We’re Number Five for the Bridge Collapse:
Bridges failed this year in China and in Guinea, killing 64 and 70 people, respectively. But the disaster that really grabbed U.S. headlines was the collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis on August 1, where the death toll reached only 9.
I was in the Kalahari when the bridge fell. I heard about it this way:
“Oh, did you hear that the bridge in Minnesota fell down yesterday?”
(they don’t have a lot of bridges in South Africa. That would require rivers..)
“Which bridge?” I asked.
Next day: “Oh, I found out, it was the bridge over the Mississippi River.”
… this went on for a while, until we finally got to a phone and called Amanda’s step-Mom, who always knows a lot of stuff. She filled us in.