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Have you ever been in a place that is utterly and completely dark?

Asked by Jeruba (51857points) 1 week ago

You don’t know dark until you’ve been in a place that truly has no light at all.

I visited the Lackawanna Coal Mine in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The mine is no longer worked for coal. Instead they take visitors down. After the guide took us through the features of the place—really pretty hard to believe in their own right—she cut the switch, and we were in total, absolute, suffocating darkness.

It’s not something I’ll forget.

Have you ever had an experience like that? What did you think? Tell us.

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Dutchess_III's avatar

Yes. In a cave. Same thing.

ragingloli's avatar

Zack Snyder’s DC movies.

chyna's avatar

Merame Caverns
This is where I learned how to know and spell stalagmites (g in the word tells me it is from the ground) and stalactites (c in the word tells me it is from the ceiling).

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I napped in the church sanctuary. Was awesome.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Like @Dutchess_III we were caving and when you turned off your helmet light the darkness was incredible .

kritiper's avatar

Inside a old zinc mine in Nevada.

Forever_Free's avatar

Once inside an Ore mine in Northern Minnesota

Once in Lubec Maine when there was a New Moon on a cloud covered night. It was pitch black like the black hole of calcutta

Blackwater_Park's avatar

Yes, part of a local cave tour they take you to a part and shut off the lights so you can experience complete darkness. Years ago it was no joke. I bet now with everyone’s smart watches and stuff it’s not so dramatic.

gorillapaws's avatar

Yes. When I was a kid my grandparents took my sister and I to Moaning Caverns in Vallecito, CA. There was a long staircase that depended down a deep vertical shaft. at one point they announced they would turn out the lights and I experienced true pitch blackness. It’s very eerie not to see your hand in front of your face.

tinyfaery's avatar

I guess this only happens in caves and mines. I experienced it in Mercer Caverns.

kritiper's avatar

I had to deliver newspapers once in the early morning when there was no moon, the power was out, and the sky was overcast. Riding my bike down the street, I had to really concentrate to see power poles and trees along the streets, which I could barely make out. And I had to remember correctly the layout of the street so that I wouldn’t crash into anything, like sidewalks, cars, fences, etc., because I could not make out A THING below the skyline. Any objects silhouetted against what sky I could make out, could only be seen if I was within 20–30 feet of the top of that object.
It was harrowing to ride along not knowing if anything was in front of me, always waiting for the next recognizable object to loom out of the night. And then make all the correct turns!

tent's avatar

There was a time when I went blind for several minutes. It was frightening.

snowberry's avatar

I used to go wild caving. We always turned out the lights for a minute to give newbies the experience of sitting in a completely dark environment. I have also been in many tourist caves and mines. in the tours, they always turn off the lights for a minute to give people a chance to experience total darkness.

i’ve been in a totally dark place many times.

SABOTEUR's avatar

Prior military (US Navy). The destroyers I used to serve on used minimal exterior lighting at night, at sea. From the decks the only thing seen was pitch blackness.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

The average Rep/con mind set.

Forever_Free's avatar

A firm I worked at a few years ago. Dark and Toxic

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