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(io9)   Ever wonder how "mystery spots" and "gravity hills" work?   (io9.com) divider line 53
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2012-08-03 03:32:25 PM  
I went to Spook Hill in Florida, and it's exactly this exciting.
 
2012-08-03 04:01:29 PM  
Gullible dipwads
 
2012-08-03 04:04:26 PM  
Optical delusions
 
2012-08-03 04:17:13 PM  
But do these uncanny spots really defy the laws of physics?

No. Next question...
 
2012-08-03 04:23:58 PM  
"Mystery spots"? "Gravity hills?" Riiiiight, subby. I'm not falling for that like I did for the whole "clitoris" thing.
 
2012-08-03 04:30:15 PM  
I've been to a few of these spots. They just never look like they're going uphill to me, just ever so slightly downhill.
 
2012-08-03 04:53:46 PM  
"Mystery spots"?

This is about the clitoris, isn't it?
 
2012-08-03 04:54:57 PM  
images3.wikia.nocookie.net

Approves
 
2012-08-03 04:55:57 PM  

Lsherm: I went to Spook Hill in Florida, and it's exactly this exciting.


Ahh, so then you know why it's called Spook Hill.......
 
2012-08-03 05:05:02 PM  
More feminazi propaganda about the female orgasm? That is about a real as a unicorn
 
2012-08-03 05:35:48 PM  

cretinbob: Lsherm: I went to Spook Hill in Florida, and it's exactly this exciting.

Ahh, so then you know why it's called Spook Hill.......


i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2012-08-03 05:35:55 PM  
I did, and now I'm underwhelmed. Although I've never visited one, and if I did I'd bring a level.

I do wonder why we've evolved to "see" things as uphill moreso than downhill.
 
2012-08-03 05:41:12 PM  

Ed Finnerty: "Mystery spots"? "Gravity hills?" Riiiiight, subby. I'm not falling for that like I did for the whole "clitoris" thing.


No the clit is real. It's the female orgasm that's the myth.
 
2012-08-03 06:09:18 PM  

Pokey.Clyde: Ed Finnerty: "Mystery spots"? "Gravity hills?" Riiiiight, subby. I'm not falling for that like I did for the whole "clitoris" thing.

No the clit is real. It's the female orgasm that's the myth.


The female what, now?
 
2012-08-03 06:12:42 PM  
Wait I thought gravity hills were the result of magic or g g g g ghosts.
 
2012-08-03 06:50:10 PM  
I remember going to the Magnetic Hill in NB on the way to PEI one summer when I was younger. It was pretty cool.
 
2012-08-03 06:50:49 PM  
No.
 
2012-08-03 06:51:36 PM  
I found Subby's mom's "Mystery Spot."
 
2012-08-03 06:54:07 PM  

cretinbob: Lsherm: I went to Spook Hill in Florida, and it's exactly this exciting.

Ahh, so then you know why it's called Spook Hill.......


I have no idea, because I honestly didn't give a shiat. I was with a group of people who thought it would be fun to drive two hours out of our way to see an optical illusion. I was good and pissed off by the time we got there.
 
2012-08-03 06:57:53 PM  
They play with perspective.
 
2012-08-03 07:01:21 PM  
Without reading the article, I'm guessing....

They are located in areas with out a visible natural horizon, making the brain rely on local clues. These local clues are man-made, and purposely built at an angle?
 
2012-08-03 07:05:36 PM  

downstairs: I do wonder why we've evolved to "see" things as uphill moreso than downhill.


Just because we do something doesn't mean we evolved to do that directly. We may have evolved certain perceptional biases for entirely different situations; and when applied to hills we get this effect as a consequence.* Evolution is not moving from perfect efficiency to perfect efficiency. Species evolve enough to meet a challenge - not necessarily by the best possible change, but by one well enough to get to farking age - and always has to build off what came before, which may not be easily and perfectly capable of changing the requisite amount. For instance, we may walk upright, but our ancestors used all fours, and as a result we get back and hip problems, because evolution didn't design our skeletons from scratch for upright locomotion, but simply twisted the existing skeleton to insure Homos could get old enough to fark - at that point Mother Nature took the eon off, and we need artificial hips.

* My from-the-ass theory would be that in our arboreal past, branches generally went up, so perceptual bias says the landscape generally goes up - when we took to the ground, now the landscape goes all sorts of ways, but our primate brain wants to make it all branches.
 
2012-08-03 07:20:33 PM  
Nyet.
 
2012-08-03 07:22:15 PM  
RIp Haunted shack at Knotts (sob)
 
2012-08-03 07:27:52 PM  
Not since I built a walk-in Ames Room.

One of the features that I want to add is a trough with water running through it, since it would appear to flow uphill.

One point from TFA also pertains to people who see the Ames Room: seeing it explained does nothing to quash the illusion. It's as if no amount of rational explanation seems to have any impact on the primitive part of your brain, it remains convinces that it is right; it's a little like talking to your teenage daughter.
 
