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(Huffington Post UK)   Turkmenistan pins its tourism industry on a botched oil mine in the desert drilled in the 1970s which has gradually turned into a fiery pit known as 'The Door To Hell.' But in fairness, it looks like it would be worth a trip, yeah (pics)   (huffingtonpost.co.uk) divider line 32
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2014-06-24 12:50:53 PM  
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There was a FIRE FIGHT!
 
2014-06-24 01:24:50 PM  
"This used to be a Taco Bell new foods research facility... this is all that remains."
 
2014-06-24 03:32:16 PM  
Welcome to the asshole of the world!
 
2014-06-24 03:37:24 PM  
Is that what happens when the oil hits the anus?
 
2014-06-24 03:39:33 PM  
Scientists set the hole on fire 40 years ago, thinking it would burn out in a few days.

What's Russian for "hold my beer ... watch this"?
 
2014-06-24 03:43:41 PM  

Brokenseas: Scientists set the hole on fire 40 years ago, thinking it would burn out in a few days.

What's Russian for "hold my beer ... watch this"?


Centralia?
 
2014-06-24 03:44:15 PM  

funzyr: Is that what happens when the oil hits the anus?


yup
 
2014-06-24 03:46:56 PM  
Can you image the size of the Tucks medicated pad that would be needed to sooth that burn?
 
2014-06-24 03:55:03 PM  
That was a whole lot more 'meh' than I was expecting.
 
2014-06-24 03:55:16 PM  
All I can imagine is standing there juuuuuuust as the rim decides to give way.  Holy keyrist.
 
2014-06-24 04:00:45 PM  
Yeah. We had one of those Hellmouths at my high school, too. It was in the library.

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2014-06-24 04:00:52 PM  
If I ever need to summon a demon, that'd be the unholy hellgate I'd pick.
 
2014-06-24 04:05:37 PM  

cgraves67: If I ever need to summon a demon, that'd be the unholy hellgate I'd pick.


I wonder if there is a holy hellgate somewhere.
 
2014-06-24 04:10:30 PM  
If only there was some nearby source of sand and dirt to pour on it, and deprive it of oxygen.
 
2014-06-24 04:12:17 PM  
I'm just spitballing here, but couldn't they backfill it with sand and dirt and rubble and/or concrete and choke off it's oxygen supply. It doesn't even seem like it would be that expensive, when measured against the cost of drilling it in the first farking place.
 
2014-06-24 04:13:33 PM  

Brokenseas: Scientists set the hole on fire 40 years ago, thinking it would burn out in a few days.

What's Russian for "hold my beer ... watch this"?


"Comrade hold my Vodka and observe this!"
 
2014-06-24 04:21:21 PM  

neongoats: I'm just spitballing here, but couldn't they backfill it with sand and dirt and rubble and/or concrete and choke off it's oxygen supply. It doesn't even seem like it would be that expensive, when measured against the cost of drilling it in the first farking place.


I forgot about rubble, which is 64% of Turkmenistan's GDP and its official currency.  (The remaining 36% is mostly sales related to Fallout cosplay.)
 
2014-06-24 04:23:10 PM  
Seeing the pictures reminds me of this guy.

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2014-06-24 04:34:00 PM  
To be fair, trying to build an oil mine was doomed to fail from the start.
 
2014-06-24 04:55:24 PM  

chimp_ninja: If only there was some nearby source of sand and dirt to pour on it, and deprive it of oxygen.


I'm guessing that if they put out the fire, they'd have a bigger problem with the natural gas seeping into the air around the site.
 
2014-06-24 04:59:47 PM  
Betcha a 6' high fence goes around it within 5 years.
 
2014-06-24 05:00:51 PM  
Has anyone tried throwing a virgin into the pit to try to appease it?
 
2014-06-24 05:13:59 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Yeah. We had one of those Hellmouths at my high school, too. It was in the library.

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2014-06-24 05:18:25 PM  
Watch out for the pyrogeist but the journey is not worth it I have never gotten better than a beads out of circus
 
2014-06-24 05:25:48 PM  

MadRocketScientist: chimp_ninja: If only there was some nearby source of sand and dirt to pour on it, and deprive it of oxygen.

I'm guessing that if they put out the fire, they'd have a bigger problem with the natural gas seeping into the air around the site.


So take a breast pump...upscale it about 5000%, drop it on top of it, and shazam.
 
2014-06-24 05:34:38 PM  

Whatthefark: Has anyone tried throwing a virgin into the pit to try to appease it?


Where would you find one in Turkmenistan?
 
2014-06-24 05:50:09 PM  
I thought everyone knew that's what happens when you delve too greedily and too deep?

Should be fine. Just don't pee on the balrog down there.
 
2014-06-24 05:55:01 PM  

TheGogmagog: Brokenseas: Scientists set the hole on fire 40 years ago, thinking it would burn out in a few days.

What's Russian for "hold my beer ... watch this"?

Centralia?


Everyone talks about Centralia, but New Straitsville has a more interesting origin. Centralia was an accident. New Straitsville was a mine strike gone too far, and people still live there. Oh, and it's been burning since 1884.
 
2014-06-24 06:19:40 PM  

chimp_ninja: If only there was some nearby source of sand and dirt to pour on it, and deprive it of oxygen.


The gas only burns when it reaches oxygen in the atmosphere so I wager if you filled the hole with sand the gas would just seep out through the sand and continue to burn on the surface.  Even if you could put the flames out the gas itself is far worse for the atmosphere than flaring it to create carbon dioxide.
 
2014-06-24 07:41:21 PM  
More of a doorway I'd say. Or maybe a passage. Hallway?
 
2014-06-25 12:08:22 AM  
Well at least it's not at the bottom of the ocean where the kaiju can come through.
 
2014-06-25 04:44:15 AM  
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