I saw this picture -- one I hadn't previously seen of the May 18th, 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens as seen from Toledo, WA northwest of the volcano -- several months ago when I was researching possible Geek Trivia questions. I came up with a multiple-choice question, once again trying to sound a little like how Cort Webber and Bobby "Fatboy" Roberts write their questions:
On May 18th, 1980, Portland's skyline exploded. Mt. St. Helens, in action not yet even seen in a Michael Bay film, collapsed in on itself, then vomited rock, ash and superheated mud across 230 square miles of wilderness, scouring some land down to the bedrock. As truly awesome and awful as the destruction was on that day, we were lucky that the human death toll was in fact far less than it could've been. How many people died in Mt. St. Helens's eruption? 38, 46, 57 [the correct answer], or 65.
Soon I'm going to do a Geek Trivia, Chris Edition blog entry, so you can play at home. But you all are good at playing in general, aren't you?