No kidding.Â There I was, walking along a narrow footpath, when I saw it.Â A hole in the ground,Â so big (imagine hands up estimating size), and sorta round, it was.Â Something had been putting a hole where a hole don’t belong.Â That’s it, in the picture.Â It has a depression around it in a roughly circular shape, about ten inches across.Â Tentative experiments in weight-bearing (ie, me treading very carefully) suggest there’s nothing underneath that ten-inch depression but air.
And I started to wonder how it got there, being as the tarmac was laid over solid earth and there are no old mine-workings or secret nuclear bunkers around here to cause subsidence – we’re on the edge of the fens, remember, the water table is far too high for things like that.
So … what could have made it?
A beetle?Â It would have to be a bloody big beetle!Â And the biggest native beetle we have is the Stag Beetle.Â Now, at three and a half inches long I guess it is just about big enough, but I’ve never heard of them chomping through tarmac!
A subterranean serpent? Â Nah.Â We have three true snakes in Britain: the Adder, the Grass Snake, and The Smooth Snake, plus the Slow Worm, which is actually a legless lizard.Â None of them eat tarmac. And none of our frogs, newts, toads or lizards do, either.
Ants have been seen emerging from it, but I’d say that was circumstantial evidence and wouldn’t hold up in a court of law.
Aliens!Â It might have been aliens .. doing … um … alien things!Â Maybe they wanted to know if the ground was good for landing spacecraft or something?
Mmm…Â perhaps not.
So.Â What do you all think?Â Who, or what, could have made this hole in a seemingly solid tarmac footpath?
Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments. Â I await them with interest.
And major kudos to anyone who gets the song reference at the top there!