Americans steal lake, feel no remorse

May 20, 2005

A Russian village was left baffled on Thursday after its lake disappeared overnight.

NTV television showed pictures of a giant muddy hole bathed in summer sun, while fishermen from the village of Bolotnikovo looked on disconsolately.

Officials in Nizhegorodskaya region, on the Volga river east of Moscow, said water in the lake might have been sucked down into an underground water-course or cave system, but some villagers had more sinister explanations.

“I am thinking, well, America has finally got to us,” said one old woman, as she sat on the ground outside her house.

I like this story. Their lives were probably miserable in the first place…living in some anonymous, boring Russian town that absolutely nobody cared about, not even the inhabitants. And then the earth swallowed their lake. Their last redoubt of happiness, or at least, melancholia, before the onset of complete, full blown depression. I imagine their faces went from one of sadness to one of exaggerated sadness. Such a cruel and entertaining world we live in…

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