As the 2013 Super Bowl was delayed by a blackout, I harkened the voice inside me asking about other influential blackouts and their aftermaths. Here’s what I uncovered:
- July 31, 2012 – India: Over 600 Million people were affected by a blackout that caused power outages to about half of India. Several cases of food poisoning from undercooked Lamb Vindaloo are reported.
- 2008-2010 – Joaquin Phoenix
- September 9, 1999 – Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio: The fabled 9/9/99 party at Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house results in an unwanted pregnancy with a ‚Äúfat chick,‚Äù a small kitchen fire, and a lifetime of shame… over and above the shame of living in Ohio.
- New York City blackout of 1977 – A strong power outage in Brooklyn results in looting and rioting, also known as normal Tuesday behavior in NYC.
- July 4, 1976¬†– a major blackout affected most of Utah and parts of Wyoming for 1.5 to 6 hours. Approximately 25 people are affected and two polygamist weddings are halted.
- November 10, 2009¬†– Brazil‚Äôs hydroelectric generator fails, affecting over 80 million customers. Brazilians survive by having incredible sex and making beautiful children, while still wearing Carnivale costumes and soccer jerseys.
- January 1994, Baltimore¬†– A two day blackout results in lowest murder numbers in Baltimore history. Stabbing is apparently not easy to do in the dark.
- Honorable mention: Michael Hutchence, lead singer of INXS, November 22, 1997, and Keith Carradine June 3, 2009. – Until death occurred by auto-erotic asphyxiation, these two were some of the more pleasurable blackouts in history.