To be honest, most of us will never forget how funny it was hearing people struggle with the name Eyjafjallajökull as it was erupting. And for people who do not speak Icelandic some of the names of the volcanoes are a handful. And some volcanoes like Upptyppingar and Geirvörtur are hilarious for other reasons.
I think that the reason we find the Icelandic volcanoes so interesting and let us admit it, funny, is that they are fairly safe. Yes they are stupendously large, but they are well monitored and people do not live on the slopes of them. We kind of do not need to worry about people dying, at least at normal times. And on top of that the Icelanders have found lot of ingenious ways to make a buck on them. So we can enjoy them with a fairly clean consciousness.
Other volcanoes are not so fun really. Merapi was one of those, still we were interested, but not in the same way. Instead many tried to help the people living next to the volcano. In the end things ended fairly well.
This is an image I have had in the back of my head since Merapi. It shows how amazing people really are when faced with danger. This guy is running away with his mother on the back of the motorcycle, and he still succeeds with looking like he was appearing on a movie poster. It is something Terminator over him. I know I would not look that cool in the same situation.
Tonight’s NtV Riddle:
1 point for each volcano … a couple left unsolved from two weeks ago!
No 1 – Eponymous geological feature of variable density & erosion. SOLVED Hoodoo Mountain
No 2 – It might be reworked & raised to 3613. SOLVED Kunlun Group
No 3 – 2009 hip hop culture movie. SOLVED Mt Hood
No 4 – It could make your eyes water in more ways than one. SOLVED Poas Volcano
No 5 – 13283 SOLVED Ruby Mountain
CARL & KILGHARRAH