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Wormwood

The word Chernobyl means "Wormwood", the poisonous ingredient in absinthe. Well, there's a young woman named Elena who lives in the Ukraine and owns a digital camera. She rides through the ghost town of Chernobyl on her Kawasaki Ninja once in a while, mostly because there's no traffic and she owns a dosimeter. She also snaps pictures. The accident was in 1986; the town is a modern Pompeii, trapped in time.

If you have any interest in urban decay, nuclear disasters, or just a morbid streak, check out the link above.

Update: Serves me right for trusting the origin of the name. Here's what Wikipedia has to say:

The city is named after the chornobyl' grass (Полин звичайний, Polyn zvychaynyi) or mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). The word itself is a combination of chornyi (чорний, black) and byllia (билля, grass blades or stalks), hence it literally means black grass or black stalks. Sometimes it is erroneously translated as wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), which actually corresponds to Polyn hirkyi (Полин гіркий).

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damndirtycrane
Mar. 27th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
This was really interesting. I almost want to say "cool", but considering what it is, it's not all that "cool". It gave me a new perspective about the region. I had always had the conception that it was a big crater of destruction, but after seeing the site, I thought about it and realized that it had only been a meltdown rather than an explosion.

I think I might cross-post this. It's that neat.
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