In the middle of geology lecture, our professor stopped and said, "okay, everyone, why is today special? Why is it important?" We all scrambled for ideas. Veteran's Day isn't until tomorrow, and there's no other holiday around this time. It must be something somewhat geologically related, because why mention it in class otherwise? Finally, someone pulled out an iphone and found out: today is Edmund Fitzgerald Day. Thirty-five years ago today, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior during a November squall.
As I'm a big fan of Gordon Lightfoot, and as Lake Superior is one of my favorite places, I can't believe I didn't put it all together. I just listened to the song a few days ago! Wait, you haven't heard the song? Oh, you must!
They're still not sure what sunk the Edmund Fitzgerald. Lots of ideas but no solid answer. There's still a small exhibit on the Edmund Fitzgerald in the maritime museum in Duluth (a great city, to be sure). Nice to have a few mysteries even in this day and age of major discovery, isn't it?