Last week an enormous earthquake shook Nepal and toppled thousands of buildings, killing and injuring thousands more. The quake, which measured approximately 7.8 on the Richter scale, was the most powerful experienced in that region since the 1934 earthquake. It was felt as far away as India, China and the offices of State Farm Insurance’s Earthquake International Claims Division in North America.
The quake triggered an avalanche on nearby Mount Everest and a massive influx of TV news camera crews and journalists, who kept getting in the way of the rescuers and search dogs.
But probably most importantly, the earthquake was so powerful it managed to actually shrink Mount Everest. How much, you ask? Well, by a whopping 1 inch, that’s how much. That instantly made a lot of geography books out of date. I guess it was just bad luck if you happened to buy a National Geographic Atlas of the World a few weeks ago. Maybe you can return it and get your money back.
The quake also set the record for the oldest man pulled from rubble after an earthquake. In an incredible stroke of luck, a 101-year-old man was yanked from the ruins of his house seven days after it collapsed with him in it. He is recovering nicely in a nearby hospital (which did not collapse) and with any luck doctors say he’ll live to be 102.
In addition to the thousands of unfortunate people living near the base of the mountain, the quake happened to throttle a bunch of mountain climbers who were wishing they had thought twice about doing something so dangerous and foolish such as climbing the world’s highest peak during earthquake season.
In a related story, the Federal Brotherhood of Sherpas Local 248 mountain climbing union has canceled the remainder of mountain climbing season due to Everest getting a bad case of the shakes. Better luck next year. And no, you can’t have your money back.
And finally, I happened to write a few weeks ago about all the garbage mountain climbers have been leaving behind on the slopes over the years and the recent efforts to pick it all up. Of particular concern is the amount of human feces that freezes, thaws and washes down the slopes and into the formerly pristine streams.
Well, thanks to the earthquake, another record was broken: that of the most people soiling their undergarments above 25,000 feet at the same time once the tremor began. That explains why they all stopped climbing at once. They were too pooped.
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