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Sinkhole Swallows 8 Vehicles Inside Bowling Green KY Corvette Museum 97

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from the mole-man's-new-ride dept.
OakDragon writes "A sinkhole about 40 feet wide — and 30 feet deep — opened up inside the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY early Thursday morning, swallowing eight vehicles that were sitting inside. At least one of these cars is one of a kind, and due to its location the fire department allowed its removal. The sinkhole is remarkable in that it has left the surrounding ground which supports the circular structure intact, although that assessment may change up on investigation. Security footage from inside the museum shows the collapse as it happened."
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Sinkhole Swallows 8 Vehicles Inside Bowling Green KY Corvette Museum

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Which makes leaving them there a bit perplexing?

    I'm sure they *thought* it was safe, but why keep rare and precious objects there when you know there is a big problem ready to happen?

    • by Nyder (754090)

      Which makes leaving them there a bit perplexing?

      I'm sure they *thought* it was safe, but why keep rare and precious objects there when you know there is a big problem ready to happen?

      Insurance payoff?

  • by noh8rz10 (2716597) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @03:19AM (#46236091)

    the sinkhole was likely an attempted theft using underground tunnels to bore directly into the car museum. the coolest part is that the tunnel made itself using the sinkhole-ray and the cars fell into the hole and they just drove them off!

  • by Anonymous Coward
    When will peoples learn to stop dividing by zero. It's unsafe and irresponsible.
  • by unassimilatible (225662) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @03:32AM (#46236131) Journal
    The ZR1 that set the 7:19.63 Nurburgring lap time [autoguide.com] survived.

    Too bad the Blue Devil ZR-1 [motortrend.com] was lost.

    Proud owner of a 2011 Grand Sport, 666 RWHP...
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Thankyou for telling us the horsepower of your old-man car. How boring.

    • by Anonymous Coward
      How's the mid-life crisis treating ya? Chasing any good skirt?
    • by tompaulco (629533)

      The ZR1 that set the 7:19.63 Nurburgring lap time [autoguide.com] survived.

      I'm not sure I understand. About a dozen other non-racing cars have done it faster. Is this ZR1 celebrated because it was the fastest lap time in a Corvette?

    • I was just there a couple months ago. Shame really, the dome was one of my favorite places in the museum.

      Proud owner of a 2014 Corvette Stingray, 410 RWHP, soon to be 750.

      • by sjbe (173966)

        Proud owner of a 2014 Corvette Stingray, 410 RWHP, soon to be 750.

        Are you sure that's enough horsepower? [/teasing]

  • Because no-one ever said it better..... [youtu.be]
  • Well I remember hearing some nut saying on TV that we have to worry more about intraterrestrials than extraterrestrials...

  • Why? (Score:2, Funny)

    by AK Marc (707885)
    God said "Fuck Corvette"
  • wow (Score:5, Funny)

    by crioca (1394491) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @04:13AM (#46236239)
    Well that's just a son of a ditch.
  • the netherworld swallows up seven symbols of hypermasculinity. // just sayin'... seriously, build your museum *on top of* a known cave system...

    • by Anonymous Coward

      The city is on top of a cave system. The major part of the western half of the state is too. Along with large parts of southern Indiana and New Mexico to name a few others.

  • under the office of my boss ? where can I order one ?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Just make sure the mining and utility industry working under your bosses office is a deregulated as possible.

      • Yes! Only deregulation and unrestricted free markets can get a Corvette into your under-building cave! Vote Ron Paul for free Corvettes from above!

  • by Viol8 (599362) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @05:53AM (#46236455)

    At least no people got hurt, unlike that poor guy who had a sinkhole open up under his bedroom and died.

    But you'd have thought if the original builders knew about sinkholes they've have either build a very thick concrete base slab and/or plenty of deep piles. Looking at that mess they did neither.

    • by sunderland56 (621843) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @08:40AM (#46237025)

      Looking at that mess they did neither.

