Sinkholes and You

Posted by Mike McCarthy on Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 9:19 PM

The infamous I-240 Sinkhole of 2010... and what emerged from it
  • The infamous I-240 Sinkhole of 2010... and what emerged from it

A lot of people have their attention on the skies above, afraid of unmanned government predator drones, unpredictable weather, or even alien invasions. But it's not the sky you have to worry about it's the ground beneath your feet. No, I'm not talking about mole people. I'm talking about my greatest fear...sinkholes.

You might be thinking, "Mike, what's so scary about sinkholes?". I dunno reader, what's so scary about a portal to HELL opening up in the middle of your city?!?

Oh Im sure its not that.. OH MY GOD I CAN SEE CHINA
  • Honey don't overreact. I'm sure it's not that... OH MY GOD I CAN SEE CHINA!!!

Sinkholes occur when underground water erodes the bedrock above it creating a cave that grows increasingly unstable until it collapses. Also according to my old catholic sunday school teacher, when you touch yourself.

Pictured above: Science... sexy sexy science.
  • Pictured above: Science... sexy sexy science.


And if creating a giant hole to a dark deadly death pit isn't terrifying enough, they are also virtually unpredictable and undetectable. That's right. Sinkholes are the Batman of natural disasters.


Robin always seems to get caught in Batmans sinkhole...
  • Robin always seems to get caught in Batman's sinkhole...

You're at Yolo, flirting with Jessica the cute girl behind the counter. You ask her what the difference is between gelato and ice cream (even though you know the answer) and then she asks...SINKHOLE!!!

Or maybe you're in line to see a movie and you can't decide whether or not you want you want to go see The Lone Ranger . I mean you've read some bad reviews, but your a really big Johnny Depp fan. He usually has a good eye for scripts, plus you... SINKHOLE!!!

What's that reader? Your saying to yourself, "Not me Mike! Maybe sinkholes are eating peoples swimming pools in places like Florida, but not Memphis". Well, what if I throw some knoweldge at your "I'm not afraid of sinkholes, McCarthy is just a crazy guy who is 25 and still afraid of the dark, also this might be some sort of metaphor for why he's afraid to be in a committed relationship" face!!!

Just read this article about a home in North Memphis being directly threatened by a ninja sinkhole. Or this report about sinkholes in Downtown's Tom Lee park!

And, let's not forget the infamous I-240 Sinkhole of 2010. And all the things that came out of it.

Scared now? Feel like running away to a tropical paradise where you can relax and not worry about the earth swallowing you whole? Sounds like a good plan maybe you can grab some pina coladas and...SINKHOLE!!!

Where Cthulhu gets his amazon packages delivered to.
  • Where Cthulhu gets his amazon packages delivered to.

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"Just read this article about a home in North Memphis being directly threatened by a ninja sinkhole."

Uh, there wasn't a sinkhole, only a person's fear of one. A reasonable one, but the issue was MLG&W's incompetence, now there is a money pit worth fearing. Well, as long as we're venting.

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Posted by thecatsmeow on 07/04/2013 at 6:21 AM

Good article. Sinkholes are generally a slow occurrence. Whereas all the homes that get sucked away from rising rivers during or after torrential rains. Very spectacular.

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Posted by life1943 on 07/04/2013 at 8:10 AM

Who knew there were MLG&W apologists/fans.

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Posted by thecatsmeow on 07/04/2013 at 9:15 AM

where did the sinkhole in the second picture from the top above occur?

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Posted by kd on 07/07/2013 at 6:19 PM
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