In March 2013, Jeffrey Bush was asleep in his bedroom on the property when the floor collapsed and he fell in. His body was never recovered. His brother, Jeremy Bush, was in the house and tried to rescue him, even jumping into the hole. He was rescued by authorities as the ground crumbled around him.
Officials then razed the home and two adjacent homes.
And now, "The hole opened up again in Seffner, east of Tampa, and is about 20 feet in diameter..." No deaths this time.
More on Florida: "Sinkholes are so common in Florida that state law requires home insurers to provide coverage against the danger."
What does a Minecraft server look like after being abandoned? This gallery reveals a chaotic mix of destruction and desolation:
This is the journey back to spawn on the 2b2t server, perhaps the longest-running consistently-populated single map in Minecraft. It has been running the same map file for at least 3 years straight. 2b2t is an absolute anarchy server, so anything goes. Here is how bad it really is.
This kind of decayed virtual world was a major feature of Second Life, especially as that platform fell down the Gartner Hype Cycle.
In the seven metre-long, V-shaped pit, researchers found the skeletons of 26 adults and children, who were killed by devastating strikes to the head or arrow wounds. The skull fractures are classic signs of blunt force injuries caused by basic stone age weapons...
More than half of the individuals had their legs broken in acts of apparent torture or posthumous mutilation. The smashed-in shin bones could represent a new form of violent torture not seen before in the group.
The violence meant more than just torment and death for the victims, apparently:
Christian Meyer, an archaeologist who led the study at the University of Mainz, believes the attackers meant to terrorise others and demonstrate that they could annihilate an entire village...
“On one hand you are curious about finding out more about this, but also shocked to see what people can do to each other,” he said.
The Guardian's caption for this image reads "A portion of a child’s skull, displaying classic signs of blunt force injuries caused by basic stone age weapons." It's a form of total war:
The scientists’ best guess is that a small farming village was massacred and thrown into a pit nearby. The skeletons of young women were absent from the grave, which suggests that the attackers may have taken the women captive after killing their families .
More on that posthumous mutilation as eschatological warfare:
But he is doubtful that the victims’ legs were broken through acts of torture. “Torture focuses on the parts of the body with the most nerve cells: the feet, pubis, hands and head. I can’t think of anywhere that torture involved breaking the tibia.
“This is rank speculation, but there are ethnographic instances of disabling the ghost or spirits of the dead, especially enemies. Such mutilations were done to prevent enemy spirits from following home, haunting or doing mischief to the killers. These motives seem most likely to me. Or perhaps it was done to further revenge by crippling the enemy’s spirits in the afterlife,” he added.
A hacker proposed that it is now quite easy to generate made-up deaths and births. Which is interesting and alarming enough. But see where he goes with it: a trading scheme.
Once I'd done the research on the death industry and the birth industry, I thought, "How could I combine these two things together in a criminal technique that people could use for money laundering?" So I thought that if you could register a fake person, and just put them on the shelf for, say, 18 years, could you then take advantage of that person and kill them off using the techniques I described earlier — or do things like share trading without risk? You could actually have a risk-free virtual person to cause havoc on the financial system.
then I thought you could make a little bit more advanced, and have what's called a "shelf baby," a bit like a shelf company, that actually operates and appears to be a real person. For the sole benefit that when they turn 18, you have access to life insurance policies, bank accounts, credit, and all those sorts of things that money launderers can use down the track. [emphases added]
Let's see when this first appears in fiction and journalism, then public policy.
In all seriousness, an underlying sense of sadness. These pictures depress me, but in a good way and I'm not sure if that makes sense. Maybe something about nostalgia and abandonment and the fact that, to me, a lot of the pictures are bleak as hell.
Having a somewhat morbid mind, I started to wonder if the owner of the car had gone to the great big parking lot in the sky. Was I in a zombie car still fulfilling its role in the sharing economy, when its owner had passed on?
Science fiction creators have contemplated our things staying alive and connected after death ... that keeps going through its daily routine after its owner bites it — but have start-ups like Getaround and Airbnb?
Kashmir Hill relates a little story about the sharing economy and death:
Last summer, Wesleyan college student Jordan Ruttenberg moved to New York for an internship, and rented a Bushwick, Brooklyn one bedroom apartment on Airbnb with a college friend. The twenty-something woman who rented her apartment to them had to go to San Francisco for the summer to take care of her mother. One month into the two-month rental, Ruttenberg noticed that the Airbnb host’s friends were writing sad messages on her Facebook wall saying they would miss her and “see her in heaven.” He had a number for a friend of hers who lived in the neighborhood, who told him in a brief text message that she had overdosed and died.
“It was a crazy experience, really unnerving,” says Ruttenberg. “It was her apartment with her clothes, her books and photos of her with family and friends, so that was really strange after she died.”