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January 11, 2018 12:29 PM   Subscribe

The Woolwich Foot Tunnel Anomaly. The Woolwich Foot Tunnel provides a pedestrian shortcut across the Thames. But how short, exactly? posted by the man of twists and turns (13 comments total) 39 users marked this as a favorite
 
I was just about to post this, I've been enjoying this blog over Christmas.
posted by Helga-woo at 12:58 PM on January 11


That story is nonsense. Had that really happened, any Brit worth his salt would've immediately plugged in a kettle down there.
posted by leotrotsky at 1:20 PM on January 11 [4 favorites]


I like this a lot.
posted by turbid dahlia at 2:08 PM on January 11


The Woolwich Foot Tunnel was designed by the absolutely amazingly-named Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice

Oh God, it’s a recursion anomaly...
posted by Segundus at 2:25 PM on January 11 [4 favorites]


That's how there things happen ... just think what sort of damage naming something "Boaty McBoatface" could do to the underlying fabric of the world
posted by mbo at 3:23 PM on January 11 [2 favorites]


That is a fucking terrifying tunnel to walk through, which I am wholly willing to believe is an interdimensional portal.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 10:03 PM on January 11 [2 favorites]


the Greenwich Foot Tunnel cost more at £127,000 (about £15 million today), which included £30,000 compensation to the London watermen (about £3 million), who had lost their livelihoods.

Compensating people thrown out of work? The past IS a foreign country.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:03 PM on January 11 [6 favorites]


I love this. I'm not going to read the author interview just to maintain the illusion that it might be true. Schrodinger's article, as it were.
posted by lollymccatburglar at 3:32 AM on January 12 [2 favorites]


I just loved the end. Thinking about what I would do if I was in Petar's shoes when he heard the shout. What happens if I turn around? What happens if I drop the flag here? What happens if I stay in the tunnel and just have the boys shout down the results of tonight's football matches? What happens if I stay down here forever? Thanks for the post.
posted by Rock Steady at 7:23 AM on January 12 [1 favorite]


I don't get it.... if time froze in the tunnel, shouldn't they have been finished the work months AHEAD of schedule?
posted by Grither at 11:27 AM on January 12 [2 favorites]


I don't get it.... if time froze in the tunnel, shouldn't they have been finished the work months AHEAD of schedule?

Time anomalies may coexist with physics, but they cannot violate the immutable law of work estimates.
posted by zippy at 2:13 PM on January 12 [8 favorites]


If time flows more quickly down there, why did it take so much longer to do the work? It's the nice start to a fantasy story, but the plot holes are bigger than the tunnel...
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 4:39 AM on January 14


Time anomalies may coexist with physics, but they cannot violate the immutable law of work estimates

Absolutely this. Also, I'll make an educated guess (my step-father was a carpenter and GC for years) most construction delays are not due to the work on-site actually taking longer than expected, but rather are due to off-site snafus: supplies not being delivered, plans being changed/approved/changed again, etc.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:56 AM on January 16 [1 favorite]


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