Five newsworthy melts
It’s been the hottest summer in decades, and I recently discovered that one of my candles had started melting without ever having been lit.
So, taking the sunshine as our inspiration, here’s five newsworthy melts…
Berkshire bin lorry
When the mercury rose above 30 degrees celsius this week, an unwitting bin lorry sank into the road surface in Berkshire. With temperatures melting the road surface, the crew found themselves being thrown forwards as the road collapsed beneath them. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported. Though the road remained closed as recovery vehicles worked through the night to free the lorry.
Who can forget the 2013 Walkie-Talkie skyscraper scandal? The London skyscraper, which was dubbed the Walkie-Talkie due to its resemblance to the portable device, was still in stages of construction when it found itself reflecting the sun’s rays onto a parked car, which subsequently melted in the heat. Martin Lindsay had parked his car near to the Fenchurch Street skyscraper, and on his return he saw a photographer taking photos of his vehicle. “Crikey,” he said to the photographer, on seeing his melted wing mirror and side panels, “I am the owner – that’s awful!”
When temperatures soared to a mighty 48 degrees celsius in the summer of 2017, many of the state’s residents found themselves in a sticky situation with regards to everyday objects… Medics recorded a higher than average admittance rate to hospitals for people with second- and third-degree burns. Subsequent warnings saw residents taking to the road wearing oven gloves, to protect their hands from potentially scarring steering wheels.
This Twitter thread…
IM SO DISTRAUGHT. pic.twitter.com/mPZFCKzF5o
— jane.stain (@janestaiin) March 18, 2018
The Glue Society’s Melting Ice Cream Truck
Not something that has actually melted, but we still love the message behind the Glue Society’s
melted ice cream truck, which sprung up in Sydney in 2006. The sculpture, which is entitled Hot With a Chance of Late Storm, came with a potent message about climate change.