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(BBC)   An undersea tunnel linking Europe and Asia is being opened in Istanbul and in Istanbul   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 85
    More: Obvious, Bosphorus, Europe, undersea tunnel, Turkey, Istanbul, Politics of Turkey, Prime Minister of Turkey, urban planners  
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2013-10-29 12:01:59 PM  
Damnit, now the Mongols are going to be able to overrun Europe.
 
2013-10-29 12:09:46 PM  
There might be giants in there.
 
2013-10-29 12:19:06 PM  
So, Constantinople didn't get the works?
 
2013-10-29 12:40:14 PM  

Relatively Obscure: So, Constantinople didn't get the works?


That's nobody's business but the Turks.
 
2013-10-29 01:15:33 PM  
Europe and Asia are already linked. They're the same goddamn continent.
 
2013-10-29 02:18:37 PM  
www.threeminutephilosophy.com
 
2013-10-29 02:21:02 PM  
The city of Boston seen standing in the corner, taking notes.
 
2013-10-29 02:21:10 PM  
Came for They Might Be Giants references. Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-10-29 02:24:32 PM  
Here I come Constantinople
Here I come Constantinople
I am coming Constantinople
Here I come
 
2013-10-29 02:25:30 PM  
If only there was a risk of earthquake in the area, then it'd be pretty exciting using a tunnel under water.
Oh.
 
2013-10-29 02:27:25 PM  
I am still waiting for them to start on the bearing strait tunnel so I know I can eventually drive to Europe for the greatest road trip in history.
 
2013-10-29 02:28:57 PM  
So, if you've a date in old Constantinople, she'll be waiting in Istanbul...or Istanbul?
 
2013-10-29 02:30:42 PM  

YoOjo: If only there was a risk of earthquake in the area, then it'd be pretty exciting using a tunnel under water.
Oh.


Contrary to popular opinion, tunnels are much safer in earthquakes than bridges are.
 
2013-10-29 02:31:46 PM  
And to think that people freaked out when they opened the Chunnel connecting the UK and the Continent.

If and when (it is only a matter of when) there's a fire in the Euro-Asia Tunnel, the hashish fumes will bake half of Bulgaria.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Rabies? No thanks, we've got some.
 
2013-10-29 02:32:14 PM  

Beerguy: I am still waiting for them to start on the bearing strait tunnel so I know I can eventually drive to Europe for the greatest road trip in history.


famous last words

i44.tinypic.com
 
2013-10-29 02:32:22 PM  
Done in four.

Someone get the lights.

ecmoRandomNumbers: Europe and Asia are already linked. They're the same goddamn continent.


Read that as George C Scott in Strangelove. Good stuff, man. Good stuff.
 
2013-10-29 02:33:47 PM  

Beerguy: I am still waiting for them to start on the bearing strait tunnel so I know I can eventually drive to Europe for the greatest road trip in history.


Sarah Palin will be able to sit on the porch and see Russian licence plates from her house. If she is on a corner, she might be able to see Russian licence plates in her living room.
 
2013-10-29 02:34:22 PM  
Listening to the BBC interviews, a lot of the locals are not thrilled. Scared over the "quality" of the construction, really worried that after the "digs" to keep history, worried that the project was pushed forward over safety issues.
 
2013-10-29 02:35:06 PM  

trickymoo: Done in four.

Someone get the lights.


Pretty much. Who wants to go for icecream?
 
2013-10-29 02:39:32 PM  
I'm sure the Religion of Peace (tm)  will try to blow it up at some point...
 
2013-10-29 02:44:53 PM  
Think it would have been funnier if the headline read "An undersea tunnel linking Europe and Asia is being opened between Istanbul and Constantinople.
 
2013-10-29 02:45:10 PM  
I'll believe it when Tom Cruise thwarts a crafty helicopter escape plan from it.
 
2013-10-29 02:50:47 PM  
So they're building a tunnel between the two Istanbuls?
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-10-29 02:51:12 PM  
Came in for Giants and Mongols, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-10-29 02:51:25 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Europe and Asia are already linked. They're the same goddamn continent.


Yeah, I am confused, and no I didn't RTFA. Aren't they linked by, like. land? Isn't that easier?
 
2013-10-29 02:51:33 PM  
This sounds like the worst of the international remakes of The Bridge.

A body is found on the Turkey-Turkey border.
 
2013-10-29 02:51:43 PM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Europe and Asia are already linked. They're the same goddamn continent.


Not according to the game of Risk.

/fark that game
 
2013-10-29 03:00:55 PM  

Beerguy: I am still waiting for them to start on the bearing strait tunnel so I know I can eventually drive to Europe for the greatest road trip in history.


On my bucket list is a trip I read about years ago in  Budget Travel  magazine.  It seems that in france you can rent these Flat bottoed barges/ houseboats incredibly cheaply by the week, and then basically if you know what you are doing you can cross europe via its rivers and Canals.... From the Seine to the Danube , or even the Volga has a nice ring to it.
 
