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Contest #505

#505

June 23rd, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #503: Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA

About 30,000 years ago, Lake Bonneville formed in what is now western Utah. This lake was massive — way larger than The Great Salt Lake, about 83,000 km2

About 15,000 years ago, a natural dam, at Red Rock Pass in eastern Idaho, which had helped create the lake, collapsed, creating The Bonneville Flood, considered the 2nd largest flood in recorded geologic history.

After the water had mostly run off, it left behind, among other things, this perfectly flat salt pan. The surface is kept flat because of a constant yearly cycle of winter flooding and spring/summer drying.

Because of this nearly flawlessly flat surface, the Salt Flats make a great surface for setting speed records. The first land speed record was set there in 1914, and many others have followed.

This location is highway rest stop on I-80 about 10 miles west of Wendover, Utah. Here, the state of Utah has set up an information station for those who want to walk out onto the flats

Those who raced out to the site before the hint were:

  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • mehmet durmus
  • Glenmorren
  • Robin
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Jeather
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Chris Nason
  • David Kozina

And after the hint:

  • Gillian B
  • donaaronio

June 16th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #503 Hint

Fast *and* corrosive!

June 14th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 comments

Contest #503

#503

June 9th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 13 comments

Contest #502 – Henderson Island, Pitcairn Islands, Pacific Ocean

When it was inscribed as a UNESCO WHC, the petition stated, in part, “Henderson Island, which lies in the eastern South Pacific, is one of the few atolls in the world whose ecology has been practically untouched by a human presence.” And the beaches looked like this:

Well, that was in 1988. Today, the island’s beaches look like this:

Compliments of it’s location on edge of the South Pacific Gyre and the vast amounts of trash that are accumulated and concentrated by the gyre, Henderson Island is now considered by some scientists as the most densely polluted place on earth. A study published in April of this year found almost 38 Million pieces of plastic rubbish on the island’s beaches, with an up to nearly 300 additional pieces washing up each day.

Those who found the site before the hint (no cute quips today — it’s just not funny):

  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Luís Filipe Miguel
  • Garfield
  • donaaronio
  • hhgygy
  • Jeather
  • Phil Ower
  • mehmet durmus
  • Glenmorren

And after the hint:

  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Robin
  • Tim

June 9th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #502 Hint

It’s supposed to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, not a landfill.

June 7th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 comments

Contest #501: Little America Hotel and Resort, Little America, Wyoming, USA

I once drove across Wyoming east to west. We came into the state from Colorado and picked up I-80 in Cheyenne. From Cheyenne, Little America is 293 miles (472KM). Shortly after leaving the Cheyenne city limits, I saw my first Little America billboard. There was no indication of how far away it was, only that they had “50¢ Cones”. About 2-3 miles later, there was another one that said “Stay Tonight”

3 hours later, we started to get actual distances on the billboards.

4 hours after the first billboard, about 60 miles from the Wyoming / Nevada UTAH (thanks David K. for catching the error) border, and a couple of hundred billboards later, we arrived at “Little America”.

This is a gas station/hotel complex that grew over time. They have a restaurant (with the 50¢ cones). Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by a stuffed penguin in a glass case (Captain LeStadt’s Penguin, to be specific). The restaurant has a pretty decent pecan pie (I grew up eating pecan pie, so I know pecan pie … it was good, though not great).

We got gas and moved on.

Those who found this place included:

  • Glenmorren
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Phil Ower
  • Jeather
  • David Kozina

and after the hint:

  • mehmet durmus
  • hhgygy
  • Robin
  • donaaronio

June 2nd, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 comments

Contest #501 Hint

Known for a penguin, pecan pie, 50 cent cones, and billboards … SO MANY BILLBOARDS!!!

May 31st, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 comments

Contest #501

#501

May 26th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 comments

Contest #500: Answers

Hope you enjoyed this special version of our contest. Thanks to everyone for submitting locations and hints and for searching madly for all the locations posted. Thanks also to Paul for his incredible work assembling this post – if you think we’ve made any errors, please let us know.

Hope you had fun with #500. With #501, we will return to the regular one contest location per week.

Here are the 13 answers:

Summary

  1. From Jeather: Blythe Intaglios, Blythe, California, USA
  2. From Robin: Fiat Auto Factory (FCA Poland), Tyche, Poland
  3. From Phil Ower: Seventh Art Cinema, South Sinai, Egypt
  4. From Krenek: Altes Schulhaus Obergottigen, Bern, Switzerland
  5. From Ashwini: Adam’s bridge between India and Sri Lanka
  6. From Gillian B: Phillip Island Nature Park, Australia
  7. From Rob de Wolff: Vasaloppet Starting Point, Berga by, Sweden
  8. From Glenmorren: Cemetière Parisien de Pantin, Paris, France
  9. From Lighthouse: Jeongseon Railbike Station, Gangwon-do, South Korea
  10. From RicardPG: San Pedro de la Nave, El Campillo, Spain
  11. From Donaaronio: Pedro South of the Border, South Carolina, USA
  12. From Garfield: Arthur’s Seat – Chairlift at the Summit, Melbourne, Victoria
  13. From Hhgygy: Yuri’ev Monastery, Novgorod, Russia


We had 4 players that got all 13: Garfield, Phil Ower, hhgygy, and krenek

Congratulations to our series winners Garfield and Phil Ower. Both of them got 16 points in the first 9 contests of the series and all available 26 points in #500 for a total of 42 points.

From Jeather: Blythe Intaglios, Blythe, California, USA

Thought to have been laid sometime between 900 BCE and 1200 BCE, figures including the one in the image are “geoglyphs”, similar to the Nazca Lines in Peru.

