Anyway, just thought I should lighten the mood from all this heavy decline of civilisation shit – I just stumbled upon the rather amazing fact that you can, in certain conditions, see the Isle of Man from Blackpool prom, even though distance and the curvature of the earth should make this impossible.
If you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, you are seeing it with the help of an atmospheric phenomenon.Refractive looming, refractive towering and maybe helped by a Superior Mirage, helps you to get a clear view of the hills and valleys, as the light is affected by the atmospheric conditions. (…) In this instance the layers of differing refractive index cause the rays of light to be bent, and sometimes reflected, downwards. Under these conditions you can actually see over the horizon, which is why you can see more of the Isle of Man than you strictly should be able to from Cleveleys.
Far out, Man!