A car landed vertically in a snowbank in an accident involving several vehicles on Interstate 93 north of Salem, N.H. No one was injured.
Diane Watry skis down Michigan Avenue as she makes her way to work.
A man watches as large chunks of ice crash into the break wall at the Milwaukee Marina in Wisconsin.
Hundreds of cars are seen stranded on lake Shore drive Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 in Chicago.
Another picture of Lake Shore Drive.
Snow accumulates on the driver seat of a stranded Chicago Transit bus after the door was left open during a severe winter storm on Lake Shore Drive.
Another picture of the bus.
Snow accumulates in a pickup truck that was stranded and left open on Lake Shore Drive.
Another picture of the pickup truck on Lakeshore Drive.
A dog named Muldoon waits in the snow for its owner who stopped for coffee in Vermont.
Snow finds its way inside through a revolving in Iowa City.
An aerial shot of Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.
I-70 near Boonville, Missouri.
The Chicago lakefront is lost in blowing snow on the second day of the storm.
A dog wanders above Lake Shore Drive where dozens of vehicles were stranded in the storm.
A pedestrian leaps over the median on Lake Shore Drive toward vehicles abandoned in the storm.
Abandoned vehicles litter northbound Lake Shore Drive.
Jacob Hansen playing ice hockey on Grand Avenue in Castleton, Indiana. (Via Indystar.)
Mary Blake ice skates in the street in front of her home in Noblesville, Indiana. (Via Indystar.)
Gary Phillips uses a $10.00 torch to melt the ice on a $30,000 truck in Indiana. (Via Indystar.)
Interstate in Ohio.
Interstate in Ohio.
High waves pound along a break wall near a lighthouse in Lake Michigan.
A fallen tree weighed down with ice sits on Old Herhey Road in Elizabethtown, Pa.
A bicyclist makes her way in Milwaukee, Wis.
Cars are buried as a woman tries to clear her windshield in Milwaukee.
Ice and freezing rain covers sidewalks as early-morning commuters carefully walk to the Metro-North commuter train platform in Ossining, N.Y.
Iowa City, Iowa.
St. Louis, Missouri.
Drifts build around an overturned tractor-trailer on westbound Interstate 44 near the Allenton, Missouri. Via STLToday.
St. Louis, Missouri. Via STLToday.
St. Louis. Via STLToday.
A Terrifyingly Accurate Prediction by Edgar Allan Poe
In 1838, future horror-god Edgar Allan Poe released a book called The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, his only full novel. The book was such a bomb that Poe eventually agreed with his critics that it was “a very silly book” (yet still good enough to inspire heavyweights like Jules Verne and Herman Melville to write Moby Dick and An Antarctic Mystery–yes, Poe was a badass).
Where it Gets Weird:
Poe did a Blair Witch thing with his novel, which claimed to be based on true events. This turned out to be a half-truth: The real life events simply had not happened yet.
One scene in The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket visits a whaling ship lost at sea, taking with it all but four crewmen. Out of food, the men drew lots to see who would be eaten, the unfortunate decision landing on a young cabin boy named Richard Parker.
Before fathering Spider-Man and being double-crossed by the Red Skull!
Editor’s note: Change that. You’re an idiot.
Forty-six years later, there was an actual disaster at sea involving the Mignonette. It became famous due to the legal consequences of some gruesome events on board, specifically the way the men drew lots and decided to eat their cabin boy…
Where it Gets Even Weirder:
…who was named Richard Parker.
Richard Parker: aged 17 years.
The bizarre story was discovered decades later by Nigel Parker, a distant cousin of the Richard Parker who got eaten. You can only imagine what the fuck went through his mind when he stumbled upon the connection.
Hell, this was us!
And that would go down as the freakiest unintentional prediction of future events in a work of fiction, if it were not completely blown away by…Morgan Robertson Writes About the Titanic… 14 Years Early
A hundred years before James Cameron turned douchebaggery into an art form at the Oscars, American author Morgan Robertson wrote a shitty book called Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan, about the sinking of an “unskinkable” ocean liner. When you see the cover, you figure you’re pretty clearly looking at a fictionalized version of the Titanic story.
Where it Gets Weird:
He was so eager to be first, apparently, that he didn’t bother to wait for the Titanic to actually sink before writing about it. The Wreck of the Titan was published in 1898, 14 years before RMS Titanic was even finished being [cheaply] built.
The similarities between Robertson’s work and the Titanic disaster are so astounding that one has to imagine if White Star Line built Titanic to Robertson’s specs as a dare. The Titan was described as “the largest craft afloat and the greatest of the works of men,” “equal to that of a first class hotel,” and, of course, “unsinkable”.
Both ships were British-owned steel vessels, both around 800 feet long and sank after hitting an iceberg in the North Atlantic, in April, “around midnight.” Sound like enough to keep you up at night? Maybe that’s why Robertson republished the book in 1912 just in case enough people didn’t know that he wrote it.
And you thought this guy was an ass.
Where it Gets Even Weirder:
While the novel does bear some curious coincidences with the Titanic disaster, there are quite a few things that Robertson got flat wrong. For one, the Titanic did not crash into an iceberg “400 miles from Newfoundland” at 25 knots. It crashed into an iceberg 400 miles from Newfoundland at 22.5 knots.
Wait, what the fuck? That’s one hell of a lucky guess!
What 41.1 million square miles looks like.
But maybe the weirdest thing about Titan were points that had nothing to do with the story, but check out after numerous inquires and expeditions to the Titanic wreck site.
For one, both the Titan and the Titanic had too few lifeboats to accommodate every passenger on board; the Titan carrying “as few as the law allowed.” While Robertson decided to be generous and include four lifeboats more on his ship than Titanic, it’s an odd point to bring up when you consider that lifeboats had nothing to do with the fucking story. When Titan hit the iceberg (starboard bow, naturally), the ship sank immediately, making the point made about lifeboats inconsequential. Why the fuck mention this?!
It’d be like HAL 9000 addressing the danger posed by O-rings at low temperature decades before the Challenger disaster.
There’s four more ‘insane coincidences’ at the original source article on Cracked.com, but none top these two. In fact, they’re quite unremarkable by comparison.