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(NBC News)   Cthulu Alert: Giant stone structure found beneath the Sea of Galilee. Scientists still using protractors to determine if the geometry is non-Euclidean   (science.nbcnews.com) divider line 82
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2013-04-11 10:07:51 AM
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
 
2013-04-11 10:08:18 AM
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
 
2013-04-11 10:08:31 AM
Is it curved? Does it exist in Space-Time? It's probably non-Euclidean.
 
2013-04-11 10:08:38 AM
It's probably just Jesus' spaceship.
 
2013-04-11 10:08:52 AM
Hi, just woke up, what's going on in this thread?
 
2013-04-11 10:09:15 AM
The mysterious structure is cone shaped, made of "unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders," and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons, the researchers said. That makes it heavier than most modern-day warships.

Holy crap! It's a warship from the future!
 
2013-04-11 10:09:31 AM
Gotta be Cyclopean, at the least
 
2013-04-11 10:11:12 AM
m.static.newsvine.com

Anyone else see a breast?
 
2013-04-11 10:13:17 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Hi, just woke up, what's going on in this thread?


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2013-04-11 10:13:53 AM
ooh a pile of boulders

stop the presses.
 
2013-04-11 10:13:54 AM
This explains all the dreams I've been having...
 
2013-04-11 10:14:31 AM
Without looking at the article, I would say a prime suspect would be a harbour or possibly a pier. Water levels may have been lower at some time in the past.

Speaking of which, that walking on the water incident? Here's a chance to rationalize it away.

Remember the tourist trap where you can get your photograph taken "walking on water" thanks to a plexiglass platform just below the survace of the Sea of Galilee?

Although the Sea of Galilee is tiny by North American standards, it is famously stormy, so fishermen might need a good solid stone harbour.

Now, having commented like a man, I will go and actually read the article like a woman or wonk to see if there is any evidence my opinion is correct.

At lot of stupid or silly Fark posts are explained by this common behaviour pattern.
 
2013-04-11 10:15:07 AM
ooooh. A ballast dump.
 
2013-04-11 10:16:06 AM

FatherChaos: [m.static.newsvine.com image 380x120]

Anyone else see a breast?


Looks like a whole assload of ballast stones dumped in the same spot for a century or so.
 
2013-04-11 10:16:10 AM

FatherChaos: [m.static.newsvine.com image 380x120]

Anyone else see a breast?


I see a stone breast built by a "discount" stonemason.
 
2013-04-11 10:17:19 AM
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2013-04-11 10:17:56 AM

Nurglitch: Is it curved? Does it exist in Space-Time? It's probably non-Euclidean.


It's cone-shaped, so it's gotta be at least of the Old Ones.
 
2013-04-11 10:18:20 AM

Nurglitch: Is it curved? Does it exist in Space-Time? It's probably non-Euclidean.


Looking at its other-worldly angles has driven me to MADNESS!

deadoceans.com
 
2013-04-11 10:19:26 AM
I bet if we look hard enough this "pile of rocks" pattern can be found all around the world!
 
2013-04-11 10:21:44 AM
Came for, "I'm not saying it's aliens..."  Left disappointed.
 
2013-04-11 10:22:10 AM
Well, he kept hitting the water trap.

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2013-04-11 10:22:38 AM
"Close inspection by scuba diving revealed that the structure is made of basalt boulders up to 1 m (3.2 feet) long with no apparent construction pattern," the researchers write in their journal article. "The boulders have natural faces with no signs of cutting or chiselling. Similarly, we did not find any sign of arrangement or walls that delineate this structure."

Umm... doesn't this kind of make the case that this thing is not-at-all a structure?
 
2013-04-11 10:22:51 AM

robertus: [img.myconfinedspace.com image 734x1156]


I'm guessing a nuke straight to the face might be able to do something.
 
2013-04-11 10:23:19 AM

miss diminutive: The mysterious structure is cone shaped, made of "unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders," and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons, the researchers said. That makes it heavier than most modern-day warships.

Holy crap! It's a warship from the future!


I'm sure there nothing to Sphere.
 
2013-04-11 10:24:43 AM
I'm back! Did you miss me?

Well, that's a fine howdy-do. It's basically nothing but a conical pile of rocks.

Since it is roughly circular, I doubt if it was built as a harbour, pier, or even breakwater. But it could be a ballast dump assuming that ships on the Sea of Galilee needed ballast. Most small fishing boats wouldn't carry ballast, which is typically used by larger ships to keep them from riding too high on the water when they are empty of cargo.

Otherwise it seems kind of pointless. Just a pile of rocks, not even smoothed on the top.

it does recall to mind the "flying saucer" discovered in Swedish waters, but nobody knows whether that is man-made or what it was for, so it is no real help.

Another hypothesis is that it could have been intended as a base for fishing wiers or fish-farming or something similar, but it seems oddly robust. Whatever it might have been created for, it would be a long-term investment of some non-negligible cost.
 
