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(WPTV)   Come live in Florida, where the sun is bright, the beaches are warm and the SINKHOLES SWALLOW YOU WHOLE WHILE YOU'RE SLEEPING   (wptv.com) divider line 127
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2013-03-01 10:04:11 AM  
Man I gotta say. I woke up this morning, the girl isn't talking to me, I'm hungover, I don't even want to look at my Facebook page, I'm vaguely miserable.

Then I read this story and suddenly it's a bright new day!
 
2013-03-01 10:24:11 AM  
And this right here is why I would never, ever, ever, buy a house in South Florida.

Ok, well, one of the reasons. There's also the rampant development, the greasy hustlers, the entitled old people, the out and out dysfunctional that South Florida attracts.

But mostly it's the geology. There is the ever present possibility that the earth will open up and swallow your entire house with no warning. Not to mentions the ongoing battles over sinkhole insurance rates and fraud....
 
2013-03-01 10:27:48 AM  

Elegy: And this right here is why I would never, ever, ever, buy a house in South Florida.

Ok, well, one of the reasons. There's also the rampant development, the greasy hustlers, the entitled old people, the out and out dysfunctional that South Florida attracts.

But mostly it's the geology. There is the ever present possibility that the earth will open up and swallow your entire house with no warning. Not to mentions the ongoing battles over sinkhole insurance rates and fraud....


Seffner is not South Florida. It's Hillsborough County, up here by Tampa.
 
2013-03-01 10:41:09 AM  
To be fair, I doubt he was actually sleeping when he entered the hole....
 
2013-03-01 10:41:19 AM  
Anybody notice the terrible pictures? That's the best you got?
 
2013-03-01 10:41:38 AM  

Confabulat: Seffner is not South Florida. It's Hillsborough County, up here by Tampa.


Technically correct, but as I live in the panhandle, anything south of Gainesville is South Florida to me.

/derp
//I feel stupid now
 
2013-03-01 10:42:10 AM  
Yes, here in Tampa, we have terrible horrors.  Gators, giant snakes, sinkholes, gators, sharks, hurricanes, gators, deadly spiders, all kinds of deadly vipers, gators, and maybe more gators.  Don't come here.
 
2013-03-01 10:42:38 AM  
Your living on a sandbar.
 
2013-03-01 10:42:40 AM  
How deep do sinkholes typically get?
 
2013-03-01 10:43:03 AM  

Elegy: Confabulat: Seffner is not South Florida. It's Hillsborough County, up here by Tampa.

Technically correct, but as I live in the panhandle, anything south of Gainesville is South Florida to me.

/derp
//I feel stupid now


Living in Gainesville? I'd rather live in that sinkhole, than your sh*thole.
 
2013-03-01 10:43:22 AM  

AFKobel: To be fair, I doubt he was actually sleeping when he entered the hole....


Was she?

Wait, what are we talking about again?
 
2013-03-01 10:44:33 AM  
All those photos and not one photo of the hole. I also hate it when they quote the horrible grammar of the interviewee. That's one place where I would love to see paraphrasing.

/not a grammar nazi
 
2013-03-01 10:45:17 AM  

SkeletorUpInHere: Anybody notice the terrible pictures? That's the best you got?


I know!  We paid good money to read that article!
 
2013-03-01 10:46:16 AM  
Swallow you whole.  The rest of you too...
 
2013-03-01 10:46:32 AM  

Elegy: Technically correct, but as I live in the panhandle, anything south of Gainesville is South Florida to me.


Ha I grew up in the Panhandle, understand where you're coming from. But after 15 or so years here in Tampa Bay, we have enough of our own crazies without having to deal with being confused with those weirdos downstate.
 
2013-03-01 10:46:38 AM  
Slab foundations will get you every time.
 
2013-03-01 10:47:07 AM  

katerbug72: All those photos and not one photo of the hole. I also hate it when they quote the horrible grammar of the interviewee. That's one place where I would love to see paraphrasing.

/not a grammar nazi


My guess is the hole is still inside the house. There's no photos of the hole anywhere.
 
2013-03-01 10:47:23 AM  

Slartibeerfest: How deep do sinkholes typically get?


