> When it finally re-opened it was 8 months behind schedule, having been closed for more than a year and a half.
If time stopped in the tunnel, wouldn't the repairs have been completed remarkably ahead of schedule from the perspective outside the tunnel? After all, the workers would put in a full day of repairs in no (outside) time at all.
I've experienced something like this programming in a room in the basement of a hospital at a medical imaging device for 8 hours, where notable project progress came in the course of days, not hours. With the absence of light, external stimulation, voices, or people, which would traditionally alert the mind to refocus on another stimuli and contextualize the stimulation against the time of day, the only alert is progress. To be clear, there is no mistaking the long period of time spent during the day whilst performing the mechanics of the task, but at the conclusion of the day, if there was no milestone of progress hit, and were it a day where there were literally zero interruptions, it would feel like I had only been down there 3 hours.
Article about/interview with the author of the blog here: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/08/woolwich-foo...
I hope the SCP guys don't see this. They'll want to contain it, and I have to walk through the thing about twice a week.
Speaking of anomalies, tunnels and London. On the Piccadilly line between Hyde Park Corner and Green Park it feels like the tube train takes forever while going at great speed. Yet the distance is barely half a mile.
Mind you it has been a decade since I've taken the ride, but at the time it puzzled me.
Hmm, so first the whizz through very fast -too fast-, then they are "down there all day but is was still morning." Still, perhaps that's what an anomaly about.
Nice story for around a camp fire.. Or a Star Trek episode.
Some people in this thread seem to be taking this story at face value, astoundingly. Let's be clear: "Time working differently inside the tunnel" is, with 100% certainty, not was was going on.
More plausible (not mutually exclusive) explanations:
- The workers messing with each other (and possibly their bosses) to have a laugh and/or forge work hours
- There was a bike hidden in the tunnel
- The workers were coordinating with each other by radio or by phone
- It didn't take as long to traverse the tunnel as people really thought
- Without daylight cues, it became very easy to lose track of time
- The workers were surprised or confused by ultimately ordinary circumstances, and a mystical explanation spread and socially validated itself, bolstered by the power of suggestion.
But let me guess, it stops working once it's open to the public?
Only a matter of time before the author gets a job-offer-you-can't-refuse from the Laundry.
I guess I'll take the ferry next time ;) See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73X6pur0rEk for more context.
On a related note I was glad to see this strange artefact of the internet was still in existence. I contributed a small amendment probably nearly 10 years ago: http://www.entrances2hell.co.uk/
I now intend to get desk and some CAT-5e down there.
Would explain why the clock is always wrong in those damn lifts.
Reminded me of this old classic: http://www.rioranchomathcamp.com/Topology/SubwayNamedMobius....
This is a wonderful example of slipstream fiction, similar to weird fiction.
Fake and gay.
I've experienced something similar banging my wife. I thought it went for hours but turns out I nutted in 30 seconds.
It's a good story. What is most frustrating about time is that we humans lack the technology to harness it. We have conquered flight and made all kinds of other technological leaps, but it is going to take something far more than digging a simple tunnel to conquer time.
There was a vimeo video depicting light leaving the sun and moving towards the planets in our solar system. The video is in real time. It takes about 500 seconds for the photon you are traveling with to reach Earth. But it feels like forever! Then it takes several looooong minutes for you to make it all the way out to Jupiter. It is then you realize how limiting the speed of light is. The speed of freaking light! So we either have to find a way to work around that limitation or we're going nowhere fast.
But who was phone?