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(Christian Science Monitor)   Engineers solve Forbidden City mystery by calculating groundspeed of a laden sled   (csmonitor.com) divider line 13
    More: Interesting, Beijing's Forbidden City, sleds, University of Science, quarry, metric tons  
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2013-11-07 12:23:56 PM
Go on then. African or European?
 
2013-11-07 12:36:54 PM
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"This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedivere. Explain again how sheep's bladders can be used to prevent earthquakes."
 
2013-11-07 12:54:30 PM
It's only a model.
 
2013-11-07 01:14:23 PM
The real mystery of the Forbidden City is how they got past the aboleth to even get there.
 
2013-11-07 01:26:57 PM

colinspooky: Go on then. African or European?


Asian.
 
2013-11-07 02:14:08 PM
Fark.com - not as up on news as the radio.
 
2013-11-07 02:37:30 PM
How did the stones loose 100 tons in 500-600 year? Seems like a lot for erosion alone.
 
2013-11-07 02:42:55 PM
The heaviest of these giant boulders, aptly named the Large Stone Carving, now weighs more than 220 tons (200 metric tons) but once weighed more than 330 tons (300 metric tons)...

People in China had been using the spoked wheel since about 1500 B.C., so it was commonly thought that such colossal stones would've been transported on wheels, not by something like a sled.


That's kind of a weird assumption.  How big does a vehicle that can carry 100-ton rocks have to be? Keep in mind those wheels would probably have been wooden back then.
 
2013-11-07 03:27:56 PM

colinspooky: Go on then. African or European?


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2013-11-07 04:56:22 PM

big pig peaches: How did the stones loose 100 tons in 500-600 year? Seems like a lot for erosion alone.


It's called the giant stone carving and the article says they were using boulders,  I'm guessing they moved raw rock to the site and then carved them into place.

Still fascinating, they must've had a Da Vinci level engineer that figured out to dig the wells, wet the ice, and design the sleds that could hold that much weight.  Of course "make it happen or die painfully," is great for the thought processes.

As much as I love Edison, Franklin, and Guttenberg, I wish my high school world history class had covered some Asians.
 
2013-11-07 08:50:30 PM

colinspooky: Go on then. African or European?



Came for this and......

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2013-11-07 09:16:04 PM

ProdigalSigh: big pig peaches: How did the stones loose 100 tons in 500-600 year? Seems like a lot for erosion alone.

It's called the giant stone carving and the article says they were using boulders,  I'm guessing they moved raw rock to the site and then carved them into place.

Still fascinating, they must've had a Da Vinci level engineer that figured out to dig the wells, wet the ice, and design the sleds that could hold that much weight.  Of course "make it happen or die painfully," is great for the thought processes.

As much as I love Edison, Franklin, and Guttenberg, I wish my high school world history class had covered some Asians.


I enjoyed 'the cartoon history of the universe:book 3', as it was almost exclusively Asian history, which I'd previously never seen before.

"We've captured your father. Surrender now or we'll boil him alive."
"Send me a cup of the soup"
 
2013-11-07 10:59:39 PM
Well it was that or logs. And the Forbidden City is a silly place.

/so let's not go there.
 
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