570-05 (4bjd7 dist, 3.1 mean)
Selected-By: John.McCartney@EBay.Sun.COM ( The Lion of Symmetry )
The Usenet Oracle has pondered your question deeply.
Your question was:
And in response, thus spake the Oracle:
> Oh greatest Oracle, whose engineering knowledge surpasses all...
> When it comes time to demolish the tallest buildings on Earth,
> i.e. the Sears Tower, Empire State Building, CN Tower, World
> Trade Center, etc., demolition experts will be faced with an
> interesting challenge. In the close confines of a large city
> like NYC, Chicago, or Toronto, just blowing them up could cause
> a few injuries if the building should topple.
> So, when and how will these buildings be removed?
} Empire State Building: Destroyed in 1997, along with the rest of New
} York, by a terrorist atomic bomb. The leader of the band will release
} a videotape: "This action dramatizes the plight of the Upper Middle
} Southeast Croatians in their generations-long struggle against
} oppression at the hands of the Lower Middle Southeast Croatians." In
} retribution, America dispatches three platoons of Marines to
} U.M.S.E.C. and wipes out the entire indigenous population,
} slaughtering upwards of 75 people.
} Sears Tower: Suffers incremental damage from 2019 through 2032, when
} the last floor is destroyed, finally ending the Sears - K-Mart War.
} World Trade Center: Stands until 2243, becoming more and more decrepit
} as supermegawallawallabingbangskyscrapers are built in the new
} Downtown area (that is, Kansas.) In December 2242, the Greater
} Midwestern Urban Area police post the buildings "condemned", but
} squatters refuse to leave. Situation comes to a head in August 2243
} during a revival of Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing"; rioting occurs.
} Population of building is arrested and taken to the Greater Midwestern
} Urban Area Holding Center (that is, Iowa) and the two towers are
} demolished from inside out with quantum black holes.
} CN Tower: Come 2043, they just blow it up. Who cares about a few
} lousy Canadians?