Warmening is blamed for the latest in a troubling series of international lake heists:

The Tempano lake in Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins National Park abruptly disappeared last year, and has since recovered just some of its former volume.

Representatives from the Seamus Rodriguez Conservation Society declined to comment.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/13/2008 at 02:07 PM
  1. The lake was nearly full again by late Wednesday, he said.


    The Tempano lake in Chile’s Bernardo O’Higgins National Park abruptly disappeared last year, and has since recovered just some of its former volume.

    Same article. So is it full or isn’t it?

    Posted by Merlin on 2008 04 13 at 02:36 PM • permalink

  2. I blame Richard McEnroe.

    Posted by ushie on 2008 04 13 at 02:38 PM • permalink

  3. I’m sure Wronwright has something to do with this. He’s going to get caught sooner or later.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 04 13 at 02:52 PM • permalink

  4. True, Ash.  Wronwright seems to be loosing his touch.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 13 at 02:57 PM • permalink

  5. Anyone frisked Wronwright?

    Anyone seen MarkL?


    Posted by kae on 2008 04 13 at 03:11 PM • permalink

  6. This is what happens when I let wronwright fill out his own time card, dammit…

    ...altho, to be fair, between moonlighting at American Airlines with the <strike>TARDIS</i> VRWC Minivan and running around German zoos in a polar bear costume, he may have been slightly overtasked…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 04 13 at 03:18 PM • permalink

  7. #4 T_R_JS

    Wronwright seems to be losing his touch.

    I wouldn’t say that - the locals didn’t immediately blame Americans like the Russians did. He may have learned something from that one…

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 04 13 at 03:32 PM • permalink

  8. Is That You, Wronwright?

    I got thirsty, so I drank
    That Chilean Lake;
    I’ll replace the rest of it
    On my bathroom break.

    Posted by lyle on 2008 04 13 at 04:09 PM • permalink

  9. Let’s be fair here.  Wronwright is always a helpful soul, polishing the black helicopters until they gleam, running and fetching for Lord Karl, making sure the supply of mead is kept up (although he does tend to hoard the good stuff in that dungeon cellar of his).  And you Aussies were complaining about needing rain.  Well, you got it, didn’t you?  So what’s a few missing lakes?

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 04 13 at 04:19 PM • permalink

  10. Spiny, I’m concerned about the returning lake.  When us RWDBs take something, it’s ours for-EVAH. 

    Thus is the price of empire.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 13 at 04:33 PM • permalink

  11. TRJS,
    Refilling the lake is part of The Plan.  It’s the interface between the Weather Control and the Time Travel Departments of the VRWC.  Wronwright steals the lake, in his practiced fashion, then we fill it up again.  Thus The Conspriracy can steal it again in a year or two.  This will help the Weather Control Project make Australia habitable again, as Rebecca notes.  The alternative was flinging bullroarers into the air and frankly, that wasn’t very effective.  I think Karl authorized a gold star for Wronwright for this operation.

    Posted by Michael Lonie on 2008 04 13 at 07:22 PM • permalink

  12. Well, if Lord Karl says so......

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 13 at 07:30 PM • permalink

  13. Well where do you folks think the Tardis gets its water supplies? You can’t exactly keep a time-and-space-traveling machine attached to the city sewer systems.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 04 13 at 09:08 PM • permalink

  14. Actually, Chilean lake water is the secret ingredient in PacoCola.

    Posted by paco on 2008 04 13 at 09:13 PM • permalink

  15. By George is that where the lake goes?

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 13 at 09:26 PM • permalink

  16. Paco, my attorney would like a few words with the directors at PacoCola.  Something about dysentery.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 04 13 at 11:17 PM • permalink

  17. #16 Rebecca: I’m afraid your attorneys will have to talk to our attorney, Wring M. Dry, Esq. He hasn’t made parole, yet, so Sundays between the hours of 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm would be best.

    Posted by paco on 2008 04 13 at 11:26 PM • permalink

  18. I have an important message from wronwright. He can’t be with us right now, he’s bedside with his friend and fellow brave operative, Stoop Davy Dave.

    You see, there’s been a terrible accident.

    The lake water is being used for a top secret VRWC experimental project. Technicians over at Q branch have been miniaturizing the water that wronwright delivers and packing it into gelatin capsules for use at some futuristic, post-apocalypse Australian desert outpost called Geothermia.

    As I understand it, miniaturizing the water is the easy part. Getting it to remain stable and not dissolve the gelatin capsules from the inside was the trick. Each capsule is about the size of a regular vitamin capsule - a clever disguise - but, incredibly, holds about 120,000 US gallons. They must be handled very carefully because if the capsule dissolves the water expands instantly to its original volume.

    Somebody should have told Stoop about all of this before handing him a bottle of the water pills at the Geothermia briefing yesterday. He thought they really were vitamin pills and promptly washed one down with a swig of mead.

    He’s in pretty bad shape I’m afraid… well, round is a shape I suppose, but he’s very round. The doctors are doing all they can.

    Posted by splice on 2008 04 14 at 06:15 AM • permalink

  19. You’d have thought those goggle-eyed boffiny bastards would’ve learned their lesson with the dehydrated water fiasco, but it seems not.

    But then, Dave never was much of one for reading the directions, if you know what I mean.

    Posted by mojo on 2008 04 14 at 10:41 AM • permalink

  20. Oh. My. God.

    You let Stoop Davy Dave drink WATER?

    Mother of Obama, do I have to watch you people every freaking minute?!

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 04 14 at 12:54 PM • permalink

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