Sometimes I learn things from FAILBlog other than the numerous ways that people can do stupid things that result in painful injury to their junk. Case in point: they recently mentioned the long-running hazard known quaintly as “The Door to Hell,” located in Darvasa, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan.
(The name fits. Via Wikipedia.)
Lying in the midst of the Karakum Desert near the small village Darvasa, the doorway was inadvertently opened in 1971 by Soviet geologists. The geologists discovered a large deposit of natural gas at the site, and began exploratory drilling to assess the quality of the find. Soon after work began, however, the ground collapsed under the drilling rig and camp, creating a crater some 230 feet wide and 66 feet deep; fortunately nobody was killed in the accident.
The collapse made the site unsuitable for gas extraction, as it was now freely seeping from the ground. Because the quiet release of natural gas could be a deadly hazard to the people of the region, the geologists decided to burn it off. They set the hole on fire, expecting it to burn itself out of fuel in a few days.
Now, some 42 years later, it is still burning.
The Daily Mail had an article on The Door to Hell in 2010 which is worth looking at due to the pictures and video; it is hard to appreciate, even with the photo above, how massive this fiery hole is.
In 2010, the President of Turkmenistan ordered that the hole be closed so that it doesn’t cause problems with other natural gas sites to be developed in the region. No action has been taken so far, however, leaving Hell’s Gate inconveniently open for the time being.
Gil Zamora is an FBI-trained forensics artist with over 3,000 criminal sketches under his belt. Dove and Ogilvy Brazil hired him to interview and draw seven different women—two sketches of each. The first sketch was based on each woman’s personal description of herself. The second was based on a description provided by a stranger the woman had just met.
This video shows the sketches and questioning:
This is the lenticular cover for Teacher’s Pest, the upcoming third book in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series, which I just finished reading to my boys. If your kids like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, they’ll love Lovecraft Middle School - - in addition to typical junior high troubles, the hero has to navigate a a school filled with Lovecraftian horrors disguised as students and teachers. I love reading these books to my boys at bedtime, and we’re all disappointed we can’t move right on to book 4.
Daft Punk - Get Lucky featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers:
Watch as Randy Orton forgets his line and asks Sheamus to remind him (from Monday night’s Raw). Good work by the cameramen not missing a moment.
Lego Space Kraken (and Super Star Destroyer) by Iain Heath.