I'm not sure, but In China they're known as "Volcanoes"
 
2013-03-01 10:47:23 AM  

Slartibeerfest: How deep do sinkholes typically get?


It can be hundreds of feet.  Big ones evenutally become lakes.
 
2013-03-01 10:47:34 AM  
"I heard my brother screaming and I ran back there and tried going inside his room, but my old lady turned the light on and all I seen was this big hole, a real big hole, and all I saw was his mattress."

It's always best to strap a 2"x4" to your back before going to bed.
 
2013-03-01 10:48:21 AM  
Nothing ever trumps the [FLORIDA] tag s'mitter. NOTHING. Use it.
 
2013-03-01 10:48:47 AM  
My headline was better.

"Florida man divides by zero".

funnydemotivationalposters.com
 
2013-03-01 10:48:54 AM  
There's a sinkhole in Gainesville that's basically become an entire ecosystem. Paine's Prairie.
 
2013-03-01 10:50:16 AM  

Slartibeerfest: How deep do sinkholes typically get?


No way to know. It can be 10 feet "shift the foundation" type of event,
 
2013-03-01 10:52:21 AM  

valar_morghulis: There's a sinkhole in Gainesville that's basically become an entire ecosystem. Paine's Prairie.


You're thinking of Devil's Millhopper. Payne's Prairie is a gigantic marsh, not a sinkhole.
 
2013-03-01 10:54:20 AM  

Confabulat: valar_morghulis: There's a sinkhole in Gainesville that's basically become an entire ecosystem. Paine's Prairie.

You're thinking of Devil's Millhopper. Payne's Prairie is a gigantic marsh, not a sinkhole.


Payne's Prarie was made by a sinkhole, but it isn't one.  It was a lake until the sinkhole emptied it.
 
2013-03-01 10:54:45 AM  
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-03-01 10:55:16 AM  
They're only calling it a sinkhole because they don't want you to know about the graboids.
 
2013-03-01 10:55:25 AM  
Winter Park scoffs at your puny sinkhole.  Get back when it's eaten half a dozen Porsches and a Winnebago.
 
2013-03-01 10:55:37 AM  
Currently on a job site working on fixing a potential sinkhole not even 5 miles from the one in the article. I mean, it sucks for the guy and his family, but as someone in the sinkhole repair industry, stories like this give me some feelings of job security. Now if only Citizen's Property Insurance could just get their act together...

(Oh yeah, something about getting kicks or whatever.)
 
2013-03-01 10:56:08 AM  
From the article, it says that the hole is at least 50 feet deep and a hundred feel across, but the only breach is inside the house.

Specifically, inside the guy's bedroom.

What kinda farking luck is that?  I hope to god the guy was asleep when it happened and he didn't feel a thing.  Can you imagine?  Laying there, worrying about things, staring at the ceiling and then the floor falls out, the ground literally opens up to swallow you whole and you DIE in the dark.

As for the family members, well, they just lost their home.  They'll never be able to live there again.

It's a farking tragedy.
 
2013-03-01 10:56:30 AM  
www.honeysucklegelato.com
 
2013-03-01 10:58:47 AM  
These are common in Florida, they're opened by aliens who need to take a crap.
 
2013-03-01 10:59:01 AM  

Infernalist: I hope to god the guy was asleep when it happened and he didn't feel a thing.


Well his brother heard him screaming so that's not likely.

But yeah, seriously, of all the things to worry about when you're lying in bed, that one never usually crosses my mind. I bet all the other worries suddenly get put in remarkable perspective.
 
2013-03-01 10:59:12 AM  

Slartibeerfest: How deep do sinkholes typically get?


Learn Mandarin
 
2013-03-01 10:59:35 AM  

Infernalist: From the article, it says that the hole is at least 50 feet deep and a hundred feel across, but the only breach is inside the house.

Specifically, inside the guy's bedroom.

What kinda farking luck is that?  I hope to god the guy was asleep when it happened and he didn't feel a thing.  Can you imagine?  Laying there, worrying about things, staring at the ceiling and then the floor falls out, the ground literally opens up to swallow you whole and you DIE in the dark.

As for the family members, well, they just lost their home.  They'll never be able to live there again.

It's a farking tragedy.


