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2022-01-22 5:58:57 PM  
They've been there like forever.

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2022-01-22 7:48:00 PM  
True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.

It was cool...and stinky. Tar pits in the middle of a giant city.

The tar in there is not very good for oil. Giant Sloths were cool, though.
 
2022-01-22 8:31:38 PM  

theteacher: True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.

It was cool...and stinky. Tar pits in the middle of a giant city.

The tar in there is not very good for oil. Giant Sloths were cool, though.


An amazing number of saber tooth kitty skeletons.
 
2022-01-22 8:32:22 PM  

theteacher: True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.


I first learned of them from Sam and Max Hit the Road. Also that you can bungee jump out of the noses at Mount Rushmore. LBTP also pops up lots in lists of tautological place names, because "the la brea tar pits" means "the the tar tar pits".
 
2022-01-22 10:12:13 PM  
Someone say La Brea?
Pico & Sepulveda
Youtube A_YPFvC-C_E
 
2022-01-22 10:26:45 PM  

iron de havilland: theteacher: True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.

I first learned of them from Sam and Max Hit the Road. Also that you can bungee jump out of the noses at Mount Rushmore. LBTP also pops up lots in lists of tautological place names, because "the la brea tar pits" means "the the tar tar pits".


That's why I don't support the Angels. The the angels angels of Anaheim.
 
2022-01-22 10:32:40 PM  

edmo: theteacher: True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.

It was cool...and stinky. Tar pits in the middle of a giant city.

The tar in there is not very good for oil. Giant Sloths were cool, though.

An amazing number of saber tooth kitty skeletons.


My grandparents lived just off Olympic and La Cienega, so the tar pits were really close by and I guess I kind of took them for granted when I was a kid. I mean, they were cool to visit (and the Page Museum is amazing) but it didn't really register how incredibly weird it is to have bubbly, stinking pits of goo piled with prehistoric bones in the Art Museum's back yard.
 
2022-01-22 10:50:47 PM  

edmo: They've been there like forever.

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2022-01-22 11:21:21 PM  

iron de havilland: theteacher: True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.

I first learned of them from Sam and Max Hit the Road. Also that you can bungee jump out of the noses at Mount Rushmore. LBTP also pops up lots in lists of tautological place names, because "the la brea tar pits" means "the the tar tar pits".


Mmm... tartar pits...
 
2022-01-22 11:27:46 PM  
We're busy making the perovskite boundary right now for future geologists to find.
 
2022-01-22 11:30:13 PM  
Hmm, so stop drilling in the oil fields north of
Inglewood, where by amazing coincidence there's increased interest in development due to the new basketball arena.
 
2022-01-22 11:30:59 PM  
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Just look at this aerial footage from three years ago!   They're not shutting that shiat down at all.
 
2022-01-22 11:53:23 PM  

cyberspacedout: iron de havilland: theteacher: True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.

I first learned of them from Sam and Max Hit the Road. Also that you can bungee jump out of the noses at Mount Rushmore. LBTP also pops up lots in lists of tautological place names, because "the la brea tar pits" means "the the tar tar pits".

Mmm... tartar pits...


I'm not sure if that means that you like raw beef or if you'd prefer langoustine with a mayo-inspired sauce involving capers?
 
2022-01-23 12:10:39 AM  
I'm just glad they stopped drilling before they kicked off the big one, per the prophecy:

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2022-01-23 12:54:41 AM  

iron de havilland: cyberspacedout: iron de havilland: theteacher: True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.

I first learned of them from Sam and Max Hit the Road. Also that you can bungee jump out of the noses at Mount Rushmore. LBTP also pops up lots in lists of tautological place names, because "the la brea tar pits" means "the the tar tar pits".

Mmm... tartar pits...

I'm not sure if that means that you like raw beef or if you'd prefer langoustine with a mayo-inspired sauce involving capers?


Hey, don't get saucy with me.
 
2022-01-23 1:21:11 AM  
It isn't near the Tar Pits. They're on Wilshire Blvd.

natazha: Someone say La Brea?
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I have fond memories of going to Flakey Jake's (no longer in existence) on Pico & Sepulveda with a group of friends after a football game in the mid-1980s, and, after we were full and slightly inebriated, singing that song at the tops of our lungs in the parking lot.

/their burgers were OK, their strawberry daiquiris were awesome
 
2022-01-23 2:29:01 AM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: edmo: theteacher: True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.

It was cool...and stinky. Tar pits in the middle of a giant city.

The tar in there is not very good for oil. Giant Sloths were cool, though.

An amazing number of saber tooth kitty skeletons.

My grandparents lived just off Olympic and La Cienega, so the tar pits were really close by and I guess I kind of took them for granted when I was a kid. I mean, they were cool to visit (and the Page Museum is amazing) but it didn't really register how incredibly weird it is to have bubbly, stinking pits of goo piled with prehistoric bones in the Art Museum's back yard.


