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(MSNBC)   Ever get a sinking feeling that Venice could be called something else besides "Queen of the Adriatic," the "City of Water," "City of Bridges," "The Floating City," or the "City of Canals"?   (worldnews.msnbc.msn.com) divider line 109
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2012-03-26 11:57:31 AM
Who the hell has called it "Queen of the Adriatic" in the past 100 years? I've never even heard that phrase and it makes no sense considering the current state of Italy's naval importance.
 
2012-03-26 12:16:47 PM
If movies have taught me anything, the Venetians will soon evolve gills and everything will be okay.
 
2012-03-26 12:21:23 PM
I think "Italy's Chinatown" would be most apt.
 
2012-03-26 12:37:48 PM
Swampy Tourist Trap comes to mind
 
2012-03-26 01:03:26 PM
New Atlantis?
 
2012-03-26 01:12:59 PM
"City of Wet Socks and Bad Smells"
 
2012-03-26 01:24:40 PM
"And tiger's teeth will fill the night."
 
2012-03-26 01:25:28 PM

unyon: New Atlantisa?


FTFY.
 
2012-03-26 01:25:39 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: "City of Wet Socks and Bad Smells"


I think Pasadena, Texas currently holds that title...

/Stinkadena, born and raised
 
2012-03-26 01:26:01 PM
I heard that it stinks there, too
 
2012-03-26 01:26:17 PM
So.. building in the water isn't a good idea?

I would've thought we'd have worked that one out a long time ago.
 
2012-03-26 01:26:47 PM
I often have that same question in my head about Riften.
 
2012-03-26 01:26:54 PM
"Venice sinking five times faster than thought?"

I dunno, my thoughts sink pretty low pretty quickly.
 
2012-03-26 01:27:06 PM
Well it can be a tourist spot like the lost city of Atlanta.
 
2012-03-26 01:27:17 PM
"Hey, Whatsa that Smell?"
 
2012-03-26 01:28:55 PM

BurnShrike: So.. building in the water isn't a good idea?

I would've thought we'd have worked that one out a long time ago.


A long time ago it was a good idea to build in the swamp to avoid being sacked by the Huns.
 
2012-03-26 01:29:08 PM
And if Venice is sinking
I'm going under
'Cause beauty's religion
And its Christened me with wonder
 
2012-03-26 01:29:26 PM
Throwing resources at "saving" it is useless. The soil is going where it's going, and sea level is rising.

Time to move out anything worth preserving, remove any substances that may expose or degrade into toxic chemicals under water, and let it go. Move the residents inland.

We need to learn how to do this.
 
2012-03-26 01:30:14 PM

cgraves67: BurnShrike: So.. building in the water isn't a good idea?

I would've thought we'd have worked that one out a long time ago.

A long time ago it was a good idea to build in the swamp to avoid being sacked by the Huns.


Yeah but the first one sank into the swamp. The second one burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp.
 
Biv
2012-03-26 01:30:52 PM

PlatinumDragon: Throwing resources at "saving" it is useless. The soil is going where it's going, and sea level is rising.

Time to move out anything worth preserving, remove any substances that may expose or degrade into toxic chemicals under water, and let it go. Move the residents inland.

We need to learn how to do this.


Pffft, tell that to New Orleans.
 
2012-03-26 01:31:58 PM
How about "Heartland"?
 
2012-03-26 01:32:56 PM
The Capital of Gout

More wine and cheese, sir?
 
2012-03-26 01:34:07 PM
The worst part about Venice isn't that it's sinking. The worst part is that a farking cappuccino costs 8€.
 
2012-03-26 01:35:40 PM
"That place near where they make Amaretto"
 
2012-03-26 01:36:35 PM

Biv: PlatinumDragon: Throwing resources at "saving" it is useless. The soil is going where it's going, and sea level is rising.

Time to move out anything worth preserving, remove any substances that may expose or degrade into toxic chemicals under water, and let it go. Move the residents inland.

We need to learn how to do this.

Pffft, tell that to New Orleans.


it's a shame that the most interesting places in the world tend to be in naturally precarious locations. letting venice sink would be a monumental failure for humanity, imho. just like ignoring the levy problems in new orleans was.
 
2012-03-26 01:36:50 PM
The City that Said "fark It! Let's Move to Higher Ground"
 
2012-03-26 01:37:07 PM
More proof that Anthropogenic Global Warming is really happening. And these deniers are trying to spin the fact that the sea level is rising 5 times faster than previously thought as a city sinking? Have they no shame?
 
2012-03-26 01:38:25 PM
"Venice: The Queen of the Above Ground Sewer!"
 
