Ok I shouldn’t have been watching (un)history on the History (channel), but I’m caught. After my staff had retired for the night, I was channel surfing for something good to watch wile entering markers. I stopped on one of those “the Apocalypse is here” docu-fantasies on the History Channel. “Life After People” the series, episode two. If you haven’t had the (dis)pleasure, the premise is what if people just disappear in the middle of the night. I mean just flat “poof” no people left on earth. So what would happen to all the “stuff” in our world? The show walks through the deterioration of various buildings, structures, and such – showing how nature reclaims the world. The show bounces around differnt localities with snapshots in time – moving out months and years then decades from the “poof”.
What caught my eye in the episode description were the subjects. Tonight we watched the demise of Chicago’s Wrigley Field, while Atlanta is overcome by a giant Kudzu vine. Ok, as a life long Cardinal fan, I’ll admit that watching that scoreboard fall at the intersection of Waveland and Sheffield was a bit entertaining. But the part where I stood up and took note was with Atlanta. Anyone who’s done battle with Kudzu knows sooner or later it WILL win. But the vine has one weak spot. It is not drought tolerant. The show speculated, after the Kudzu had blanketed Atlanta, that a long term drought would turn the city into a major fire hazard. Of course, that provided by a thunderstorm in the graphically generated post-Apocalypse Atlanta soon started a fire to put Sherman’s bummers to shame. The scene then shifted to Stone Mountain, with the light of the fire dancing over the faces of Jeff Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.
At that point the narration shifted to a discussion of the mountain. For those not familiar, Stone Mountain is a monadnock of erosion reistant granite. With the granite surviving rather well against the elements, the narrator speculated that the artwork sponsored by the United Daughters of the Confederacy would actually outlast the skyscrapers, highways, bridges, and other traces of mankind in the area.
Imagine that… human-kind is cleared off the face of the earth. Centuries later beings from another world happen along, investigating things. Searching for artifacts, they find the “Faces on Earth” which are none other than Davis, Lee, and Jackson….