Imagine if he's still alive somewhere down in the sinkhole. That would suck...
 
2013-03-01 10:59:40 AM  

rancidPlasma: Nothing ever trumps the [FLORIDA] tag s'mitter. NOTHING. Use it.


Was going to point that out.  Well done.
 
2013-03-01 10:59:58 AM  

J.Shelby: Confabulat: valar_morghulis: There's a sinkhole in Gainesville that's basically become an entire ecosystem. Paine's Prairie.

You're thinking of Devil's Millhopper. Payne's Prairie is a gigantic marsh, not a sinkhole.

Payne's Prarie was made by a sinkhole, but it isn't one.  It was a lake until the sinkhole emptied it.


I didn't know that about Payne's Prairie. I used to live in an apartment complex next to it and would wander around the trails sometimes too. Lots of snakes.
 
2013-03-01 11:02:11 AM  
Florida sucks...literally.
 
2013-03-01 11:02:12 AM  

Confabulat: /not a grammar nazi

My guess is the hole is still inside the house. There's no photos of the hole a


Jesus people... RTFA.

The sinkhole is naturally occurring and appears to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across, based on estimates made by engineers using radar, and it may be as deep as 50 feet, authorities say. It's not visible except inside the home.
 
2013-03-01 11:03:32 AM  
It wasn't a giant sink hole, it was really Paris Hilton.
 
2013-03-01 11:04:47 AM  
Confabulat:

I didn't know that about Payne's Prairie. I used to live in an apartment complex next to it and would wander around the trails sometimes too. Lots of snakes.

Its intermittent.  It has Florida's usual geology under it.  To quote Wikipedia: "There have been times when the prairie's drainage became so blocked that it flooded, causing the formation of a lake. The most recent such occurrence was in 1871, and lasted until 1886. During this period, steamboats were a frequent sight on what was called Alachua Lake."
 
2013-03-01 11:04:51 AM  

J.Shelby: Yes, here in Tampa, we have terrible horrors.  Gators, giant snakes, sinkholes, gators, sharks, hurricanes, gators, deadly spiders, all kinds of deadly vipers, gators, and maybe more gators.  Don't come here.


Florida, America's Australia.
 
2013-03-01 11:05:06 AM  
Does anyone else think that house does not look 100 feet long? The hole is supposedly 100 feet across, yet not visible except inside the house. That house's size is rather decieving I guess.
 
2013-03-01 11:05:16 AM  

StrikitRich: Winter Park scoffs at your puny sinkhole.  Get back when it's eaten half a dozen Porsches and a Winnebago.


Or when it pours radioactive phosphogypsum into the groundwater...
i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-01 11:08:04 AM  

NotoriousFire: Does anyone else think that house does not look 100 feet long? The hole is supposedly 100 feet across, yet not visible except inside the house. That house's size is rather decieving I guess.


The only 'breach' is inside the house.  The sinkhole exists even if it hasn't opened up completely yet.
 
2013-03-01 11:08:12 AM  

NotoriousFire: Does anyone else think that house does not look 100 feet long? The hole is supposedly 100 feet across, yet not visible except inside the house. That house's size is rather decieving I guess.


It's not that big. It was misreported. The safety zone is 100 ft wide, though.
 
2013-03-01 11:08:17 AM  
Florida, Americas wang - Homer Simpson
So are the sinkholes Americas herpes?
 
2013-03-01 11:13:57 AM  
Wonder if the Sarlacc under the house was disclosed on the home inspection?

Huntceet: Florida, Americas wang - Homer Simpson
So are the sinkholes Americas herpes?


No, you're thinking of Yankees.
 
2013-03-01 11:14:16 AM  

Gabrielmot: Confabulat: /not a grammar nazi

My guess is the hole is still inside the house. There's no photos of the hole a

Jesus people... RTFA.

The sinkhole is naturally occurring and appears to be about 100 feet (30 meters) across, based on estimates made by engineers using radar, and it may be as deep as 50 feet, authorities say. It's not visible except inside the home.


Thank you sir, now could you help me with the math?  Don't you think the house has a rather large footprint if a 7,850 square foot hole can be hidden inside with room to spare? Diameter alleged to be 100', so 50*50*3.14=7850.
 
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