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(Slate)   It wasn't the pioneers after all   (slate.com ) divider line
    More: Interesting, Death Valley, Philip C. Plait, public speakers, oceanographers, Racetrack Playa, breakfast cereals, Bad Astronomy, Phil Plait  
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2014-09-02 06:51:24 PM  
I thought this was figured out back in July
 
2014-09-02 07:31:36 PM  
i193.photobucket.com
 
2014-09-02 08:25:21 PM  
So, not the Death Valley Curling League?
 
2014-09-02 08:40:29 PM  
gamesfemme.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-09-02 08:48:30 PM  
My people never trusted Europeans who put pies in their ears.  They nutty.
 
2014-09-02 09:15:32 PM  
Streetlights?
 
2014-09-02 09:43:38 PM  
i291.photobucket.com
 
2014-09-02 09:43:56 PM  
Was it Alpines?
 
2014-09-02 10:14:33 PM  
Reminds me of Larry Niven's "The Slow Ones", from his Draco Tavern stories. Maybe he was inspired by the problem before it was solved?

/alas, reality seem less exciting than SF in this case
 
2014-09-02 10:57:22 PM  
I knew it had something to do with wind and ice. Theory partially confirmed. I thought they were sliding on thin layers of ice; turns out the thin layers of ice were pushing them...
 
2014-09-02 11:22:55 PM  

Dr.Gonzo7719: I knew it had something to do with wind and ice. Theory partially confirmed. I thought they were sliding on thin layers of ice; turns out the thin layers of ice were pushing them...


Anyone who has a lot of experience with a protractor or spirograph would see the pattern in the trails.
 
2014-09-02 11:57:06 PM  
Oh.
 
2014-09-03 12:38:13 AM  
Been there, beautiful area. Very surreal experience standing in the middle of the Playa with nobody else within 30 miles in the middle of the night during a new moon.  I want to go back this year but I'm farked if I think I'm going to put up with that 28 miles of washboard hell again.
 
2014-09-03 12:49:45 AM  
cdn.memegenerator.net
 
2014-09-03 07:38:15 AM  

SmackLT: I thought this was figured out back in July


Naw.  Tupperware guy had it wrong.  F*ck him.
 
2014-09-03 09:35:10 AM  
I thought this story would finally vindicate the much maligned blanket-sellers of the early 1800's.

/disappointed
//who has to pick them all up and run them around to the beginning?
 
2014-09-03 09:48:37 AM  

Nina_Hartley's_Ass: So, not the Death Valley Curling League?


Only if they dress like this:

olympicgirls.net
 
2014-09-03 02:55:42 PM  
Curse you, Spongebob! You lied to us!

You said the Pioneers used rocks to cross the sea floor desert.
 
2014-09-03 03:30:11 PM  
Blame the game,  not the Playa.
 
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