Gates to Hell: It Had to be Somewhere

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Though the concept of religion and by extension, hell and heaven, is one that is routinely mocked by 17 year-old-kids who think putting Carl Sagan quotes on a picture of the Milky Way is somehow a way of hitting back at the man (read, their mothers). The gates to Hell are something anyone reading this can go visit. Providing they speak fluent Turkish.

To clarify, we mean Greek hell. Pluto’s Gates are noted in Greek mythology by men with tremendous beards as a cave where birds drop of the sky due to the toxic fumes. In Hierapolis, Turkey, researchers found a cave that does exactly that after it was assumed lost. Due to an immense amount of carbon dioxide, the cave is all but inaccessible without modern equipment and it’s constantly surrounded by a thick mist to boot. A mist, which kills the ever loving crap out of anything that spends too long within it, as ancient philosophers discovered when they threw sparrows into the cave to see if the eerie, boiling hot foul smelling mist was in someway dangerous. Hey, they weren’t all geniuses.

Behold its glory!

Behold its glory!

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    • This is something new we are trying, Fun Facts for the Day. Karl Smallwood, one of our frequent authors, and I decided to try this out, both to help Karl’s fame and give Toptenz readers a smaller morsel of trivia every day. What are your thoughts?

      • Now that I understand, I think it’s cool. However, I’d suggest putting something like a Trivia Tag in front of the post like “TRIVIA: I Have the Power!” or something to that effect so that readers know what they’re clicking on and won’t be confused.

  1. The U.K. abounds with hell-mouths. They are described and located in “entrances2hell dot co dot. uk”

  2. Dave Smiling Coyote on

    “Though the concept of religion and by extension, hell and heaven, is one that is routinely mocked by 17 year-old-kids who think putting Carl Sagan quotes on a picture of the Milky Way is somehow a way of hitting back at the man (read, their mothers).” LOL! My 17 year old son is like that and I laughed SO hard when a read that line! Thank you Mr. Smallwood, that made my day!

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