Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 09:15 PM

Who is Alice?

Who is Alice?
I’ve been using a new ITC application called Alice.
With Alice, you can use your own list of words. So I created my own list of 3,578 words, which includes every major city in the US, every year from 1600 to 2015, every state of the US, many first names (male and female), and many every day words from dictionaries.

Alice is quite interesting. While running this application, I have had a few sessions which have produced very interesting results. The most recent one was this morning. The first three words from Alice were:

captain
1903
tragedy

Hmmm. Ok.

Later words during this same session included:

factors
hobble
force
tie
tissue

A quick google search revealed a story about a tragedy that happened in 1903 in a Philadelphia ballpark.
A web site called “The Captains Blog” contains a post about the tragedy.

Apparently a scrum broke out just outside the basball stadium during a game. Curious onlookers from the stadium crowded to one part of the stadium to look down to the street to watch the goings on. The game was a ‘tie’ at this point. Several ‘factors’, including a rotted beam and the ‘force’ of the weight of the people, caused the weighted part of the stadium to collapse, sending people falling 20 feet to the street below. We can imagine this would certainly cause ’tissue’ damage and the wounded to ‘hobble’ around after the incident. 12 people were killed and approximately 300 were wounded.

An article was published in the “Semi-Weekly Messenger” (Wilmington, NC, Aug. 11, 1903) about the tragedy.

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