TIL in 1940, an insurance agent sold an $800K policy on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and secretly pocketed the premium, believing the new bridge to be indestructible. The bridge collapsed spectacularly 4 months after opening, and the agent was jailed for fraud.

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Oops, Galloping Gertie wins again.


How does a bridge collapse after 4 months..


His name was probably Lyle Lanley.


Murphys law


Used to drive over the new bridge weekly for work. It’s certainly a lot safer driving over it but on a windy day it’s scary as hell. If you can find a video of the bridge collapsing, it’s real scary to see something supposedly sturdy move like that.