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Abandoned Porn Under The Sea
August 5, 2013 6:34 PM   Subscribe

Gil Koplovitz took pictures of a strip club called the Nymphas Show Bar. One small detail: he did it while he was scuba diving off the coast of Israel.
posted by reenum (35 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
This takes woods porn to a whole new level.
posted by louche mustachio at 6:41 PM on August 5, 2013 [4 favorites]


Something smells fishy about this whole thing.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 6:45 PM on August 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


That's eerie and beautiful at the same time. Probably better than when it was open.
posted by xingcat at 6:47 PM on August 5, 2013


Rapturous
posted by Hypnerotomachia at 6:57 PM on August 5, 2013 [10 favorites]


That's ... surreal and fabulous.
posted by rmd1023 at 7:06 PM on August 5, 2013


Rapturous

I see what you did there.
posted by Justinian at 7:08 PM on August 5, 2013 [5 favorites]


Something smells fishy about this whole thing.

No kidding, it looks like a real dive.
posted by Strange Interlude at 7:58 PM on August 5, 2013 [6 favorites]


Silly question, but is the strip club full of water or is it dry inside (currently, not when it was operational, obviously)? I can't really tell from the photographs.
posted by Shouraku at 8:07 PM on August 5, 2013


The articles make it sound like it was "lost", but it seems like it is/was part of a prominent attraction in Eilat, Israel called the Red Sea Star.
posted by rh at 8:08 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Darling, it's better down where it's wetter, take it from meeeee...
posted by ShutterBun at 8:50 PM on August 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


Rapturous

...and this plasmid will help you shoot bees out of your nipples. Customers love it.
posted by Behemoth at 9:16 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


It wasn't abandoned, that's just where I stows me porno.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:52 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


What strikes me about this is just the idea of a strip club of any kind having windows.
posted by dogwalker at 10:22 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Soon to appear as a location in a few near-future science-fiction novels and at least one comic literary novel.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 10:50 PM on August 5, 2013


Soon to appear as a location in a few near-future science-fiction novels and at least one comic literary novel.

If it appears as a photospread in Wired, then it's bound to be a plot-critical location in a William Gibson novel.
posted by figurant at 10:58 PM on August 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


If it appears as a photospread in Wired, then it's bound to be a plot-critical location in a William Gibson novel.
I wouldn't bet on it. Wired follows Gibson, not the other way around.
posted by b1tr0t at 11:20 PM on August 5, 2013 [3 favorites]


It wasn't abandoned, that's just where I stows me porno.
posted by Divine_Wino at 9:52 PM on August 5


If I assume you drank so much wine you mispelled Diving when you joined, this becomes eponysterical!
posted by mannequito at 11:49 PM on August 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I wouldn't bet on it. Wired follows Gibson, not the other way around.

You know what? I'm wrong. The Janjaap Ruijssenaars maglev bed doesn't seem to have appeared in Wired prior to its cameo in Pattern Recognition. That's always been my go-to example for Gibson cribbing from real life in his Blue Ant novels, so thanks for getting me to check my sources.

The Festo series of bio-inspired helium robots definitely appeared in Wired though, with the Festo Penguin robot first mentioned in September 2008 in Wired, predating Zero History's publication on Sept. 2, 2010 by several years.
posted by figurant at 12:01 AM on August 6, 2013


You know, an underwater restaurant would be an awesome idea. Eat some nice steak while watching fish swim by. I bet it exists somewhere, and is far too expensive for me to ever eat at.
posted by Canageek at 12:28 AM on August 6, 2013


I totally assumed that this was an actual underwater strip bar, where you could sit in your scuba gear snd watch naked people doing mermaidy dances with an airhose. I assumed the drinks would be served in a camelback style pouch with a vent. I don't know what's wrong with me, but I'm still a little disappointed.
posted by Iteki at 1:12 AM on August 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


Either this place was a restaurant about 15 years ago or there are two underwater establishments in Israel.
posted by fshgrl at 1:16 AM on August 6, 2013


Either this place was a restaurant about 15 years ago or there are two underwater establishments in Israel.
posted by fshgrl


First of all: eponysterical.

Second: yep, the article says it was a restaurant prior to being stripperized.
posted by ShutterBun at 2:48 AM on August 6, 2013


I'm so getting a stripper pole for my fish tank.
posted by arcticseal at 3:01 AM on August 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


Wait... Are underwater restaurants a thing? An I just a Rube from flyover country who's never heard of them? Because that sounds awesome.

Also, allowing a strip club 5 m underwater with windows is just begging for an epidemic of teenaged boys getting the bends/nitrogen narcosis.
posted by graphnerd at 4:13 AM on August 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Looks like the place is bone dry inside. No signs of any water that I could see.

I'd like to know how this has been sealed up, and why.
posted by kinnakeet at 5:48 AM on August 6, 2013


begging for an epidemic of teenaged boys getting the bends/nitrogen narcosis
It's been a few years since I strapped on a tank... but I vaguely remember this only being an issue for users of pressurized air. Unless they're using some sort of air-lock system... I'm guessing the concept of a "door" just means they're using the free stuff up top.
posted by Blue_Villain at 6:00 AM on August 6, 2013


Underwater restaurants? Here's one.
Another
A collection
posted by Kirth Gerson at 6:11 AM on August 6, 2013


I think I remember this being a restaurant when I was in Eilat in 1998, but I'm certain I wouldn't have been able to afford it if it was. I also wasn't there for very long, but the picture of the surface bridge looks very familiar.
posted by JMOZ at 6:19 AM on August 6, 2013


I'd like to know how this has been sealed up, and why.
I don't know how, but I assume it was sealed up so that patrons didn't drown.




;)
posted by entropone at 7:04 AM on August 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


You know what? I'm wrong. The Janjaap Ruijssenaars maglev bed doesn't seem to have appeared in Wired prior to its cameo in Pattern Recognition. That's always been my go-to example for Gibson cribbing from real life in his Blue Ant novels, so thanks for getting me to check my sources.
He definitely cribs from real life, but seems to prefer specialist and obscure sources rather than Wired.

In some sense, Wired is an attempt to ape Gibson in the form of a magazine's business model.
posted by b1tr0t at 8:27 AM on August 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Underwater restaurants? Here's one.
Another
A collection


This place is #2 on that last link.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:51 AM on August 6, 2013


(Though the Daily Mail -- ewww -- link in the FPP says there was a 230-foot bridge, while that link says it was just 50 feet.)
posted by Sys Rq at 10:54 AM on August 6, 2013


Could we flag Daily Mail links in the post summary, for the sake of those of us who don't wish to give those scumbags any more ad impressions?
posted by acb at 2:37 PM on August 6, 2013


It's been a few years since I strapped on a tank... but I vaguely remember this only being an issue for users of pressurized air. Unless they're using some sort of air-lock system... I'm guessing the concept of a "door" just means they're using the free stuff up top.

Yes, but you see, the "teenage boys" in question, being too young to get in, will indeed be strapping on the tanks and peeking in the windows.
posted by ShutterBun at 12:52 AM on August 7, 2013


Is 5 m really enough depth to generate the bends?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:45 AM on August 7, 2013


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