from the world's largest ship graveyard at Nouadhibou in Mauritania (click 'here', then 'nouadhibou' in the Jan Smith link), or investigate it in Google Maps
. Geographical Magazine has an explanation
of how the graveyard came about.
posted by Dim Siawns
on Nov 16, 2010 -
Goodbye, Norma Jean.
Norma the elephant was killed by a stroke of lightning. Seventy years earlier, though, Topsy
was electrocuted by Thomas Edison, to "demonstrate" the danger of alternating current. Only a few years later, Mary
was sentenced to death by hanging, to the amusement and edification of onlookers. It's rough being an elephant in America.
posted by SPrintF
on Jun 13, 2004 -
Where Iraq's desaparecidos wound up.
This is about Iraq, but it's not about the war. It's about a graveyard, its manager, and his "awful green book." The reporter is an Arab, which makes a difference, as you can see in the striking last sentence of this paragraph:
All of the dissidents buried at the Kirkh Islamic Cemetery were once held at Abu Ghreib prison, the country's largest and most notorious jail, from which Hussein released nearly 10,000 inmates last October. When word of their release came, the prisoners—from petty thieves to political dissidents, and all kept in horrendous conditions—overran the guards and stampeded the iron gates. Abu Ghreib is also the name given to Iraqi fathers who no longer have children.
posted by languagehat
on Apr 23, 2003 -