The following is a story about an annoying little crack
Everyone in the world has heard about the andreas fault line in the united states.
But there is also a little known fissure down under in Australia.
The carpenters crack.
The crack first appeared on the evening of 26 August 2016.
It ran right down the middle of the main road in Alice Springs,Northern Territory.
At first it was only five feet long and a foot deep.
But as every hour when by the crack got longer wider and deeper.
At 11 pm when all of the pubs closed for the night a local named Joel Carpenter stumbles outside.
He is wearing a wobbly boot and has a serious case of the munchies
The local take away is lit up like a Christmas tree so Joel makes his way over and orders a works burger and a shit load of chips.
As he wait for his food Joel plays a battered old pinball machine and sings along with the radio.
When his number is called he grabs his meal and goes out into the night.
After a while he crosses the main street to take a short cut through the park when the road beneath him
Joel cries out in surprise but manages to grab hold of the edge of the asphalt with one hand.
He has dropped the bag of chips but the burger is held in a vice like grip.
But he sobers up real quick when he realises the trouble that he is in.
So he has one last bite from from tasty burger and reluctantly lets it drop into the crack.
And luckily Joel’s cries were heard by a few of the locals who come running over to see what the commotion is all about.
And they look over the edge of the crack in wonder.
One of them is a loud mouth who goes by the name of Bones pipes up’Well well well if it isn’t Joel Carpenter stuck in a crack’
Ha ha ha a carpenters crack,do you all get it ,do ya?’
I get it Bones’ Joel screams from below’But why don’t you stop flapping your gums and pull me up’.
And so the carpenters crack was born.
Once Joel is back on terra firma he and the others look down at the opening in the middle of the main drag.
What caused the road to crack open in the first place?
The ground didn’t shake so there wasn’t an earthquake.
Plus there aren’t any volcano’s in Australia.
So maybe it is a sink hole or worse it is the Devil downstairs getting ready to make an appearance.
The authorities soon arrive and the whole area is cordoned off,search lights are set up around the perimeter.
And five policemen are stationed to keep an eye on the crack and to keep the locals away until reinforcements arrive from Adelaide at first light.
The carpenters crack is nasty but at the same time somewhat alluring.
You want to avert your eyes but you can’t stop looking.
After a few hours of patrolling the area the cops are bored out of their minds so they wander back to a squad car for some coffee and donuts.
But after eating a dozen chocolate glazed and drinking a thermos full of instant coffee they aren’t in the mood to going back on patrol.
So they decide to stay in the car and keep an eye on the crack from the comfort of the upholstered seats.
Than an almighty boom revertabrates throughout the outback it sounds like the sky is falling.
The police jump out of the car just in time and watch in amazement as the crack opens and their squad car disappears into the void.
The crack is moving faster than any carpenter ever has,it moves with lightning speed as it rips the Northern Territory apart.
What just a few hours ago was just an annoying little
Is now a national emergency.
As the cracks races north it hits the largest rock in the world the mammoth Uluru and it collapses into a pile of stone and dust.
And the wetlands of Kakadu National Park drain down into the abyss.
The crack is also ripping and tearing as it races south completely cutting off remote communities and small towns.
And because this disaster is happening way out beyond the black stump.
Most Australians aren’t even aware that a national crisis is afoot until they wake up and turn on the good morning news.
They watch as the crack explodes north toward Darwin and south to the great australian bite.
Helicopters fly over the over the crack sending back vision that sends a whole country into mourning.
Is Australia about to be torn in half?
In Canberra,the capitol of Australia,the prime minister is in crisis talks with his ministers about this latest disaster to hit the country.
And after an hour of discussion he orders the military to be mobilised.
If this crack isn’t stopped in its tracks Australia will be split in two.
In South Australia the crack is heading straight towards cockapiddy a small town on the nullabor plain.
While up north the crack is closing in fast on Tennant Creek.
Will these and other communities survive the crack?
A nation holds its breath.
The commander of the military General Roger B Highpants knows that he hasn’t got much time.
So he hitches up his trousers and gives the command ‘Take that crack down’
And after a day of bombardment the crack is obliterated and Australia is saved in the nick of time.
Not one Australian went to work that day they all gathered around their esky’s and BBQ’s.
And watched as the brave men and women of the armed forces bombed the shit out of that crack.
The slate has been wiped clean.
Live in Australia and in particular the small towns in the outback has returned to normal.
The crack is longer a immediate threat to the people of the nation.
But you can be reassured that everyone is on the lookout for another outback crack attack.
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