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The world is running out of sand — there’s even a violent black market for it

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There's a shortage of "sharp sand," the course kind used in construction. Unfortunately, desert sand is too worn and smooth to work.

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Then we make it sharp sand

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24 points · 3 months ago

Start your own sand sharpening shop.

level 4

Now there's a job description!

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Sally Seashells Shoreline Sand Sharpening Shop Shack!

level 3

Good luck with that silicosis

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Can desert sand replace beach sand?

level 3

Good question. It would double the expense, but wouldn't devastate the beaches.

level 1

"Good riddance" -Anakin Skywalker

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Original Poster25 points · 3 months ago

Damn it, I should have known what I was inviting

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Beat me to it

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19 points · 3 months ago · edited 3 months ago

i have heard several stories of entire islands being emptied by sand thieves. Guess this explains why its done.

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How does that even work? What would be left in such a situation?

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Good question. Here is an news article also talking about it though.

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13 points · 3 months ago

In the early 60s, my grandpa stopped at a bank in downtown Houston. His pickup truck had two barrels of sand to weigh it down. By the time he came back, idiot thieves had stolen them.

They don’t seem so stupid now.

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I don’t like sand, it’s course and rough and it gets everywhere.

level 2

Except the high ground, amirite? (sudden strangulation sensation)

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hang on a minute...

level 1

First helium, now sand? So long modern world, I gotta get me one of those missile silo bunkers and hard copies of a bunch of survival books.

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Hey, fellow marauders, check out this softhands who owns some of the world’s last paper! Let’s go eat his heart!

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Sand wars is a great movie! Check it out, super informative for those who wants to know more about this.

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dammit, these Saudi architects are hosing us all!!!

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The architects themselves are most of the times westerners and not even arab tbh, but yeah, the urge and backing to do it is the Saudis

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