Contest #626: The Twelve Apostles Cottages, Catacol, Scotland

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The Highland Clearances were a very controversial set of policies carried out in Scotland in the mid-1700s to the mid-1800s. Landlords, trying to increase income, pushed out traditional open-space farmers and sustenance hunters to make way for large-scale sheep farms (which paid much higher rent). The farmers and hunters who were pushed out of these lands were expected to find employment in other industries, including fishing.

To this end, on the Isle of Arran, this row of cottages was built to house those who were cleared from the countryside who were expected to turn to fishing in the Firth of Clyde. The builders put a different type of window in the upstairs in each cottage, with the idea that the family of one of the fishermen could signal them by lighting a candle in that window and the fisherman who lived there would know to come in.

Of course, it didn’t really work that way — for one thing, the folks who were cleared from the land weren’t too keen to just jump into fishing. The cottages sat empty for a long time.

Currently, they are used as vacation lodging (think AirBNB or VRBO).

Those who saw the light included:

  • Phil Ower
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Eloy Cano
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Walter_V_R
  • hhgygy
  • Jean Noyau

None after the hint.

Contest #625: Ovnipuerto Cachi, northwest Argentina

In 2008, Werner Jaisal received a message from the captain of a UFO asking him to build a UFO landing pad with the words “If you build it, they will come.” Not quite the same as the famous saying from the book/movie Field of Dreams which is “If you build it, I will come,” but enough about baseball…

Following the plans given to him, Werner Jaisal built Ovnipuerto Cachi with piles of rocks into the pattern we now see.

Found, perhaps with the help of aliens:

  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Eloy Cano
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Andreas Meister
  • Jean Noyau

No-one got it after the hint.

Contest #624: the Trans Alaska Pipeline and Dalton Highway near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, US

The Trans Alaska Pipeline runs over 1200 km south from Prudhoe Bay all the way to Valdez, Alaska. The Dalton Highway goes about 666 km to near Fairbanks.

They criss and cross each other and cross numerous rivers on the way, reaching an altitude of 1444 metres at Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range.

By 2010, the pipeline had shipped over 16 billion barrels of oil south. However, at this time it only transports a fraction of the maximum of about 2 million barrels of oil per day.

Found before the hint:

  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Jean Noyau

After the hint:

  • David Kozina
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Wista

Contest #623: Malleco Viaduct, central Chile

The Malleco Viaduct in central Chile passes across the Malleco Valley, and when opened in 1890 was the highest railway bridge in the world.

Some claim it was designed by Gustavo Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But he just proposed a design that was rejected in favour of a design by Aurelio Lastarria.

Found before the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Jean Noyau
  • Andreas Meister

After the hint:

  • Waltewr_V_R