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Jet Fuel Can Catastrophically Weaken Steel Beams

I hope your expe­ri­ence is dif­fer­ent, but in my cir­cle of expe­ri­ence, there are still peo­ple who well and tru­ly believe that some­thing incred­i­bly con­spir­a­to­r­i­al occurred on Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001 — that the impact of two air­crafts could not have caused the col­lapse of the World Trade Cen­ter towers.

It does­n’t mat­ter how often the con­spir­a­cy the­o­ries are debunked, peo­ple still believe it.

This may frus­trate those of us with a more ratio­nal approach to the sit­u­a­tion, but it cer­tain­ly should not sur­prise us. 

I’m not sure what the over­lap between the two groups would be, but it helps to remem­ber that approx­i­mate­ly thir­ty per­cent of Amer­i­cans (as of 2011) believe that the for­ti­fi­ca­tion walls of the ancient city of Jeri­cho were felled by an army who did lit­tle more than walk around it sev­er­al times over the course of a few days, cul­mi­nat­ing in loud shouts and trum­pet play­ing (Joshua 6).

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Rick Beckman