Some amusing news from my neck of the woods. It needs a bit of back story to truely appreciate how funny it is. There is a large grain tower in downtown Sioux Falls called the Zip feed tower- at one point in time, it was the tallest building in South Dakota. The city decided to demolish the building to continue with downtown expansion. Most cities would just knock it down quietly, but no, not Sioux Falls. The city decided to use it as a fundraiser. There were billboards up all over town proclaiming "BOOM!" to advertise the demolition. The city sold "prime viewing" tickets for $5 a piece which included a dust mask and held a catered party after the event. The Argus Leader termed it "the social event of the season". The event was televised live by local stations, and they even raffled off the chance to puch the button that exploded the charges.
Here is the fruit of all that hoopla:
The building failed to collapse. Now they have to take a good old fashioned wrecking ball to tear it down.
Here is the Argus Leader's coverage of the story:
And my favorite quote:
"Typical Sioux Falls - trying to do something in big-city fashion and then doing it only halfway." Totally true of this city!
This news story had me rolling, its so perfectly ironic.