Blythe Intaglio (4858).jpg

As you can see, the images are very hard to make out from ground level.

Those who found this one were:

  • Jeather
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Lelie
  • donaaronio
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Eloy Cano
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • JF (after the hint)
  • Robin (after the hint)

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From Robin: Fiat Auto Factory (FCA Poland), Tyche, Poland

Site of the build of the Fiat 500C, Abarth, and Lancia vehicles, this factory was built in 1992.
Fiat Tychy

Those who found this one were:

  • Robin
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Eloy Cano
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • donaaronio (after the hint)

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From Phil Ower: Seventh Art Cinema, South Sinai, Egypt

So, there’s the story of Dynn Eadel, the eccentric, stoned and rich French artist, hanging out in the desert in the southern Sinai sometime around 2000. Apparently, he started wondering why he couldn’t find a place to watch the movie “Dune” and decided to do something about it. He bought out an old cinema in Cairo and moved all the seats and the screen, along with a generator, out to this barren place.

Some of the local residents weren’t too keen on the idea of this intrusion of the 20th century into their lives, and they sabotaged the generator on opening day. The theater never showed a single movie commercially.

Estonian photographer and blogger Kaupo Kikkas visited the site in 2014 and took these pictures:

Those who found this one were:

  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Eloy Cano
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • donaaronio (after the hint)

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From Krenek: Altes Schulhaus Obergottigen, Bern, Switzerland

Woge 500, picture #4 by krenek

“Ausserordentliche Sitzung” (Extraordinary sitting), Oberbottigenweg/Bottigen-Strasse, Oberbottigen, Bern, Switzerland, 46.935717°N 7.350091°E
Artists : Legoville, aka Anna Larocca and Niklaus Strobel
Pictures at Flickr

Those who found this one were:

  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower

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From Ashwini: Adam’s bridge between India and Sri Lanka

Apparently, Sri Lanka and the Indian mainland were once connected. This is what’s left of that “bridge” — a series of limestone shoals stretching between the two landmasses seperated out like a giant set of dots.

We thought this hint from Ashwini Agrawal was very clear – for those who didn’t get it, go take a look.

Those who found this one were:

  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Eloy Cano
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Lelie
  • donaaronio
  • Jeather
  • JF (after the hint)
  • Rob de Wolff (after the hint)

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From Gillian B: Phillip Island Nature Park, Australia

Experience one of Australia’s most popular attractions at this spot. Each night at sunset you’ll be amazed by little penguins returning ashore after a day’s fishing.

These are the world’s smallest penguin in its natural habitat and can be viewed from viewing stands and boardwalks. As the sun fades in the sky, little penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes.

Those who found this one were:

  • Rob de Wolff
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lelie
  • donaaronio
  • Gillian B

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From Rob de Wolff: Vasaloppet Starting Point, Berga by, Sweden

Vasaloppet (“[King Gustav] Vasa’s Race”) is the mother of all cross-country skiing races. It is the oldest, longest (90KM or 56 Miles), and most participated in cross country ski race in the world. Current King Carl XVI Gustaf has finished the race 3 times.

This location is where it starts

Those who found this one were:

  • Rob de Wolff
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower

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From Glenmorren: Cimetière Parisien de Pantin, Paris, France

The largest cemetery in France, this place has 200,000 graves, some dating back to the 1860s.

The cemetery is located on the “7” metro train, just down from the Stalingrad station (hence, the hint).

Tombe vedrines.JPG

Those who found this one were:

  • Rob de Wolff
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lelie
  • donaaronio
  • Glenmorren
  • Robin

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From Lighthouse: Jeongseon Railbike Station, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Who doesn’t want to pedal drive a tiny train to a station that looks like a giant fish?!?!
Who wouldn’t want to have lunch in a giant pair of mating grasshoppers?
All this in one place!


(click here if you can’t see the video)

Those who found this one were:

  • Rob de Wolff
  • Lighthouses
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Eloy Cano (after the hint)
  • Lelie (after the hint)

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From RicardPG: San Pedro de la Nave, El Campillo, Spain

This church was originally built before the Moor invasion of 711. The Moors tore it down, but the foundation remained and after the reconquista, the church was rebuilt on that foundation. Then, in the 1930s, a dam was planned for the river Esla, so the church had to be moved, stone by stone, to a new location.

SanPedroNave1.jpg

Those who found this one were:

  • Rob de Wolff
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • Jesus Rodriguez
  • Eloy Cano
  • Lelie
  • RicardPG

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From Donaaronio: Pedro South of the Border, South Carolina, USA

In Dillon, South Carolina, just south of the North Carolina border, is this tourist attraction that whoever wrote the wikipedia entry describes as “intentionally campy”. Every employee is referred to as “Pedro”, even the women.

South of the Border (attraction) 1.jpg
By Leonard J. DeFrancisci

Those who found this one were:

  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • donaaronio

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From Garfield: Arthur’s Seat – Chairlift at the Summit, Melbourne, Victoria

You can take a ride to the summit of this rock and enjoy sweeping views of the Victorian countryside. The original chairlift was built in the 60s and was very recently replaced with The Eagle Skylift.

Those who found this one were:

  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • Eloy Cano

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From Hhgygy: Yuri’ev Monastery, Novgorod, Russia

Russia’s oldest monastery, built in the 12th century. The Soviets let it fall to pieces and World War 2 saw even worse damage befall it. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the church reclaimed the property and have been rehabilitating it.

Novgorod - View on Yuriev Monastery from Volkhov 02.jpg

Those who found this one were:

  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • krenek
  • Phil Ower
  • Eloy Cano
  • donaaronio
  • Rob de Wolff (after the hint)

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May 26th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | one comment