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When Trash Met Lava: VIDEO


This video isn't quite as funny, poignant or touching as the late Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally, but it's still pretty captivating: a team of scientist threw a 66 pound bag of garbage into Ethiopia's Erta Ale volcano to simulate what would happen if a human fell in. Answer: angry lava.

Watch the volcano spew forth, AFTER THE JUMP

(via Gawker)

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  1. OK, now could we see the real thing?

    Posted by: patrick | Jun 27, 2012 7:48:01 AM

  2. Tony Perkins, Maggie Gallagher,Brian're swimming pool is ready!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 27, 2012 7:54:43 AM

  3. so why don't we throw all our trash in there instead of letting it float around our oceans?

    Posted by: ref | Jun 27, 2012 8:41:11 AM

  4. @Patrick...


    Posted by: theotherlee | Jun 27, 2012 9:20:38 AM

  5. Hell, I'd be angry and spew fire and wrath if somebody tossed a bag of trash on my lava bed too.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 27, 2012 9:31:29 AM

  6. @REF I wonder if it's because of fumes that might come from all of the plastics (of course, volcanic fumes can be toxic, too). Interesting idea, though.

    Posted by: Gregoracdc | Jun 27, 2012 9:40:03 AM

  7. Ok, but what would happen if you threw a lava lamp in there?

    Posted by: RWG | Jun 27, 2012 10:39:18 AM

  8. I suppose you try a dump truck full next.

    Posted by: anon | Jun 27, 2012 2:17:53 PM

  9. So they're sayng Sarah Palin and her family were in that bag and only weighed 65lbs? I don't buy it. I think it was just Piper Palin. The headline needs to be more specific! And by the way. . . . YAY to Piper! And buh-bye.

    Posted by: Darren in atl | Jun 27, 2012 3:47:09 PM

  10. No wonder throwing virgins into a volcano was so popular. What a show!

    Posted by: Tallulah | Jun 27, 2012 6:33:58 PM

  11. OMG! I did not mean to insinuate that Piper Palin is a virgin! My bad.

    Posted by: Tallulah | Jun 27, 2012 6:35:54 PM

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