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   Undertoad  Tuesday Jan 11 02:19 PM

1/11/2005: Big ass boulder



Rock on! axlrosen locates the most impressive boulder, 25 feet in height and blocking both lanes of the Topanga Canyon Road in Malibu yesterday. One always imagines what a lovely place Malibu must be. There ya go.



Bitman  Tuesday Jan 11 02:50 PM

What's an "ass boulder"? And why's it look like a photoshop job? Maybe it's just the bad lighting..



chainsaw  Tuesday Jan 11 03:52 PM

I hate my first post to be a correction...

It really doesn't matter, but I noticed that this is actually Topanga Canyon Road... Not Topeka. Anyway, amazing photo. And hello to everyone.



perth  Tuesday Jan 11 04:09 PM

I'm pretty sure it's not shopped, it was on the front page of the Rocky Mountain News this morning (yesterday?). Of course, that doesn't prove much.

But now that I think about it, I don't remember seeing the crane on the right-hand side... I'll have to doublecheck.



lookout123  Tuesday Jan 11 04:09 PM

i saw that on one of the news sites so i believe it is legit... cuz i believe everything a newsman tells me.



Nutbar  Tuesday Jan 11 04:17 PM

That's a real pic. I drive that road a couple times a month.
I want to know what they plan to do with that thing.



Undertoad  Tuesday Jan 11 04:51 PM

Welcome chainsaw... I've correctly the entry, thanks!



dar512  Tuesday Jan 11 05:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad
Welcome chainsaw... I've correctly the entry, thanks!
I got a chuckle out of this.


capnhowdy  Tuesday Jan 11 05:18 PM

I must say that is the biggest ass boulder I've ever seen. I guess the bucket truck is the power co. as the power lines look pretty mangled.

By the looks of the skid marks on the road, when they do move it they may find a paper thin vehicle underneath.

My guess is they will have to blast it with dynamite and haul it away a peice at a time. It would be nice if there were no structures below. Then they could just roll the damn thing over the shoulder of the road.

There is a major difference in a big ass boulder and a big assboulder. For comparison: the difference in a big ass hole and a big asshole......



dar512  Tuesday Jan 11 05:56 PM

Remember in old movies when some tough guy would say he'd spent time making little rocks out of big ones?



The Mad Hatter  Tuesday Jan 11 06:01 PM

I believe those are power lines, not skid marks.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jan 11 07:21 PM

Probably real, the Washington Post has it up. Most places the double yellow line is in the middle of the road but this looks like it's on the edge? Anybody know why? Chainsaw? Nutbar?



Happy Monkey  Tuesday Jan 11 07:49 PM

That is the middle of the road. The black lines are power lines laying in the oncoming lane.



Griff  Tuesday Jan 11 09:02 PM

Somebody got a link to the ass?



capnhowdy  Tuesday Jan 11 09:08 PM

It would require an election to decide which ass would get the link here, Griff.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jan 11 09:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Monkey
That is the middle of the road. The black lines are power lines laying in the oncoming lane.
Oh..the tree or whatever laying in the road, left of the rock doesn't go to the other shoulder.
I knew that.....it was a test.....yeah, that's it...a test.


capnhowdy  Tuesday Jan 11 09:32 PM

I guess you have to be there. I am not convinced the marks on the road are powerlines. Even after a major zoom on the image, I can't justify that. Gimme a clue?



lumberjim  Tuesday Jan 11 10:16 PM

they're not parrallel for one thing, and there are 7 of them........7....tires usually come in multiples of ..........two



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jan 11 10:36 PM

You can even see the wrapping .



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Jan 11 10:39 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim
they're not parrallel for one thing, and there are 7 of them........7....tires usually come in multiples of ..........two
Sometimes not all the wheels lock giving an odd number.........but those are wires.


capnhowdy  Tuesday Jan 11 10:54 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim
they're not parrallel for one thing, and there are 7 of them........7....tires usually come in multiples of ..........two

Thanks, L. J., great observation. (why didn't I think of that?) They just seem to be too neatly arranged. Something that is unusual in a disaster/accident scene. Evidently that's what caught my eye.
Of course, they could be the NEW lines which are about to be installed.
I'd love to follow up on this one.

UPGRADE DRAMA LEVEL:
Under this boulder COULD be a car and a motorcycle with a sidecar.



capnhowdy  Tuesday Jan 11 10:58 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
You can even see the wrapping .
yep.... with your image you can see them going into the grass. My program didn't give me that clarity.


