"Glory Hole" in a Lake?
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« on: February 28, 2019, 05:14:59 am »

I watch the (U.S. television) Weather Channel often, and find meteorology quite interesting, but I was a bit surprised when I saw two separate articles about a "glory hole" water event:




So, have I been sleeping while this term "Glory Hole" has passed into the public domain of family-friendly conversation?  Or did the gay culture borrow the term from some older etymology?

(As the event occurs in the San Francisco Bay Area, I wonder if that is a contributing factor.)

Any enlightenment, or your own surprised reaction, as the case may be...



« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2019, 10:38:56 am »

When I lived in England, there was a man-made lake on the other side of the road.   It was half a wildlife refuge and water reservoir.   They had these gloryholes (much smaller though).  When we moved in, the gloryholes were about 1 foot above the water level.   4 years later, the lake was nearly completely dry.   About 6 months after I moved, the government paid to have water pumped into the lake to restore the wildlife refuge.   

The gloryholes were 9 feet high from the lake bottom.   Previous years the glory holes were always draining excess water.


« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2019, 10:55:14 pm »

When I lived in England, there was a man-made lake on the other side of the road...

...The glory holes were 9 feet high from the lake bottom.   Previous years the glory holes were always draining excess water.

It sounds peaceful, and it's interesting that you're using the term glory hole freely to describe these water events, can I assume you grew up with that term?

Now, I live mostly in Florida, which is infamous for its sinkholes that swallow cars and occasionally, houses.  But here, the terms "sink" and "hole" are a description that makes common sense -- the land "sinks" and in its wake, a "hole" in the ground appears.

As you can tell, I'm still searching for the reason "glory hole" is a term that would be used both in past generations, or in weather news today.

If not sexual, what in polite society is the "glory" related to?  Is there no meteorologist reading this thread, lol...    Crazy?


« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2019, 09:42:33 am »

I'm used to glory holes being man-made and sinkholes being natural events.

What I was referring to in my previous post was overflow pipes (about 1 meter wide, I guess) that kept the lake from spilling over into our neighborhood.   The water then goes to the golf course and park to help with helping them cut costs on watering the area.   


« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2019, 03:00:32 pm »

Yes, I'm afraid my analogies got a bit off-center in the last post.  Your glory holes in England are indeed man-made, as was the one in my original post and video clip (although they are related to meteorological events, such as rain/flooding).

I'll move on from my truly mediocre work determining the origin of the term "glory" for these overflow pipes.  Something tells me I've got house upkeep that is, well, slightly more pressing than this ephemera.  But I appreciate your coming along on this bumpy ride...    Blinking


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