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The day the air bacame green......

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by fabjunkie, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. fabjunkie

    fabjunkie 1/2 ton status

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    I found this a while back and a friend sent me a link to some pics that reminded me of it. Kind of long to go through, but interesting none the less. If you have a little time to kill, sit back and enjoy this little tale.
     
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    Wow. Just wow. Very good read.
    -Harrison
     
  3. Desert Rat

    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    I read that a while back and while I found it very interesting, I believe it was proven to be bogus later.

    A couple of sites:
    http://www.cycleforums.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=108386
    http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/chernobyl_trip/

    From another site:
    "Ghost Town" UPDATE as published by E-Pochta A weekly Ukrainian email newsletter based out of Canada. e-POSHTA subscriber Mary Mycio writes:
    I am based in Kyiv and writing a book about Chornobyl for the Joseph Henry Press. Several sources have sent me links to the "Ghost Town" photo essay included in the last e-POSHTA mailing. Though it was full of factual errors, I did find the notion of lone young woman riding her motorcycle through the evacuated Zone of Alienation to be intriguing and asked about it when I visited there two days ago.
    I am sorry to report that much of Elena's story is not true. She did not travel around the zone by herself on a motorcycle. Motorcycles are banned in the zone, as is wandering around alone, without an escort from the zone administration. She made one trip there with her husband and a friend. They traveled in a Chornobyl car that picked them up in Kyiv.
    She did, however, bring a motorcycle helmet. They organized their trip through a Kyiv travel agency and the administration of the Chornobyl zone (and not her father). They were given the same standard excursion that most Chernobyl tourists receive. When the Web site appeared, Zone Administration personnel were in an uproar over who approved a motorcycle trip in the zone. When it turned out that the motorcycle story was an invention, they were even less pleased about this fantasy Web site.
    Because of those problems, Elena and her husband have changed the Web site and the story considerably in the last few days. Earlier versions of the narrative lied more blatantly about Elena taking lone motorcycle trips in the zone. That has been changed to merely suggest that she does so, which is still misleading.
    I would not normally bother to correct someone's silly Chornobyl fantasy. Indeed, correcting all the factual errors and falsehoods in "Ghost Town" would consume as much space as the Web site itself. But the motorcycle story was such an outrageous fiction that I thought the readers of e-Poshta should know.
    Mary Mycio, J.D.
    Legal Program Director
    IREX U-Media</B></I>
     
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    wow, very interesting
     
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    Thrilling and disturbing at the same time.

    I should write for movie trailers folks.:haha:
     
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    That was interesting to read - thanks for posting
     
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    Desert Rat Fetch the comfy chair

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    The original was even better. She's changed it a bit since the heat came down on her for fabricating it. I wish it were true, I've always dug on exploring abandoned buildings and sites. If that area wasn't so radiated, you could spend days just wandering around checking it out.
     
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    I thought that there used to to be more to her website. I didn't hear about it being a fake and it getting changed. It was better before, too bad it's fabricated. Still cool to see that stuff though. Kind of sneak peak of the future.....:rolleyes:
     

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