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something under the water

Greg van Eekhout points to a most excellent LA Times story about a 45-foot deep lake in Russia suddenly disappearing. The story is filled with good stuff, but I like the foreshadowing in retrospect at the end:

The channel-to-the-river theory has gained credence as fishermen along the Oka reported catching 35-pound carp. The species has been found in the lake but not the river. At least, not in ordinary times. But, of course, these are not ordinary times; not when White Lake is there one day and gone the next.

Residents of the few dozen cottages here say there have always been odd stories about White Lake. Bats lived in caves there, and then one day years ago the bats, and the caves, were simply gone. Over the years, said Valentina Smyotova, 74, laundry would disappear. 'Women would go there to wash clothes, and sometimes a shirt would swim away from a woman, and then it would be recovered in the river.'

Likewise, a church was said to have stood on White Lake's edge early in the 20th century, and it crumbled into the lake.

It ate a church--what did you think was going to happen?

I also love this quote higher up:

Dobryakov rushed back to the village and grabbed a friend. "I told him, 'The lake's collapsed, the water's gone.' My friend said, 'You're lying,' I said, 'Of course I'm a liar, but not this time.'"

But not this time...


  • At 11:27 AM , Blogger cc said...

    When I worked on MTV's Big Urban Myth Show, we interviewed a Consul from Russia. I had ask (to debunk) whether or not there was a hole to Hell in Russia.

    Believe it or not, she would not confirm or deny.

  • At 2:09 PM , Blogger Ted said...

    What caught my attention was the reference to caves inhabited by bats. The article says that the caves disappeared. How exactly did that happen? Caves don't readily fall into a lake.

  • At 9:33 PM , Blogger Chris McLaren said...

    This is awesome.

    Someone tell Powers--mix it with the fall of the Romanovs and I want to read that book.

  • At 10:51 AM , Blogger Karen said...

    Me too, Mr. McL. I told Powers, so now we can only live in hope.

  • At 12:07 PM , Anonymous Sovay said...

    That liar quote really deserves a story.


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