What Is Happening Wednesday

While we were all dreading the falling snow last Wednesday (with the exception of Kylie) and trying to stay warm, something else was falling—the earth.

Yep, another sinkhole happened. But this time not in some far off country or Florida. The sinkhole devoured eight rare Chevrolet sports cars at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Luckily, it occurred super early in the morning and no one was there to get injured. Unfortunately the cars on display weren’t so lucky and they fell down the 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep opening.

sinkholeMy favorite part of this story is not the craziness of prized vehicles being swallowed by the ground, but the response of one GM manager who was interviewed.

“We’re just tickled that no one was hurt; that thing was deep,” he said. “We really don’t know yet what the value of the cars is but we’ll fix them up and you’ll never know they were damaged.”

(I think I was “tickled” by his choice of words and his genuine Bob the Builder promise.)

Evidently, a sinkhole happening in that area did not come as a huge surprise to some scientists because of the area’s caves, sinking streams, and springs. The article detailing the event in The New York Times threw out this fun and unsettling fact from a geologist with the United States Geological Survey:
“Most states [have] areas that [are] susceptible to sinkholes. They are a possibility in any area where dissolvable minerals — like limestone, dolomite and gypsum — lie underground.”

Makes you wanna go back and take 7th grade earth science before you buy a house, doesn’t it?

Here is the security camera video of the sinkhole eating the pretty cars.

C

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