In other words, Barnaby Joyce might be the man who kills all the fish in Australia with virulent herpes, which is at the very least going to make one hell of a headline.
"Let's House Refugees By Merging Africa And Europe!"
Bringing the world together is a noble goal ... right up until people start taking it literally. But that was Herman Sorgel's plan to solve the refugee crisis that emerged in the aftermath of World War I. Sorgel thought it would be a brilliant idea to drain the Mediterranean Sea in order to eliminate the division between Africa and Europe, essentially merging the two continents while uniting Europe in a peaceful project. Because today's absurdly villainous movie plots are yesterday's earnest proposals.
Sorgel dubbed the new supercontinent "Atlantropa." He envisioned dams at the Strait of Gibraltar, the Dardanelles, and between Sicily and Tunisia, splitting the Mediterranean into two basins and "reclaiming" an area the size of France from the sea, as if the sea routinely stole land from humans.
Herman Soergel"Atlantis: Never Forget"
The whole idea sounds crazy, but architects, engineers, and even politicians took it seriously at the time. A whole movement to enact it existed all the way up until Sorgel's death in 1952. Sorgel's plan only really fell apart when the cost -- which would have included the construction of a massive international power grid -- somehow proved extremely prohibitive. So Germany rolled with a different crazy, world-changing postwar plan instead. But that's another article ...
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