Xeni Jardin at 11:28 am Fri, Mar 1, 2013
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Jesus, what a thing to happen to somebody.
Well, you know, as much fun as I’d normally have blaming the Shoggoths or the sandworms for this sort of thing (especially since the sinkhole appears to be confined to this poor fellow’s house, the narrative would seem to demand that this was Something Personal), it really should serve as a reminder to live every day as if it were going to be one’s last. Be excellent to each other, for no matter how saintly or dreadful you may be, the ground might go ahead and swallow you up on any given evening. Whether you’re caught up on Downton Abbey or not.
Ladies and gents, better get yer shit together.
Thank you, Don. You da man. You speak da truf.
Christ, what an Earth-hole.
11 pm!? I thought they weren’t supposed to repossess you until Midnight. Or is there an hour disconnect due to different Daylight Savings Time regimes?
The sinkhole declared its innocence, citing Florida’s 2005 “Stand your Ground” law.
That argument is a slippery slope, and is losing ground.
Sink hole? right… I’m going to get my shotgun and head for the mountains.
As a resident of Switzerland, I take umbrage at the newcasters explaining that this is the fault of swiss-cheese karst. Swiss cheese has never, to my knowledge, swallowed up a man. It might leave an awful stench in your house after a rowdy fondue party, but it’s never killed a man That’s just friggin’ heartless.
“Sinkhole? More like ‘stinkhole’!”
man, you think YOUR day is bad. at least the earth isn’t opening up and swallowing you. O.o
I reckon scores of people suffer this affliction. Metaphorically speaking, that is.
“Bracken Engineering has condemned the house”oh yeah?
Later today, the Florida Ground Survey crew is expected to officially declare the sudden loss of dirt a sinkhole.
What’s the deal with the shit-eating grin on the correspondent at 00:45? A man is likely dead, way to respect the seriousness of the situation. Tosser.
“shit-eating grin” is actually a prerequisite to work on local news.
“She can tell you about a plane crash, with a gleam in her eye.”
Luckily never had one here in Brevard County. http://www.the-hurds.net/GIS/Florida-Karst-Sinkholes/JPGs/Florida-Sinkhole-Map.jpg
“safe as houses” doesn’t carry as much meaning as it used to.
The solution is for more good people to have sinkholes.
There’s really nothing you can do when the Stark Fist of Removal comes for you.
Actually it is thought by some that the sink holes are exacerbated by the use of huge amounts of water by the strawberry industry. During “cold” spells in Florida, fields are flooded with water to form an ice shield around each berry. Subsequent berries are able to be sold, but tend to be water-logged and less tasty. Then, as the underground aquifer is depleted sinkholes form in adjacent areas. This house happens to be within an hour or so’s drive of the main winter strawberry growing areas.
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