Thursday, March 24, 2011


I love it when we explore rabbit trails.  Billy was fascinated by Alcatraz when we visited and even more so when we heard on the TV a few days after we'd visited that they now suspected that one of the escapes was successful.  Previously they had assumed that the three men drowned in the June 1962 escape.  No bodies were ever recovered though.

Billy purchased a comic book from the Alcatraz shop about that escape - called the Dummy Head Breakout because the men made dummy heads to put in their beds to fool the guards and buy them valuable time.  He's read it cover to cover several times.

This led to us discovering that the Clint Eastwood movie 'Escape from Alcatraz' was also about this escape, so I tracked it down and we watched it as a family.

We also found out that the Mythbusters team had tried to replicate the escape in an episode in Season 1, so we've now watched that as well.

I wonder where it will lead next...


Risa said...

Didn't know Mythbusters had done this--thanks for the lead. Will see if I can track it down on netflix this weekend.

Suji said...

Oh yes, it is available on Netflix to watch instantly. We watched it a couple of weeks ago. :)

I love love love bunny trails too, especially when we involve a movie and Mythbusters in it. Way to go B!