Man becomes naked in the volcanic eruption of Iceland and the Suez Canal is measured

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In another week, the story of a volcanic eruption in Iceland or a cargo ship getting stuck in the Suez Canal would be remarkable enough to stand on its own. However, both events taking place at the same time are an unprecedented example of how people around the world react to gigantic things that make life more difficult.

Icelandic volcano eruption

Iceland has responded to the eruption of the Geldingadalir volcano with a healthy mix of scientific curiosity and human absurdity. To safely house international rubberneckers, the land has established a live stream of the natural phenomenon allowing users to experience the vicarious sensation of hanging out next to a field of deadly lava without actually burning it alive.

While the live stream suggests that Iceland is made up entirely of adult, sober observers, other activities show that the citizens cannot resist our species’ constant urge to gaze at the overwhelming force of nature and just have some fun with it . For example, a guide named Sveinn Snorri Sighvatsson decided to celebrate the Geldingadalir eruption by walking to the lava field, stripping down to a bandana and sunglasses, and posing naked in front of a couple of photos“A festival is not a real festival unless someone gets naked,” he says explained to reportersIn related hot sausage news, Icelandic scientists took a break from studying the volcano until cook a few ‘dogs on the lava

Suez Crisis, Stupid Edition

The 21st century’s appropriately insane sequel to 1956 Suez crisis can one terrible consequences for the environment and the local and global economy in the very near future. B.ut for now, at least we can enjoy how monumental ridiculous it is that the crew of a great old boat called the once given to have disrupted a vital shipping route have their ship wedged in a canal like a bunch of new drivers who make their first attempt at parallel parking en masse. Many people have responded to Ever Given’s dilemma by pointing out how crazy it looks to see a relatively small crane trying to push the ship free, creating the inevitable “Tfw when” style memes in the process, while others marvel at the fact that it has a colossal fuck-up modern trade routes centuries agoHowever, the really enlightened folks still enjoy the fact that this huge cock-up started with the Ever Given pulling a real huge cock into the water when the pre-frozen course is displayed on a map

The whole situation on the Suez Canal is so stupid that Florida, apparently worried that its title is home to the world’s most inexplicable behavior, is trying to get in on the action. For now, the state has only managed a small facsimile of Suez –a boat of 40 feet fell from a trailer to block Interstate 10– but we are confident things can be better by the time the weekend is over.

[via Mashable]

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