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   Undertoad  Sunday Jul 7 04:31 PM

7/7/2002: Giant dove symbol



I thought it would be "freedom for all", but they say it's "peace for all", cut into a cornfield in Germany as a labyrinth. The interesting thing about this, I think, is that it was done with the help of GPS and is huge: 222 yards long. So GPS is accurate enough to do this, eh?



Nic Name  Sunday Jul 7 04:50 PM

The Marree Man



The Marree Man is certainly big, 28km in circumference and ploughed into the plateau with the aid, surveyors suggest, of a satellite-linked global positioning system. One theory is the image was created by American service personnel from the nearby American satellite spy base, which was scheduled to close down at the end of the 20th century. The motive is still not clear, whether it is a "polite" thank you or an flying finger salute to their Australian landlords.



blase  Sunday Jul 7 05:24 PM

My handheld GPS unit which is about 2 generations old can get down to about 10-12 feet. And I understand that newer models are even better and can get down to inches.



Nic Name  Sunday Jul 7 08:38 PM

The Long Man of Wilmington

I don't think this guy was done with GPS.
Unless, aliens had GPS centuries ago.



The Long Man of Wilmington



verbatim  Monday Jul 8 12:04 PM

This reminds me of a story I heard once about the black forest in Germany:

Back before WW2, as the Nazis were coming to power, a group of pro-Hitler foresters started planting oak (methinks) trees in a pine forest, in the pattern of a swastika. The swastika wouldnt be noticable until fall, when all the oak trees lost their leaves, and the pine trees were still green.

And nobody noticed this until just a few years ago as a plane was flying overhead.


How the hell would you get rid of something like this?!?!

(this is what I remember from what my German teacher told me about 2 years ago)



Torrere  Monday Jul 8 03:26 PM

That was hard to find for a while, verbatim =]

The swastika was made of Larch trees planted near Zernikow. It was forgotten until 1992 when Germany reunified and planes started flying over the region again.

It created a lot of protest when it was found, and since displays of Nazi insignia are banned in Germany, they tried to chop down a bunch of the trees in '95, but by 2000 the trees had grown to fill in the spaces, so the government chopped down another 25 of the 57 trees.

Apparently, this wasn't the only swastika planted in the forests during that time, but it was the only one that hadn't been found and eradicated decades ago.



warch  Monday Jul 8 06:18 PM

How to recognize different types of trees from quite a long way away
The larch.
Psssst...don't mention the war!



Torrere  Monday Jul 8 06:36 PM

*me looks at warch funny

hmm? a misplaced capital letter spawned that? or....?



warch  Tuesday Jul 9 10:48 AM

*Well used to funny looks (do not be alarmed, was hearing John Cleese in head again).



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