A Paris fire official said the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral would have fallen if firefighters hadn't deployed massive equipment and acted swiftly to fight the fire racing across the monument. (April 17)
ScottH: I remember this. She wasn't completely alone though...there were a few other experts that warned of trouble on the horizon. I'm no expert, but I had a co-worker back in '05 or '06 who had terrible credit but came in one day saying he got a home loan with only 5% down. I thought he was lying, but he went on to explain that his loan and other low-credit score loans would be grouped with other, less risky loans and sold off as a package. I told him that was the craziest thing I had ever heard of and that somebody along the line was going to get stuck. We were a commercial construction company that closed its doors in Feb of 09. I heard later that my co-worker had lost his house to foreclosure.