2013-04-11 10:25:09 AM

ANTENNANAUT: Came for, "I'm not saying it's aliens..."  Left disappointed.


It is not aliens

whosits_112: Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!


Silence, flesh- bag.

It is just a pile of rocks
 
2013-04-11 10:26:38 AM
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2013-04-11 10:26:45 AM
If you read past the 'ooooh we found something that could be a Death Star below the sea' you'll read that apparently these kinds of stone cairns are common and it probably was swallowed up by the sea.
 
2013-04-11 10:26:59 AM

karmaceutical: "Close inspection by scuba diving revealed that the structure is made of basalt boulders up to 1 m (3.2 feet) long with no apparent construction pattern," the researchers write in their journal article. "The boulders have natural faces with no signs of cutting or chiselling. Similarly, we did not find any sign of arrangement or walls that delineate this structure."

Umm... doesn't this kind of make the case that this thing is not-at-all a structure?


That's what I was thinking.  Then the next sentence is, "It's clearly manmade!"

Ok, over-excited archaeologists.  So, best case scenario is some people made a pile of rocks.
 
2013-04-11 10:32:45 AM

bdub77: If you read past the 'ooooh we found something that could be a Death Star below the sea' you'll read that apparently these kinds of stone cairns are common and it probably was swallowed up by the sea.


Yup, pretty common. We have LOADS of them in the desert in the South of Namibia.
 
2013-04-11 10:39:11 AM

FatherChaos: [m.static.newsvine.com image 380x120]

Anyone else see a breast?


came here to say this. actually planned to say 'titty'
 
2013-04-11 10:42:15 AM
images1.wikia.nocookie.net

Pile of rocks found at bottom of lake!
 
2013-04-11 10:44:15 AM
Whatever you may think, archeologists, do NOT try to open it.  We've all seen the movies and it is obvious that thing was buried for a reason!

Mark it with an Elder-Sign and stay away.
 
2013-04-11 10:44:22 AM

apotheosis27: ooh a pile of boulders

stop the presses.


it is a pretty big pile of boulders
 
2013-04-11 10:47:46 AM
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2013-04-11 10:47:49 AM
It's only a matter of time before they go on to find the structures made of bathsalt boulders.
 
2013-04-11 10:50:03 AM
brantgoose: "Most small fishing boats wouldn't carry ballast, which is typically used by larger ships to keep them from riding too high on the water when they are empty of cargo."

Weren't shipping routes almost all *circuits* back in the day?  Would they even have *been* empty with regularity?
And wouldn't a ballast dump taper-off more gradually from to center, rather than having fairly-well-defined edges as this thing appears to have?
 
2013-04-11 10:50:20 AM

FatherChaos: [m.static.newsvine.com image 380x120]

Anyone else see a breast?


I was going to post that it was probably some sheep herder who had a shiat load of stone and thought, "I'll pile them up so they look like a nipple".
 
2013-04-11 10:52:05 AM
Ha! That's nothing new.
 
2013-04-11 10:58:53 AM
.  .  .  north of a city that researchers call "Bet Yerah" or "Khirbet Kerak."
made me think of the original "Hawaii 5-0" credits that named the Hawaiian actor and his stage name.
"Kam Fong as Chin Ho"
"What's the bloody point?"

Might not have been Hawaiian but sure weren't WASP.
 
2013-04-11 11:00:11 AM
Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp...
 
2013-04-11 11:05:37 AM

Rufus Lee King: [www.rugusavay.com image 550x483]


memedepot.com
 
2013-04-11 11:16:51 AM
Local despot: BUILD ME AN ISLAND!

Local dudes: We've been dumping rocks out here for years, and we're sick of it!

*stabstabstab*

Local dudes: Huzzah! No more dumping rocks!

4000 years later...
 
2013-04-11 11:19:21 AM

apotheosis27: ooh a pile of boulders

stop the presses.


I'm glad I don't people like you in real life.
You seem VERY boring.
 
2013-04-11 11:19:52 AM

FatherChaos: [m.static.newsvine.com image 380x120]

Anyone else see a breast?


My first thought was "Star Destroyer" actually...
 
2013-04-11 11:21:00 AM

FatherChaos: [m.static.newsvine.com image 380x120]

Anyone else see a breast?


I see an attempt to build an island.
 
2013-04-11 11:28:33 AM

Telos: FatherChaos: [m.static.newsvine.com image 380x120]

Anyone else see a breast?

My first thought was "Star Destroyer" actually...


Maybe  the Liberty ship from "The Planet of the Apes".
 
2013-04-11 11:29:32 AM

Zombie DJ: I'm glad I don't people like you in real life.


You accidentally the whole people.
 
2013-04-11 11:32:08 AM

whosits_112: Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!


QFT!
 
2013-04-11 11:33:34 AM
Problem: Rocks on farm land.
Solution: Throw rocks in lake.
 
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