Sunday, June 10, 2012

Photo: A More Accurate Capacity

While wandering around Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood yesterday, I came across this familiar plaque on the side of the Seattle Fire Department's headquarters - familiar only because of popular culture; this is the first time I've encountered one of these fallout shelter signs in reality. Its original stated capacity, going by the worn-down numbers on the sign, was five hundred and eighty... but really, this is downtown Seattle we're talking about. In a war situation, even if the entire central city wasn't atomized, once those five hundred and eighty people crawled up into the sunlight and the ruins I think that they'd envy the dead.

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