2013-10-29 03:01:37 PM  
No longer will Russians in the east of Europe have to sail treacherous seas to get to their western Asian friends!
 
2013-10-29 03:02:37 PM  
Istanbul being in Turkey, shouldn't this story have waited till Thanksgiving?
 
2013-10-29 03:04:27 PM  
Isn't that part of the world prone to massive earthquakes?

/eagerly awaits followup thread.
 
2013-10-29 03:08:29 PM  

Purple_Jack: A body is found on the Turkey-Turkey border.


Ooh ooh.  Ah ah.  Ee Ee.
 
2013-10-29 03:13:51 PM  
Take me back to Constantinople..
 
2013-10-29 03:18:39 PM  

MBooda: Purple_Jack: A body is found on the Turkey-Turkey border.

Ooh ooh.  Ah ah.  Ee Ee.


win!
 
2013-10-29 03:20:03 PM  

Beerguy: I am still waiting for them to start on the bearing strait tunnel so I know I can eventually drive to Europe for the greatest road trip in history.


The ice age will do the job.
 
2013-10-29 03:20:41 PM  
An undersea tunnel?  The Bosporus is a sea now?
 
2013-10-29 03:21:03 PM  
Surely there are other transportation alternatives.

As God is my witness, I thought Turkey could fly.
 
2013-10-29 03:21:47 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: Came for They Might Be Giants references. Leaving satisfied.


There are at least Four Lads who would disagree that it's a They Might Be Giants reference.
 
2013-10-29 03:26:34 PM  
Bart & Milhouse: [gasp] Mickey Rooney!
Mickey Rooney: Hi, Milhouse. The studio sent me to talk to you, being a former child star myself, and the number one box office draw from 1939 to 1940.
Bart: Wow, spanning two decades.

www.wearysloth.com

Sort of the same logic, I guess.
 
2013-10-29 03:30:02 PM  
If this was any other country the thread would've devolved into pictures of their national beach volleyball team by now, or pics of their hottest newsreader, or their greatest supermodel in half a bikini.
But because it's Turkey we're all talking about TMBG and earthquakes instead.
Why? Does nobody love women with hairy man-arms and chin warts the size of teacups?
 
2013-10-29 03:30:17 PM  
wheels keep on spinning round spinning round.
 
2013-10-29 03:30:38 PM  

cfroelic: Needlessly Complicated: Came for They Might Be Giants references. Leaving satisfied.

There are at least Four Lads who would disagree that it's a They Might Be Giants reference.


And I thought I was the oldest one here.
 
2013-10-29 03:35:57 PM  
wkrn.images.worldnow.com

Bocephus Tunnel?
 
2013-10-29 03:36:23 PM  
Saying "We have for the first time linked two separate continents via undersea" tunnel is impressive and all... but it loses some of its grandeur when you look at a map and see that one could throw a frisbee across the sea in question.
 
2013-10-29 03:46:16 PM  
I think the issue this resolves is that there are no direct rail links across the Bosphorus. Rail links enable massive amounts of cargo to travel cheaply for long distances; currently any rail cargo between Europe and eastern Turkey or the middle east must either pass through Russia, or go multimodal and transfer rail > ship > rail (incurring costs and delays at both transfers).
 
2013-10-29 03:59:13 PM  

Beerguy: I am still waiting for them to start on the bearing strait tunnel so I know I can eventually drive to Europe for the greatest road trip in history.


that would be pretty cool to drive from, say,
Key West to Portugal.
 
2013-10-29 03:59:45 PM  
You know what else connects Asia and Europe?
POLAND, the UKRAINE, LITHUANIA, ESTONIA, FINLAND and RUSSIA!

Big frickin' deal.  Call me when you tunnel from South America to Australia.
 
2013-10-29 04:06:24 PM  

elvisaintdead: Beerguy: I am still waiting for them to start on the bearing strait tunnel so I know I can eventually drive to Europe for the greatest road trip in history.

that would be pretty cool to drive from, say,
Key West to Portugal.


Exactly.
 
2013-10-29 04:10:10 PM  

Beerguy: elvisaintdead: Beerguy: I am still waiting for them to start on the bearing strait tunnel so I know I can eventually drive to Europe for the greatest road trip in history.

that would be pretty cool to drive from, say,
Key West to Portugal.

Exactly.


Having to buy new tires and get your oil changed 5 times?  No thank you.
 
2013-10-29 04:14:20 PM  

FrancoFile: Beerguy: elvisaintdead: Beerguy: I am still waiting for them to start on the bearing strait tunnel so I know I can eventually drive to Europe for the greatest road trip in history.

that would be pretty cool to drive from, say,
Key West to Portugal.

Exactly.

Having to buy new tires and get your oil changed 5 times?  No thank you.


Let me guess, you are a "glass half empty" type of person, right?

I choose to focus on all of the amazing things I would get to see and experience along the journey.
 
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