Shell's New Offshore Gas Mining Monstrosity: The Largest Floating Thing Ever

At 1,600 feet, Shell's Prelude facility is longer than four football fields and weighs six times more than the heaviest aircraft carrier.


Don't be fooled by initial appearances. That isn't just another boat. It's Shell's new natural gas mining machine, which just got final investment approval, and it's mind-bogglingly huge. At 1,600 feet, it's longer than four football fields and weighs six times more than the heaviest aircraft carrier. Apparently, it will also be able to withstand a "one-in-10,000-year" category 5 cyclone. It's so big, in fact, that there seems to be some confusion about what to call it—a "facility," a "vessel," a "floating structure"? It's in a category of its own.

Called the Death Star the Prelude, it will float off the coast of Western Australia, getting the hard-to-reach natural gas in the area and processing it on site.

I'm not sure this is what Obama had in mind when he asked for Sputnik-style innovation. I get that humans need energy, and our options are limited right now, but it would be great if we were undertaking projects of this scale and ambition that were designed to harness a source that's truly renewable.

via David Leavitt / Twitter

Anyone who has ever worked in retail knows that the worst thing about the job, right after the pay, are the unreasonable cheapskates who "want to talk to your manager" to get some money off an item.

They think that throwing a tantrum will save them a few bucks and don't care if they completely embarrass themselves in the process. Sometimes that involves belittling the poor employee who's just trying to get through their day with an ounce of dignity.

Twitter is rallying around a gal named Tori who works at a Target in Massachusetts after she was tweet-shamed by irate chapekate, journalist, and Twitter troll, David Leavitt.

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