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(The Northwestern)   Family discovers fully stocked '50s era fallout shelter on their property. That should be a nice boost for their property value   (thenorthwestern.com ) divider line
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2013-05-01 12:44:19 PM  
That's quite an expensive shelter, concrete and all. In WW2, people were happy with corrugated steel and some dirt on top.
 
2013-05-01 12:46:01 PM  
My question is, how do you "Discover" something like this?  It's not as if it's "In con-farking-spicuos" (Bricktop)


It's a large metal door in your yard....
 
2013-05-01 12:52:41 PM  
Dumb@ss.

STFU
 
2013-05-01 12:56:23 PM  

delphi_ote: wiseolddude: People were really afraid of nuclear war in the early 60's. I was in Yakima,Wa. Lots of neighbors had bomb shelters. I never could figure out why the USSR would want to bomb Yakima.

Because the town is full of a bunch of paranoid assholes who bought bomb shelters?


Those aren't bomb shelters... they're fallout shelters.  Meaning they were not designed to take a direct hit.  It was to protect them from fallout and let them stay "safe" for about two weeks for the fallout to settle before they could go out again.
 
2013-05-01 12:59:47 PM  
If she throws in some of her Tang, she might have herself a deal.
 
2013-05-01 01:02:31 PM  
Clean out the water and reseal and restock it and it would indeed boost the property value. Modern day preppers are the same kind of people who built bomb shelters back in the 60's. They would eat up a survival shelter.
 
2013-05-01 01:02:39 PM  

tripleseven: My question is, how do you "Discover" something like this?  It's not as if it's "In con-farking-spicuos" (Bricktop)

It's a large metal door in your yard....


Well, with this one the outer hatch looks exactly like those commonly seen for underground electric or telco utility vaults.
 
2013-05-01 01:04:58 PM  
img829.imageshack.us

did it have scotch and its own shooting alley?
 
2013-05-01 01:11:25 PM  
How hard was that to "discover"?  Looked like it was right outside the house.

/watched video without sound.
 
2013-05-01 01:20:58 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Elroydb: From what I understand is they are also having legal battles with Interplay over a Fallout MMO

WTF is up with this interest in an MMO? They're trying to do the same shiat with The Elder Scrolls series.



I keep having to explain this, hah.

Short version:  Bethesda bought rights to Fallout from Interplay. Interplay says they want to make Fallout MMO, Bethesda grants them right to, stipulation that a playable version be in works by 3 years. 3 years pass, no advancement, all Interplay has is tech demos, Bethesda tells Interplay to kick rocks, Interplay sues, Interplay loses everything Fallout.

There is no Fallout MMO in production.

We all win.
 
2013-05-01 01:24:47 PM  

Meethos: I keep having to explain this, hah.

Short version: Bethesda bought rights to Fallout from Interplay. Interplay says they want to make Fallout MMO, Bethesda grants them right to, stipulation that a playable version be in works by 3 years. 3 years pass, no advancement, all Interplay has is tech demos, Bethesda tells Interplay to kick rocks, Interplay sues, Interplay loses everything Fallout.

There is no Fallout MMO in production.

We all win.


Well let me say thanks for the explanation and the good news!
 
2013-05-01 01:26:46 PM  
We've got provisions and lots of beer
The key word is survival on the new frontier
 
2013-05-01 01:26:53 PM  
Cornflakes, Tang and Charmin. No mention of weapons. Cool time capsule.

Not PC to mention weapons anymore.
 
2013-05-01 01:41:10 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Elroydb: From what I understand is they are also having legal battles with Interplay over a Fallout MMO

WTF is up with this interest in an MMO? They're trying to do the same shiat with The Elder Scrolls series.


Continual updates
Co-Op
Variety of content and challenge levels

Currently, both games are not Co-Op in any respect, have limited updates outside of third-party mods, and the challenge level is generally fairly low (or artificially high)

The problem with MMOs generally is that people don't know wtf to do with content and in order to implement a PVP system, they end up hampering their game trying to balance everything. Both Fall-Out and TES would be AWESOME to play with a small group of friends and if it had continual updates. It always sucks when you "beat" a game or get to the point where everything is so easy there is no point (or progression ends outside of story arc).
 
2013-05-01 01:44:40 PM  
Did they find any blueprints from a Jewish electrical engineer?
 
