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(CBS 17)   Who are you going to believe about this leaning highway bridge, NCDOT or your lying eyes?   (cbs17.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Raleigh, North Carolina, North Carolina, Interstate 40, new flyover bridge, Interstate 440, first part of the wall, Interstate 40 in North Carolina, slight curve  
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2021-03-05 8:36:02 AM  
Neither side presented film with a plumb bob, so I believe neither side.

christ. it's 2021
 
2021-03-05 8:48:55 AM  
Just show me the f*cking picture CBS 17.  It's 2021 I don't got time to listen to a videos of your talking heads prattle on while a flashy graphic eats up my RAM.
 
Xai [TotalFark]
2021-03-05 8:52:11 AM  
It's an engineered earth embankment so it hardly matters. The wall isn't supporting the bridge.
 
2021-03-05 9:11:04 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Just show me the f*cking picture CBS 17.  It's 2021 I don't got time to listen to a videos of your talking heads prattle on while a flashy graphic eats up my RAM.


It was faster for me to google "Flyover bridge wall at I-40/I-440 illusion " and look at video thumbnails.

Aint nobody go time for that video shiat.
 
2021-03-05 9:11:54 AM  

Snort: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Just show me the f*cking picture CBS 17.  It's 2021 I don't got time to listen to a videos of your talking heads prattle on while a flashy graphic eats up my RAM.

It was faster for me to google "Flyover bridge wall at I-40/I-440 illusion " and look at video thumbnails.

Aint nobody go time for that video shiat.


The image:
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2021-03-05 9:15:12 AM  
It a Mystery Spot
 
2021-03-05 9:15:17 AM  

Xai: It's an engineered earth embankment so it hardly matters. The wall isn't supporting the bridge.


No, but isn't it holding back the embankment?
 
2021-03-05 9:15:21 AM  
came here for the plumb bob request. And we're done.
 
2021-03-05 9:16:35 AM  
The engineers:
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"Looks fine to me."
 
2021-03-05 9:16:41 AM  

Xai: It's an engineered earth embankment so it hardly matters. The wall isn't supporting the bridge.


Hardly matters at all..each one of those wall blocks only weighs about 3,600 pounds, there's probably only about 10,000 tons of dirt and stone behind them and that overpass with the steel and concrete can only be a few pounds... nope nothing at all to worry about.
 
2021-03-05 9:16:45 AM  
The road is banked left.   Yeah, I'm sure it will look like it's leaning when you're driving, but stand still and it probably looks straight.
 
2021-03-05 9:16:47 AM  

huntercr: came here for the plumb bob request. And we're done.


Lead weight from my tackle box, some string, and a short drive for me to check.

/no, I don't have time for that today.  Making sourdough bread.
 
2021-03-05 9:17:55 AM  

serfdood: huntercr: came here for the plumb bob request. And we're done.

Lead weight from my tackle box, some string, and a short drive for me to check.

/no, I don't have time for that today.  Making sourdough bread.


Priorities, right?
 
2021-03-05 9:18:04 AM  

serfdood: /no, I don't have time for that today.  Making sourdough bread


*gasp* me too!  Just straight sourdough or like sour rye or something crazy?  Recipe, or are you a bread whisperer?
 
2021-03-05 9:18:46 AM  
Next you're going to tell me that the NorDOT doesn't actually build launch ramps.

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2021-03-05 9:19:41 AM  
Most of the trees in the background look to be leaning at about the same angle too.
 
2021-03-05 9:22:01 AM  
but no seriously, watch the video as they drive around the road.
the wall is built around an inside curve.
its not leaning.  the bottom part that looks bent is more wall thats lower and closer to you at an angle.
 
2021-03-05 9:24:21 AM  

Tomahawk513: serfdood: /no, I don't have time for that today.  Making sourdough bread

*gasp* me too!  Just straight sourdough or like sour rye or something crazy?  Recipe, or are you a bread whisperer?


