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Things I have learned today: mining for opal in the Australian outback is ... dangerous and scary and doesn't pay that much.

@tw coal mining is a big business though. I used to play competitive online games with a guy who would disappear to the mines for 4-6 months at a time and then come back and play 24/7 for a few months

@feld yeah, and gold and probably opal mining too, the "real" miners that aren't scrambling to survive just don't make good TV. :)

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