Overheard on CNN.com: Wedding bells and death knells
April 29th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Wedding bells and death knells

Exchange of the Day:
"The only normal looking person in this whole drama is the bride; the rest of them look like Martians or characters from a science fiction movie."–poulose

"You have to think of it like 'Star Wars' without the light sabers."–politauk

William and Catherine marry in royal wedding at Westminster Abbey

Two events shared center stage today: Prince William and Catherine’s wedding in London and the aftermath of a string of tornadoes that killed nearly 300 across the American Southeast. Some CNN.com readers argued over whether the coverage was balanced or appropriate, while others shared their feelings and experiences about the separate events.

alexjones999 said, “How wonderful. All of the problems in the world but the world is focused on this trivial nonsense.” bilbo0s said, “300 fellow Americans dead in Alabama. Countless lives of fellow Americans blown away in Alabama. What makes the front page? Will and Kate are getting married!!! That explains a lot about America.”

LaserMan72 said, “Which should have more priority? Over 300 people died in Storm (In USA) or Royal Wedding (Not even in USA). Give me a break.”

But mr60233 argued that “this is an international event. Look at a map. Do you see those other pieces of land? They are called countries, and believe it or not, people that are not American live in them. I am sorry 300 people died. However, tornadoes happen all the time in the USA, and people die every day. This kind of event (the wedding) happens once every 30 years or so.”

barbie1311 said, "There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a few moments out of one's life to get lost in a fairy tale. It does not take away anything from the tragedies of the world. It's all about balance."

chitown27 said, "I'm in London right now, went to Westminster this morning and it was unbelievable. Most Americans have no sense of history whatsoever, which is why the trolls keep complaining on here. It was awesome watching the procession, the history and the pomp."

Savannah416 said, "With roots in India, I am the last one to argue against comments against British colonization; however, given the state of the world today, I'm also able to set aside negative thoughts for a morning and relish the beauty of a wedding of two people who have been in love for quite awhile."

GuestColin said, “What a bunch of cranky people the lot of you are! I've bought a ring, planned it out and will be getting engaged this summer after a 3-year courtship. Best to Wills and Kate. The rest of you need to go take a nap!”

TreeTop said, “Beautiful dress. Happy couple. Awesome news!” Mjollnir said, “This seems as good a reason as any to have some gourmet food and a toast tonight. We need more reasons to celebrate. There are still good things in this world.” Ealdwulf said, “They do certainly seem to be in love.”

Shaken, dazed residents recount tornado horrors

One UK resident, checking news on both sides of the pond, wondered why there were concrete bomb shelters in British gardens but no concrete tornado shelters in the South. Other CNN.com readers shared what it was like during and after the storm.

scrubbed said, “Hell came to visit us here in Alabama on Wednesday. It was absolutely terrifying, especially once the power went out and even cell phones didn't work. All you could do was listen for the tornado sirens and pray you wouldn't be killed. We still have a house. Thousands don't. We've lost our food in the freezer, but so many lost their lives. Those of us who survived will be here for the families of those who didn't. I want my kids to understand that they have survived a very dark day in history. ln2dablue replied, “I feel for ya bro. I'm glad you made it.” crackiswhack said, “God bless and hang tight.”

BlogBlogger said, “I went out into my front lawn and removed tar paper and roofing shingles from the massive Tuscaloosa, AL, tornado and others. I live hundreds of miles away from the event. Amazing just how powerful a suction it had to put the debris into the jet stream.”

pccoder said, “Unfortunately the death toll is only going to rise. My brother-in-law is a police officer in Tuscaloosa. He saw six dead on one street late Wednesday. Once all the rubble is cleaned and the final tally is done, we're going to find that many more died than have been stated so far.”

gdcox said, “I am mystified. Over here in the U.K , where I am checking in to understand the scale of this disaster (despite the wedding), we built concrete shelters in our garden when Hitler's bombs became a threat. So how come houses are built in your area with no cellars or buried shelter when you know your lives will be occasionally threatened by a tornado? It seems all in Birmingham knew this monster was coming, but in the many stories, no one talks of running for the shelter/cellar. “

ArmanX, from Kansas, wondered the same thing. “I used to live in Kansas, and everyone had a storm cellar (or basement). Even after we filled ours in (it was falling apart), we would still go down the street to the neighbors who had a basement.”

pkt1153 replied, “The water table for many places in the south US is too high for underground basements or cellars: they would flood. An aboveground cellar made of steel or concrete is cost prohibitive for most when you consider the chances of being hit by a tornado are about 1 in 2 million (about 7 times less than being struck by lightning).