Second time trying, the first was a disaster.  I'm trying a recipe out of the latest Martha Stewart mag issue.  This  starter is a combo of rye and regular flour.
 
2021-03-05 9:32:17 AM  
Bomb squad investigates red packages at the wall. Film at 11.
 
2021-03-05 9:32:58 AM  
Is it bulging?
 
2021-03-05 9:38:16 AM  

vudukungfu: Neither side presented film with a plumb bob, so I believe neither side.

christ. it's 2021


Nor did they present film with a plumb, Bob.
 
2021-03-05 9:42:48 AM  

serfdood: Xai: It's an engineered earth embankment so it hardly matters. The wall isn't supporting the bridge.

No, but isn't it holding back the embankment?


The wall doesn't hold back the dirt because the dirt isn't even pushing outward.

Sand Castle Holds Up A Car! - Mechanically Stabilized Earth
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2021-03-05 9:44:14 AM  

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: vudukungfu: Neither side presented film with a plumb bob, so I believe neither side.

christ. it's 2021

Nor did they present film with a plumb, Bob.


But the film WAS presented with aplomb.
 
2021-03-05 9:44:52 AM  
Quick and dirty MS Paint:


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2021-03-05 9:45:41 AM  
Oh FFS.
 
2021-03-05 9:46:25 AM  

serfdood: Xai: It's an engineered earth embankment so it hardly matters. The wall isn't supporting the bridge.

No, but isn't it holding back the embankment?


Barely.
 
2021-03-05 9:48:39 AM  

MythDragon: The engineers:
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"Looks fine to me."


MJ actually owns/ed the patent on those shoes.
 
2021-03-05 9:53:32 AM  
So, no one in that area has a laser plumb bob? Even a cheap Cat toy laser from dollar tree?
 
2021-03-05 9:58:09 AM  
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2021-03-05 10:08:59 AM  

Xai: It's an engineered earth embankment so it hardly matters. The wall isn't supporting the bridge.


Brick facades that aren't plumb routinely shed brick. I think psychologically we'd all prefer the wall to lean against the slope.

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Xai [TotalFark]
2021-03-05 10:15:38 AM  

serfdood: Xai: It's an engineered earth embankment so it hardly matters. The wall isn't supporting the bridge.

No, but isn't it holding back the embankment?


actually no, behind there is engineered earth which will stand up on it's own. The covering which is made of pre cast interlocking panels is actually to protect the earth from erosion which would, over time, cause it to fail.
 
Xai [TotalFark]
2021-03-05 10:17:56 AM  

yakmans_dad: Xai: It's an engineered earth embankment so it hardly matters. The wall isn't supporting the bridge.

Brick facades that aren't plumb routinely shed brick. I think psychologically we'd all prefer the wall to lean against the slope.

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I totally agree it's shoddy workmanship
 
2021-03-05 10:21:57 AM  
Now, we're expected to be engineers?!  We can't even figure out if the dress is blue or gold.
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As an aside: if that shifty-eyed engineer in the video is the one responsible for the bridge, I would definitely double-check for plumb.
 
2021-03-05 10:33:15 AM  
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2021-03-05 10:44:13 AM  

Dick Gozinya: Quick and dirty MS Paint:


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Uh, your bubble is drunk.
 
2021-03-05 10:58:16 AM  

BigNumber12: Next you're going to tell me that the NorDOT doesn't actually build launch ramps.

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Looks like some of my abandoned work in ARK.
 
2021-03-05 11:12:08 AM  
On of my favorite road illusions is in the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnel. Doesn't matter which way you drive through it looks and feels like you're driving downhill. It works on Google street view as well if you want to check it out.
 
2021-03-05 11:19:46 AM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: On of my favorite road illusions is in the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnel. Doesn't matter which way you drive through it looks and feels like you're driving downhill. It works on Google street view as well if you want to check it out.


Do you really think so? I guess I don't remember getting that sense from it, though it's been a while since I've driven through, I usually turn left just before it.
 