Cyber Wolf  Wednesday Jan 12 07:30 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Nutbar
That's a real pic. I drive that road a couple times a month.
I want to know what they plan to do with that thing.
Last night, I read on whatever news service AOL get their info from that they're going to dy-no-MIIIIIITE...er....blow it up. They had a picture on their page of the demolition guys setting it up to go sky high. I'd link but AOL doesn't like that.

Unless there's another Big Ass Boulder™ sitting on a mountain road out there that looks just like this one. Actually I wouldn't be too surprised, considering all the of many mudslides happening recently.


irishqueen  Wednesday Jan 12 08:16 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Undertoad


Rock on! axlrosen locates the most impressive boulder, 25 feet in height and blocking both lanes of the Topanga Canyon Road in Malibu yesterday. One always imagines what a lovely place Malibu must be. There ya go.
Hello all, my first post here.
My friend Greg lives in Oxnard California and sent me a picture of this boulder, which was blocking his route to work. Yes, it's one big assed boulder and it's not a photoshop. They were drilling holes into it yesterday to prepare to blow it up and yes, those are power lines on the road.
I guess there's a price to pay for living in 'paradise'. Me? Nah..i'll stay safe here in the midwest where all I have to worry about is tornados LOL



magilla  Wednesday Jan 12 10:01 AM

I don't think that's grass on the left of the picture. I think that sucker flattened a tree, along with the power/telephone lines.



404Error  Wednesday Jan 12 11:24 AM

I found these pictures of the boulder being blown up on a local news site.



garnet  Wednesday Jan 12 11:53 AM

It's odd that it happened to land perfectly in the middle of the road. You'd think the momentum from its enormous weight would have carried it off the side of the road.



Troubleshooter  Wednesday Jan 12 12:32 PM

I'm betting that it had been sitting next to the road for as long as the road had been there and just decided that it couldn't take it anymore.



Elspode  Wednesday Jan 12 12:57 PM

It almost certainly didn't roll...it just slid down from its resting place at the side of the road.

What I find scary is that they left a monster like that simply held in place by mud, so near a roadway.



lumberjim  Wednesday Jan 12 01:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Troubleshooter
I'm betting that it had been sitting next to the road for as long as the road had been there and just decided that it couldn't take it anymore.
i like it.

the thread could have been titled:

"Suicidal boulder throws itself into oncoming traffic! "

but UT went the "big ass" route instead of the dramatic flair route. it is what it is, i guess.



Beestie  Wednesday Jan 12 01:55 PM

Well, well, well. Look what they found underneath the boulder:



LabRat  Wednesday Jan 12 02:43 PM

that's what LENO had on last night...yawn



Beestie  Wednesday Jan 12 02:56 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by LabRat
that's what LENO had on last night...yawn
I swear on a stack of [insert your ancient holy text here]s that I didn't see it!!!


Griff  Wednesday Jan 12 05:50 PM

LOL!



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jan 12 11:34 PM

Hello...Geico....yeah..um..er...this rock jumped out in front of me....no, I am not...
Did anyone hear how far that rock traveled to get to the road?



mcenut  Sunday Jan 16 10:30 PM

A buudy and I were talking on the train on our way home the other night. I came up with a funny idea what to have done with the boulder. If it could have been moved I would have wanted it moved to my front yard. Then I could tell everyone that visits me for the first time to look for the house with the boulder in the front yard.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jan 16 11:52 PM

How would they know there was a house behind it?
Welcome to the Cellar mcenut.
Here's the guys working on those skid mark/wires even before they blew up the rock.



BigV  Wednesday Jan 19 10:19 PM

just a guess, but

first off, this is probably the new guy, and second, I'm damn sure he isn't paid enough.

wait, maybe his pay is in proportion to his fear quotient. I mean, damn, he's layin on all those powerlines...



jaydeekay  Wednesday Jan 19 10:40 PM

Here's a boulder

Taken in Mahabalipurim, India - washed up, perhaps, by a previous tidal wave....



404Error  Wednesday Jan 19 10:46 PM

Yup, I'd say that definitely qualifies as a *big ass boulder*!

Oh, and welcome to the cellar, jaydeekay.



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Jan 20 05:02 AM

C'mon admit it....you tried didn't you.....I know you did. Nobody could hang out there and not try to push that rock over.
I second the welcome, Jaydeekay.



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