Mark Frauenfelder at 8:51 am Wed, Apr 25, 2012
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What’s a kindly hack?
A compassionate taxi driver.
Cab driver. A hack is a cab driver.
taxi driver, as in hackney coach driver. I was expecting a second-rate journalist at first.
I was expecting a cab driver, since BB refers to friggin EVERYTHING as a “hack.”
I’m a comment hack. As in, I drive my taxi in here and say a bunch of stupid shit, in the name of journalism.
Good to know the U.S. isn’t the only country with infrastructure issues.
It looks like the driver had a moment of hesitation, like “Did I just actually see a girl plunge through concrete?” She’s lucky he was lucid!
Wow. That was terrifying and awesome at the same time. I assume she was OK?
My brain is saying, “What type of sidewalk is this that has a 6 meter deep cavern under it?”
The kind that didn’t ALWAYS have a 6 meter deep cavern underneath? Sinkholes imply erosion of a previously-existing structure, no?
Probably more common than you’d think.. cities have a whole bunch of activity going on beneath them. They run tours under Seattle and some of the spaces under the sidewalk have 15 feet of clearance.
I would guess the core failure is poor construction regulation allowing for a weak spot in the pavement that just happened to pick that moment to give way.
Some older cities have spaces under the pavement in front of shops for moving goods into basement storage rooms. Some of these spaces are still used and they have metal covers and powered lifts. Some have been removed and maybe just covered over instead of being filled.
I went on that tour when I visited Seattle. It was pretty awesome.
This is a secret entrance to the Thugee lair. Kali Ma!
Forget the cavern….the sidewalk was barely an inch thick. No sub-structure. That child didn’t weigh 100 pounds and she went right through like it was paper.
The video is interesting and all, but where is the BB thread for asteroid mining!?!? I thought you guys would have been all over that idea by now. Planetary Resources is the biggest story of the year in my mind.
Boing Boing’s readers have a far greater chance of being swallowed up by sinkholes and such than of ever being personally involved with, or profiting from, asteroid mining.
Speak for yourself!
If Planetary Resources are even marginally successful, all of Humanity will benefit. Not to mention if the average investor is able to buy stock in the company. I bet the story was submitted, just got lost in the shuffle.
Did you prepare a probability survey to support your data?
I think I saw this on Looney Tunes once.
anyone notice how all the online tabloids (msn news, etc.) have headlines for this video that focus on the fact she was on the phone? seems like a lure to get cell phone haters (like myself) to read an article unrelated to absent minded cell phone talking.
I confess, I was looking for a way to blame her cell use. But there was no clue she would have seen even if she was paying attention.
One of the old dude regulars on Morning Joe was going all in on blaming the cell phone but he was being appropriately ridiculed by the co-host.
I’ll admit, I know very little about concrete. But this sidewalk looks pretty thin. I also agree with previous post – what’s with the crazy underground cave? Sure if anyone could find a better use for this space, it’s the Chinese.
When Cyriak gets ahold of this, I expect him to have a giant fractal kitten pound her through the pavement.
Or have a mutant version of her with all sorts of extraneous bodyparts emerge from the hole to vomit a giant fractal kitten at Wang Wei.
Funny there is a camera just at the right place to film the entire thing. That concrete looks pretty thin. Cruel practical joke? Or does someone not like cellphone walkers? Hope the girl’s ok in any case.
It’s called a “Security Camera” – even without living in England, most places in urban centers are under video surveillance. Often the coverage is accidental because a camera in a store happens to have a view out the window when it’s really only intended to video the counter area (as an example). Gas stations, banks, and any place with an outside ATM are also usually under heavy video coverage – also jewelry stores.
A store with a valuable storefront display is a great place to look for video footage of a street event as they’re often taping the sidewalk just in case someone does a smash and grab.
Was that some dental floss they were using to hold the ladder?? No wonder the girl was scared.
I blame the CHUD.
Is he now responsible for her for the rest of his life, as per tradition?
This is what happens when you dig only 99.9999999% of the way to China.
She nearly fell through to the U.S.
Best comment: “She found the bonus level”
I don’t think I will buy cement made in China
Oh, I think you will.
I like that the first thing the girl does after climbing out of the hole is straighten her shirt.
She’s obviously a Star Trek fan.
I’ll just beam that here.
The girl received few injuries from the fall, but unfortunately died of lead poisoning several days later.
I would have been curious, too, but I don’t know that I would have joined the mob on the hungry, human-eating sidewalk. “Hey, some girl just fell thr . . . ahhhhhh!”
Wow, that didn’t even occur to me until I read your comment. (i.e. I probably would have been one of the stupid people crowding around the hole :P )
Surely if it was a sinkhole it would have been much wider than the little hole that the girl fell through, and all the extra people gathered around the edge of the hole could have had dire consequences.
I was thinking exactly the same thing. Wow – the sidewalk just gave way over there. Quick! Everybody run and stand on that same section of pavement. It’s like the old game “Lemmings” with Chinese people… She was the clueless one that always fell into a hole and got stuck. They just needed one of the Chinese people to explode and allow the others to all fall in the hole too. At least that’s how it always worked for me.
You know, that fits right along with my brain dubbing over “OM NOM NOM NOM!” on the 2nd viewing…
She’s lucky to be alive. It was an accident like this that contributed to the death of Lorne Blair, producer/director/photographer of “Ring of Fire”. He died two days after breaking his leg falling through a sidewalk in Legian, Bali.
I may never step outside my house again.
We are all lucky to be alive.
lucky? or is it all just some cruel joke….like falling through a hole in the sidewalk.
in soviet russia pavement walks on you
(it’s in china i know, but soviet russia sounds so much better)
“In collectivist China…”?
Oh goody, now I have an answer to those, “Why can’t we build fast like in China.” comments.
Also, do people really not realize that there is stuff going on under the sidewalk? Wow.
A few weeks ago a different woman fell through a sidewalk in Beijing, landed in hot water, and got burned to death.
Mr./Ms. spacedmonkey, please provide more information. Linkage?
Goodly comrade Wang will no doubt disappear in the coming week for exposing holes in the walls of the state.
“Getting no response he climbs down into the hole clinging to a cable strung underneath the pavement”, because that’s what Buster Keaton would have done.