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Contest #433

January 29th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 16 comments

Contest #432: Landslide dam at the confluence of Clearwater and Cathedral Creeks, Nahanni National Park, NWT Canada

Contest #432 is a lake found behind a landslide dam in Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

The lake was formed when a landslide occurred during the winter of 1996-97 forming a landslide dam at the confluence of the Cathedral and Clearwater Creeks, just north of Virginia Falls on the South Nahanni River. In July 1997, part of the dam collapsed on Clearwater Creek with the lake that had formed behind the dam resulting in a large volume of water surging into the South Nahanni River causing water levels to rise rapidly but briefly.

The landslide dam across Cathedral Creek remains in place at this time. It is not obvious that there is any work being done to mitigate the collapse of this dam, with nearly 20 years of water in Cathedral Creek now stockpiled behind the dam.

Correct for 2 points:

  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • steve willis
  • Eloy Cano

Found with the help of the hint, for 1 point:

  • Junebug

January 29th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #432 Hint

Is that a river or a lake? In the winter of 1996-97, something happened to change the look of this location in a big way.

January 27th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #432

January 22nd, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 7 comments

Contest #431 Abandoned Land of Oz Theme Park, Beech Mountain, North Carolina

Open 1970-1980. The Yellow Brick Road isn’t what it used to be.

The place opened in 1970, closed in 1980, and as you can see from the #431 image a lot still remains. Here’s a pretty good article on the park: http://www.littlethings.com/abandoned-wizard-of-oz-park/

A fun fact: According to at least one source Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher’s mom, owned the endeavor.

Re-enactors from back in the day:

20,000 visitors a day used to show up:

There are three of them now!

Apparently there is still some activity there. The place is open one or two days a year, depending on what source you are looking at.

And, as the grand finale, a video:



Those who found their way over the rainbow by themselves included:

  • LawnBoy
  • Eloy Cano
  • steve willis
  • Garfield
  • Lelie
  • Lighthouse
  • Jason Hattermann
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy
  • Steve J
  • steven simmons

And those who had to wait for Glenda to tell them about the shoes (post hint):

  • donaaronio
  • Junebug
  • Paul Voestermans

January 22nd, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #431 Hint

Definitely not Kansas.

Extra hint. The Whovians in the crowd will understand the whole thing.

January 20th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 comments

Contest #431

January 15th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 11 comments

Contest #430: Tabar Island, Papua New Guinea

On Christmas Day, 1904, the Swedish ship Herzog Johan Albrecht sank near Tabar Island. A lone sailor, Carl Emil Pettersson, washed ashore on the island, which was inhabited by cannibals. When the island’s residents prepared their capture and presented to him to the king, the king’s daughter fell in love with Pettersson and the king spared his life. 3 years later, the sailor and princess were married, and upon the death of the old king, Carl Pettersson became king of Tabar Island.

As the story spread back to his homeland, an author named Astrid Lindgren heard it and was inspired. Carl Emil Pettersson became Ephraim Longstocking, father of Pippi Longstocking.

CarlPettersson” by Unknown – J. Laner, H. Regius, Pippi und der König, München 2004. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Those who made their way on shore before the hint included:

  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • steve willis
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lelie
  • RicardPG
  • Alison Emann
  • ArnoudS
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse

And those who needed to be carried to the beach by the hint:

  • Max_Power
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Ann K.
  • Jason Hattermann
  • rob de wolff

Another series down! We have a 4 way tie for the winners, all with perfect scores!

Congratulations to Fantastic 4: Garfield, Lighthouse, Phil Ower, and Steve Willis

January 15th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #430 Hint

Astrid Lindgren really liked the king of this place.

January 13th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 comments

Contest #430


January 8th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 13 comments