Bird’s Eye View Contest

Last week’s contest was won by milwhcky. It was the dental office in Fort Dodge, Iowa that was at the center of a recent court case involving a dental assistant who was fired for being “too sexy”.

This is the last contest of 2012 and since it’s the fifth Sunday of the month as well, I’m going to do a special year end contest. Normally when I do the month-end contests related to a news item, I try to avoid particularly sad events like shootings. Unfortunately they dominated the news this year, especially in the past month. Far too often, we saw some unbalanced jackass with a gun end the lives of random, innocent people. The six pictures below are all from tragic mass shootings within the past year. Good luck, happy New Year, and may there be far fewer of these in 2013.

Two notes:
1 – All views are default orientation (up is north) and a mass shooting is defined as any event where a gunman kills multiple people indiscriminately
2 – The “no political comments” rule will be strictly enforced in this thread – feel free to send me an email if I don’t peel myself away from watching football quickly enough








  1. 4

    Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

    OK, gotta go – matinee of Beethoven’s 9th at Benaroya at 2!!
    Sure to be happier than this puzzle.

  2. 5

    Geov spews:

    Not commenting to solve the puzzle, just to say this is, in its way, a lovely memorial. And a reminder that as such incidents blur together and their public memories fade, they never become any less tragic for those involved.

  3. 8


    LibSci, very impressive showing. Only 1 left…

    Geov, thanks. I was hoping this idea would be taken as a way not to let these events be forgotten as simple news items.

  4. 9

    Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

    #1 is Oikos University, a Korean Christian school where a former student killed seven and wounded three, in April. The murderer, One L. Goh, had been expelled from the school several months prior.

  5. 10

    Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

    The first three I got just from searching for sites I knew off the top of my head. The latter three I gleaned from this list from The Nation of the 16 mass shootings in the US in 2012.

  6. 12


    I started from that list, but included two that were more recent.

    I’d like to keep political commentary to a minimum in this thread, but there’s a lot to be said on that topic.

  7. 13

    N in Seattle spews:


    I knew that one looked familiar. For a moment, I thought it looked like either Harborview or the VA Hospital/Amazon HQ/PacMed building overlooking I-90 from Beacon Hill. I knew it couldn’t be them, but damn, it looked familiar.

    Why would I be familiar with Western Psych? Because I spent over a dozen years either studying or working in the building you can see a little corner of in the lower right corner. That would be Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health. For a significant portion of my time at GSPH, I had an office facing the front steps of WPIC.

  8. 14

    Liberal Scientist is a Dirty Fucking Socialist Hippie spews:

    It looks very much like Harborview – I thought the same thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the same architect, or even the exact same design – even the 10th floor solarium on the lower left – at Harborview it was off the office of the head of pulmonology – quite the perk.