Daily Archives: February 4, 2008

On Stranded Train Passengers

I was reading about the unfortunate adventure of about 400 Amtrak passengers on two trains that got stuck in the snowy Sierra Nevada mountains last week. And I thought, that sounds familiar.

It took a while to realize that I had conflated the true story of the Donner Party and a short story it inspired by Mark Twain called "Cannibalism in the Cars." (My family often tells me that it’s painful to follow my — pardon the pun — train of thought. Now everyone can suffer.)

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