2021-03-05 11:40:24 AM  
I was going to get all fussy about them not having a photo, but the video really does illustrate the illusion very nicely.
 
2021-03-05 11:55:41 AM  

BigNumber12: Noticeably F.A.T.: On of my favorite road illusions is in the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnel. Doesn't matter which way you drive through it looks and feels like you're driving downhill. It works on Google street view as well if you want to check it out.

Do you really think so? I guess I don't remember getting that sense from it, though it's been a while since I've driven through, I usually turn left just before it.


Not by much, but it certainly doesn't feel level.
 
2021-03-05 11:59:08 AM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: On of my favorite road illusions is in the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnel. Doesn't matter which way you drive through it looks and feels like you're driving downhill. It works on Google street view as well if you want to check it out.


I used to live a few minutes from the "ghost intersection" in North New Jersey.  When you come off the exit ramp of Rt 208 and come to this stop sign, everything looks like you are on a slight forward down-hill, but if you put your car in Neutral and let off the brake, you start rolling backwards, seemingly up-hill.  It's a near perfect optical illusion, because even after you know the road has a backwards tilt, your eyes still won't let you believe it.

The local legend was a small girl died at the intersection, and if you cover your car in flour, and do this trick, you'll actually see children sized handprints pushing your car back up the hill away from the intersection.

/No, I never tested the flour trick.
 
2021-03-05 12:18:54 PM  
It's the tapered end of the wall that curves slightly, because the road curves. The part under the bridge is fine. And the wall doesn't hold up the bridge, it's there to prevent the earth embankment from falling into the road.
 
2021-03-05 12:20:54 PM  

Driedsponge: /No, I never tested the flour trick.


I have, but it was entirely unrelated to roads or ghosts.
 
2021-03-05 12:31:05 PM  
Does the fish-eye distortion from the dash-cam make the illusion more or less pronounced?
 
2021-03-05 12:45:25 PM  
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2021-03-05 12:52:20 PM  

Driedsponge: Noticeably F.A.T.: On of my favorite road illusions is in the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnel. Doesn't matter which way you drive through it looks and feels like you're driving downhill. It works on Google street view as well if you want to check it out.

I used to live a few minutes from the "ghost intersection" in North New Jersey.  When you come off the exit ramp of Rt 208 and come to this stop sign, everything looks like you are on a slight forward down-hill, but if you put your car in Neutral and let off the brake, you start rolling backwards, seemingly up-hill.  It's a near perfect optical illusion, because even after you know the road has a backwards tilt, your eyes still won't let you believe it.

The local legend was a small girl died at the intersection, and if you cover your car in flour, and do this trick, you'll actually see children sized handprints pushing your car back up the hill away from the intersection.

/No, I never tested the flour trick.


I used to live near that off ramp in northern NJ, took that exit all the time. Was fun to make your car roll, knew of a couple kids that got rear ended while by people coming off the highway when they were testing it out. Never heard the flour thing, definitely heard the dead girl legend, except the version I heard was that it was a girl killed on the way to prom (ramp is the main one for the regional HS).

Live in CO now, never noticed a downhill slant (real or illusion) on the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnel. Probably because I am used to actual downhill slants taking tunnels to/from NYC that actually do go downhill and under the river.
 
2021-03-05 1:23:38 PM  
I especially enjoy how they used a wide-angle lens with peripheral distortion to demonstrate that the bridge lean is just an illusion.
 
2021-03-05 2:36:27 PM  
Likely the illusion is even heightened looking at it in two dimensions... and the 3 or 4 people that complained out of THOUSANDS who have driven by it, probably had vision issues or were driving home drunk and covering one eye...

It's obvious that it is because the wall is rounding a curve. You can reproduced the illusion by folding a piece of paper into a triangle, curving it and then holding it at the right angle (being so that you can only see the leading edge and not the face of the triangle)
 
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