2012-03-26 01:38:42 PM

pute kisses like a man: it's a shame that the most interesting places in the world tend to be in naturally precarious locations. letting venice sink would be a monumental failure for humanity, imho. just like ignoring the levy problems in new orleans was.


Eh, at some point you really have to cut your losses and just move. Nothing is forever.
 
2012-03-26 01:38:42 PM

BurnShrike: So.. building in the water isn't a good idea?

I would've thought we'd have worked that one out a long time ago.


Building in water is fine. Just don't make your structure of stone.
 
2012-03-26 01:38:43 PM
The New Orleans of the Italian Isles.
 
2012-03-26 01:38:50 PM
I was there last year. It really is amazing and I suggest seeing it before it sinks if you can. Though I couldn't imagine staying there for more than a couple of days since there isn't much to actually do. I found the best way to go about it was to just wander around and stop at places to get small plates as you feel like it.

It's basically a tourist museum at this point. Not that many people actually live there. And I can't blame them, getting anything done (food shopping, renovations, etc.) has to be a monumental pain in the ass.

Also, you WILL get lost. I have a great sense of direction, to the point that my friends sometimes refer to me as GPS, and even I got lost despite having a map. You sort of just have to accept it.
 
2012-03-26 01:39:20 PM

Muta: BurnShrike: So.. building in the water isn't a good idea?

I would've thought we'd have worked that one out a long time ago.

Building in water is fine. Just don't make your structure of stone.


Or wood... or sand.. or metal.. or... what should we use then?
 
2012-03-26 01:40:06 PM
Time to fire up the star drive?

www.gateworld.net
 
2012-03-26 01:40:20 PM
If it'll keep out the swarms Japanese tourists, I'm all for it.
 
2012-03-26 01:42:25 PM
Global warming is making the seas rise!!

No, dipstick, you're sinking.
 
2012-03-26 01:42:29 PM
Venice is beautiful, it's just too bad about all the turkeys...

/Is anything obscure on FARK?
 
2012-03-26 01:43:02 PM

Clemkadidlefark: Global warming is making the seas rise!!

No, dipstick, you're sinking.


C) Both

/The answer is always C
 
Biv
2012-03-26 01:44:41 PM

Clemkadidlefark: Global warming is making the seas rise!!

No, dipstick, you're sinking.


I thought we were calling it climate change now?

I can't keep up with enviroderp.
 
2012-03-26 01:45:38 PM
This article needs pictures.
 
2012-03-26 01:47:08 PM

PlatinumDragon: Throwing resources at "saving" it is useless. The soil is going where it's going, and sea level is rising.

Time to move out anything worth preserving, remove any substances that may expose or degrade into toxic chemicals under water, and let it go. Move the residents inland.

We need to learn how to do this.


Some of Venice is older than Christopher Columbus. America would be shiatting itself about losing so much history if it was on US soil (or swamp)
 
2012-03-26 01:47:11 PM

senzasord: This article needs pictures.


static.guim.co.uk

Costa Florentia.

/better?
 
2012-03-26 01:48:30 PM
I hope the do the one that goes "TI-TUM-TI-TUM-TI-TUM"

/TUM-TUM-TUM-TUM-TI-TUM-TUM is not so bad either
 
2012-03-26 01:48:51 PM
It is a dead city. Document it and let it go.
 
2012-03-26 01:49:47 PM

mysticcat: Swampy Tourist Trap comes to mind


Went there with my art class in High school, a drip of the canal water splashed on my arm and I felt like I couldn't get it clean enough.

/feels dirty just thinking about it.
//heh, dirty. dirty dirty.
 
2012-03-26 01:51:29 PM
The Duck of Death?
 
2012-03-26 01:52:31 PM
I always considered it the Cape Coral of Italy.
 
2012-03-26 01:52:55 PM

senzasord: This article needs pictures.


www.wunderground.com

sinkholes1.com

cdn.coastalcare.org
 
2012-03-26 01:55:48 PM
Saying that the city is sinking is just about as obvious as saying that the wind will always blow in Chicago.

OK, sayings like this just piss me off. Chicago is really no windier than any other city. I mean, Seattle is associated with getting buckets of rain, when in reality New York City gets more rain in a year...

But as to Venice, at least the city isn't falling apar---
www.roma-antica.co.uk
Oops...
 
2012-03-26 01:58:09 PM
The best way to handle the problem would be to install proper sewage tanks on all the properties instead of dumping in the canals, then completely wall off the bay and install a few locks. Then you could constantly pump water in and out to keep the bay fresh and at a level you desire.

This would also mean you could lower the water as the city subsides on its soft foundation.
 
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