2013-05-01 01:46:41 PM  
Full Metal Panda

They were just fallout shelters, you are right. I knew that and meant to say that. They were made of cinder blocks and the entrance had a number of 90 degree corners so the radiation wouldn't get in, ha,ha.
 
2013-05-01 01:47:38 PM  

doctor wu: We've got provisions and lots of beer
The key word is survival on the new frontier


Introduce me to that big blonde.
She's got a touch of Tuesday Weld.
 
2013-05-01 01:51:15 PM  

McGrits: Did they find any blueprints from a Jewish electrical engineer?


Bravo.
 
2013-05-01 01:56:21 PM  

another cultural observer: Some.Farkin.Guy: Nina Haagen Dazs: Cornflakes, Tang and Charmin. No mention of weapons. Cool time capsule.

If I found a shelter like this in my yard, the first thing I'd do is hide away the valuables and weapons. Government has a tendency to take shiat that doesn't belong with this sort of stuff.

Same with fossils.  If you're ever digging in your yard and start finding really big bones....hide that shiat.  It's worth millions on the international market, but the government will go all Indiana Jones on you as far as where they think the bones belong.  In the meantime, they'll basically take over your property as they send in the guys with tiny paintbrushes to finish the dig.


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Really?   Did some guy dig up a T-Rex in his back yard?  And the gubernment said "It belongs in a museum".    Need to know cause I'm doing some gardening this weekend.
 
2013-05-01 02:02:37 PM  
It looks like it is right in their backyard next to a wooden fence.....how the fark did they not discover this before purchasing their home.
 
2013-05-01 02:14:12 PM  

PIP_the_TROLL: asquian: Mose: This stuff's been on here since Korea!  This can expired in 1966!

What's the matter sir, it still tastes like creamed corn?

Except it's deviled ham!

/obscure?  I hope not

You're almost out of uniform.

One of my all-time favorite movies.


Sorry, Sir, the band-aid was holding the fingernail on.
 
2013-05-01 02:19:47 PM  
Time for a Nuka Break!
 
2013-05-01 02:22:11 PM  

Some.Farkin.Guy: Nina Haagen Dazs: Cornflakes, Tang and Charmin. No mention of weapons. Cool time capsule.

If I found a shelter like this in my yard, the first thing I'd do is hide away the valuables and weapons. Government has a tendency to take shiat that doesn't belong with this sort of stuff.

never tell anyone and stock it with up to date stuff.

A shelter is useless when everyone else, who hasn't got a shelter, knows where you are and that you've got food.
 
2013-05-01 02:29:49 PM  
What I think of when I read the words "fallout shelter":  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVy0ZVQcl7E
 
2013-05-01 02:31:38 PM  
Let's kick this boring thread up a notch with a question.

Would you rather be a Morlock or an Eloi?
 
2013-05-01 02:32:51 PM  
Sheesh!
Get a submersible pump from Home Depot and dry that sucker out!
 
2013-05-01 02:38:11 PM  
There were a few  of these for sale a couple of years ago. But that pic shows the entire bunker apart from a tiny toilet at the entrance, so about the same size as a half shipping container. They were built for observers to spot nuclear explosions so they are well underground and solidly built.
 
2013-05-01 02:44:25 PM  

naughtyrev: [i.imgur.com image 622x388]


Came here just for that.  Not leaving disappointed.
 
2013-05-01 02:44:54 PM  
Meh Story Time!

Had a neighbor a few years ago who is a Geologist for one of the big oil companies.  One day he got a new "toy" he was playing around with in his yard.  One person put on a harness and drug this sledge thing behind them while the other monitored the screen showing ( sonar?  I guess?) images of what is in the ground below.

We brought it over to my yard and after a couple of minutes found a large "void" about 30 feet from the house.

I got to thinking it might be a bomb shelter and was all set to start digging when Mr. Geologist found a long hidden vent cap buried in the sod.  Turned out it was an old septic tank that had been abandoned when my house was converted to city water and sewer.

/not digging that up
 
2013-05-01 03:03:22 PM  

Skyd1v: Meh Story Time!

Had a neighbor a few years ago who is a Geologist for one of the big oil companies.  One day he got a new "toy" he was playing around with in his yard.  One person put on a harness and drug this sledge thing behind them while the other monitored the screen showing ( sonar?  I guess?) images of what is in the ground below.

We brought it over to my yard and after a couple of minutes found a large "void" about 30 feet from the house.

