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(News.com.au)   Mysterious lake that suddenly appeared in a drought-stricken region of Tunisia last month is being hailed a miracle by locals. Tests now show the lake is radioactive   (news.com.au) divider line 97
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2014-08-01 08:23:11 AM  
The frogurt is cursed.
 
2014-08-01 08:26:41 AM  
"This region is overflowing with large deposits of phosphate, which can leave behind radioactive residue so there is a real risk that this water is contaminated and carcinogenic (but) there is no security of any kind."

Someone should look into that with some kind of test.

No mention of any radiation testing in TFA, Subby just that the Office of Public Safety said it wasn't safe.
 
2014-08-01 08:32:04 AM  
Suuuure. Next you're gonna tell me the mysterious floating Maude mask at Praiseland is caused by a poisonous gas leak and not God.

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2014-08-01 09:24:38 AM  
♪♫♪  See people glowing -- Hear people moaning -- Feeling hot, hot, hot!  ♪♫♪
 
2014-08-01 09:35:48 AM  
A LAKE that mysteriously appeared in a drought-stricken region of Tunisia last month is being hailed as a miracle by locals but may in fact be radioactive.

So in a month, you get shrubbery that large? Something tells me that maybe the water has been closer to the surface than had been observed prior.
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/I am Roger the shrubber and I know about shrubbery.
//Not really
///Radioactive shrubs.
 
2014-08-01 09:36:42 AM  

stpauler: So in a month, you get shrubbery that large?


Mutant plants, duh.
 
2014-08-01 09:41:01 AM  

quatchi: No mention of any radiation testing in TFA, Subby just that the Office of Public Safety said it wasn't safe.


I know that this is in Tunisia and thus not necessarily near a well-funded environmental testing lab, but it isn't as if it takes THAT long to send off a liquid sample for contamination counting.  However, according to this site, the phosphate deposits in Tunisia are typified by activity concentrations (in disintegrations/second/kg) of 590 for U-238, 92 for Th-232, and 520 for Ra-226 (a product of the decay of the other two).

Compare that to the results for US phosphate deposits of up to 3700, 22, and 1540 respectively.
 
2014-08-01 10:56:29 AM  
Where's all the women enjoying the lake? Sorry. Muslim country. No lake for you women. Hide your bodies!
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2014-08-01 11:02:07 AM  
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That looks like it is about to end very poorly for that kid.
 
2014-08-01 11:22:11 AM  

Walker: Where's all the women enjoying the lake? Sorry. Muslim country. No lake for you women. Hide your bodies!
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Maybe it's a gay beach...
 
2014-08-01 11:23:14 AM  

Walker: Where's all the women enjoying the lake? Sorry. Muslim country. No lake for you women. Hide your bodies!
[resources0.news.com.au image 650x488]


sausage fest...
 
2014-08-01 11:23:46 AM  
Man, God is a dick.
 
2014-08-01 11:25:26 AM  

naughtyrev: [resources2.news.com.au image 471x353]

That looks like it is about to end very poorly for that kid.


Unless he jumped OUT of the water and did a flip.
 
2014-08-01 11:26:42 AM  
Tunisian Fonz says "Hey...Radioactive water is so coool"

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2014-08-01 11:26:43 AM  
Subby: "...Tests now show the lake is radioactive."

This article's got more pictures than words.  No excuses for getting that part wrong.

"...and there are fears the water is contaminated or even radioactive. " - This is the strongest language the article uses to suggest radioactivity.
 
2014-08-01 11:27:54 AM  

Arkanaut: Man, God is a dick.


I was going to say that it being radioactive doesn't make it less of a miracle.
 
2014-08-01 11:28:09 AM  

factoryconnection: quatchi: No mention of any radiation testing in TFA, Subby just that the Office of Public Safety said it wasn't safe.

