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The Space Needle's such a nice guy.

Posted by Abby | April 2, 2008 9:21 AM

Eh, I used to really despise it, but, like most things we see EVERY day, begun to find appreciable beauty in it. That said, I think it is the last building that will fall due to an earthquake. It is built on a screw that goes to Beijing.

Posted by TheTruthHurts | April 2, 2008 9:25 AM

Fucking bicyclists think rules are for other people.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 2, 2008 9:26 AM

I've never been happier about the Space Needle. Would someone seriously not think about turning left or right?

Posted by bma | April 2, 2008 9:28 AM

What annoys me about this whole thing is the distinct lack of anything Seattle except for the Space Needle.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | April 2, 2008 9:32 AM

What the fuck?
So what the bmxer causing the earthquake?
I don't get it.
And do they actually have real-time richter scale doohickies like that?
This post ruined my day, Charles.

Posted by steve | April 2, 2008 9:32 AM


Posted by NaFun | April 2, 2008 9:32 AM

Do not taunt Space Needle.

It's one of our city's brands, afterall (if not THE brand) and a cool one at that.

Imagine being Portland or something and having nothing to show for it.

Posted by Non | April 2, 2008 9:34 AM

And since when was the Space Needle made of cheap concrete?

Last I looked, it was thick steel, with giant bolts holding it to the ground.

Of course, that one could be the replacement for the cheap concrete one.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 2, 2008 9:36 AM

That was craptacular!

Posted by Jimmy Legs | April 2, 2008 9:38 AM

They could have at least obliterated a Starbucks with it.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 2, 2008 9:38 AM

That is why I hate bicyclists! This one totally left a major wake of destruction. He even broke the space needle! Everyone: get into your car. No more bicycles. They cause earthquakes.

Posted by Suz | April 2, 2008 9:40 AM

At the end he rides down some concrete steps to get away from the crumbling Needle. There are no such steps:

Posted by NaFun | April 2, 2008 9:46 AM

Were they counting off the Richter scale measurements or rating how much the movie was sucking on a scale from one to ten?

Posted by matching pants | April 2, 2008 9:54 AM

Minor continuity errors are nothing. Wholesale violations of the laws of physics are quite another. That's the stupidest video clip I've ever watched.

As far as "Seattle" goes, the building that's supposedly our future is almost 50 years old. Anyone see a problem there?

Posted by Fnarf | April 2, 2008 9:55 AM

I love the parallel universe that the Space Needle represents. Even if it's a lie, I never want to see it vanish altogether.

Posted by tsm | April 2, 2008 9:56 AM

That's actually not the Space Needle, since the filmmakers never got permission to use it in the film. It's the Spaceneedle. I vaguely recall that the Space Needle corp. sued to have those scenes removed.

I enjoy disaster movies, but his one looks appallingly, needlessly, hopelessly crappy.

Posted by cml | April 2, 2008 9:58 AM

Somebody needs to take the ZOOM option away from that cameraman.

Posted by kid icarus | April 2, 2008 10:05 AM

That was so heart's brain exploded.

Posted by kentdoggydog | April 2, 2008 10:13 AM

I remember when that one came out... I was told my co-viewer "I they're only going to how the Space Needle in Seattle."

And yeah, fucking bicyclists think rules only apply to everyone else. How retarded.

Posted by catnextdoor | April 2, 2008 10:15 AM

And what made that car suddenly decide to flip over? Is this Tremors IV?

Posted by RonK, Seattle | April 2, 2008 10:25 AM

That was gay.

Posted by Jason Josephes | April 2, 2008 10:33 AM

I didn't know Christian Slater was such a RAD biker!
It would have been better if he had escaped the falling space needle only to be skewered by the sharp antenae thingy that falls off at the end.

Posted by natespodie | April 2, 2008 10:36 AM

There is no way the Space Needle could fall over and not break in half (or and least crimp) on the way down due to rotational inertia.

Posted by gfish | April 2, 2008 10:41 AM

Wow. Another pathetic attempt of Vancouver to look like Seattle. (even the telephone poles are canadian).

Posted by rhyd | April 2, 2008 10:58 AM

Really, you're riding your bicycle along and suddenly the street starts buckling and buildings start crumbling around you and you just keep riding--even over the tops of cars? Yeah, gotta get to the Space Needle, that'll be safe. Except oops, it's not because it's built of movie magic so it's crumbling and then its falling and its falling in a straight line--right at me--and I can only steer my bicycle straight ahead and I know I'm doomed as the shadow engulfs me...