They don't have Kansas City Barbecue anywhere else?
 
2022-01-23 2:31:08 AM  
I grew up in the South Bay.  There was a pump jack in the parking lot of the Toys R Us; it was painted to look like Geoffrey Giraffe.  And one of the big tanks at the Phillips refinery always got painted like a jack o'lantern at Halloween.
 
2022-01-23 2:51:21 AM  
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2022-01-23 3:30:27 AM  
I had school trips there as a kid. You'd be surprised how much they are still pumping out of the middle of a major city today.
 
2022-01-23 3:53:43 AM  

cyberspacedout: iron de havilland: theteacher: True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.

I first learned of them from Sam and Max Hit the Road. Also that you can bungee jump out of the noses at Mount Rushmore. LBTP also pops up lots in lists of tautological place names, because "the la brea tar pits" means "the the tar tar pits".

Mmm... tartar pits...


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2022-01-23 4:30:36 AM  

Mitt Romneys Tax Return: edmo: theteacher: True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.

It was cool...and stinky. Tar pits in the middle of a giant city.

The tar in there is not very good for oil. Giant Sloths were cool, though.

An amazing number of saber tooth kitty skeletons.

My grandparents lived just off Olympic and La Cienega, so the tar pits were really close by and I guess I kind of took them for granted when I was a kid. I mean, they were cool to visit (and the Page Museum is amazing) but it didn't really register how incredibly weird it is to have bubbly, stinking pits of goo piled with prehistoric bones in the Art Museum's back yard.


I visited my sister in LA and went to see them. I was expecting them to be in some big park-like area, not right in the middle of the city with a major street just feet from a big pit. Seeing the skeletons of giant sloths and the saber-tooth tigers was super cool. They also had a bucket of the tar with a piston in it so you could try to pull it out. Mammoths could get fatally trapped in just 4 inches of tar. It's something that really sticks in my mind. One of the coolest places we visited.
 
2022-01-23 8:00:05 AM  
What an oil well looks like in LA
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2022-01-23 9:33:08 AM  

natazha: Someone say La Brea?
[YouTube video: Pico & Sepulveda]


Cool video.

Heard that jingle on Dr Demento millions of times, but not the whole thing before.
 
2022-01-23 10:37:05 AM  
Obscure tune here: 
SOD - a brea tar pit blues #P'Dhede Ciptamas .wmv
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2022-01-23 10:38:23 AM  

natazha: Someone say La Brea?
[YouTube video: Pico & Sepulveda]


Lmao cuz my closest cross streets are Pico and Sepulveda.  The people on the corner there sure as shiat don't look like that now. Actually a homeless tent caught fire there last year. Social services on that corner, and LA County Mental Health one block north.
 
2022-01-23 4:30:55 PM  

theteacher: Giant Sloths were cool, though.


I'm trying to imagine how slow a tar covered sloth would be.
 
2022-01-23 5:22:04 PM  

mehhhhhh: What an oil well looks like in LA[Fark user image image 270x187]


Elsewhere in LA County, oil pumps aren't all that hidden from public view:

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But they do have these fancy looking islands off the coast of Long Beach:

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2022-01-23 8:23:28 PM  
Went to school with a guy who went to Beverly Hills High. He was telling me that they had oil wells on or very near school grounds. It is not a big deal, of course. Just one of those things.

What is going to happen? Whatever! They could put panels on the sites as they are, but choose not to. There might be regulations prohibiting it. The pumps would shade half of the panels. The wells are not yielding huge amounts of oil, but enough to justify their operation. They might keep going for... decades more. The machinery is probably fully depreciated, so any revenues they earn is pure profit.

On their own, the land parcels are almost certainly not going to generate enough revenue from solar to justify dedicating them to solar PV production. If it gets zoned as nearly unusable, maybe someone will put PV on them. A parking lot would earn the owner a lot more.
 
2022-01-23 10:53:24 PM  

2fardownthread: Went to school with a guy who went to Beverly Hills High. He was telling me that they had oil wells on or very near school grounds. It is not a big deal, of course. Just one of those things.


Yup. They were active through 2016, and the city finished plugging them in 2020.

https://beverlypress.com/2020/11/beverly-hills-shells-out-40m-to-plug-oil-wells/

I don't know about the others, but the largest one was covered up:

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2022-01-24 3:21:58 AM  

theteacher: True story: I always thought that the La Brea Tar Pits was some made up Hollywood BS...I'd seen a few satirical pieces a la Futurama and Bo Jack Horseman (great shows)...then my wife and I were traveling through California and she said she wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits. I thought it was a joke. Then we ended up...at the LBTPs.

It was cool...and stinky. Tar pits in the middle of a giant city.

The tar in there is not very good for oil. Giant Sloths were cool, though.


Being home to most of the world's TV and movie writers results in the local phenomena getting way more airtime than similarly interesting phenomena around the rest of the world.
 
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