WHEN I WAS a kid, my friends and I would go to the beach and try to dig a hole to China. Four hours of work resulted in a huge sand pit, but barely scratching the surface between New York and Beijing.

Now it is rumored that Chinese engineers are planning to create an underground tunnel that would connect China, Russia, and the United States. Trains would run through these tunnels to create a new form of intercontinental infrastructure. According to an article in the Washington Post, “The proposed “China-Russia-Canada-America” line would be some 8,000 miles long, 1,800 miles longer than the Trans-Siberian railroad.”

This sort of freaks me out, for a few reasons. One, did anyone on the US side officially “approve” of this tunnel having an outlet somewhere in Alaska? Why is no one making a bigger deal about this? Also, the current Trans-Siberian Rail Road takes about a week to get through, and that doesn’t include stopping and getting out to look around. So theoretically, whoever rides on this new rail system would be underground for a full week?

Maybe it’s because I’m claustrophobic, but that sounds like a complete nightmare. I think they should funnel the funding into something more practical, like a teleporation device.

(H/T Washington Post)