The ‘epic fail’ — Delaware Valley edition

    As we hit the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we are put in mind of “epic fails” in this region. Put on your history hats and share you memories of the biggest blunders, breakdowns, and boondoggles.

    Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, one of the grandest and best-documented (albeit tragic) failures of human history — both in sheer scale and in preventability. Catastrophes like this are worth remembering, so we can take some course toward preventing them in the future (the Costa Concordia notwithstanding).

    What famous blunders, breakdowns, and boondoggles can you remember?

    Share your memoriesin the comments below.

    WHYY’s Peter Crimmins took a look recently at some “epic fails” in Philadelphia’s recent history, borrowing from the Internet meme ridiculing funny signs, misspelled tattoos, and drunk college kids. In the shadow of the Titanic, obviously none of these things is truly epic, but they are nonetheless memorable. They include:

    Developments (or lack thereof) at Penn’s Landing
    The launch of the World Hockey Association (and countless well-aimed hockey pucks) at the old Civic Center
    Our lackluster Bicentennial celebration
    The rollout of Wireless Philadelphia

    There are, of course, many more throughout the region. Put on your history hats and help us list them here, so we can make sure never to repeat these mistakes again.

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