That time a German prince built an artificial volcano


9 Responses to “That time a German prince built an artificial volcano”

  1. Brainspore says:

    What a poseur. Real supervillains don’t settle for cheap imitations.

  2. “We’re gonna need more baking soda!”

  3. Daneel says:

    So, just like The Mirage, then.

  4. SedanChair says:

    He saw himself as obliged to enlighten his subjects, and he saw this as a lesson for people who would never get to Naples

    “Because you’re stuck here, toiling on my land! AHAHAHAHA!”

  5. Bill Beaty says:

    Anyone need the instructions for full scale artificial volcano?

    It mentions that 40-50 lbs iron/sulfur paste is required, small qty doesn’t work, and once started it can’t be turned off (re. Southpark season 2 episode 8)

  6. artaxerxes says:

    Neal Stephenson’s third volume of his “Baroque Cycle,” “The System of the World,” includes a similar volcano, inspired by a visit to Vesuvius by an English Peer who was equally impressed.

    The construction of the Volcano and the materials used to create the eruption were more sophisticated, relying primarily on phosphorus for the lava. Alchemy and natural philosophy are grand themes of the books, so Mr. Stephenson’s choice of technology was clearly borne of the desire to maintain consistency with his themes.

    I do wonder, however, the inspiration for the idea of the volcano was a result of his discovery of  the story of Leopold’s trip and subsequent construction of his volcano. 

    I love stuff like this. Granted, I would have been one of the peasants (not on his continent) packing peat in a bog somewhere as My Lord squandered resources, but it’s interesting at a distance of several centuries.


    In his villa in Sardinia, Mr. Berlusconi has an artificial volcano to entertain his numerous guests.

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