NateDawgUM agreed, “Additionally, the South is very wet and humid, so mold becomes a huge problem in basements. If you don't have a basement and you know a monster storm is on the way, it never hurts to hit up the local mall or Wal-Mart.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. meaning behind royal wedding

    The royal wedding is nothing more than the celebrating of the invasions and occupations of other nations that Great Britain is famous for. GBs staunchest ally, the USA(who currently owes GB around one trillion dollars...roughly the same amount the uS owes the caymen Islands) while also being famous for invading/occupying/plundering many countries, did not send their leader nor his wife to the celebration. Not invited you say? Since when does the USa need an invitation.

    April 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey

    In response to a comment above:
    The Duchess of Cambridge does not appear anorexic to me.
    She is "in shape."
    Those who are unwilling to work at being in that condition quickly describe attractive bodies as anorexic.
    "Pleasantly plump" women frequently describe thin ones as anorexic.
    It is the fat who provide bad models for our obese youngsters.

    April 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lery Rodas

    congratulations !!!! forever n ever...

    April 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. G.F.H.

    @ L. Rodas:
    (Boom boom boom boom)

    April 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey

    Everywhere you look there's some kind of drum.

    April 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Amber

    These things happen in such a huge variety of ways that our brains couldn't possibly fathom it. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to be on this thread at all, alive, with homes, or without. We are able to connect, to complain and celebrate, and possibly even learn or be inspired by something. But for all of our technology, we tend to forget that the force as well as the beauty of nature are a part of our existence. We might do well to harmonize with one another and nature. There ARE ways to build so that we might be insured of greater safety in these events, but we choose instead to isolate from one another in square houses that wind can catch on and destroy easily. In our fear and selfishness, we each have to have his own place, overlooking the value of community and cooperation. Without harmony with these unavoidable cycles or connection with one another, we have been reduced to debating which is more 'important' to focus on, life or death. Let me tell you, there are two things we do NOT have a choice in, and those are LIFE and DEATH. They happen simultaneously. Whether you perceive the joy or the fear is pretty much up to you. "What you focus on expands" and equally "What you resist persists". So celebrate or complain, it's your choice. Or you can even take it all.

    May 1, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Angie

    For those who think it is easy to outrun or hide from an EF5 ...its not. Not everybody has a storm shelter or the money to buy one. Some people are renting or living in apartments. Many didn't have power from the storms that morning and didn't know what was coming, but many that did were in tubs or closets and still died. Don't be so critical like people didn't protect themselves, in many cases they did the best they could. It was a beautiful wedding. I turned the generator on so my daughters and I could watch it and was grateful I had them and a roof over our heads to do so. A friend lost his daughter and while that is on my mind it was nice to see something so sweet and happy like a real life fairytale. Life is a balance of good and bad. Bad things make you appreciate the good even more.

    May 1, 2011 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. David

    Criticising Americans for not being interesed is a little harsh considering I'm in the UK and this is the first I've heard of these tornadoes. If we're not interested in American issues why should they be interested in European ones. Which kind of confuses me why Americans seem to get so worked up about a royal wedding, you shouldn't be angry at the Royals or Britain you should be angry at the American Press for forcing it down your throat.

    May 1, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    There is no such thing as a wedding that isn't boring. They all are.

    May 1, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. jessica

    Wateverrrr...I watched it to and I pray for both of them and also for everyone who are unfortunate in this whole world...

    May 2, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff

    They looted the whole world and now they are looting their own people tax money. Royal, my foot. Could this guy afford this marriage with his own money. It's an insult to all hard working people. Wake up world!

    May 2, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. loneIndian

    I would have been very happy and ecstatic to watch this "wedding" if it was done with their own money – I mean isn't that what we all do – spend our hard earned money to get married . What puts me off is that its the tax payers money that should have been spendt better for education and other more important things. I am sue no one begrudges their happiness and I wish them all the luck in their married life and hope that they stay this way till the end – but it should have been with their own money. Just as I do not condone this immense spending behind elections , the same way I think this was a waste of resources that at this time could have been out to better use.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  13. kristen1517

    🙁 so lucky is she to live out her little princes dreams and be prince charmings wife. im depress.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. darren

    Did anyone but myself notice that Prince Harry looks just like Scott Farkus, the bully from "The Christmas Story" that gets his a– kicked by Ralphie????

    May 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
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