I got to thinking it might be a bomb shelter and was all set to start digging when Mr. Geologist found a long hidden vent cap buried in the sod.  Turned out it was an old septic tank that had been abandoned when my house was converted to city water and sewer.

/not digging that up


At least you didn't think it was an atomic bomb

thisisthestoryof.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-05-01 03:03:39 PM  
I see The Road has been referenced.

/leaving satisfied
 
2013-05-01 03:06:00 PM  
Ground penetrating radar
 
2013-05-01 03:22:31 PM  

ZMugg: doctor wu: We've got provisions and lots of beer
The key word is survival on the new frontier

Introduce me to that big blonde.
She's got a touch of Tuesday Weld.


It's just a dugout that my dad built
In case the reds decide to push the button down
 
2013-05-01 03:42:42 PM  

Glendale: tripleseven: My question is, how do you "Discover" something like this?  It's not as if it's "In con-farking-spicuos" (Bricktop)

It's a large metal door in your yard....

Well, with this one the outer hatch looks exactly like those commonly seen for underground electric or telco utility vaults.


Even then you'd probably open it up before you'd lived there very long, unless it was locked or the door was too heavy.
 
2013-05-01 04:04:23 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Let's kick this boring thread up a notch with a question.

Would you rather be a Morlock or an Eloi?


Morlock. It's better to be an underground mole person than the one getting eaten by said underground mole person.
 
2013-05-01 04:38:34 PM  

Richard C Stanford: TV's Vinnie: Let's kick this boring thread up a notch with a question.

Would you rather be a Morlock or an Eloi?

Morlock. It's better to be an underground mole person than the one getting eaten by said underground mole person.


Screw that Eloi, they had hotter women with fewer clothes. Besides ones the traveler appeared we kicked their ass back to the stone age.
 
2013-05-01 05:32:03 PM  

ChasYoshi: I think I'd rather be outside during a nuclear strike than to have to watch that video again.


I was praying for the apocalypse while it was playing.
 
2013-05-01 05:36:43 PM  

Fireproof: Glendale: Why can't these ever show the inside of the shelter, not just "look here's the hatch".

That would have been awesome, but the story said there was like 2 feet of water at the bottom.

No way did the reporter who did that care enough to get waders and a camera light.


They could have got a pump. That wouldn't have been that hard. A pony pump is less than $100.
 
2013-05-01 05:40:25 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Let's kick this boring thread up a notch with a question.

Would you rather be a Morlock or an Eloi?


I would go with option three - CHUD.
 
2013-05-01 06:01:42 PM  

Fireproof: abhorrent1: Because People in power are Stupid: Needs the video tag.

And a "Your Video Sucks" tag

This. That was on par with high school-level TV news from back before digital nonlinear editing, when moving quotes from an interview overtop B-roll was considered tricky at that level.

Or, more accurately, it was on par with "Newspaper reporter who has to put together a video story despite having no training in that area."

/The paper is owned by friggin' Gannett. Couldn't they have just had a reporter from one of their TV stations come in for a day and show them a few basics?


It's the Oshkosh farking Northwestern (or it may have been the Appleton Post-Crescent) so it isn't the pinnacle of reporting to begin with.
 
2013-05-01 06:05:23 PM  

DeerNuts: McGrits: Did they find any blueprints from a Jewish electrical engineer?

Bravo.


Came for Liebowitz, leaving happy.
 
2013-05-01 06:11:14 PM  

jtown: When my grandparents built a house in the early 60s, part of the process involved installing a septic system.  Some nosy neighbor was absolutely convinced that it was a bomb shelter.  No amount of reality would dissuade her.  Like the fact that there was no way a family of four could possibly fit in a space the size of the tank.  And the only ways in or out once it was fully buried were the size of a big arm.


Some of my mother's cousins did build a bomb shelter in their backyard during the 1960s and the neighbors weren't too subtle about taking it away from them if something happened. During a false alarm in the early 1970s (a balloon floating over Los Angeles triggered NORAD's radar or some crap like that), about a hundred people tried to pile into a shelter built for six people. It took the fire department to pull all of them back out.
Too bad the neighbors didn't know about the shelter in the basement ;)
 
2013-05-01 07:34:03 PM  

TV's Vinnie: Let's kick this boring thread up a notch with a question.

Would you rather be a Morlock or an Eloi?


I'd rather be Rod Taylor.
 
2013-05-01 08:26:17 PM  

Pocket Ninja: You know, some day in the far future, a desperately hungry man and his young boy may stumble across that long ruined property as they flee post-apocalyptic tribes of cannibals, stumble by chance upon that shelter, and die there in misery because its supplies are no longer there. Way to go, family.


