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2013-07-31 08:38:47 AM  
I am proud (or embarrassed) to admit I have been to 6 of them.
 
2013-07-31 08:42:34 AM  
FARK headquarters strangely absent.
 
2013-07-31 10:57:27 AM  
If you can't score after taking your lady to see The Central Park Bolt you're doing it wrong.
 
2013-07-31 10:59:45 AM  

mr_a: I am proud (or embarrassed) to admit I have been to 6 of them.


I've been through one and didn't even know it, the radio quiet zone.
 
2013-07-31 11:24:03 AM  
carnage667.webs.com

The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, New York.

My now wife, then girl friend, was not thrilled.
 
2013-07-31 11:29:16 AM  

grokca: FARK headquarters strangely absent.


Too much alchohol, someone would definitly be inebriated enough to sleep with you.;)
 
2013-07-31 11:57:32 AM  

Gunny Highway: [carnage667.webs.com image 615x461]

The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, New York.

My now wife, then girl friend, was not thrilled.


There's a NEW Amsterdam?
 
2013-07-31 12:00:28 PM  
Don't be so sure. Nerd girls are freaks in bed, and some of them may want to do it WHILE you are at your destination.
 
2013-07-31 12:54:24 PM  
 
2013-07-31 01:01:33 PM  
The Mercer Museum is AWESOME.
 
2013-07-31 01:22:55 PM  
Would love to go to the chili pepper institute... however surprised to see Lego Land wasn't on the Nerd list...  Took my little guy there and I think I enjoyed it more than he did.
 
2013-07-31 01:27:46 PM  
I was expecting to see the Trinity test site on the list.
 
2013-07-31 01:39:26 PM  
I may just have to check out the CLUI when I'm in SoCal for business next week.
 
2013-07-31 01:54:24 PM  
Needs the Linda Hall Library of Science and Technology and Yerkes Observatory (there are bigger, more modern observatories, but Yerkes has the coolest buildings, in addition to the last large refractor).
 
2013-07-31 01:58:23 PM  
well, those are probably interesting, but also boring.  i'd go for interesting with other stuff

lake peigner / jefferson isle salt mine catastrophe.

and, the rip van winkle gardens, all on the same site!  come for the end of the world, stay for the botanical gardens.

/ couldn't find any good pictures, but there are some videos of the catastrophe
 
2013-07-31 02:12:18 PM  
Yeah, no Trinity, no Palomar...

List Fail.
 
2013-07-31 02:16:30 PM  
It's a pretty obscure list, but not necessarily a bad one. I've wanted to see the Chili Pepper Institute for a long time. Maybe the Burbank gardens too.

/garden nerd
 
2013-07-31 02:20:36 PM  

Paradoxmaker: I was expecting to see the Trinity test site on the list.


THIS^^^

Just a guess but maybe they left it off because its not a road trip per se. I've been to Trinity once and it involved a long line of cars in convoy escorted by State Police with blocked-off intersections and a military escort to an off-limits area of White Sands Missile Range. Kind of a pain in the butt to do, but so totally worth it. Because of effort involved (and lack of public interest as well) the tours are very limited, now only once a year. And its no longer free. But its certainly an interesting and reflective place.

New Mexico has tons of great nerdy and science-y road trip destinations. I would add to the list:

Roswell crash site
The Sunspot Highway to the National Solar Observatory, NM state highway 6563 *
Los Alamos National Labs
National Atomic Museum
Three Rivers Petroglyph site
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Museum of Space History in Alamogordo

* From wiki: NM 6563 is one of only three four-digit state highways in New Mexico...It takes its number from the wavelength (6563) used by scientists at the observatory to locate areas of interest on the Sun.  If that's not a nerdy road trip, I don't know what is!

/Land Of Enchantment represent yo!
 
2013-07-31 02:36:05 PM  

Texas Gabe: Paradoxmaker: I was expecting to see the Trinity test site on the list.

THIS^^^

Just a guess but maybe they left it off because its not a road trip per se. I've been to Trinity once and it involved a long line of cars in convoy escorted by State Police with blocked-off intersections and a military escort to an off-limits area of White Sands Missile Range. Kind of a pain in the butt to do, but so totally worth it. Because of effort involved (and lack of public interest as well) the tours are very limited, now only once a year. And its no longer free. But its certainly an interesting and reflective place.

New Mexico has tons of great nerdy and science-y road trip destinations. I would add to the list:

Roswell crash site
The Sunspot Highway to the National Solar Observatory, NM state highway 6563 *
Los Alamos National Labs
National Atomic Museum
Three Rivers Petroglyph site
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Museum of Space History in Alamogordo

* From wiki: NM 6563 is one of only three four-digit state highways in New Mexico...It takes its number from the wavelength (6563) used by scientists at the observatory to locate areas of interest on the Sun.  If that's not a nerdy road trip, I don't know what is!

