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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   ( divider line
    More: Interesting, Sea of Galilee, Israel Antiquities Authority, legal theory, defensive wall, structures  
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2013-04-11 10:13:53 AM  
5 votes:
ooh a pile of boulders

stop the presses.
2013-04-11 10:15:07 AM  
4 votes:
ooooh. A ballast dump.
2013-04-11 10:11:12 AM  
3 votes:

Anyone else see a breast?
2013-04-11 10:07:51 AM  
3 votes:
Ia! Ia! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
Ph'nglui Mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!
2013-04-11 11:16:51 AM  
2 votes:
Local despot: BUILD ME AN ISLAND!

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


Local dudes: Huzzah! No more dumping rocks!

4000 years later...
2013-04-11 10:26:45 AM  
2 votes:
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 10:24:43 AM  
2 votes:
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 10:23:19 AM  
2 votes:

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 10:22:38 AM  
2 votes:
"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 10:16:06 AM  
2 votes:

FatherChaos: [ 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 10:14:31 AM  
2 votes:
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 01:18:00 PM  
1 vote:

walstib: Non-Euclidian?  So is it Riemann or Lobachevsky?

/ Seriously, fellow farkers,  that has to be obscure

Riemann would be elliptical geometry and Lobachevsky would be hyperbolic geometry.  I would add in that in these spaces, the sum of the interior angles of a triangle would be not equal to 180 degrees, and that you end up with intersecting parallel lines or no parallel lines.
2013-04-11 12:03:20 PM  
1 vote:
Are the stars right?

"That which is dead can eternal lie, and with strange eons even death may die."
2013-04-11 11:57:02 AM  
1 vote:
Sorry wrong thread.
2013-04-11 11:50:12 AM  
1 vote:
It's a nest.  Gojura's eggs are burried there.   The great old one that is sleeping there is a great power source for kaiju eggs to stay warm.

/this movie is going to rock!
2013-04-11 11:33:34 AM  
1 vote:
Problem: Rocks on farm land.
Solution: Throw rocks in lake.
2013-04-11 11:32:08 AM  
1 vote:

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

2013-04-11 11:28:33 AM  
1 vote:

Telos: FatherChaos: [ 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 11:21:00 AM  
1 vote:

FatherChaos: [ image 380x120]

Anyone else see a breast?

I see an attempt to build an island.
2013-04-11 10:58:53 AM  
1 vote:
.  .  .  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 10:50:03 AM  
1 vote:
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 10:44:22 AM  
1 vote:

apotheosis27: ooh a pile of boulders

stop the presses.

it is a pretty big pile of boulders
2013-04-11 10:17:56 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:17:19 AM  
1 vote:
2013-04-11 10:13:54 AM  
1 vote:
This explains all the dreams I've been having...
2013-04-11 10:13:17 AM  
1 vote:

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Hi, just woke up, what's going on in this thread?
2013-04-11 10:08:31 AM  
1 vote:
Is it curved? Does it exist in Space-Time? It's probably non-Euclidean.
2013-04-11 10:08:18 AM  
1 vote:
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn
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