Guess I'm the only one who got your reference to Cormac McCarthy's The Road.  Or at least "got it" and decided to post about it.
 
2013-05-01 09:29:53 PM  

Elroydb: scottydoesntknow: Cythraul: scottydoesntknow: Cythraul: Is it fully stocked with Nuka Cola, Sugar Bombs, Rad-X, RadAway, Jet, and Radroach bites?

Don't forget Stimpaks. Lots and lots of Stimpaks.

/Hey Bethesda, announce Fallout 4 already!

Are there any big conventions like E3 coming around soon? They'll probably announce it at one of those kinds of events.

They've got another game in the pipeline right now. They put a teaser video of the new game and a lot of people assumed it was for Fallout, but they came out and said "nope".

Still, I'm hoping an announcement comes sometime soon.

From what I understand is they are also having legal battles with Interplay over a Fallout MMO


Oh gawd, I might actually be lured into doing the MMO thing if it was Fallout. I love the clever wit, excellent voice acting and interesting NPCs. Also, Fallout 4 is rumored to be set in Boston. Wonder what, if any, impact the Boston marathon bombings might have on that.
 
2013-05-01 09:53:31 PM  

Madame Psychosis: PIP_the_TROLL: asquian: Mose: This stuff's been on here since Korea!  This can expired in 1966!

What's the matter sir, it still tastes like creamed corn?

Except it's deviled ham!

/obscure?  I hope not

You're almost out of uniform.

One of my all-time favorite movies.

Sorry, Sir, the band-aid was holding the fingernail on.


Somebody need to sew his ass shut
 
2013-05-01 09:57:44 PM  

another cultural observer: Same with fossils.  If you're ever digging in your yard and start finding really big bones....hide that shiat.  It's worth millions on the international market, but the government will go all Indiana Jones on you as far as where they think the bones belong.  In the meantime, they'll basically take over your property as they send in the guys with tiny paintbrushes to finish the dig.


No, just no. The only time the government would get involved is if you're digging up an indian graveyard.Fossils on private property are private property, at least in the US.

You dig up fossils on public lands, or on other people's property, well then you're a poacher and off to the kilnker you go.
 
2013-05-01 10:36:32 PM  

Dinodork: another cultural observer: Same with fossils.  If you're ever digging in your yard and start finding really big bones....hide that shiat.  It's worth millions on the international market, but the government will go all Indiana Jones on you as far as where they think the bones belong.  In the meantime, they'll basically take over your property as they send in the guys with tiny paintbrushes to finish the dig.

No, just no. The only time the government would get involved is if you're digging up an indian graveyard.Fossils on private property are private property, at least in the US.

You dig up fossils on public lands, or on other people's property, well then you're a poacher and off to the kilnker you go.


They'll shove me into a farking KILN for it???
 
2013-05-01 10:58:21 PM  

another cultural observer: Dinodork:  
No, just no. The only time the government would get involved is if you're digging up an indian graveyard.Fossils on private property are private property, at least in the US.

You dig up fossils on public lands, or on other people's property, well then you're a poacher and off to the kilnker you go.

They'll shove me into a farking KILN for it???


Only after the anal probing.
 
2013-05-01 11:10:45 PM  

Coelacanth: jtown: When my grandparents built a house in the early 60s, part of the process involved installing a septic system.  Some nosy neighbor was absolutely convinced that it was a bomb shelter.  No amount of reality would dissuade her.  Like the fact that there was no way a family of four could possibly fit in a space the size of the tank.  And the only ways in or out once it was fully buried were the size of a big arm.

Some of my mother's cousins did build a bomb shelter in their backyard during the 1960s and the neighbors weren't too subtle about taking it away from them if something happened. During a false alarm in the early 1970s (a balloon floating over Los Angeles triggered NORAD's radar or some crap like that), about a hundred people tried to pile into a shelter built for six people. It took the fire department to pull all of them back out.
Too bad the neighbors didn't know about the shelter in the basement ;)


Heh.  That sounds like my "bait safe".  It's heavy but not too heavy for one strong person to carry.  There's also some worthless stuff inside to clunk around if they tip it.  My hope is a thief will grab that and make a run for it and won't take enough time to find my real goodies.  Spend hours busting through the four throws to find a brick, some scrap metal, and a couple other prizes.
 
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