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Contest #512 Hint

Originally built to test gliders

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

Contest #512

#512

August 11th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #510: Lake Maracaibo / Catatumba River, Venezuela

A unique combination of winds blowing off of the Lake Maracaibo, equatorial heat, and a 3-sided box of mountains causes an atmospheric phenomenon commonly referred to as Catatumba Lighting or Relámpago del Catatumbo. Thunderstorms rage here on average nearly 260 days per year. These storms generate 10 hours of lighting, nearly 300 strikes per hour causing this place to be described as “The Most Electric Place on Earth.”

I’m “shocked” to say that the following people got it before the hint:

  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • hhgygy

While these people dodged the lightning and only got 1 point

  • Eloy Cano
  • David Kozina
  • mehmet durmus

A hearty congratulations to Phil Ower and Eloy Cano for nearly perfect series wins.

August 4th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #510 Hint

A very electric place

August 2nd, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 comments

Contest #510

#510

July 28th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 comments

Contest #509: Battresea Power Station, London, UK

Any list of the most iconic album cover images of the rock era would have to include 1977’s “Animals” by Pink Floyd.

The artwork began as a series of photographs of a giant helium inflated pig balloon floated above Battersea Power Station in London. Interestingly enough the balloon’s moorings broke and the pig “escaped”, eventually floating over Heathrow Airport, causing a temporary closure of the airport.

Today, Battersea Power Station is under reconstruction as a site that will include a smaller, cleaner power station (retaining its classic look) along with shops, residential areas, office space (Apple will have a large presence), and green space. But, alas, no flying pig is planned for the new development — such a missed opportunity!

Here’s what it SHOULD look like after completion:

Those who joined in watching for pigs on the wing:

  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Chris Nason
  • LawnBoy
  • Robin
  • mehmet durmus
  • Jeather
  • Phil Ower
  • Declan Moore
  • Luís Filipe Miguel
  • Andy McConnell
  • Ridicully
  • Lighthouse

None after the hint.

July 28th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #509 Hint

Where pigs flew — well, at least one pig flew.

July 26th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #509

#509

July 21st, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 14 comments

Contest #508 – Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

This UNESCO WHC site is one of 5 astronomical observatories built in the 18th century in India.

The large sundial in the southwest corner of the site is the largest gnomon sundial in the world and has reading markings accurate to 2 seconds.

To the east of the large sundial are a group of 12 gnomons aligned to the ecliptic at the beginning of each zodiac sign. These allow the user to determine the sidereal time.

There is a total of 19 instruments that measure things like the position of celestial bodies and the dates of Hindu festivals.

Those who found it before the hint included:

  • Phil Ower
  • Eloy Cano
  • David Kozina
  • hhgygy
  • Jeather
  • mehmet durmus
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Garfield
  • Happee (Welcome, glad you could join us!!)
  • Steve Hoge (Welcome back!!)
  • Chris Nason
  • donaaronio
  • Lighthouse
  • Glenmorren
  • Robin
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Tim
  • Gillian B

And after the hint:

  • Robin
  • Andy McConnell (Welcome Back!!)
  • Luís Filipe Miguel

July 21st, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #508 Hint

Accurate to 2 seconds!

July 19th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 comments