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(Daily Mail)   How do Death Valley's 'sailing stones' move across the desert all by themselves? Here comes the science   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2013-06-17 09:14:29 AM  
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bbfreak: Old news is old.

No.  Old news is a 1 hour show on National Geographic of the Science Channel (or more likely the Food or SciFi Channel or something unrelated).  Where they dance around the answer by presenting 4 ridiculous  theories, a brief mention of the scientific answer (Ice and wind).  Then that gets topped off with a closer which ponders perhaps we will never know.  As if all explanations are equal, fair and balance.

/Also the show has footage of the ice forming and drifting with rocks, yet allow other speculators (like this article) comment that it's never been captured on video.  Again they still close the hour show with the idea that it's still an unexplained mystery.

//I am so proud of my 9 year old to grasp the absurdity of the programming.
2013-06-17 10:28:22 AM  
1 vote:
Why can't someone just try to actually film them?  We must know around when they move so why not use one of them fancy video camera things?

/I am confused
//Seems logical to me to attempt
2013-06-17 09:43:38 AM  
1 vote:
Fine, I admit it. It's been me the whole time. It started out when I got good and drunk one night and decided that I needed to build a stone wall around my trailer. Me and my buddy ended up dragging some rocks back and forth across the desert and generally not getting much done. But then some tourist types came by the next day and asked me about them. My wife was standing nearby and rather than admitting I'd been out drinking with my friends all night I told them it was a mystery of nature. Now though the tourists keep showing up and I'm afraid if I stop moving these rocks every night my wife will find out.
2013-06-17 09:36:44 AM  
1 vote:
The theory of ice helping the movement of those particular stones was a topic in my junior year college Geomorphology course, and I took that class in the 70s.

/Since this topic is crap, here's one that's cool
/if you didn't catch it, here's last Friday's XKCD

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2013-06-17 08:56:43 AM  
1 vote:
"On the barren Racetrack Player"

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