Fun places to work #1

The wonderful town of Asbest, a Russian one-industry town dedicated to the mining of Asbestos, the clue is in the name.

Leaving aside the whole ‘It’s an asbestos mine’ thing Asbest manages to be particularly horrific as the mine is on the edge of the town.

Beautiful hey? As an added bonus read this old article from Slate,where every local appears to be intent on boring the reporter to death by explaining the many different types of Asbestos and why you wont automatically die just by living in the town. All of which may be true, they certainly mine the least dangerous type of asbestos, but it is all a little ‘The lady protests too much’.

So there is Asbest, a town where the only industry is mining and processing Asbestos and the entire population will bore you to tears trying to desperately convince you the place isn’t instantly fatal. Yet another place to avoid seeing before you die. And to avoid after death as well to be frank.

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2 Responses to “Fun places to work #1”

  1. In Quebec there is a town called Asbestos (though they go by Thetford Mines now for obvious reasons). For residents, it’s hard to be critical of what employs most of the people in the town, even if it poisons them at the same time. This is a pretty sad story. http://www.weitzlux.com/asbestos/CanadaRussia_1933895.html

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