Kind of spooky?

I know what it is, do you?

I know you’re thinking, another damn (advanced sponge-based) alien saucer
has landed and made a hole in our water, can’t they invade on land like the rest
of us? You’d be wrong, neither is it next year’s Superbowl under construction.
Nor did someone just have to go pull up the plug on the world, right next to the
now circling, teetering around the edge of the hole, soon-to-be-sucked-under
sign “Even in a emergency, DO NOT PULL THE LARGE CHAIN!”

“Dude, my bad…”

Or maybe the aliens landed on the lake, pulled the chain, and they got Earth’s
customer services; those operators are very down to earth (okay, I’m stretching
things now)

No, sadly, this isn’t the case. So, you’re probably asking, ‘What the… exactly is it?’


Well, it’s a spillway drainage hole for a dam. Isn’t the truth just slightly disappointing
sometimes,even though undoubtedly a technical feat of engineering (as far as pipes
go), I somehow wanted it to be a natural occurrence. Interesting enough, the tunnel
exit to this hole is sometimes used by skateboarders and bikers as a half-pipe (or in
this case, a full pipe) when the lake’s water level is too low for drainage, which gives
a scale as to just what a huge construction this whole hole thing is. I think I’d have to
consider this as one of the world’s minor wonders.

Located in northern California, the Monticello Dam’s is the largest morning glory
spillway all over the world. This funnel-shaped outlet, allows water to bypass the dam
when it reaches capacity, as it swallows a rate of 48,400 cubic feet per second
(1370 m³/s).

I still think it looks a bit spooky though, and I’m not swimming anywhere near it in the
rainy season, not even with rubber armbands.

Rubber armbands, if only the Titanic had had them, giant ones.


5 thoughts on “Kind of spooky?

  1. nectarfizz says:


  2. Matt says:

    Spooky and oookie, yes. Arm bands are all that, and more.

  3. megan says:

    Damn. I wish you hadn’t told us what it actually was. For some reason I liked the mystery about it, and enjoyed thinking that it was something that could have gone into one of the Weird NJ (or, in this case, Weird CA) books as yet another unexplained phenomenon.

  4. nectarfizz says:

    Arm bands…snicker

  5. Matt says:

    Megan, damn dam, exactly. It’s still very eerie though, even despite knowing the truth.

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