I know that this is in Tunisia and thus not necessarily near a well-funded environmental testing lab, but it isn't as if it takes THAT long to send off a liquid sample for contamination counting.  However, according to this site, the phosphate deposits in Tunisia are typified by activity concentrations (in disintegrations/second/kg) of 590 for U-238, 92 for Th-232, and 520 for Ra-226 (a product of the decay of the other two).

Compare that to the results for US phosphate deposits of up to 3700, 22, and 1540 respectively.


Aw!

*deflates personal flotation device and cancels ticket to Tunisia*
 
2014-08-01 11:28:21 AM  
That's a sign from God that you should move.  At the least, you're seeing the first 15 minutes of a Godzilla movie playing out in your real life.
 
2014-08-01 11:29:18 AM  

derpes_simplex: Subby: "...Tests now show the lake is radioactive."

This article's got more pictures than words.  No excuses for getting that part wrong.

"...and there are fears the water is contaminated or even radioactive. " - This is the strongest language the article uses to suggest radioactivity.


Someone should tell Drew that one of his headlines is misleading.
 
2014-08-01 11:30:49 AM  
The water could be liquid plutonium and those poor saps would still rejoice in it.
 
2014-08-01 11:30:55 AM  

stpauler: So in a month, you get shrubbery that large? Something tells me that maybe the water has been closer to the surface than had been observed prior.


Yeah, that lake looks like it's been there for years.
 
2014-08-01 11:30:57 AM  
Water comes from the ground.
Radon comes from the ground.
 
2014-08-01 11:31:41 AM  

factoryconnection: quatchi: No mention of any radiation testing in TFA, Subby just that the Office of Public Safety said it wasn't safe.

I know that this is in Tunisia and thus not necessarily near a well-funded environmental testing lab, but it isn't as if it takes THAT long to send off a liquid sample for contamination counting.  However, according to this site, the phosphate deposits in Tunisia are typified by activity concentrations (in disintegrations/second/kg) of 590 for U-238, 92 for Th-232, and 520 for Ra-226 (a product of the decay of the other two).

Compare that to the results for US phosphate deposits of up to 3700, 22, and 1540 respectively.


So you're saying that the birds that made the tunisian phosphate deposits were more like birdasaurs. shiat, birdasaurs doesn't trigger the spell checker.
 
2014-08-01 11:33:54 AM  
600 people have swam in the lake so far.  If the lake dries up and next month those 600 people get superpowers, I will be so, SO pissed that I missed my chance.

/hoping for leukemia instead
 
2014-08-01 11:34:33 AM  
next week they'll be attacked by fleshy-headed mutants.
 
2014-08-01 11:36:28 AM  
i97.photobucket.com
 
2014-08-01 11:37:50 AM  

vudukungfu: Water comes from the ground.
Radon comes from the ground.


You can't explain that.
 
2014-08-01 11:38:48 AM  
Saw a lot of kids in there. That water might  be turning yellow faster than it will be reaching any half-life. Not sure.
 
2014-08-01 11:40:08 AM  
www.theblaze.com
 
2014-08-01 11:56:16 AM  
If this is a new lake then why is there a thick white water line on the cliff face, about 8 feet above the current lake surface, that looks like it was deposited over a period of many years?

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2014-08-01 11:57:01 AM  

Sofa King Smart: [i97.photobucket.com image 500x314]


Pssst! Act! ACT!
 
2014-08-01 11:57:05 AM  

Satanic panic in the attic: The water could be liquid plutonium and those poor saps would still rejoice in it.


THIS!

Besides, they're brown, so it can't be all bad...

amidoingitright?
 
2014-08-01 12:03:06 PM  
The lake probably because radioactive from the runoff of the GMO corn farms that carry the black oil virus that will be spread by bees.
 
2014-08-01 12:06:29 PM  
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2014-08-01 12:06:51 PM  

TheWhoppah: If this is a new lake then why is there a thick white water line on the cliff face, about 8 feet above the current lake surface, that looks like it was deposited over a period of many years?