The sad part is this was only 1/10th of the lameness of the entire movie (yeah, I watched the whole movie when it came out, so sue me...)

Posted by PopTart | April 2, 2008 11:04 AM

What is this? A Mountain Dew ad?

Posted by Hannah | April 2, 2008 11:13 AM

The hot chick in her underwear did the wrong thing. Nowadays, the advice is NOT to go to a door frame it's "drop, cover, and hold." Drop to the floor or ground; move (if you can) under something to provide cover from falling debris; and hold on so that if your cover moves, you move with it.

Most injuries in earthquakes are to the legs and feet, and they happen when people fall while running (or trying to move to a doorway). Get down, get under something, and hang on.

Posted by Prep Geek | April 2, 2008 11:16 AM


Jesus that was awful. Awful awful awful. That's the worst disaster movie sequence I've ever seen.

And hating the Space Needle is like hating your genitles. Deal with it.

Posted by Cale | April 2, 2008 11:47 AM

That was sooooooo AAAWWWEESSOOMMMEEE!!!!!

Posted by Mark | April 2, 2008 11:48 AM


Posted by monkey | April 2, 2008 11:51 AM

I love the one part where the cyclist is riding madly down the street and it looks like he's being chased by the evil Space Needle. Awesome.

Posted by litlnemo | April 2, 2008 11:55 AM

Also, apparently, the Weekly becomes the Enquirer and the Post-Intelligencer becomes the Statesman. And something becomes the Washington Sun (?).

And we shop at places named Casual Elegance and Galaxy of Shops. And live in condos with names like Napoli.

Posted by K | April 2, 2008 12:12 PM

So I don't get why it was dark at the hot chick's house, but light everywhere else. Was she in a different time zone or something, like Kent?

And seriously, fucking bicyclists. First they get their own lanes, now this.

Posted by Jake | April 2, 2008 12:13 PM

Also, note to bicyclists (and others) trying to get away from a falling monolithic structure: It is best to head in a direction other than the one the structure is falling towards.

Posted by K | April 2, 2008 12:15 PM

Hm...let's see. Space Needle 605 feet high...according to the clip, our plucky hero has 50 seconds to ride away from the falling Needle in a straight path in which the Needle happens to be falling, ok. So, in order to make it, he has to ride faster than...what...about 8.25 mph?

Should have just coasted along to give the building a sporting chance.

Posted by Will | April 2, 2008 1:10 PM

The most retarded part of this movie was that the governor and the gov's kid got away safely while everything and everyone else went to hell, died, or underwater.

I wanna see a disaster flick about those hollow volcanic islands on the west coast of africa falling, creating a tsunami 4 miles long that destroys the entire east coast of america. THAT would be fun, then maybe they would make the statue of liberty into a raft, gather two of every animal and flee to safety.

Posted by catnextdoor | April 2, 2008 1:12 PM

Jumping all those cars and delivery men slowed him down, I expect.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 2, 2008 1:18 PM

Whew, @37 catnextdoor, it's nice to know I wasn't the only one to watch this lame movie. Deep Impact's tidal wave did a good job on the East Coast--have you seen that one?

@36 Will, how dare you inject math into this discussion, math is hard. Now my brain hurts. Waaaaa.

Posted by PopTart | April 2, 2008 1:28 PM

39- I remember seeing the previews for it on tv and PLANNING on watching it. What was it called? 10.0?

I'm netflixing Deep Impact right now!

Posted by catnextdoor | April 2, 2008 1:34 PM

@40 No, no 10.0 wasn't enough, they had to make it that much worse by making it 10.5.

Posted by PopTart | April 2, 2008 1:41 PM

THATS right... my bad.

10.5 jesus. I really loved the maps of california and how there was no more SF or LA, Napa became waterfront vinyards and all the Santa Cruz hippies were sleeping with the fishes.

Funny stuff. Brings back memories.

Posted by catnextdoor | April 2, 2008 2:15 PM

Damn bicyclists!

Posted by You_Gotta_Be_Kidding_Me | April 2, 2008 3:03 PM

Space Needle's too good for 'em, I say!

Crushing bicyclists is what the SLUT is for.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 2, 2008 3:32 PM

What stupid NBC TV movies was that? NEWayZ, I love the Space Needle.

Posted by Deacon Seattle | April 2, 2008 5:27 PM

Seattlest had this up at least a month ago

Posted by Tim | April 2, 2008 6:36 PM

how i enjoyed reading these comments. so smart. so entertaining.

Posted by charles mudede | April 2, 2008 7:03 PM

We aim to please.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 2, 2008 9:18 PM

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