The Strange Underworld of Hobby Tunneling

People build tunnels for myriad reasons, for sewers, subways, or a shortcut through a mountain range, for mining resources, to connect public buildings away from the weather, or to expand real estate. There are clandestine reasons, such as smuggling drugs or breaking out of prison. But one of the oddest reasons for digging a tunnel is because it's fun. Some men find, usually after they complete a digging project, that they enjoy the activity so much they want to continue digging. It might even become an obsession.

Unknown holes in the ground can be dangerous, or interfere with utility lines and property rights. While this might become a problem when a hobby tunneler doesn't know what he is doing, really serious digging enthusiasts learn what they need to know. Some have become rather well known in their own circles, while others cause astonishment when their extensive tunnels are discovered. Messy Messy Chic looks at hobby tunnelers of the past and present to see what they dig and why.

(Image: Library of Congress)

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Hobby tunneling! So cool! I would do it myself if i had enough space/land to digg it! I heard of someone who has his onwn excavator just to digg in his garden. And "because it is fun", it is not a "odd reason", it is the best reason to do anything! Doing something because it is fun is the most straightforward reason! Just remember the last time sitting in a sandbox or at a sandy beach with a garden trovel.
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True story I just got home from work, and as I'm opening my front door, a giant rat jumped off the stairs behind me and jumped into a tunnel. Scared the living crap out of me, I screamed. I think i woke up my neighbors dog.
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