Troubled Bridges

The Silver Bridge disaster
OpenLearn from The Open University – Dec 21, 2018 – 24:33
How the Silver Bridge and the Hi-Carpenter Bridge differed from other suspension bridges in one crucial aspect.


Scary Bridges

I have mentioned before my “list” video rule. A loose rule. If it’s “Ten [whatever]” and the video is 20 minutes, it’d have to be something I’m really interested in to watch. But “10 [cool things]” in 5 minutes, I’ll probably watch it.

The first video below has twelve items in fourteen minutes. On a topic I was looking for. So, inside acceptable margins. The second one gets under the 1 item 1 minute rule well enough. Combined with the above it’s 27 items in just under 27 minutes.

Alas, not really. As one might expect, the second one covers most of the same bridges as the first one, plus a few more. Both narrators are obnoxious, but I think I liked the first video’s presentation better.

12 Most Terrifying Bridges You Don’t Want To Cross
Mind Boggler – Jan 6, 2019 – 14:36
Some people have always been frightened of bridges. Gephyrophobia sufferers often try to avoid crossing bridges altogether, driving miles out of their way to avoid them. Of course, quite a few bridges can be rough experiences for those with acrophobia, as well.
With some bridges, however, terror seems to be the only sensible response. Here, we look at 12 bridges that would turn anyone’s legs to jelly. Read on, but don’t look down.

15 Scariest Bridges In The World
Top Trending – Nov 14, 2018 – 12:13
These 15 bridges are some of the most dangerous and scariest roads you can travel on. You won’t want to drive on these roads.


Tacoma Narrows, Galloping Gertie, first drew my attention to the wonders of engineering. I wasn’t going to feature it, but then I found this, with sound (well, noise, anyway). Old newsreel at about 2:30. Some repeating footage. Collapse intercut with driving across the current bridge. Something about a dog left in a car on the bridge? Never heard that before. Awful.

Narrows Bridge Collapse With Sound Rare
RoyElvis Dawson – Nov 17, 2008 – 9:16
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is a pair of mile-long suspension bridges in the U.S. state of Washington, which carry State Route 16 across the Tacoma Narrows between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. They replaced a bridge that was opened to traffic on July 1, 1940 and which became famous four months later for a dramatic wind-induced structural collapse that was caught on motion picture film. The original span’s motion earned it the nickname “Galloping Gertie”.

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