      If you were looking for excellence in engineering, I think the Corvette museum would be a bad place to start.

      • by Type44Q (1233630)

        If you were looking for excellence in engineering, I think the Corvette museum would be a bad place to start.

        LOL!! Mod this up! :D

      • by Anonymous Coward

        I think you need to take another look at their reliability ratings.

    • Sinkholes are common in that area, but it really doesn't matter if you have a 12' thick concrete slab foundation if the sinkhole drops 100' or more.
      • by swillden (191260)

        Sinkholes are common in that area, but it really doesn't matter if you have a 12' thick concrete slab foundation if the sinkhole drops 100' or more.

        I don't see how the depth of the hole matters at all. The width, however, matters a great deal.

        • I don't see how the depth of the hole matters at all. The width, however, matters a great deal.

          Sinkholes better than 100' wide are not unknown in that area. The largest cavern system in the world, Mammoth Cave, runs under that city and stretches out to the northeast.

  • Good ole slashdot (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward

    One of the things you can count on slashdot for is a bunch of posts by sanctimonious twats pretending to know more than someone else. Yes there are caves under the museum, they cover a vast region of this part of the country. What you do not know is that across the highway they are building a speedway and moving tons of earth around. It is not the original builders lack of slabs and piles to blame (Although I got a laugh out of people suggesting that was the failure here), nor is it a lack of geologic aware

    • For a limited time, combined admission to both the National Corvette Museum and Mammoth Cave for one low price!

      This is obviously the work of Deros.
  • by Trax3001BBS (2368736) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @08:49AM (#46237059) Homepage Journal

    Someone mentioned caves below the structure and I think you can make one to two of them out.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... [youtube.com]

    3:30 minutes of video yet only 15 seconds being of any value.
    Uriah Prost46 put it better than I could of in a reply to the video.

    "+YouOriginal I'm with that guy^^ Who gives a fuck??.. and on top of that, it was the shittiest Quad-copter not "helicopter" footage I've seen.. This asshole took two minutes trying to figure out how to fly it.. then spend a whole of 20 secs in the hole and didn't even check anything out.. Then the ass wipe didn't edit out the bullshit on the end, i guess he had to go ask three engineers how to turn the camera off.." -Uriah Prost46

  • Wrong Museum (Score:5, Insightful)

    by therblig (543426) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @09:58AM (#46237429)
    Stupid sinkhole attacked the wrong museum [creationmuseum.org] in Kentucky.
    • by Minwee (522556)
      We're waiting for a meteor to wipe that one out.
    • by snookiex (1814614)

      I'm not Christian, but the place looks pretty cool :D

  • Vettes (Score:2, Insightful)

    Are we on /. supposed to mourn or to celebrate the distruction of plastic cars that don't particularly corner well? I thought so.
  • I didn't realize there were two museums in Kentucky.
    Oh well. Rotten luck that the cars got hit.

    -

  • by astro (20275) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @10:44AM (#46237773) Homepage

    ...this is why we must not have brown M&Ms.

  • It was Bugs (Score:4, Funny)

    by GodfatherofSoul (174979) on Thursday February 13, 2014 @12:21PM (#46238677)

    He made that wrong turn in Albuquerque again.

  • "A sinkhole about 40 feet wide — and 30 feet deep — opened up inside the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY early Thursday morning, swallowing eight vehicles that were sitting inside. At least one of these cars is one of a kind, and due to its location the fire department allowed its removal. The sinkhole is remarkable in that it has left the surrounding ground which supports the circular structure intact, although that assessment may change up on investigation. Security footage from inside the museum shows the collapse as it happened."

    Wow, this happened again on Thursday morning, just 1 day after it happened on Wednesday? That place is starting to look like swiss cheese!

    • by OakDragon (885217)
      Ouch! That was my mistake. What surprises me is that it took this long for someone to spot it.
  • ... and shit like this doesn't happen....

    and stop building structurally sensitive parts out of cardboard...

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