2012-08-03 07:28:01 PM  
quickman.gameological.com

"I wonder what causes these inanimate objects to dance their infernal jitterbug."
"I think it's all controlled by really big magnets beneath the Earth's crust."
"You're an ignorant dolt, Max"
 
2012-08-03 07:32:05 PM  
Could this *possibly* have been more stupidly written? I mean, short of genuine nonsense language.
 
2012-08-03 07:32:41 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: "Mystery spots"?

This is about the clitoris, isn't it?


G-spot. You're close, but on the wrong side of the wall.
 
2012-08-03 07:55:52 PM  
Sylvia_Bandersnatch


Could this *possibly* have been more stupidly written? I mean, short of genuine nonsense language.

It's gizmodo after all. The short bus of the intertubes.

// but hey, their checks don't bounce, so green-lights for all their links.
 
2012-08-03 08:04:48 PM  
Nope.
 
2012-08-03 08:15:58 PM  
Why not combine the two? Mystery Hill!
 
2012-08-03 08:23:12 PM  
There is a road through northern Utah (think highway 89) that cuts through rock with a steeply inclined upthrust. I kept on letting off the accelerator expecting to have to downshift to slow the car. After about five minutes of having to stomp on the accelerator and still slowing, I stopped and got out of the car.

That was when I realized the rock cuts were playing with my mind.
 
2012-08-03 08:33:15 PM  
I think they mostly work through brochures and billboards and The Emperor's New Clothes.

Mostly.
 
2012-08-03 08:34:48 PM  
Ohio's Mystery Spot closed 2 years ago.

/it's because we suck so bad
 
2012-08-03 08:38:38 PM  
The ex gf's mystery spot was the size of a shoehorn.

/Squirting redhead was a flaming sociopath
 
2012-08-03 08:38:42 PM  
The wiki page for Ames Room is beyond awesome.
 
2012-08-03 09:06:30 PM  

elkev: The wiki page for Ames Room is beyond awesome.


The video is outstanding ... and make me feel like a loser.
 
2012-08-03 09:08:11 PM  
Ever wonder how "mystery spots" and "gravity hills" work?

Yes. When I was eight.
 
2012-08-03 09:21:07 PM  

ArkAngel: cretinbob: Lsherm: I went to Spook Hill in Florida, and it's exactly this exciting.

Ahh, so then you know why it's called Spook Hill.......

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Yes....yes it is......

//there's a very very low rent apartment complex near there, looks like it was built in the early 1980's and experienced a serious decline. That was nearly 20 years ago, not sure what it may look like now or if it's even there still.
 
2012-08-03 10:38:17 PM  
There's one in Burlington Ontario...a section of King road. It's very convincing if you can get to it when there are no other cars around. Drop into neutral, let go of the break and you'd swear you were rolling up.

Local kids say that it's the ghosts of children who died when their schoolbus got stuck on the hill in the snow. It got totaled by a semi that couldn't see it. The ghosts try to help anyone who's stopped there.

And if you sprinkle baby powder on the lid of your trunk, you'll find little handprints in it when you leave.

/tell em large large marge sent ya!
 
2012-08-03 10:50:47 PM  
http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4240
Mystery Spots

Are the various "mystery spots" around the world actually gravitational anomalies, or might the explanation lie elsewhere?


Link
 
2012-08-03 10:52:28 PM  
We went to the Oregon Vortex some years ago. I did take a level, and it's all optical illusion, but damn. Try to tell your brain to stop falling for it--impossible. Also, the tour guides (all high school and college students) had great patter. It was a fun trip.
 
2012-08-03 11:08:05 PM  

Mr. Potatoass: The ex gf's mystery spot was the size of a shoehorn.

/Squirting redhead was a flaming sociopath


Pics or it didn't happen

/did I do that right?
 
2012-08-04 12:07:39 AM  
Northbound NJ208, High Mountain Rd Exit. Roll down the ramp to the stop sign and do the thing. Perception is a biatch.

/no! magnets!
 
2012-08-04 12:39:02 AM  
They're not tricks, Michael. Their allusions.
 
2012-08-04 01:03:34 AM  
The Santa Cruz Mystery Spot is an excellently orchestrated tourist trap. Since it's been on Discovery a number of times, I had to go; a lot of fun, and worth the perception weirdness. Then they show you the pendulum and your "UNSURE IF..." starts to kick in...
 
2012-08-04 01:31:26 AM  

Nightmaretony: RIp Haunted shack at Knotts (sob)


This.

Thank the ADA for that. It needed maintenance ad it wouldn't survive code compliance.
 
2012-08-04 01:36:21 AM  
 
2012-08-04 01:52:59 AM  

lohphat: Nightmaretony: RIp Haunted shack at Knotts (sob)

This.

Thank the ADA for that. It needed maintenance ad it wouldn't survive code compliance.


Maintainence was an understattement. A friend who worked there told me about placing his hand on a wall, only to have it collapse into rubble. Really wish they rebuilt, the two replacements were less than thematic friendly.

//remind me to tell you some ride sales stories involving me and Knotts sometime.
 
2012-08-04 02:22:51 AM  

Nightmaretony:
//remind me to tell you some ride sales stories involving me and Knotts sometime.


A lot of my former DL fellow CMs would do the Haunt every year. You may know some of them.
 
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