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May 7th 2008

Chaitén Volcano in Chile

I blame global warming.

Chile volcano blasts ash 20 miles high, forcing evacuations

The long-dormant Chaiten volcano blasted ash some 20 miles (30 kilometers) into the Andean sky on Tuesday, forcing the last of thousands to evacuate and fouling a huge stretch of the South American continent.

A thick column of ash climbed into the stratosphere and blew eastward for hundreds of miles (kilometers) over Patagonia to the Atlantic Ocean, closing schools and a regional airport. Chilean and Argentine citizens were advised to wear masks to avoid breathing the dangerous fallout.

5 Responses to “Chaitén Volcano in Chile”

  1. If we all start driving hybrids now, we may be able to curtail the effects of this volcano on global warming.

  2. Coach Edmo

    That’s a great picture of what happens to my head everytime I hear the Goracle speak his magical words of earth wisdom.

  3. doug

    @Ryan: Of course!

    @Coach Edmo: I checked, and MagicalWordsOfEarthWisdom.com is available. I’m envisioning a blog dedicated to mocking the utterances of His Environmental Holiness…

  4. Doug,

    While at first glance your proposal sounds like a terrific idea, I’m not entirely convinced that it is workable. Given the amount of gaseous blabberslap continuously spilling forth from the Earth Prophet’s cavernous blow hole, blogging sufficient to keep up with even a tenth part of His Holiness the UberClown’s nonsensical musings would be more than a full time job. I suspect a crew of hundreds of diligent, HAZMAT suit protected computer geeks, internet researchers, and trained medical personnel would be required to catalog only the most egregiously self-important rantings of this particularly loathsome madman.

  5. doug

    Hahaha… Indeed.