/Land Of Enchantment represent yo!


lava beds at El Malpais are pretty funky too.
 
2013-07-31 03:08:47 PM  
Puente Hills Landfill. Heck, I *made* that!
 
2013-07-31 03:28:17 PM  
Pfft, Murrica only?  What about goddamn Vulcan, AB.
 
2013-07-31 03:52:40 PM  
 
2013-07-31 03:58:17 PM  

Arkanaut: Gunny Highway: [carnage667.webs.com image 615x461]

The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Amsterdam, New York.

My now wife, then girl friend, was not thrilled.

There's a NEW Amsterdam?


People just haven't got an original thought in their brains. Very much unlike 400 years ago.
 
2013-07-31 04:09:43 PM  
Free Enterprise Radon Health MineSerious? "Free Enterprise" as in fark regulations, we'll do as we please? "Radon" as in the invisible gas you can't even detect without a machine, which is known for being a cancer agent? "Health" as in alternative medicine quackery solutions to a wide variety of ailments -- whatever you got, this'll cure it? Sure, sign me up.
 
2013-07-31 04:31:46 PM  
NBR-1  located near Arco ID deserves a place on this list.   the first breeder reactor in the US to produce powers for homes.   It is shut down and run by the National Park Service as a museum.   Tour the nuclear reactor, play with the waldoes.     Don't forget to take a look at the small reactors in the parking lot, prototypes designed to power the engines of a nuclear powered bomber (never built).
 
2013-07-31 04:34:32 PM  

weiserfireman: NBR-1 located near Arco ID deserves a place on this list.   the first breeder reactor in the US to produce powers for homes.   It is shut down and run by the National Park Service as a museum.   Tour the nuclear reactor, play with the waldoes.     Don't forget to take a look at the small reactors in the parking lot, prototypes designed to power the engines of a nuclear powered bomber (never built).


I'm a moron, it is EBR-1, still worth a visit.     When I take my wife to Yellowstone next year (she is a geology nerd who has never been there) we will swing past EBR
 
2013-07-31 04:46:32 PM  

CognaciousThunk: Texas Gabe: Paradoxmaker: I was expecting to see the Trinity test site on the list.

THIS^^^

Just a guess but maybe they left it off because its not a road trip per se. I've been to Trinity once and it involved a long line of cars in convoy escorted by State Police with blocked-off intersections and a military escort to an off-limits area of White Sands Missile Range. Kind of a pain in the butt to do, but so totally worth it. Because of effort involved (and lack of public interest as well) the tours are very limited, now only once a year. And its no longer free. But its certainly an interesting and reflective place.

New Mexico has tons of great nerdy and science-y road trip destinations. I would add to the list:

Roswell crash site
The Sunspot Highway to the National Solar Observatory, NM state highway 6563 *
Los Alamos National Labs
National Atomic Museum
Three Rivers Petroglyph site
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Museum of Space History in Alamogordo

* From wiki: NM 6563 is one of only three four-digit state highways in New Mexico...It takes its number from the wavelength (6563) used by scientists at the observatory to locate areas of interest on the Sun.  If that's not a nerdy road trip, I don't know what is!

/Land Of Enchantment represent yo!

lava beds at El Malpais are pretty funky too.


If, for whatever reason I ever get dragged to Vegas, Ill be making sure that it will coincide with the trinity tour
 
2013-07-31 05:02:41 PM  
No four corners spot (which isn't really the real spot)?
No musical highway?
No tree I can drive through?
No mystery spot where things appear to travel uphill?
I want my money back!

/should have at least listed carhenge
 
2013-07-31 05:13:43 PM  
My bucket list includes a trip to NIST. I want to see where they keep the time.

Seriously.
 
2013-07-31 05:26:46 PM  

CognaciousThunk: Roswell crash site
The Sunspot Highway to the National Solar Observatory, NM state highway 6563 *
Los Alamos National Labs
National Atomic Museum
Three Rivers Petroglyph site
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Museum of Space History in Alamogordo

lava beds at El Malpais are pretty funky too.


I've been to every single one of those places. Also, you forgot Lincoln for the history nerds. Great town.
 
2013-07-31 06:06:29 PM  
Wow wondering if the Bat Tower was the inspiration for Thomas McQuane's novel  The Bushwacked Piano?
 
2013-07-31 06:43:17 PM  

weiserfireman: weiserfireman: NBR-1  located near Arco ID deserves a place on this list.   the first breeder reactor in the US to produce powers for homes.   It is shut down and run by the National Park Service as a museum.   Tour the nuclear reactor, play with the waldoes.     Don't forget to take a look at the small reactors in the parking lot, prototypes designed to power the engines of a nuclear powered bomber (never built).

