastically called one of the best “Democratic Underground” posts ever, and while I don’t know about that, it’s definitely silly.  Some guy took some chicken wire, concrete blocks, newspaper, and kerosene to “simulate” the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11.  His conclusion, since the newspaper and kerosene didn’t burn down the chicken wire and cause the concrete block to fall, then obviously the Twin Towers couldn’t have fallen due to a fire from jet fuel and the structural damage caused when the plane crashed into it.  Here’s his words :

“What I conclude is that a fairly flimsy steel structure does not distort and bend and collapse very easily from a simple hydrocarbon fire. And thus, it is not clear why the much stronger steel columns in the WTC towers weakened so much from fires that the towers underwent global collapse.”

Click here for the pictures and the rest of the story.  This has to be the most ridiculous item of the day…  Well, that and the fact that some people think President Bush is responsible for taking down the WTC.

An excerpt from one of the comments :

Here you have someone without any apparent engineering background making very coarse analogies and drawing sweeping conclusions. Stop me if you’ve heard this: extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. You have someone positing a conspiracy of staggeringly vast size and audacity, based on an experiment that would fairly rate a failing grade as a high school science project. He then gets on the internet samizdat machine and declares that NIST, the military, the President and everyone else are engaged in some sort of bizarre conspiracy.

5 thoughts on “a not-so-realistic simulation of the WTC on 9/11

  1. Important Scientist

    This guy might want to consider the fact the columns of the real buildings were also bearing concrete around them and that they were compromised by a freakin’ passenger jet and not a pair of wire cutters. The heat just made the already badly damaged columns break the rest of the way. Duh!

  2. Beppo

    It’s amazing what people will come up with when they are trying to prove their crazy theories… Did he first think that the terrorists aren’t as bad as we say, then suppose it must’ve all been a big conspiracy by Bush, and so he then tried to prove it with this silly experiment?

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