Popular Mechanics puts Rosie in her place

Recently Rosie O’Donnell went on and on on The View about how the collapse of World Trade Center 7 (not one of the two towers, but a nearby building) was not due to natural physical forces, and vowed to call up Yale or Harvard’s physics department to get to the bottom of things. I.e., it must have been an inside job . . . I get so tired of these “truther” rants. Popular Mechanics responds. Turns out that when a 110-story building collapses, a building 300 feet away takes a serious, serious beating. Who’d have guessed?

My favorite part is how sure Rosie is about physics, fire, and structural engineering. Her words (as quoted from the Pop. Mech. site):

I do believe that it’s the first time in history that fire has ever melted steel. I do believe that it defies physics that World Trade Center tower 7—building 7, which collapsed in on itself—it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved. World Trade Center 7. World Trade [Center] 1 and 2 got hit by planes—7, miraculously, the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible.

The response to these assertions also points out that steel begins to weaken at a much lower temperature (400°) than it melts at (2,750°), and that WTC 7 had two 6,000-gallon tanks of gasoline in the basement that fed electrical generators via pressurized lines . . . and that fires raged within the building for seven hours prior to its collapse.

Good one, Rosie.

I’d like to take this opportunity to express my puzzlement over how a TV show like The View manages to stay on the air. Is it really just 4 women sitting around pontificating? And one of them is Rosie O’Donnell? Yikes.


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