I'm a moron, it is EBR-1, still worth a visit.     When I take my wife to Yellowstone next year (she is a geology nerd who has never been there) we will swing past EBR


Wife and I did that exact same trip: EBR-1 and Yellowstone.  And in part because she's a geology nerd.

Did we marry the same woman?
 
rpm
2013-07-31 07:40:29 PM  
 
2013-07-31 09:20:55 PM  
Texas Gabe: Paradoxmaker: I was expecting to see the Trinity test site on the list.

I've been to Trinity once and it involved a long line of cars in convoy escorted by State Police with blocked-off intersections and a military escort to an off-limits area of White Sands Missile Range. Kind of a pain in the butt to do, but so totally worth it. Because of effort involved (and lack of public interest as well) the tours are very limited, now only once a year. And its no longer free. But its certainly an interesting and reflective place.


Um, from the White Sands Missile Range website:

"Due to fiscal constraints within the Department of Defense, WSMR must reduce the frequency of the Trinity Site Open House from twice to once a year.  The site will now only be open annually on the first Saturday in April."

"The gate is opened from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visitors are allowed to enter and exit unescorted anytime during these special days."

"There is no admission fee for this event.  No reservations are required."

But yes, I want to go see that site, too, and was also surprised to not see it on the list.
 
2013-07-31 09:30:01 PM  
Cerebral Knievel:
If, for whatever reason I ever get dragged to Vegas, Ill be making sure that it will coincide with the trinity tour

Wrong Vegas. Trinity is somewhat closer to Las Vegas, New Mexico. You're thinking of the Nevada Test Site which appears to be much more of a pain to tour (look at the prohibited items list).
 
2013-07-31 10:29:55 PM  
I would totally go to most of these places.

/History and/or environmental nerds should also check out the Malakoff Diggins. More than 120 years later, there are still huge swaths of barren rock where nothing can grow.
//Give a hoot &c.
 
2013-07-31 11:35:59 PM  
Funny, just this morning my wife and I were talking about going to the psychology history museum in Akron, Ohio. They've got Milgram's shock machine, artifacts from the Stanford prison simulation, one of Bandura's original Bobo dolls, a working psychograph, all kinds of stuff.
 
2013-08-01 12:30:36 AM  

Unobtanium: Texas Gabe: Paradoxmaker: I was expecting to see the Trinity test site on the list.

I've been to Trinity once and it involved a long line of cars in convoy escorted by State Police with blocked-off intersections and a military escort to an off-limits area of White Sands Missile Range. Kind of a pain in the butt to do, but so totally worth it. Because of effort involved (and lack of public interest as well) the tours are very limited, now only once a year. And its no longer free. But its certainly an interesting and reflective place.

Um, from the White Sands Missile Range website:

"Due to fiscal constraints within the Department of Defense, WSMR must reduce the frequency of the Trinity Site Open House from twice to once a year.  The site will now only be open annually on the first Saturday in April."

"The gate is opened from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Visitors are allowed to enter and exit unescorted anytime during these special days."

"There is no admission fee for this event.  No reservations are required."

But yes, I want to go see that site, too, and was also surprised to not see it on the list.


Those are the public gate hours. White Sands has a museum, gift shop and missile park. The Trinity site itself is most definitely NOT open to the public except for the tours.

The site could be opened as a year-round, fully staffed national monument or something but only at great difficulty and expense because the site itself is buried DEEP within the base. A dedicated corridor would have to be maintained. Numerous security issues there. Projected public interest prevents it. Just not enough people would visit to justify the effort. That is one of the main reasons for the limited tours.

As far as a fee being charged, I know I read an article long ago about the that change happening at the same time it was cut from once a year to twice a year. They must have rescinded the fee. Or I was just plain wrong on that one.
 
2013-08-01 02:23:59 AM  
My current #1 domestic nerd destination would be the Hanford nuclear site

http://www.hanford.gov/page.cfm/HanfordSiteTours

Of course the top of my bucket list is still to visit the exclusion zone and the failed reactor at Chernobyl

http://wikitravel.org/en/Chernobyl
 
2013-08-01 04:20:20 AM  

kobrakai: Seriously? No Dinosaur National Monument?


One of my favorite places to visit!
 
2013-08-01 08:10:38 AM  

kobrakai: Seriously? No Dinosaur National Monument?


I was there 40 years ago when I was 10, the place looks the same as I remember.
 
2013-08-01 02:54:19 PM  

Son of Thunder: Funny, just this morning my wife and I were talking about going to the psychology history museum in Akron, Ohio. They've got Milgram's shock machine, artifacts from the Stanford prison simulation, one of Bandura's original Bobo dolls, a working psychograph, all kinds of stuff.


I read that as "a working psychopath" and thought, "what does he do, sit in a glass box all day giving people the evil eye?"
 
2013-08-01 03:55:28 PM  
Huh, I am getting "You are not authorized to access this page."  Is access restricted to true nerds who already know the backdoor into the system?
 
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