Between that and the verdant landscape mentioned by others, I'm guessing that this lake comes and goes, but there is usually water just under the ground level. And the high cliffs keep it from the worst of the heat.

I bet it sinks again fairly soon.
 
2014-08-01 12:07:19 PM  
So radioactive super muslims will be on the rampage.
 
2014-08-01 12:07:46 PM  
I can write a full length article too!

"There is a new lake in Tunisia.  People like to swim in it, but it might be dangerous.  Seriously, they really enjoy swimming in it.  Even though it might be dangerous.  You should see those guys swimming in it!  They love it!  This after being told it might be dangerous!  I'm telling you, no one can stop them from swimming in it.  Even local officials, who warned that it might be dangerous.  You're not going to believe how much these guys..."
Etc.
 
2014-08-01 12:10:00 PM  
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Nobody told me Tunisia had hotties.

Now I have to start giving a damn about Tunisia.

Great.
 
2014-08-01 12:10:40 PM  
it's not like they'll live long enough to die of cancer anyways.  Let them have their fun.
 
2014-08-01 12:11:00 PM  

TheWhoppah: If this is a new lake then why is there a thick white water line on the cliff face, about 8 feet above the current lake surface, that looks like it was deposited over a period of many years?

[resources2.news.com.au image 650x488]


Thirsty Tunisians.
 
2014-08-01 12:11:08 PM  

stpauler: A LAKE that mysteriously appeared in a drought-stricken region of Tunisia last month is being hailed as a miracle by locals but may in fact be radioactive.

So in a month, you get shrubbery that large? Something tells me that maybe the water has been closer to the surface than had been observed prior.
[resources2.news.com.au image 650x1000]


/I am Roger the shrubber and I know about shrubbery.
//Not really
///Radioactive shrubs.


Because there's no chance in hell those shrubs were there when the water filled the area.  No chance.
 
2014-08-01 12:13:46 PM  

stpauler: A LAKE that mysteriously appeared in a drought-stricken region of Tunisia last month is being hailed as a miracle by locals but may in fact be radioactive.

So in a month, you get shrubbery that large? Something tells me that maybe the water has been closer to the surface than had been observed prior.
[resources2.news.com.au image 650x1000]


/I am Roger the shrubber and I know about shrubbery.
//Not really
///Radioactive shrubs.


Your not trying to say BS about this miracle? Because that would be blasphemy and blasphemers get stoned.
 
2014-08-01 12:13:56 PM  

vudukungfu: Water comes from the ground.
Radon comes from the ground.


Oklo reactor?

A couple have been found in Africa....
 
2014-08-01 12:15:55 PM  
What good is a surfboard when you have no waves?
 
2014-08-01 12:16:15 PM  
So that's were Sadam left his WMD's
 
2014-08-01 12:22:07 PM  

stuffy: Your not trying to say BS about this miracle? Because that would be blasphemy and blasphemers get stoned.


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2014-08-01 12:25:06 PM  
Reminds me of Mark Twain writing about Mono Lake, fearful he would die if he fell in, then feeling foolish after he fell in and realized that the water doesn't kill you all at once.

Duh, a new fault IS the most likely reason a lake would pop up out of nowhere, and if it appears over a radioactive mine, it is probably radioactive.

The dose is the poison.
 
2014-08-01 12:27:38 PM  

stpauler: A LAKE that mysteriously appeared in a drought-stricken region of Tunisia last month is being hailed as a miracle by locals but may in fact be radioactive.

So in a month, you get shrubbery that large? Something tells me that maybe the water has been closer to the surface than had been observed prior.



Also interested in the shrubbery
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2014-08-01 12:28:53 PM  
Please, the government is just pissed that people are getting free water.
 
2014-08-01 12:32:16 PM  
All natural waters are contaminated with small amounts of radioactive elements. So is your tap water.

Actually, it would be a miracle if this new lake was NOT radioactive.
 
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