Anyone up for a smoke sesh with Beelzebub?
So, residents of Kazakhstan reported seeing a giant black smoke ring hovering in the sky for 15 minutes this week, according to the Russian-funded network RT. It's estimated the ring was over 300 feet across and rose over 600 feet in the air. Said one resident, Oleg Menshikov, to Kazakh media "It was like a black cloud. We saw it at around 4 pm on April 3. It dissipated like smoke, but it was completely odorless." Smoke rings like this have been spotted before over England, with the dominant theory being that they come from large fireballs.
Just one more ominous sign of doom emerging from the steppes of Central Asia, following the giant holes exploding straight out of the ground in Siberia, random meteors, cheating men waking up with their balls removed, teens turning their living room into a swimming pool when their parents are out of town, and of course cats breaking into fancy grocery stores and eating $1,000 worth of seafood. I guess not all of those are "apocalyptic" but I was pretty upset by that cat eating all that fancy fish.
Why does Russian media offer such great viral videos? Probably because it's an authoritarian regime engaged in illegal aggression abroad and needs to distract everyone all the time.* Which, if you think about it for too long, makes you wonder why we produce more viral videos than anyone, but let's not think about it for too long.
*Which is why China is such a great source of stories like these: Chinese man survives car crash and is visited by 17 girlfriends in the hospital.