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Claim: Nine people died in a beer flood in 1814.
Origins: The ongoing spate of Internet reports of unusual deaths, both real and fictional, might lead some to believe extraordinary modes of demise are a recent phenomenon. Nothing could be further from the truth — the Grim Reaper has always found incredible methods of ending human life.
One such instance took place in 1814 in London. On
America endured a comparable disaster in January 1919 when a rupture in a molasses tank unleashed a flood of goo that killed twenty-one Bostonians.
Barbara "t'aint Whiskey River you need fear" Mikkelson
Last updated: 18 January 2007
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