“I mean, think about it, the earth rotates very quickly…”
As recovery efforts continue in Sandy’s wake, here’s something to lighten the mood: a Brown student who has finally realized the truth about the government conspiracy we’ve been calling Hurricane Sandy.
Meet “Daniel,” identified as a student at Brown University. In one of the noblest trolling endeavors since the Wesleyan Class of 2005 hijacked the Class of 2000’s Twitter account, Daniel was interviewed on NBC 10 and bravely expressed skepticism over the hurricane’s existence. “I mean, I don’t really believe that there’s a hurricane,” he tells the reporter in an amazing video clip that has made the rounds onNew York Mag and Buzzfeed. “I know the government wants us to think that. But, I mean, think about it—the earth rotates very quickly.”
When the reporter impatiently interjects to ask whether or not class is cancelled at Brown, Daniel replies: “Well, the government definitely wants you to think classes have been cancelled. I’m not so sure.”
In New Haven, a “Lincoln Oak,” planted in 1909 on the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, was smote down by the mighty force of Hurricane Sandy. But tangled in the roots were century-old human skeleton remains and what appears to be a time capsule.
On Monday local artist Silas Finch had dug around the roots after he saw the mighty tree fall looking for old coins. He found what he thought was an animal bone (little did he know). It was not until Tuesday that Katie Carbo arrived to the scene. At 3:15 pm, Katie Carbo reported the findings. She unearthed what she thought was a cool rock, and realized it was actually a skull. The jaw and teeth were still connected to the spinal cord and rib cage.
Alfredo Camargo, the official “Death Investigator,” arrived at 6:55 pm.
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And just like that, it was over. After being told the worst of the storm would arrive past midnight, I woke up this morning expecting to see downed trees, flooded streets, mass devastation. Instead, besides the handful of loose power lines, scattered leaves, and downed trees we reported on yesterday, campus looks pretty much back to normal. As a few friends have noted on Facebook, it’s even strangely sunny outside:
Despite freaking out in our liveblog coverage, it’s official: Middletown was spared the worst of the storm. The head of emergency operations says Middletown “suffered light to moderate damage,” especially compared to towns nearer to the coast, which are still dealing with flooding and massive outages. (That’s not to mention the devastation and flooding in New York right now, which has killed at least 24 and been declared a major disaster by Obama.)
After days of unholy darkness pretty normal nighttime hours marked by horrible, house-shredding winds and apocalyptic torrents of rain some brisk winds and light rain, the sun, against all odds as expected, has arisen once again in the east.
It seems that Sandy has finally released us from her grip decided to go right on around us.
I ventured outside (stupidly) and grabbed some photos of the storm as it grows. Winds are still barreling between 40 and 60 miles per hour. The rain is picking up steadily. You can’t really see it from your window; it’s different when you’re outside and the fierce rain/wind combination is stinging your face and your hair is soaked. I went to Weshop. I ran into my esteemed colleague A-Batte. He showed me a cell phone pic of the tree that fell on the zip cars (above). (Or maybe that’s this guy’s Prius?) Weshop seems to have re-stocked up, except for the chips and snack section, which has been raided bare.
I braved the wind from Weshop to the Church Street lot to investigate the fallen tree. There’s caution tape around the scene now, and it looks like P-Safe or some other authority is parked nearby. Another tree is down near the Butts. I haven’t spotted any other fallen trees, but it seems imminent over the next few hours. Keep us posted in the comments (or tweet at us) (or email us).
I headed back up Church Street. Campus is empty. Foss seems to be abandoned. The roads are barren except for the spare service vehicle. I spotted a friendly couple waltzing around like it’s WesFest. “You’re a fucking trooper, man!” the guy exclaimed to me.
If you’re tryna walk across campus in this mess (note: do so at your own peril), Kate Gibbel ’15sends in an update on what Farm House is up to:
lord of the rings (one)
lord of the rings (two)
lord of the rings (three)
crouching tiger hidden dragon
silence of the lambs
day after tomorrow
scary movie (one)
Below: the view from the 51st floor of the New York Times building, 620 Eighth Avenue
Want to watch Hurricane Sandy? Like, the real epic scenes?
Everything is closed on campus, Governor Malloy has ordered all non-emergency vehicles off the state highways by 1 p.m. (Malloy: “Stay home. Let me repeat that—stay home”), Mayor Drew has declared a state of emergency, and you probably shouldn’t go outside if you can avoid it. (Note: you can.)
If you haven’t been following the news over the past week, you’ve seriously been missing out. Long story short: there is a giant ass hurricane projected to hit the Northeast within the next couple days. Wesleyan’s administration sent out an announcement on Friday afternoon telling students and faculty that the storm should make landfall either Monday evening or Tuesday morning.
The email goes on to report that Hurricane Sandy has “…potential to bring strong winds, heavy rain, and flooding to Connecticut.” Power outages are also a strong possibility. To prepare, members of the Wesleyan community should put together an “emergency kit” consisting of key items (pillow, blanket, medication, flashlight, etc.) in the occurrence of an evacuation. The school will update the student body and faculty on the situation again this Monday.
“Blah blah blah, hermes, I don’t give a shit about the storm. I’m an invincible motherfucker. All I want to know is if classes are canceled.” Well, impatient reader, scroll on and you’ll find out. There has been no official word on whether or not any classes will be canceled this week (this policy could change as the storm gets closer). However, if you went to the University of Hartford, you’d be jumping for joy; the school has already officially canceled classes Monday through Wednesday this week. Reports also show that all Middletown public schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Sorry, Wes peeps. I guess we’re just special.
Just in time for Halloween and the first anniversary of that fateful storm, a new terror looms on the horizon. This is not a drill, not a conspiracy, not a troll. The Frankenstorm is coming. It is currently predicted to hit the day before Halloween (Tuesday), and there’s already speculation about potential blackouts affecting ballot casting in areas where early voting is occurring.